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Less is more: how to create the ultimate minimalist look in your home

Thanks to Marie Kondo, minimalist interiors are having a big moment. But it's not just about how you fold your skinny jeans. If you're looking to embrace minimalism to the max, here's how to create the ultimate minimalist look, in every room.

1. Do more with less

The first step to achieving maximum minimalism is paring back your space – follow Queen Kondo's advice and rehome anything that doesn't 'spark joy'. Once you've stripped your rooms down to the bare essentials, it'll be much easier to envision how your minimal interior might take shape. But don't be too ruthless: you'll have to live there after your renovation of dreams. So make sure to keep pieces with a real function – it'll make your rooms look purposefully put together, and your days stress-free.

2. Go with the flow

Open-plan design is minimal interior goals. If you're lucky enough to have large rooms or open-plan spaces, you'll want the few home accessories you do choose to unite your rooms and create cohesion, so that it looks intentional and structured. Large rugs divide a space – separating where you eat from where you watch TV – while adding cosy warmth, creating that zen feeling that minimal design is all about. If adding throws to furniture, avoid pattern and excessive layering – instead pick one piece in a solid colour, in the same shades as your room's other textiles.

3. Avoid an art attack

Anyone with a Pinterest account knows just how tempting a gallery wall can be. But minimal interiors are all about keeping it simple. Choose one or two pieces at most, and spread them around your room so the eye isn't too drawn to one corner. Monochrome pieces in simple black picture frames work best in minimal spaces. Or, go for mirrors instead – they'll reflect light around your space and make it look bigger, which is key when creating a look that feels open and clutter-free.

4. Keep clutter covered

Speaking of clutter: if lots of your personal pieces survive the Marie Kondo-ing, invest in on-trend storage solutions so that everything has a home, helping keep your shelves and floor space from looking fully filled. Ottomans and storage benches are always a good idea – choose pieces with a minimal design, free from pattern, pulls and fringing. Or consider some strategically styled storage boxes – a couple of stacked boxes in the corner of your room, with a simple vase on top, is an easy way to keep clutter covered without compromising on your minimalist dreams.

5. Be careful with colour

If you like a lot of things on top of your things, adding statement bowls and organisational storage pieces – When it comes to colour, the feeling is neutral. Shades like grey, oatmeal and even the dreaded beige all work well in minimal style interiors, especially when it comes to larger furnishings like sofas and bed frames. Choose tonal shades that are pattern-free when picking your accessories, to avoid making your rooms look busier than they really are. And while some colour's ok, try to keep it primary – blue, yellow and green are crisp shades that, when contrasted by white walls or bed linen, will enhance your minimal style.

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