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An Expert’s Guide to Creating A Minimalist Bedroom

Castlery   |   Aug 18, 2023

The minimalist lifestyle has gained immense popularity, and one area where it can be truly embraced is in the bedroom.

Creating a bedroom that exudes calm and serenity is not just about decluttering physical space - but also decluttering the mind and opting for minimalist furniture instead. A calm and uncluttered bedroom can significantly impact our daily lives, promoting better sleep, reduced stress, and enhanced overall well-being.

In this article, our in-house interior stylist, Adrika, explores the key steps to designing a bedroom that exudes tranquility and harmony.

For Adrika, no two homes are ever the same. With clients’ narratives always at the forefront, it’s her passion to help bring spaces to life! With a wealth of design knowledge built up over the last 8 years in the Interior Design industry, Adrika has styled thousands of homes - between Australia and Singapore!

Ways to create a minimalist bedroom

Create a clutter-free sleep space

“Your bed should be the centerpiece of the room and a sanctuary for sleep. Keep the area around the bed clutter-free to promote a relaxing atmosphere,” says Adrika.

A person is standing in their minimalist bedroom. @jacylnchan practices mindfulness by keeping her bedroom uncluttered. Pictured: The Dawson Bed.

Avoid placing unnecessary items on nightstands, dressers, or desks in the bedroom. These surfaces should be reserved for essential items like lamps, alarm clocks, or a book you're currently reading. Additionally, avoid using the bed as a workspace or a storage surface.

Focus on quality, not quantity

When selecting furniture for your bedroom, choose pieces that are well-crafted and durable.

“This is a fundamental principle of minimalist design. It emphasizes the importance of selecting well-crafted, durable, and meaningful items over accumulating a large number of possessions. This approach promotes a clutter-free, intentional, and visually appealing environment.”

A person is reading a book at a wooden desk. @koshimbetova chooses the Seb Desk as it is made from solid acacia wood. Also pictured: The Paloma Bouclé Armchair in Snow.

Invest in high-quality furniture that features clean lines and a simple design. “A few well-chosen furniture items can make a more significant impact than a room filled with unnecessary pieces.”

Choose a calming color palette

Start by selecting a soothing color palette for your bedroom that create a clean and open space. “Shades like white, beige, cream, and soft grays provide a clean and timeless backdrop. They create an airy and open feel, making the room appear more spacious and uncluttered,” says Adrika.

A bed with a wingback headboard and neutral-colored cushions. @reneikoko uses neutral-colored sheets and pillows on the Dalton Bed.

A monochromatic color scheme will also be a good choice. This involves using different shades of a single color to add depth to the bedroom while maintaining a minimalist look. For example, you could use varying shades of light gray, from the walls to the bedding, and even the furniture.

Limit decorative elements

While some decor is essential to add personality to the room, resist the urge to overdecorate your bedroom to keep it minimal.

“Remember, less is more when it comes to minimalism!”

Focus on a few carefully selected decor items that complement the overall theme. A single piece of wall art or a well-placed potted plant can add character without overwhelming the space.

Conceal storage

Storage is essential in any bedroom, but in a minimalist design, it's best to hide it from plain sight. Opt for storage solutions that blend seamlessly with the room's aesthetics, such as under-bed storage or built-in closets.

A close up shot of a drawer filled with bedding. @jessicaannereed keeps extra bedding in the drawers of the Dalton Storage Bed.

You can also install floating shelves and cabinets to create a clean and modern look. Use these to store items like folded clothes, accessories, or decorative items.

Let in natural light

Maximize natural light in your minimalist bedroom by using light, sheer curtains. Natural light not only makes the space feel more open but also contributes to a sense of well-being.

Consider layering blackout curtains behind the sheer ones so you can still enjoy privacy and restful sleep at night.

Implement mindful arrangement

Thoughtful arrangement is key to a successful minimalist bedroom. Allow for plenty of open space to provide a sense of airiness and allow for easy movement. Each piece of furniture should have enough breathing room to stand out and be appreciated.

Two swivel armchairs with a side table placed between them in a bedroom. Allow for plenty of space between the furniture in your bedroom. Pictured: The Colette Swivel Armchair.

“Don’t forget that symmetry and balance are crucial in mindful arrangement too,” Adrika mentions. “If you have a large piece of furniture on one side of the room, balance it with another large item or group of smaller items on the opposite side to create a clean and orderly look.”

Embrace greenery and natural materials

Incorporate natural materials into your bedroom design, such as wood, stone, or cotton. These materials add warmth and texture to the space while connecting you with nature, promoting a sense of serenity and peace.

“Add some indoor plants as well. Plants like monsterras, terrariums, or succulents are great for the bedroom.”

Creating a minimalist bedroom is a journey toward simplicity and mindfulness. By carefully curating your space and removing distractions, you can create a haven that promotes relaxation and enhances your overall quality of life. Embrace the essence of minimalism and savor the peaceful sanctuary that your bedroom becomes.

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