Essentialism is about distilling your life and your home to its’ essential components. Unlike minimalism, which might be seen as essentialism’s close relation, it is not about stripping your life bare or making your home look cold and functional.
This is why we might suggest things such as a de-clutter, but not a complete removal of everything that makes your home a personal space.
Our designers might think that inbouw spots work best for your space, rather than ostentatious chandeliers and bring more of ambient light into the space.
Lighting is important in essentialism and LED fittings in particular can help deliver the essential warmth and light needed to a room, without any unnecessary dazzle or glare.
Essentialism in design (and in life) is about recognizing what is important and needs to be kept, but also being able to identify what can be gotten rid of.
To embrace essentialism successfully it is probable that you are going to throw out – or to be more precise, recycle – things that you no longer have a purpose for. However, you may still make some purchases in the efforts to streamline and bring the important characteristics out to the fore.
Maybe you did not think about the effect that lighting might have on your home and the atmosphere that it projects. But it is paramount.
With the right lighting, you can change the focus in a room from blinding or overwhelming, to comfortable and simple.
For example, throughout your home we would recommend replacing your old and dusty light fittings.
Overblown and unnecessarily large lighting can be exchanged for the minimal (but not necessarily minimalist) LED insertion spots.
Any type of LED lighting is a good choice for the essentialist home – they are energy saving and provide a clear, ambient light which is comfortable on the eye. But we especially like touches such as led badkamer inbouwspots, which are bathroom spots.
The bathroom is the one room in the house which has been rather overlooked when it comes to both de-cluttering and simplifying.
And then, sometimes, when it has been reduced to its’ barest elements, it can look rather cold and clinical.
As we have already said, essentialism at home is not the same thing as minimalism. This means although we may be looking to scale back the clutter in the bathroom (or any room) we do not want to turn it into a prison room!
The first place to start is with the lighting. We would advise ditching the single overhead lighting which is so draining and unflattering to have to look at oneself in and opting for several, much smaller badkamer inbouw LED spots. These tiny little bathroom built-in LED spots can improve the look of anyone’s dark shadows and tired complexion first thing in the morning and provide a gentle focus in a room which might have been rather harshly lit before.
De-cluttering also can add to the essential nature of the bathroom – but remember, we are not aiming to strip back to the basics completely.
A personal touch, some candles, maybe some decorative elements are all perfectly okay in an essentialist bathroom. There just should be less, rather than more of it and it should be something that you really cannot live without.
ESSENTIALISM FOR YOUR HOME
We have only really given the example of the bathroom so far, but in fact, the same principle can be applied to the rest of your home.
Essentialism is about finding out what really matters to you, to have in a room. It is only making purchases of things that you really love and are definitely going to use.
It doesn’t matter if the couch you buy came from a recycled furniture store or somewhere designer. If you love it and you are going to use it, then it can fit into your essentialist home.
The golden thing to remember is to ask yourself if you need to have this object in your life, before you put it in your home.