I’m not sure if it’s the Instagram influence of minimalistic flat lays on neutral backgrounds or just the fact that I’m getting older and anything easy to keep clean is a winner for me. But having a relatively plain and neutral bedroom is working for me right now. We moved into our new home a couple of months ago and it’s been great to have a relatively blank canvas. But it’s kind of stayed that way, to be honest. Half of me is saying it’s because I’ve been pregnant and doing anything in the recent heat wave has been horrendous. The other half thinks it’s because actually, I like having a plain bedroom with a touch of colour! Simple, effortless and changeable. Some people have told me that they struggle to make things minimalistic, especially when they’re a bit of a hoarder like me. Well, all is not lost. You can have a little minimalistic feel and still keep all your goodies. Here are my top tips on keeping your bedroom liveable but minimalistic.
So I have neutral walls, white bedding and a light grey carpet with a similar shade (massive) bed. I have two white chests and basically, that’s it. Oh and now we have a Moses basket which is also great and white! The key to keeping my bedroom clean, fresh and making it EASY has been to get rid of all my coloured or patterned bedding and only use white bedding. I’m serious!
So now whenever I go to change the sheets (which is like a work out) I don’t have to dig into the Narnia airing cupboard of doom for an hour. I know that no matter what sheet, pillowcases or duvet I pick up, it’s all going to match! Genius I know haha!
Of course, if white isn’t your thing, you could do the same with any coloured bedding. Somewhere like Julian Charles is a great place to look for coloured bedding and other soft furnishings. They have a super easy search panel where you can filter by colour and with everything from gold to purple you’ll find what you’re looking for. Whatever you do, keep the colour the same and even the shade if you can, then you’ll never have to worry about the hassle of changing the sheets again. It will be so much easier.
Clothes are easy, once they’re in a wardrobe they’re hidden. The same goes for things like shoes or big things that can go in big pretty storage boxes or under the bed. But for me, the hardest thing is the little bits and pieces. The makeup, perfume, hair bands, nail polishes, brushes and other random stuff. I struggle to throw things away too so I always have to much stuff.
One thing that has worked for me is clear acrylic storage. It means I can make things look relatively organised but I can see where they are all are. This works for me as I’m terrible at getting stuff out and not putting them back. You could do the same with white or neutral small storage organisers but like I said, the key for me is being able to see my stuff without having to take it all out of its home first. They vary in price but you don’t need to go for anything extortionate. There are lots of cheap options that do the same thing. Remember that!
Pick a colour or two
I’ve naturally opted for grey with a splash of teal green in my bedroom. I’m not sure how it came about really but it’s just one of those things that worked. I guess the main basis was our bed, then our carpets and everything worked around that. Personally, I just felt like teal was a really pretty colour that still made the bedroom look light and airy. But the main colour in our bedroom is definitely light grey. I read up about what the psychology of using ‘grey’ around you signifies and it’s quite interesting.
‘’ Being both still and emotionless, grey is strong and steady, making a feeling of cool and self- restraint, and alleviates you from a riotous world‘’
Well, that’s exactly what I want my bedroom to be. I want to leave the stress and strains of everyday life at the door and be cool, calm and collected in my own little place.
The fact I’ve added a touch of teal with the curtains apparently does the following;
‘’ Teal blends blue’s tranquil stability with green’s optimism and healing properties. Teal is the colour of restfulness and mental and spiritual balance’
‘People who like the colour teal are reliable and independent individuals. They are naturally creative and think for themselves’
I’ll take that! I mean, it’s all positive right? Adding a touch of colour keeps the minimalistic look but adds a touch of character and life.
So those are my three tips on how to keep your bedroom livable but minimal and how your choice of colour in your bedroom reflects your personality. Let me know what yours are!