Is Minimalist Décor for You?

Is Minimalist Décor for You?

The minimalism movement is on the rise nowadays. At least, we have been hearing this term a lot in the past. After reading several articles and books about minimalism, we realized that we had started becoming minimalists about 3-4 years ago, we just didn’t call it minimalism. There are plenty of reasons that make people switch to minimalism – financial, environmental, freedom from possessions, ease of travel, etc. Our main reason for switching to a minimalist lifestyle was environmental, as we wanted to avoid using resources, and therefore contributing to pollution. But with this style comes many more benefits than we ever imagined
If minimalism is right for you depends on your personal preferences. What if you love certain styles that are hard to associate with the minimal concept, but don’t want to end up with the cluttered space? The goal of this post is to review how minimalism can be incorporated into any interior style.
Can the minimal look be achieved even if you want to maintain a boho or shabby chic style? We absolutely believe so. Our home décor is a combination of styles. It is hard to define it in one word:  rustic-meets-industrial with some modern elements, maybe… However, it has minimalistic traits. So, let’s look at how the minimal yet personalized look can actually be achieved in any interior style.
When someone says minimalistic design, what image pops into your head?  Do you think blank, white walls or empty shelves with no personality to be seen?  In the past, that is how many people used to define the style. In reality, it was not quite so bleak but still not what it is today.

What Defined Minimalism in the Past?

Many of the same design elements that define minimalism continue today, but the style in which they are used makes all the difference.  In the past, the clean lines and lack of color gave a room almost a cold, impersonal feel.  Some might even have argued it was a bit institutional in nature. But those misconceptions are no longer relevant in this style. It doesn’t have to be the bland, blah void that lacks all personality.

Minimalistic Design Today

More and more people today are recognizing that clutter and noise are no longer necessary to add flavor to a room.  You can have soft lines, style and even (gasp) some color, and still be considered minimalistic.  The design style has grown and matured into a more peaceful and personable space.

A minimal traditional dining room. It definitely speaks the style with minimum accessories.

There are several benefits to going with this style of décor.  Studies have shown that living amongst clutter and “stuff” can cause stress.  Anyone who has looked for their keys amongst the piles of books, figurines and bowls of useless decoration knows exactly what this is like. 

A minimal shabby chic bedroom

A minimal shabby chic bedroom

In addition, you spend less time dusting and straightening up. With less clutter, cleaning up is easier and frees you up to do what you want to do instead of what you have to do.  

How to Achieve the Minimalistic Look

Creating minimalistic décor is both the easiest and the hardest thing you will ever do. You would think it would be as simple as getting rid of the stuff you don’t use anymore.  But this is anything but simple.  After spending so long accumulating all your prized possessions, deciding what to get rid of is probably the hardest part of the whole process.  However, the one really great resource we can recommend is the “Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” book. It is definitely a must-read if you are serious about decluttering, but don’t know where to start  getting rid of mementos you don’t like/use anymore.

They say when doing this you should pick up the item and if it doesn’t bring you joy, get rid of it.  But I think we can all agree that, when push comes to shove, we would all say that large, red catch-all dish on your entry table brings you unending happiness.  The trick is to get tough with yourself; maybe take everything out of the room and put it back layer by layer. Make sure you stop bringing things in when you can look around and feel comfortable. The key to decluttering is to make sure that everything you put into a room serves a direct purpose; things should be functionally decorative. 

Farmhouse kitchen/dining area. This is one of my favorite farmhouse interior designs I have ever seen on the Internet. Source

Farmhouse kitchen/dining area. This is one of my favorite farmhouse interior designs I have ever seen on the Internet. Source

Because there are less items in the room, the actual room becomes the décor.  Focus on shapes and textures to add interest to the room.  One amazing focal item is worth a hundred small knick-knacks gathering dust on your shelves. Just be sure that your focal item says something about you, your style and is of high quality.  In addition, having one focal color as an accent offers an amazing statement as well.

Boho is known as a maximalist look, but this one is definitely minimal without compromising the style.
Are you also in love with that tribal area rug? I found something similar for you:

And a sisal rug for underlay

And a sisal rug for underlay

Another way to add personality is with large wall art.  A cluster of small pictures can seem cluttered and full. By having one large piece of art, it gives color and interest without seeming to fill the space needlessly.  And there is no rule that says you have to be limited to pictures.  You can choose something that says something about your style and hang that.  You are only limited by your imagination, as almost anything that can be hung up can be made into art.

Minimalist bedroom with a large statement wall art. Source

Minimalist bedroom with a large statement wall art. Source

The oversized wall art that we love (41+ in.)

Things to Remember with Minimalistic Design

  • Keep It Clean

First and foremost, minimalistic design is about downgrading and decluttering.  Make sure your room is clean and free from clutter.  It will give you a feeling of refreshed relief to be out from under all the materialistic noise.  It will also save you tons of money that you would have normally spent trying to fill your space.

  • Color Scheme

The primary base color for this design is still white (classic) or any color, as long as you choose muted tones. However, it is perfectly acceptable to introduce one accent color into the room to soften it up a bit.  This offers personality and a pop of interest without having all the clutter effect multiple colors can have.

  • Use the Items You Have

You don't have to fill the room with a lot of items to make it interesting.  If you arrange the pillows or chairs in a creative way, no one will even notice the lack of figurines from your shelves. You can also create interest by having one large focal point in your room that everything complements.  Possibly a stylish couch or large framed poster that draws people in.

Just remember, with this design style, less is more.  It gives you a chance to use your creativity and style to create the feeling of warmth and comfort while getting out from under all that useless, materialistic clutter.

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