Minimalist Bedrooms for Focusing on Sleep


Your bedroom is your personal sanctuary — your escape from the daily stresses of life. This is why a minimalist design works best in the bedroom. Anchored on the principle of “less is more”, a minimalist room does away with non-essentials while focusing on functionality and sleek, contemporary aesthetics. The result is less clutter — and less clutter means you get more peace and tranquility in your private space.

Sleep experts agree with this. A 2015 study found a link between hoarding and sleeping problems. While you may not consider yourself a hoarder, the quality of sleep you get can be affected by a cramped, cluttered environment. As your private space, the bedroom is the easiest place to stash your stuff in and let disorder grow, getting in the way of good sleep.

A minimalist bedroom invites rest and relaxation, and promotes good sleep. Contrary to the perception of many with regard to this design aesthetic, though, minimalist does not mean impersonal and devoid of character.

More than any other room in the house, your bedroom should speak about you and to you. Achieving self-expression with fewer details and less ornamentation requires a delicate balancing act. You need careful planning to harmoniously bring together function and your desired aesthetics, while keeping the lines clean and understated.

To help you put together a minimalist bedroom for good sleep, consider the pointers below.

Bring the outdoors in

Glass is an important element in minimalist designs, and glass walls that bring in outdoor views can effortlessly add character and color to your bedroom. A green garden, wooded backyard, the city’s skyline, the beach – a great view is all you need to make your minimalist bedroom come alive. The changing natural light provides variety throughout the day – from the soft glow of early morning to the explosion of colors at sunset. The changing seasons can also envelope your bedroom in different moods.

Even a tiny window can work if it frames an interesting focal point.

And if views through walls are not possible, opening your room to the skies can be a great option.

Add a touch of color – or two

Don’t get misled by pictures of staged homes showing stark white bedrooms with nothing else in terms of color. It’s perfectly fine to add some subtle shades to your minimalist bedroom. In fact, it’s the easiest way to add warmth to your space and make it more inviting. White is a critical element in minimalist designs, but if unbroken, you get a sanitized, cold design lacking in personality.

It’s important not to overdo it, though, or the aesthetics will move completely away from the minimalist style. Choose subtle, neutral shades and use no more than two colors. Black is a classic complement to white. Gray has become a popular choice, giving off a chic, contemporary look. Depending on the shade, it can be warm or cool, bold or soft. Shades of red, orange, green, blue or yellow can also work, if used sparingly and discriminately.

Color may be added as an accent wall, or on decor or the bedding. A vase of flowers or a slew of potted plants is also an effective way to add color.

Layer with texture

The minimalist principle of having as little as possible is often misinterpreted as avoiding texture. When speaking of a minimalist room, the usual image that comes to mind is one with sleek, glossy surfaces of polished glass and stone. But a room devoid of texture gets boring and impersonal.

Texture has an innate way of inviting touch, thus suggesting warmth and intimacy. A variety of textures in a room offers different sensations and experiences. Achieve contrasting textures by mix-matching different materials, such as wood and velvet, or metals and stone. Exposed brick and industrial metal pipes can add texture while suggesting minimalism. Allow your imagination and personal preferences to dictate your choices.

In order to stay within the minimalist framework, though, use solid colors with your textured finishes and avoid overly decorative prints. Stick to stripes or simple geometric designs.

Not-so-immaculate white

White is the quintessential minimalist room color. The white bedroom is arguably the most popular style in the world, giving off a luxurious and elegant vibe that appeals to many people.

Staying with white, however, does not mean that you should settle for the common, unbranded look that you can find in any hotel or apartment room. You can personalize your bedroom and put your own unique stamp through myriad ways. A favorite among designers is using a barn door to add character, but incorporating a conversation piece is not the only approach you can take.

Adding color is one of the simplest ways to personalizing. A popular choice is blue and gray, particularly gray with a shade close to blue. Blue invokes calm and tranquility, making it an excellent choice for bedrooms. Black is also a perennial favorite because it provides a classy contrast to white. But you are not limited to these hues. You can use any other color that expresses your personality and preferences.

Subtle accents can also help in expressing your individuality. A personalized or tufted headboard, classic side tables or even artisanal furniture pieces can transform your basic white bedroom into your very own private haven. Lighting is also an effective way to make a style statement while staying within minimalist aesthetics. Incorporate unique fixtures and use the subtle effects of light to create a bedroom that’s truly evocative of your moods and personality.

Micaela Jularbal

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