Uncluttered, bright and light homes have been growing in popularity for several years now, so if you're considering new interior decorating ideas, why not give your home a minimalist makeover?
To get your room feeling fresh and clean, a coat of paint is a great first step. Paint walls in matt neutral colours (no prints or wallpaper) to let your furniture and artwork really pop.
A crisp white shade is a great option as it can make a room appear larger and brighter, plus it will allow statement pieces to stand out and contrast.
Many minimalist interiors stick with light colours; however, you can incorporate luxurious touches like leather or wood for a point of difference. Wooden floorboards will look great when polished and accompanied by white walls.
If you're a bit of a collector and love being surrounding by trinkets and knick knacks, a minimalist interior scheme might not work for you. To pull this look off you really need to declutter your home, hiding unnecessary items away in cupboards and drawers.
Start with your coffee table and work your way over to bookshelves, the kitchen bench and bedside tables. Choose one or two of your favourite and most stylish pieces to display in pride of place, then store the others away. Unique ornaments, artwork and souvenirs can make great talking points and you can even reshuffle these around your room as you choose to display and store different items.
Furniture plays a big part in capturing the theme and tone of a room. Minimalist furniture tends to be modern, with sleek lines and often quite edgy finishes. Silver, chrome, white and black are often seen in furnishings such as coffee tables, lamps and beds, while exceptionally bright and busy items aren't often seen here.
Look for low-lying pieces like couches and beds to further enhance this theme, but don't forget to add a touch of your personality with a quirky item or two.