25 Aug 7 Simple Ways to Enjoy a More Minimalist Home
Sometimes it seems as though the driving force in society is the urge to acquire more stuff. We shop. We spend. We bring it all home. And then, at the end of the day, we’re stuck with a living space that feels cluttered and restless. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Minimalists—the architects and interior designers whose goal it is to free our lives from the stressful effects excess—offer the solution that less really is more. It turns out that stripping your house down to the bare essentials can be a freeing experience, and striving for the ideal blend of form and function, without compromising on quality, has become a very popular choice for homeowners. Still, simplicity and elegance do not come cheap. As a result, those who are unable to afford new minimalist homes are searching for inexpensive ways to adopt a “quality over quantity” lifestyle. To that end, here are 7 simple ways to enjoy a more minimalist home.
Pick a room, any room
The biggest challenge in creating a minimalist home is figuring out where to start. Obviously you can’t transform your entire house overnight, so just pick a room, any room, and get to work. Once that room has been simplified you’ll have a better idea of what a minimalist room looks like and more importantly, how it feels. Remember, the goal of simplification is to create a room that is visually appealing and has a calming atmosphere that makes it more enjoyable to be in. When you’ve achieved that goal in one room, it will inspire you to repeat the process with each and every room of the house.
Give in to the urge to purge
The process of home simplification can be very liberating and cleansing to the soul. And as you give in to the urge to purge you’ll be amazed at all the things you can live very comfortably without. A good rule of thumb for deciding what stays and what goes is to honestly ask yourself if the item in question is truly essential. If there’s even the slightest hesitation, put it on Craig’s List.
In simplifying a room, the first place to start is with the furniture. And with furniture it’s all about form and function. Furniture that doesn’t add to the comfort and livability of a room is an elephant in that room and should be eliminated. Thanks to the growing popularity of minimalism, there are all kinds of plain and simple furnishings to choose from to help make a room more open, inviting and comfortable.
De-clutter floors and flat surfaces
Like a pimple on prom night, nothing disrupts the peaceful flow of a simplified home more than clutter on floors and flat surfaces. After all, minimalism is about balance and harmony. And clutter creates chaos and stress. Nothing should be stacked or stored on a floor, countertop or desk. Although a few simple decorative pieces are appropriate, any other items should be trashed, stashed or donated.
Simplify walls and window treatments
When it comes to hanging items on your walls, quality beats quantity every time. While a few simple pieces of strategically placed artwork can be effective, in a minimalist home it’s hard to improve on the uninterrupted visual appeal that a bare wall can provide. The same holds for window treatments. Simple wooden blinds, solid colored curtains and bare windows are in, while ornate window treatments are out.
Don’t overdo the decorations
In a minimalist home a better word for decorations would be “accents”. Natural items, such as flowers in a simple vase or a potted plant can provide splashes of color to make a room more inviting and interesting without overpowering it.
Stick with plain patterns and subdued colors
When it comes to furniture and floor coverings, solid colors are preferred, as busier patterns run the danger of creating visual clutter. As for walls, white and eggshell are very popular in minimalist homes. But other solid and subdued colors such as blues, greens, browns and tans can also work well. To hide flaws in walls such as bumps or small cracks, paint that has a non-reflective matte finish works best.
So, don’t feel as though you need a lot of money in order to have fewer things. You can turn your home into a minimalist-paradise just by making a few inexpensive changes around the house, and once you’re done, you’ll see that less really is more—except when it comes to your bank account.