A lot of people today opt for a minimalist approach when it comes to designing and decorating their residential investment property. But what does it really mean?
Minimalism may have been a term used as early as the 1960s but its prominence only began to surge at turn of the 21st century. Known for its fundamental principles which includes sharp lines, solid surfaces, low furniture, glass, lots of white and pastel hues, it champions spacious rooms with lesser and sleeker furniture. But this does not go to say that this style is bland and boring. On the contrary, it makes wise use of a combination of various shapes, colors, symmetry (or asymmetry) and textures to create an interesting and clean visual that’s also functional.
Another important feature to take note of is the style’s effort to avoid division of space. It promotes visual continuity and cohesiveness throughout which is why a lot of glass, mirrors, mixed metals, and stainless steel details can be observed. They not only help brighten up the space and create the illusion of bigger rooms but they also look airy. The same can be said about its preference for straight lines, geometric shapes, neutrals and shiny surfaces.
In terms of details and accents, they are kept to a minimal and often follow a strict color and texture rule which can vary depending on the overall design envisioned for the residential investment property. This said most items are kept out of sight and are wisely stored in carefully selected organizing systems all over the home. While closed door cabinets are more popular, open shelving has seen a rise in popularity too but again the items displayed are heavily curated.
As mentioned earlier, minimalism favors whites, neutrals like beige, grey and brown as well as the softer pastel shades. It also opts for materials that are not just minimal by sight but also minimal in terms of upkeep. This type of style is governed by its ease in upkeep as the materials used are often those that are easy to clean and are pretty low maintenance. For instance, glass doors can easily be cleaned using a damp cloth and a store bought cleaner. Tiled floors will only need a vacuum and a mop. And since the details are sleek, straight and simple, there aren’t a lot of crevices and small nooks and crannies where dust and dirt can easily hide in.
So should you go minimalist with your residential investment property? Now that’s for you to answer.