It’s a wonderful example of how minimalist living can make even the smallest spaces seem open, airy, and serene.
I love studying such photos to see what design and decluttering principles I can apply to my own space. Here’s what I’ve learned from Victor and Soeun:
1. White, white, and more white. White and light colored walls make all the difference in making a small space appear larger. Uniformity is important as well–when the eye can’t easily pick out transitions between walls, corners, and rooms (because, for example, they’re all painted the same color), the brain receives an impression of expansiveness.
2. Purely functional spaces. The living area consists of a couch and small table. The dining area is defined by a simple table. The “bedroom” is a bed–nothing else. Furnishings are reduced to the bare minimum–no need for nightstands, console tables, curio cabinets and other miscellaneous pieces that serve little purpose than to hold additional clutter.
3. Absence of clutter. The surfaces are clear, and free of knickknacks and other assorted items. Although the books are exposed, the uniformity with which they are lined up suggest “storage” rather than “clutter.” And they even add a bit of interest to the space!
4. Natural texture. The wood floors, wood dining table, and wood countertops add enough warmth to keep the white palette from feeling sterile. Ditto for the four pillows on the window seat.
5. Translucent materials. What a wonderful way to enclose a space without solid walls! They’re a great solution to hiding clutter or creating privacy, while still creating the impression of one continuous space–plus, I love how they “glow” from the light within!
The minimalist houses in design magazines can often seem cold, staged, and far removed from our daily lives (in terms of both practicality and expense). Victor and Soeun’s apartment, on the other hand, is a fantastic example of “livable minimalism”–a well-designed, decluttered space, whose principles we can actually replicate in our own homes.