Decorating Secrets: 6 Benefits to Going Minimal in the Bedroom

updated Dec 16, 2019
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We’re defining “minimal” a little literal in this post — we’re talking about bedrooms lovely because they only have the minimal amount of elements in them. A bed. Maybe a nightstand. A rug for softness underfoot. Maybe a light. They’re not wall-to-wall stuff — and that avoidance of clutter and more things than actually needed can have quite a few benefits, both health and design wise. Here are some of our favorites to consider when trying to decide how much stuff to put in your bedroom.

1. Less stuff = less stuff to clean = less dust, dirt and allergies
Perhaps one of the best benefits to having less physical stuff in your bedroom is less things to catch dust, less things to have to shove out from under your bed to vacuum and more.

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2. Bedrooms that lack clutter can be more peaceful

Everyone’s definition of peaceful varies, of course, but unless you really derive your sense of calm from piles and stacks of dirty laundry and clutter, then you might benefit from taking the stuff level down in your bedroom a bit to see if it increases your peace.

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3. It’s crazy easy to change out the look
Do you get pretty bored with your bedroom easily? Well guess what — when you’ve only got a few furniture pieces and a piece of art or two, changing the look of the entire room is as easy as a new paint color, new bedspread or even just a new piece of art.

4. Just one element can make a bold look
In the same vein, it can be easier to make a powerful, bold look in a space when you’ve got a minimal amount of things, because something like an oversized piece of art or graphic, geometric bedspread will make a much larger statement than in a room where it’s surrounded by equally bold, patterned things.

5. Minimal rooms don’t mind messy beds as much
Maybe it’s just the prevalence of perfectly imperfect not-made beds in recent magazine photo spreads, but there’s just something so stylish about a minimally modern bedroom with a bedspread barely thrown on top, folds, wrinkles and all. Gives off a feeling of ease and casualness. And sure shaves a few minutes off your morning pick-up routine.

Going for minimal design can sometimes mean saving money
It doesn’t always mean more affordable — because of course even just a few well-made furniture items can cost a lot if that’s how you want to invest your money — but in general, less stuff can sometimes mean less money. Or at the very least, more money for other parts of the house.