Less is more?

Marie KondoTaking the nation by storm Marie Kondo, a Japanese organising consultant and author teaches us her method of organising. Known as the KonMari method, consisting of gathering together all of one's belongings, one category at a time, and then keeping only those things that "spark joy" and choosing a place for everything from then on.

Minimalism to the max

If you're looking to embrace minimalism to the max, then the first step is paring back your space.  Kondo teaches us to go through our belongings and rehome anything that doesn't 'spark joy'. She is not saying we can not have possessions but if an item is not used or necessary then why keep it, if an item of clothing is not worn or doesn’t make you feel your best then why give it wardrobe space.

Having less definitely has its advantages, for one you can see what you have and less choices can minimise the faff around getting ready. But don't be too ruthless: you have to live after all.

Divide and conquer

Define your living spaces – giving purpose to areas of your home can help to create clarity. If you have an open plan living space why not use large rugs to define and divide a space – separating where you eat from where you watch TV for example. To keep it minimal when adding soft furnishings such as throws to furniture, avoid pattern and excessive layering.

Keep it simple

tidy shelvesMinimal interiors are all about keeping it simple. When choosing furniture pick one style and colour to create a cleaner look. Avoid gallery picture walls as they distract the eye, instead choose simple mirrors as they reflect the light and make the space feel larger.

Cover your clutter

There will be things that you want and need to keep but you don’t necessarily have to have them out on show. By keeping things behind closed doors you can minimise the effect on the eye and keep your space feeling uncluttered.

neutral sofaNeutral is the natural choice

When talking minimalism, the feeling is neutral. Lots of colour can clutter a room, especially when it comes to the larger pieces of furniture or curtains.  Choose tonal shades that are pattern-free when picking your accessories, to avoid making your rooms look busier than they really are.