How to Decorate Like a Minimalist
The first, and primary step to creating minimalism decor is to cut the clutter. This is difficult for people who tend to hoard or be sentimental about a lot of things. But, if you cannot get your heart over throwing out your great aunt’s photo, one can also create the illusion that you own fewer things. For surfaces, display only what is necessary and things you love (and we know you don’t love everything – so select carefully).
Everything else gets stored out of sight. Your biggest friend in this is investing in furniture pieces which doubles as a storage space, such as bookcases, ottomans and storage benches. Stylish baskets and bins also help keep the clutter at bay. With minimalism, there’s no reason to fill every space on counters and walls – embrace the white space. Having breathing space for your decor also allows them to stand out more.
Another way to keep clutter from becoming overwhelming, is use the one in, one out rule – for every piece of furniture, or any item for that matter, you bring in, throw another one out. This keeps you from buying unnecessary things as well as to keep the space as clutter free as possible.
Your key mantra is better, not more when it comes to buying furnishings for any space. Since there are less distractions for the eye in a minimalist space, it is important to carefully select each piece of furniture as they play the lead in creating the room’s overall feel. This is why it makes more sense to invest in quality furnishings that will be able to last a great deal of time while making beautiful and timeless statements.
When it comes to colours and textures – stick to a neutral colour palette. The reason being that bright colours are visually busy, and in a minimalist space one tries to keep things calm. This doesn’t mean everything needs to be stark white or beige, use different shades and tones of your chosen colour to give it a more homey feel. Textures are your friend – since you’re using a neutral colour palette as your base, textures help to spice up the overall look. This also helps to create layers within the decor – making it seem less monotonous.
Ways you can incorporate texture is through adding items with woven details, pieces with patina or rough finishes – keep in mind less is still more, so don’t go overboard. Another way to spice up your space is to bring nature to the party. Add florals and greenery as they add lush hues and unique textures to the blank canvas.
Minimalism can seem cold and clinical, which is why it is important to have as much natural light as possible streaming into the room. To increase the warmth of a room, one can also ensure to have yellow undertones in the paint used on the wall. Another way is to make the room more cozy and inviting by playing with textures with blankets and throws, rugs and pillows.
At the end of the day ensure you decorate with things you love and using pieces enhancing the architecture of the space you’re decorating. But mostly, have fun decorating your new space.