The main thing is not to confuse the “minimalist house” with minimalism as a style and solutions similar to it. In this case, it is not about the form, but about the way of life. His philosophy is to focus on less unnecessary things in the house and keeping things organized.
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How to simplify life according to the canons of minimalism, even if this is not your style?
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Let’s start with some unexpected discoveries. English style and British eccentricity are not things that would traditionally be associated with a “minimalist home.” However, it is
this option was ranked second in popularity in the United Kingdom after mirrors (loved, as it turned out, all over the world). Rooms that are not crammed with things in the manner of a warehouse, but with thoughtful storage of things, seem not only neater, but also larger. Storage systems, especially built-in storage systems, help to implement this principle in practice.
“Be careful with mirrors. I had just moved into an apartment, where a dark corridor was reflected in the mirror. When I removed it, the room immediately began to seem larger, ”user Mary O’Hagan shares her experience in the comments.
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In Australia, judging by the results of the survey, they also give preference to mirrors and the “minimalist house”. The Australians do not forget such techniques of visual space lightening as furniture made of transparent plastic.
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Good question: Why does the interior feel overwhelmed?
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Mirrors (first place) and minimalism as a lifestyle also won the poll among the German audience. Therefore, we will immediately turn to the original advice expressed by users in the comments. Among them is an alternative to the mirror way to expand the space with the help of photo wallpaper or murals. The main thing in this case, according to the experts of Atelier Allgaier and Atelier Feynsinn, is to choose not a flat decorative motive, but a plot with a perspective that creates the illusion of depth of space. As sources for inspiration, you can turn to not only modern, but also to historical samples. Such trompe l’oeil was loved, for example, by the Baroque style.
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Good question: Wall murals are modern or “grandma style”
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And where is everyone’s favorite light furniture in small apartments, you ask? Of course, they have not forgotten about her either. In Japan, mirrors, apparently, are generally not very fond of: according to the results of the survey, light furniture bypassed them by a noticeable margin. And the most popular answer, which is not surprising, is the “minimalist house”.
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In France – the country of tiny apartments – all the previously mentioned techniques are equally loved (users’ votes were evenly distributed).
And in the comments, Houzz visitors in small apartments are advised to rely on custom-made furniture. She, unlike ready-made options from furniture hypermarkets, is guaranteed to have the required dimensions. And this is extremely important for the correct visual impression of the space.
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Users are advised to work more actively with different lighting scenarios; the best work is the light around the perimeter of the ceiling, which slightly raises the room in height.
The same Spanish designer Taralux Iluminación advises not to forget about retro lighting techniques (in the context, well-known, time-tested): mirrors built into cabinet doors, inner walls of shelves are excellent light traps and multipliers.
According to the survey results, the “minimalist house” unexpectedly won with a noticeable advantage over the mirrors.
An interesting recommendation from the Italian forum is to pay attention to the dimensions of the elements of the wooden floor. So the user Baccianinisnc believes that the best choice would be boards up to 13 cm wide and 120 cm long – and less. While longer and wider can visually hide the space.
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What methods of enlarging small apartments do you know? Share your tips in the comments section below the article. Or cast your vote in the poll on the Russian forum Houzz (and at the same time you will find out which way of working with small apartments is considered the best in Russia).