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