30 Chic Minimalist Bedroom Ideas

Minimalism is one of those design styles that gets confusing quickly. Often mixed up with modernism on its own, it’s actually much more than that — a minimalist space can be sleek and contemporary or even fully traditional, in the hands of the right designer. What matters most is the way the furnishings in the space are used — sparingly, very intentionally and with a full focus on the interplay of pieces together.

Minimalism also doesn’t have to be stark and colorless or cold and dark: on the contrary, minimalist spaces can use a variety of colors, from bright whites to bold blacks, to make the perfect design statement. As you’ll see in the images below, these rooms can run the gamut from light and airy Hamptons beach homes to sky-high penthouses and cozy, cottage-y apartments.

Bedrooms are perhaps the most challenging room to streamline, since this is the most personal, intimate space in the home. These are often rooms that can become cluttered with curios and tchotchkes (not to mention actual clothing), but with guidance from a creative design professional, minimalist bedrooms can be the show-stopping centerpiece of any home.

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How to Clean a Microwave

All it takes is one round of leftovers or burnt bag of popcorn to turn a sparkling clean microwave into a grimy, smelly mess. The key to keeping a clean countertop microwave is regular maintenance — every few days, at the very least. When you notice stains on your microwave’s interior or want to get rid of stuck-on food, turn to this foolproof guide on how to clean a microwave by Carolyn Forte, Director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab.

Unlike other kitchen appliances, you can clean a microwave with everyday cleaning products you already have in your house, including all-purpose cleaner, baking soda, dish soap or vinegar (white or apple cider). That’s right, stay away from bleach because General Electric warns it actually weakens the plastic interior and damages the appliance in the long-run. Unless you let tomato sauce splatters sit for too long, microwaves don’t usually stain like most countertops and sinks, so the whitening cleaner is unnecessary to begin with.

Now, follow this expert-tested guide to clean your microwave from the outside in — door, turntable, and all.

How to Clean the Inside of a Microwave

The mixture of splatters and smells can leave your microwave

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How to Clean a Couch, Including the Upholstery and More

In many ways, your couch is the heart of your home. Think about it this way: It’s the place you and your loved ones gather to complete jigsaw puzzles, catch up after a long day’s work, and binge Netflix show after Netflix show. Because of this, your couch is also the catch-all spot for chip crumbs, popcorn kernels, and occasional wine spills.

While vacuuming or wiping down your sofa may tackle day-to-day dirt and pet hair, you should bust out your fabric steamers and cleaners if you really want to get rid of set-in stains, spills, and oils from grimy hands and feet. Every six months or so, follow this step-by-step guide on how to clean a couch — no matter what kind of fabric it may be — by Carolyn Forte, Director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab, to make your living room ready for another jam-packed weekend of movie-watching.

How to Clean and Sanitize a Couch

Whether you’re trying to tackle a specific stain on a cushion or want to give your entire couch a biannual refresh, give this easy how-to a try:

  1. Use a handheld garment steamer or bursts from your steam iron to kill
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