When we think of minimalist style, blank white interiors similar to hospital rooms are often what first come to mind. Everything from the furniture to the lighting fixtures are so sleek and clean you fear what will happen if you touch them. However, this style is evolving to incorporate color and evoke a calm, homey feel. It doesn’t require throwing away all of your possessions or taking a bucket of white paint to everything in sight, but rather choosing things with meaning and honing in on nature’s beauty. Here are six minimalist techniques to try at home.
Selectively Cut Clutter
Decluttering is always a hard process. You come across that box of awards you won in high school, photos of your friends, and little gifts from your family that make it hard to toss them. You’ll often find sentimental reasons to keep everything, but press further. Ask yourself what you really need and love. Keep things that have practical use value, then tackle the rest by digitizing old photos and oversized mementos, donating unwanted hand-me-downs, and engaging the entire family in a whole-house decluttering effort. You’ll immediately notice a difference!
Choose a Neutral Color Palette
Black and white are some of the most popular colors seen in minimalist spaces, but you don’t have to limit yourself to the two ends of the spectrum. Welcome muted shades, such as cream, beige, brown and gray, into your palette and layer them for depth. If you can’t paint your walls, incorporate these colors with decorative accents and furnishings, like rugs and pillows.
Embrace Mother Nature
A key element of minimalist style is to connect with the outdoors as much as possible. Expansive floor-to-ceiling windows are common in minimalist rooms and capitalizing on any and all natural light sources are crucial to getting the light and airy look. Bring nature indoors too with fresh flowers or indoor plants to add a pop of color and life. Also consider organic and natural materials for your decor, like handmade wooden tables or linen bedding. These will help enhance the minimalist feel while still injecting some life into the space.
Go for Sharp, Straight Lines
Straight lines have the power to capture one’s eye immediately. Minimalism usually maximizes on this idea. From windows and doors to bed frames and even sofas, you should be able to easily spot crisp edges everywhere. The idea of straight lines is not limited to rectangles and squares, but can be angled to create cool geometric shapes and patterns. Play around to find something that matches your space.
Make a Statement With a Few, High-Quality, Large-Scale Pieces
The famous saying “quality over quantity” really comes into play here. You’ll often see only a few furnishings in minimalist spaces, such as one ornate chandelier in the center of a room or one big painting on a wall, rather than several smaller ones. These pieces are chosen with intention and speak volumes by themselves. Put a lot of thought into every purchase to achieve a modern look. You want to make sure the pieces are cohesive with one piece being the eye catcher.
Structure Rooms With the Right Layout
An essential rule of minimalist style is to create a sense of openness with the least amount of furniture and decor. After you’ve bought your key pieces, browse different layouts before placing them in a room. A good practice to follow is to group pieces in a corner or against a long wall, rather in the center. Leaving big, open spaces in common areas and hallways helps achieve the ideal sense of spaciousness.
Minimalism is achievable and it doesn’t have to be boring! It can be your home’s style or it is perfect for staging.