Minimalist bedroom. It sounds so incredibly boring, definitely not inviting. It sounds stark, cold, and plain. In fact, it sounds like my bedroom the day before we listed our last house for sale. No pictures, minimal artwork, and pretty much no personality. This does not have to be your definition of a minimalist bedroom!
I didn’t set out to create a minimalist bedroom. It happened by chance. I never gave my bedroom importance when decorating a home. Why? Because no one saw it. I figured it was silly to spend money on a room no one ever saw. Boy, I was wrong. While it is more practical to start with other rooms, having a bedroom retreat that is peaceful and relaxing is a game changer for your minimalist home.
A minimalist bedroom becomes your special place at the end of a long day. It contains only your favorite things, and those few things add calm and relaxation to your life.
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A step-by-step guide on how to create a minimalist bedroom that’s not boring
First, declutter your bedroom. Get rid of any clutter that is taking away from a relaxing room. Items that possibly can be removed from your room to create the perfect minimalist bedroom:
- Exercise equipment
- Book storage
- Seasonal items
Now, I’ve had all of these items in my bedroom at some point in time. Sometimes it was because I had not assigned a designated place for such items, it was clutter that needed to be handled, or I had nowhere else to store it in our home, like the desk. Get rid of what you can.
2. Clear the floor space
Floor space falls in the “cleared flat surface rule”. If something is on the floor, and it is not a piece of furniture or a permanent piece of your room, it should be removed. Assess the amount of furniture in your bedroom. Do you need all the items there? Is every item serving some sort of purpose? If not, find it a new place in your home or get rid of it.
3. Clean off the tops of your dresser, chest of drawers and nightstand
Any furniture top also falls in the “cleared flat surface rule”. Clear off anything that should not be there all the time. If you are keeping something on top of a piece of furniture, make sure it serves a purpose. It can be a single picture frame, or a figurine your grandmother passed on to you, or some other decorative item you enjoy looking at every day. The key is to downsize the amount of stuff sitting on your furniture tops. Even if you have zero decorating skills (me!!), you will look like you have some sense of style simply by having less.
4. Clean out the closet
Declutter your closet and create a capsule wardrobe. Your bedroom closet should not be your main storage solution if you want to create a minimalist bedroom. Start taking out the clothes you never wear. Clear the floor space in your closet and create a shoe storage solution. If you can, make space for your dirty clothes hamper(s) in your closet. This will help clear the floor space in your bedroom.
5. Hide things that can be hidden
Hiding things that can be hidden goes along with clearing the floor space and flat surfaces in your new minimalist bedroom. For example, I used to store much of my jewelry on top of the dresser.
It looked cluttered and often made getting dressed in the mornings a struggle when trying to find the best coordinating pieces. After I decluttered my clothes from the dresser drawers, I had an extra drawer. I then purchased some pretty drawer organizers and placed my jewelry and other knick-knacks out of site. This was probably my favorite organization fix in our minimalist bedroom! I created a similar drawer for my husband’s belongings.
6. Choose a color scheme for your minimalist bedroom
A minimalist bedroom does not have to be white or cream everywhere. If you like color, embrace it! If you love calming neutrals, embrace that as well. When selecting your color scheme, pick three or four colors that you love, and incorporate them into simple pieces throughout your room. You can even pick a fun paint color that is not some version of white! You can use your accent colors in your simple throw pillows or decorative items you decided to keep in the bedroom.
7. Choose your minimalist bedroom linens
Pick linens and a bedspread (or comforter) you LOVE!! Many decorators will tell you a minimalist bedroom requires neutral colors. I disagree. Pick out something timeless that will last you a while but that will also bring you joy every single day.
Two sets of sheets should be plenty. You could even get by with one set if you wash during the day, but two sets of sheets are where I sit comfortably. (I have a secret ninja five-year-old that still sneaks into my bed sometimes. You just never know, so an extra set of sheets is always good to have on hand.)
Pick out no more than two throw pillows for your minimalist bedroom. You don’t want a pile of pillows on the bed every day to deal with when you make and unmake the bed. Two gives you a nice look without going overboard. Besides, my husband is more likely to make the bed if he doesn’t have to fight a bunch of throw pillows!
8. Decide on your wall art
I don’t care what anyone says, there is no limit to the pieces of wall art you can have to create a minimalist bedroom. Keep what brings you joy, and try to keep it simple. For me, I really love to see photos of my sweet family on the wall. So, I blew up a couple of my favorite photos and bought nice frames for them to hang in our bedroom. They make me smile.
9. Put a plant or two in your minimalist bedroom
Greenery has a way of making a room feel inviting, fresh, and clean. If you can’t keep anything alive, look at getting a quality fake plant. Just make sure it doesn’t look cluttered in its new home!
10. Make the bed every morning
I admit I don’t make the bed every single day. However, it is a habit that I have adopted, and I LOVE how it makes our bedroom look. It is incredibly inviting at the end of the day to go into a bedroom that looks put together and inviting. Try it out for a week after you declutter your bedroom. You may be surprised if it is not a habit you are used to doing!
Here are some examples of my favorite minimalist bedrooms that are not boring!
This post is part of the Happy Clutter-Free Home series. You can achieve a decluttered home once and for all. You don’t have to settle for cleaning all day, stress, and general clutter overwhelm. Being a mom is hard already. Don’t let clutter make it feel impossible. Get back time and reclaim the joy in your home.
The previous post in the series: How to Create a Minimalist Bathroom With These Simple Steps
In the next post, we will conquer the kid stuff with How to Minimize and Declutter Your Kid’s Room and Kid’s Toy Storage Solutions.