Bedroom minimalism: of all the rooms in the home, the bedroom is the most crucial of all to nail, both stylistically and with a minimalist touch. Our homes are built for many different activities, but sleep is by far the activity we do the most in it (and can’t do without). Eastern cultures have it right when it comes to the bedroom: keep it simple. Whether the idea of energy flow and ‘chi’ resonates with you or not, there’s not denying the calming effect of a minimalist approach to the bedroom – one of the best ways to maximise your restful nightly slumber.
Before we get to placements and specifics, make sure you’ve got yourself a bed that suits you: one that makes you feel like you’re floating on a cloud each night when your head hits the pillow. The right choice of bed makes all the difference. Whether it’s an emperor size, netted-canopy, king single or futon, it’s got to work for you.
There’s nothing like colour to induce a certain mood. To evoke an instantly calming, harmonious mood in the bedroom, consider employing earthy colours and soft tones: shades of pink beige, grey and white – subtle, yet evocative – are an excellently soothing way to go: bedroom minimalism, you’ve got it covered.
Ideally, given the Zen mantra of simplicity and minimalism, you’ll have your bedroom furniture and accoutrements whittled to a minimum. However, functionality plays a part in the mix too, and some things you’ll want to keep. Nonetheless, whether its bedside tables, lamps or chairs, try to ensure that everything is kept in symmetrical line: balance is key, after all.
Natural and soft light
We spend a good deal of time in our bedrooms throughout the waking hours, and in the daytime, bright, warming light streaming in from outside is a good thing. Come the evening, we rely more on the artificial, and we ought to make this as appealing to the senses as possible. For good bedroom minimalism, basic, warm toned wall lamps and dimmable ceiling lights are the way to go. Consider wall mounted reading lamps by the bed, soft corner floor-planted lamps, and for that extra sense of romance and delight, some well-positioned candles.
Ease off appliances
Bedroom minimalism means less mod cons: you don’t have to be Zen to know that electronics are charged with scattering energies that are probably best left outside the bedroom. Avoid televisions and DVD players, keep laptops in the study or lounge, and check that iPhone at the door. Keep your bedroom a place of techno-free tranquillity.
The good sense in scents
When it comes to interior design we talk so much about how a place ‘looks’, and yet, to evoke mood, smell is the strongest avenue. Consider enhancing the mood of your bedroom space with calming scents: aromatherapy, scented candles and incense are great ways to keep the body, mind and spirit relaxed and in harmony. Bedroom minimalism will be yours.