Minimalism ...

Today I’d like to chat about a frequently heard word in this era’s design world: Minimalism.

 Ok we all probably don't have arched doorways heading out to the ocean, but if you take all that away and just look at the stuff you can see that it isn't minimal but its curated and what is there has purpose. Image via Pinterest

Ok we all probably don't have arched doorways heading out to the ocean, but if you take all that away and just look at the stuff you can see that it isn't minimal but its curated and what is there has purpose. Image via Pinterest

 

Now, if you watched the Netflix doc, you might be worried I’m about to tell you to throw out 95% of your closet, invest in nothing but open shelving, and own exactly three pieces of furniture. While that may work for some, I’m a mom. Not gonna happen in this house.

In today’s every-person terms, minimalism doesn’t necessarily refer to using only the bare necessities in your home décor, but rather how you can use minimal amounts of color and knick-knacks to pull together a space. Today’s minimalism is all about helping your space feel open and fresh, even if the room may not be massive. The goal is to place items in the room with intention in order to make the biggest impact with the smallest amount of clutter. Below are some easy-to-adapt tips to help you scale down and brighten up!

 This is in no way minimalist, but what I will say that there is a color story, it has a neutral backdrop, and there is a rhyme and reason to the way in which this is organized. Image via Pinterest.

This is in no way minimalist, but what I will say that there is a color story, it has a neutral backdrop, and there is a rhyme and reason to the way in which this is organized. Image via Pinterest.

 

  1. Time to Tidy

This will be the biggest first step in any move towards a minimalist space. As someone who has moved homes going on 4 times now, I can personally attest to the incredible amount of stuff my family can accumulate in a shockingly small amount of time. Now, I will not tell you to throw away anything based on amount of clutter alone, but I have a few small questions you may need to ask yourself before declaring toss or keep.

 

Does this bring me joy? If the answer is yes, keep it! If it’s a candle in a scent you don’t love that was given to you secondhand anyways, you might consider donating. Does it have a home? If this thing doesn’t have a designated space, it will need to find one! A huge part of keeping your space open is making sure all the odds and ends have designated space in a drawer or cabinet.

 Image via Pinterest.

Image via Pinterest.


 

  1. Reconsider Color

Color is a pretty polarizing idea in a home. On one hand, yes, paint color can influence mood and add tone to a room. On the other hand…it can be really distracting. Some people do not at all like the idea of all neutral or white walls. A lot of folks get the idea that all white is too boring or ‘clinical’ and to each their own! But to me, an all-neutral room is a blank canvas. You have some beautiful plants that deserve a spotlight? Pop them against a white wall and see how vivid that green becomes. Do you own a lovely pink throw or pillow? Throw that bad boy on a neutrally-colored couch and it is suddenly a huge focal point.

 I love how this subtle pop of pink adds a focal point to this space. New pillows/throws could be added or changed out seasonally to freshen up the space and your backdrop can stay neutral and calming. Image via Consort Design

I love how this subtle pop of pink adds a focal point to this space. New pillows/throws could be added or changed out seasonally to freshen up the space and your backdrop can stay neutral and calming. Image via Consort Design

The best part of keeping your major colors neutral is that it allows you to have less objects adding to the color story of your room. Your minimal objects and colors are free to make huge statements without overloading the senses with too many visual distractions. It keeps your room calm while still allowing you to completely change up your home with minimal effort when you’re ready for some new colors.

 

  1. Do not Discount Textures

This idea is definitely a playoff of the above point, and something we’ve discussed here on the blog before! But it’s a very important idea so it bears repeating: textures are your best friend. If you want to have a grown-up space, don’t stress so much about colors, and instead consider the textures you are introducing. These small touches will have huge impacts.

 Multiple wood tones, brick, concrete, linen, and brass all can act as color and add interest to a space without making it feel to active.

Multiple wood tones, brick, concrete, linen, and brass all can act as color and add interest to a space without making it feel to active.

 

A jute rug brings earthy warmth to an otherwise entirely modern room. Concrete planters can add a more architectural style while the softness of a leafy green up top balances out the strong lines. Brass hardware in a kitchen or bathroom brings just enough contrast to a traditionally clean and crisp space, and again, adds just enough warmth to keep a room from feeling cold or unwelcoming. These are all fairly small adds that can make or break a room.

 Neutral window treatments are also a way to let your furniture, art and accessories tell your story rather than clutter it. Think soft shades of white, sand, and grey or natural shades rather than bold colors or patterns.

Neutral window treatments are also a way to let your furniture, art and accessories tell your story rather than clutter it. Think soft shades of white, sand, and grey or natural shades rather than bold colors or patterns.

 

If you find yourself backed into a design corner, I would encourage you to take a step back and ask yourself what mixed textures you could add via pillows, side tables, lamps, etc., instead of how to push even more colors into your mix. While color is absolutely important, I would argue that the constructed elements of your pieces are equally, if not more, important to a room.

 

I hope this list was helpful, and if you have any more minimalism tips to add, feel free to leave them below!