Minimalism has taken the interior design world by storm. And for good reason. Minimalist designs are one of the most surefire ways to modernize a home and make it look put together.
Minimalism is a holistic technique, requiring multiple elements of a room to work together. Because of this, people often think they can buy a sleek set of table and chairs and be set to go. They forget to tailor the surrounding wall space to frame the sleek furniture they spent so much money on.
Window treatments are one of the most effective, yet underestimated, instalments to tie a room together. They clean up window edges and can even elongate a space. If you feel like you’re missing something from your minimalist space, look to shades and blinds to add that extra bit of structure and modernity you’ve been missing.
Don’t Forget the Classics
Curtains and drapes tend to adorn the area surrounding a window, creating undesirable embellishment if you want a minimal design. Also, since they stick out from the window by design, they can be inherently bulkier and more cumbersome.
On the other hand, traditional blinds and shades are a no-fail minimalist option. They cover the window only, so they don’t take up additional wall space. With blinds and shades, you also have the option to set them flush within the window frame. This creates a smooth surface along the wall with no interruptions. The result is a clean, tailored look for your walls.
Many minimalists prefer shades for their smooth base. Shades also come in a variety of colors, so you can choose whichever best suits the rest of the room. Pro tip: to make your room feel more spacious, choose shades that are the same color as surrounding walls. This elongates the wall and prevents blinds from distracting from other elements of the room.
Another way to elongate a room is with vertical or horizontal blinds. Vertical blinds will draw the eye up and down to make a room appear taller. Horizontal blinds, on the other hand, will keep the eye moving side to side, which gives the illusion of a wider room. Unlike shades, blinds have the potential to enhance, rather than detract, from the architecture of the space. They add interest and texture to the rest of the room, yet in a streamlined and organized manner.
If you want an elongating design but a less stiff material, cellular blinds are a great way to get the best of both worlds. They still work to add length; however, the lighter material and hidden strings have a more elegant feel than sturdy, wood blinds.
Fabric Matters as Much as Form
Both cellular and panel shades come in white or light colors, which can help minimize distraction in a minimalist space. As a general rule, solid colors provide a nice clean slate to accompany minimalist spaces. Solid colors are also easiest to integrate into a room without throwing off a carefully crafted theme.
Don’t label patterns and textures as off-limits just yet, though. Furthermore, minimalism doesn’t have to be boring. Less is more, but nothing is, well, nothing. Take a pointer or two from the postminimalists of the 1970s. They didn’t throw out the minimalist rule book; they just decided that a design can be sleep while still having a personal touch. So don’t be afraid of introducing a contrasting color or an interesting texture into your space. You want your space to be functional above all else, but this doesn’t mean it has to be staler than bread. There are plenty of sleek textures and patterns that can enhance minimalist interior design. Sometimes all that you need to tie together a plain space is a pair of brightly colored curtains.
No Strings Attached
To spruce up your window treatments, try hiding the hardware. A ticky tangled cord can cut off the clean lines you worked so hard to create. Instead, look for window treatment options that are modern and hassle-free.
You can also conceal bulky hardware when it comes to curtains and drapes. If you have a drop ceiling, then the work to hide your curtain rods is already done for you. If you don’t, there are still a few instalment techniques to help tailor your new addition. To maintain the sleek vertical lines of the ceiling to floor curtains, try a ceiling mounted track. By placing the tops of your curtains as close to the ceiling as possible, you can ensure long, clean lines from top to bottom. If you don’t want to install a track, mount your curtains and drapes as high and close to the wall as possible. That way, you can still achieve vertical elongation while minimizing bulk.
Minimalism is about cleaning up the visual architecture of a space. By removing the inessential, such as cords and pulling mechanism, minimalist window treatments go a long way in tidying a room. Slender and simple blinds and shades can pull a room together by creating harmony within the space.
In your quest for minimalism, though, be sure to make your modern house a home. A minimalist space can still have a life to it. Colors and textures aren’t off limits. In fact, they can elongate and balance a room. Explore a few different designs to find a window treatment that enhances, rather than just blends, with your overall structure.