The bedroom is a sacred space, a sanctuary for our minds and bodies to unwind. A minimalist bedroom can create the perfect calming atmosphere for us to get the most out of our downtime.
Implementing the ‘less is more’ outlook on life can be a confronting change to our busy lifestyles. Luckily, we have four simple tips that can help you get started on your minimalist styling journey.
1. Choosing a colour palette
Contrary to popular belief, a minimalist colour palette doesn’t have to be a boring greyscale. A fusion of warm and cool materials can form a picture-perfect bedroom when well balanced.
Our advice? Keep it simple!
Start by selecting a neutral base colour, and do your best to avoid complex colour combinations as you build on it. Don’t be afraid to get creative and spice it up with hints of earthy browns, greens and tans. Perhaps a throw or decorative pillow will be the perfect splash of colour. Or a few indoor plants for a burst of green.
2. Make the bed the focal point
At the heart of minimalism styling is symmetry. That’s not to say everything needs to be exactly symmetrical. As long as the eye is able to move freely and smoothly around the room you’re good to go.
The secret is to ensure the focal point of the room is the bed. Don’t be fooled, size matters! So to ensure a perfectly proportioned bedroom, choose a mattress that is suitable for the dimensions of your room.
Also consider the size of your bed relative to your sleeping habits and quality of rest. For many Australians, the size of their sleep area has not changed much since they were babies! The width of the average cot is approximately 75cm. A standard double bed, one of the most popular sizes in the AU, measures 135cm wide. If you share your bed that’s just 68.5cm each!
Here’s a basic guide to mattress sizes to help you make the most of your bedroom space. We recommend you should always work in metric for the most accurate measurements, but if you prefer feet and inches, then we have listed the nearest equivalent size to help you.
3. Take advantage of natural light
Natural light is a blessing. Letting as much of it into your room as possible will bring warmth and a feeling of hominess, which you otherwise may feel is missing due to the lack of décor and clutter. Strategically placed mirrors and paint with yellow undertones are helpful in maximising the visibility of natural light in your room.
4. Keeping the space clean & tidy
The final step in your journey towards your dream minimalist bedroom is to get rid of all that clutter. Yes, that means you need to find storage for all those homeless bits and bobs scattered around. A visually quiet room will in turn calm your mind. Ask yourself which items in your room are necessary, what can be put away into storage and what can be thrown away?