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How to Decorate Your Home Using Minimalistic Style

by Marquette Turner Luxury Homes

in Design & Trends, Interior Design, Variety

Your home should be the place where you feel most comfortable and at peace. However, many people can find it hard to reach a zen-like state or find their inner focus when at home and can’t understand why. Often, the inability to find serenity in one’s own home is due to being surrounded by clutter. While it may seem impossible to consider your decor as part of the clutter culprit, in reality, it’s often well-intentioned items meant to decorate your space that end up causing unnecessary stress. There’s the physical upkeep, which includes cleaning, repairing, and rearranging items every so often to keep your home looking fresh. Then there’s emotional toll that often comes with owning too many possessions, such as worrying about an expensive item breaking or feeling guilt at the idea of parting with something because it was a gift or family heirloom.

Your possessions shouldn’t cause you stress, and should, in fact, provide you with a sense of joy and serenity. If you’re finding yourself surrounded with an excessive amount of decor that’s bordering on clutter, you may want to adopt a minimalistic style of decorating. Minimalism is a lifestyle of finding joy in less, freeing yourself from excess possessions, and keeping only what is necessary to your life. This lifestyle can translate to your home decor as well. Many people often mistake minimalism with stark, white walls and a cold, sterile aesthetic, but that’s not the case. Minimalistic decor simply means maximizing your home’s space by implementing simple, clean design. Here are a few tips to decorate your home following the idea of minimalism.

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Stay Away from Loud Colors

Using minimalism in your home means steering away from loud, bold-colors and bright hues on your walls. Instead, use a neutral color palette on your walls, including whites, grays, and other nature-inspired colors such as taupe. These colors are considered timeless and are easy to coordinate with when you decorate. That doesn’t mean your walls need to be completely bland. You can incorporate pops of color through bright, bold pieces of art to give your rooms a touch of personality and style.

Play with Lighting

Another way to incorporate minimalism into your decor is to play with the lighting in your home. If you have large blackout drapes in your living room, swap them out for white, airy sheers or a simple set of blinds. Invest in mirrors to make small rooms seem larger or place them opposite a window for light to bounce off of and create an illuminating effect. Manipulating the natural light in your home can make it appear more open and airy, which decreases the need for excess lamps, which take up space.

Find the Right Furniture

Finding the right furniture for your home is an essential piece of the minimalistic process. Ultimately, you don’t want your rooms to feel cluttered, so you should opt to only have a few essential pieces of furniture in each room. If you have a small family, you probably don’t need to have a couch, love seat, and multiple armchairs in your living room. Instead, opt for a couch and one cozy armchair. You want to be sure you have the right style furniture as well or it could throw off the minimalistic aesthetic. Some furniture designers, such as Eugene Chrinian, have embraced the minimalist movement and offer a variety of styles to suit people’s different tastes.

Remember, minimalism doesn’t happen overnight. To avoid becoming overwhelmed, you should transition your home one room at a time. Get rid of excess items or ones that hold no personal value. Invest in quality pieces of furniture, art, rugs, and other pieces. Don’t be surprised to find once you’re finished, your newly-transformed home has become a peaceful oasis. You won’t miss the time you spent cleaning. Your refreshed, open space should provide a sense of joy and solitude that minimalistic style is known for providing.

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