Embracing Kondo-Inspired Minimalist Design in your Bedroom

Embracing Kondo-Inspired Minimalist Design in your Bedroom

Interior design tips for a minimalist sleep sanctuary

The phrase “minimalist interior design” often brings to mind Marie Kondo’s big question.

Does it spark joy?

Like so many before and after her, Marie Kondo’s methods focus on the thoughtful beauty of minimalism.

Take this quote, for example:  

“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.”

While the words could have easily come from a 21st-Century interior designer, it was actually Socrates who, 2,500 years ago, found serenity in simplicity.

Minimalist interior design creates a comfortable, relaxing bedroom free from clutter and distraction. Minimalism is both an enduring trend and a way to organise your life that maximises wellbeing while minimising encumbrances.

The benefits of minimalist interior design

Daily life outside your bedroom is distracting enough. Having a clean, relaxing, aesthetically pleasing place to start and end your day lays the foundation for healthy sleep and productive days.

Removing unnecessary furniture and decorations encourages a simpler, clearer mindset, which helps wind down for a good night’s sleep and wake with a positive attitude.

Minimalism also shifts focus to the few essential things in your life, like a good mattress, quality bed sheets, comfortable chair and statement plant.

Plus, minimalist bedrooms have the added advantage of being easier to clean.

Minimalist bedroom design tips

1. Declutter, discard or donate

Decluttering is the essential first step to creating a minimalist bedroom.

Don’t limit decluttering to the odd cushion or throw rug. Be thorough and assess each item’s usefulness honestly. You may find your desk is overloaded with distractions or you have clothes in the wardrobe that have not been worn in months.

It’s natural to form an attachment to furniture and decorations. Ask your best friend or partner to help make the tough decisions.

2. Un-decorate your walls

Minimalist design does not necessarily mean living with bare walls. However, limiting yourself to a single wall hanging will amplify the impact of your chosen artwork.

Design your bedroom around a consistent theme, using your favourite wall hanging or piece of art to make a subtle statement and accent the clean, neutral aesthetic.

3. Connect with your eco-friendly side

Sustainable materials are not only healthier for you and the environment, but they also suit a modern, minimalist bedroom design lexicon perfectly.

Pieces like sisal rugs, bamboo bed sheets and cork furniture can help you breathe easier, reduce your environmental impact and sleep better at night.

4. Keep a neutral colour scheme

Neutral, naturally-inspired tones create a calming atmosphere. Bright colours are better in the living room and kitchen where stimulation and distraction are welcome.

But in a minimalist bedroom, it’s more than acceptable to maintain a monochrome palette. OLARA’s bamboo bed sheet range comprises five naturally-derived neutral colours to complement your calming, clutter-free bedroom design.

5. Make a simple statement

Choose a single statement decoration to tie your bedroom design together. Large, green houseplants like a fiddle leaf fig work perfectly.

Like sustainable furniture and bed sheets, plants ground your mind in the present and establish connection to nature.

6. Let natural light in

Finally, embrace sunlight in your minimalist bedroom design. Once you declutter, consider how your remaining furniture is arranged to maximise natural light during the day and block out unwanted light at night.

Blackout curtains are excellent for night-time relaxation and often complement a neutral colour scheme.

Decluttering your bedroom to declutter your mind

Minimalist interior design is more than an aesthetic choice. From mental health benefits to easier organisation, to breathing easier with hypoallergenic bed sheets and furniture, there are many reasons minimalism endures in bedroom design.

Back to blog