Welcome to my blog!

This blog tells my experience with buying a house in Dublin, Ireland, and renovating it. 

I wanted to share everything I learned along the way, my misadventures and any tips and tricks!

Benefits of a minimalist interior design

Benefits of a minimalist interior design

As a starting point, let me clarify what I mean by minimalist interior design: spacious and well organised rooms which have minimum furniture and details (focusing the attention on the shape, color and texture).

1. It doesn't break the bank

With a small budget you can achieve a modern and elegant solution. This is a factor to consider especially when you just committed to buying a property (hence, there might be a mortgage or loan involved), not to mentioned possible renovation jobs. 

Also, this is the simplest of designs (obviously) - you can achieve great results by yourself without having to hire a professional. 

2. You can easily change it later

You've likely dreamed of how you'll decorate your house for months, if not years! So I understand the need to nest and make it as pretty as you like. However, there's no rush! 
By starting with a minimalist style, you will have the time to thoughtfully choose your design elements and your pieces of furniture. 
Trying to have your dream house ready right away not will affects your budget, but might result in choices you could regret. 

Also, if you've spent a small budget to decorate to begin with, it means that spending another small budget to completely change thing up is absolutely feasible - you have the option to evolve your style as you prefer. 

3. Should you resell the house, it'll attract more buyers

With the current economy in Ireland, selling a house is not exactly the most difficult endeavour ;)
But, let's say that it's not the most favourable area or that the economy changes in a couple of years, keeping the design simple and uncluttered will allow for an easier sale. 
A bit of personality is a nice addition to a house so that buyers have a 'homey' feel when they visit, however, at the same time, you want to allow them to imagine the space as their own and how they'll decorate it - getting a good idea of the space available.

It's difficult to imagine your own style in a house that is very clearly marked by someone else's.

4. Less clutter, less things for your renters/pets/kids to break

Imagine a house full of furniture and knick-knacks, which you love, have taken care to select, and on which you've spend money on. Now imagine how much care renters/pets/children could possibly take with your precious interior design. 

At least with renters you have a deposit .. but why go through the hassle of having to fix and replace things in the first place. Design your spaces for how you plan to use them, and not how you'd want them ideally. 

And on that note, it's less things for your pets to chew, pee or shed on - helping you keep the house clean :)

5. From a design point of view, it makes your rooms look more airy, spacious and organised

This style of interior design works both in big and small areas and in many people, lack of clutter give helps concentrate and give you piece of mind. 

There are many articles on how to achieve this design out there, although I think this one by Janet Price one summarises the most effective methods nicely.

Also, if you haven't had a chance yet, I highly recommend checking out the documentary 'Minimalism' on Nextflix.

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