Guest Post Alert! This week we are pleased to feature a post from guest blogger and design consultant Catherine Collins who fills us in on what's trending in Minimalist Bathroom Design.
By Catherine Collins
Minimalism is one of the most popular interior design styles today. People mostly decide on it for its functionality and peaceful and uncluttered look that turns every space into a personal retreat from the noise and chaos of our modern lives. So, if you want to introduce minimalism into your home, a good place to start from is the bathroom. Here’s a little guide on how you can turn your cluttered bathroom into a clean, lean and modern space.
Go neutral with colors
Soft neutral colors such as white and gray look elegant and classy in every space, especially in a minimalistic bathroom. They make the space seem open and bright, even if you don’t have much space to work with. Bright colors are great in reflecting light, so you won’t have to fill your bathroom with a variety of lighting fixtures and overburden the space. If you combine the sleek white walls with a few touches of wood and concrete for warmth and texture, you’ll create a space that has character but still stays true to the simple aesthetic of minimalism.
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Even though white usually prevails in minimalism, dark-colored and metallic elements create an interesting contrast and nicely break the monotony. Dark metal fixtures, door and cabinet handles, lighting fixtures and other small details in contrasting colors make a daring statement without creating unnecessary clutter and disturbing simplicity of design.
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One thing that minimalism hates is clutter. Keep your bathroom free of empty shampoo bottles and half-used soaps, and only hang on to the essentials. Keep things you use every day, and get rid of all clutter that’s good for nothing else than collecting dust.
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Be smart with storage
If there are some things you don’t use often but just can’t get rid of, you should store them in closed cabinets. For instance, a simple wall mounted cabinet with a mirror will keep your toiletries hidden and not take too much space. However, don’t think you can fill up your space with closed storage and get away with it. It’s still considered clutter, so keep your furniture at a minimum.
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Go simple with décor
Minimalism doesn’t agree with anything that doesn’t have a practical use, so go easy with decoration. A lot of decoration is going to close off the space and make it look cluttered (even if it’s not). However, one or two straightforward decorative pieces will add a nice warming touch to the space, instead of creating a crowd. Greenery is always a good choice if you want to add a splash of color and still keep it simple and natural. However, even though almost everything has to have a function, make sure that they perform their function in an elegant and efficient way. An ugly and old soap dispenser should be repaired or replaced even if it still serves its purpose.
Bathing area as a focal point
As minimalism is all about simple and smooth lines, the same has to be present in your bathing area, no matter if you have a bathtub, walk-in shower or a simple shower unit. Most interior designers today opt for a sleek freestanding bath to serve as a focal point in a minimalist bathroom. These tubs are usually very simple, yet still manage to attract attention.
Walk-in showers are also quite popular but require significant space in order to look well thought-out. If you don’t have that much space, you can grace your bathroom with a frameless shower unit that blends with the rest of the space. The absence of the frame will take up no visual space which will make the bathroom seem more open.
Keep it clean
The space that’s dirty can never be considered attractive and elegant, so don’t leave towels on the floor and wipe down all surfaces every day. This doesn’t take a lot of time, but it will give your bathroom a clean and fresh feeling. If you’ve always wanted to live a more organized and simple life, you can start from your bathroom. Try it out, and you’ll surely let minimalism into the rest of your life as well.
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