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Minimalism Brings Calm to your Bedroom

by Blake Herzog

If you find yourself drawn to minimalist interiors and would like to adopt that aesthetic to your own home, the best place to start might well be your bedroom.

Eliminating clutter and embracing simplicity and clean lines there may contribute to a better night’s sleep and a more serene, functional space.

But there are a few changes you may need to make first to achieve the atmosphere you’re looking for:

Declutter

This is the essence of minimalism. You may not be able to eliminate or conceal everything you want to for a fully unencumbered existence in your sleeping quarters, but do take a look at everything in and outside your closet to home in on your essential items.

These are a bed, the clothes you wear at the very least once a year, one or two nightstands to hold and conceal needed items for sleep, a chair if you’ll use it and a modestly-sized dresser or wardrobe if you can’t fit all your clothing into the closet.

Consider a houseplant or two, if it won’t be stressful for you to care for them and keep them healthy.

Soften

Soft minimalism — which employs elegant curves, soft upholstery and textiles and muted neutrals drawn from nature —is ideal for creating the mellow, understated vibe you want to strive for in a sanctuary dedicated to rest and rejuvenation.

Beds with soft corners, a curving headboard and somewhat overstuffed “cloud” furniture that appears to “hover” just above the floor are perfect options. So are lightweight furnishings that lead to a lighter, airier atmosphere, preferably made from natural materials like rattan, bamboo, wicker, eucalyptus and cork. They can be easily moved out of the room when needed.

Lighten

Natural lighting should be prioritized with large windows (an existing one can be expanded or a new one added) with lightweight treatments in the place of heavy, obscuring ones.

The most minimalistic approach would be no treatments at all if it happens to work in your situation. If you need blackout curtains to sleep, look for a set that can be pushed aside or tied back to keep the window clear during the day. They should be a light neutral color to keep the space looking cheery.

Keep artificial lighting soft and limited to what you need to get around the room safely.

Decorate

Here, as with all other aspects of minimalism, you want to pare décor and ornamentation down to the essentials.

Only bring in items that have meaning for you, not placeholders. Even then, they should still generally fit into minimalist standards — smaller and simple wall art that can have a few pops of color but ultimately contribute to the overall sense of calm you want to promote.

Be judicious with any other decorative items that might create clutter. If you have some that you truly want to display and don’t work anywhere else in your home, you may want to cap them at a number that doesn’t clutter the bedroom.

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