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Your Guide to a Cosy Practical Home in Hong Kong

September 20, 2019
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The minimalist lifestyle has become increasingly popular among homeowners as it strips away the clutter that accumulates in our homes. It also gives you the freedom to spend less time cleaning the house and you can experience the feeling of spaciousness despite living in a minuscule home.

Here are some valuable tips along with real-life examples of Hong Kong homes that embrace the minimalist lifestyle and making full use of their every square footage.

Tip 1: Set a goal

Monterey by Space Design

Interior Firm: Space Design

The first tip to minimalist living is to take a step backward and observe your space. Identify the purpose of each room and get rid of anything that doesn’t serve a purpose in that room. For example, if the purpose of your bedroom is to rest and recharge, having a television on the dresser might distract you from getting a good night’s sleep.

Space Design makes sure that every single piece of furniture or item that can be seen in plain sight must serve a purpose or a function. This immediately eliminates clutter and makes this 500 sq ft apartment look so much bigger.

Monterey by Space Design

Interior Firm: Space Design

Monterey by Space Design

Interior Firm: Space Design

Monterey by Space Design

Interior Firm: Space Design

Monterey by Space Design

Interior Firm: Space Design

Tip 2: Keep or toss?

City Garden House by Epic

Interior Firm: Epic

Distinguish the difference between minimizing and tidying up. A minimalistic home is a home that is first of all purposeful. Just because a room is tidy doesn’t necessarily mean there’s still not too much stuff inside it.

This 3-bedroom condo designed by Epic does an excellent job in displaying only necessary pieces or items that they love and store everything else out of sight. The result is a home with all the functions they need, but without all the visual clutter.

City Garden House by Epic

Interior Firm: Epic

City Garden House by Epic

Interior Firm: Epic

Tip 3: Less is more.

Savannah by Pixel Interior Design

Interior Firm: Pixel Interior Design

A minimalist mindset is all about how owning less creates an opportunity to live more. According to Joshua Becker, the author of The Minimalist Home, “Minimalism isn’t about removing things you love. It’s about removing the things that distract you from the things you love.”

Savannah by Pixel Interior Design

Interior Firm: Pixel Interior Design

Designed by Pixel Interior Design, this 4-bedroom condo proves that you don’t need too many items to create a stylish home. Just do it with a piece that adds to the functionality, such as coloured cushions. As a result, your home will look less chaotic and aesthetically peaceful.

Savannah by Pixel Interior Design

Interior Firm: Pixel Interior Design

Savannah by Pixel Interior Design

Interior Firm: Pixel Interior Design

Tip 4: Keep it clean

GNIC by hoom studio

Interior Firm: hoom studio

We all inevitably own items that we cherish but don’t have the space to keep it in our home. Here’s an easy solution, decide on one of the three following options for every object: remove it, relocate it, leave it. Multiple choices is easier than an essay, right? So why try to essay yourself through decluttering decisions when you can do the easy-peasy with a multiple choice?

Hoom studio chooses a simple cabinet that can be built into the wall to keep surfaces clean and clear from clutter and only display decorative items that communicate a sense of personal style. The minimalism theme found throughout this apartment also gives the illusion of a bigger space in this 483 sq ft apartment.

GNIC by hoom studio

Interior Firm: hoom studio

GNIC by hoom studio

Interior Firm: hoom studio

Tip 5: Start small

Coral Court by Aims Design

Interior Firm: Aims Design

When it comes to cleaning, Becker suggests you should start with the easier spaces and then move on to the harder ones. For instance, you can start tidying the living room or the bedroom first. Once you have committed to clearing your space, you will start to build up skills and confidence to tackle more difficult areas like the kitchen or the storeroom.

If more storage equals more clutter, then why not take a leaf from this apartment designed by Aims Design - to have only storage when needed.

Coral Court by Aims Design

Interior Firm: Aims Design

Coral Court by Aims Design

Interior Firm: Aims Design

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