Minimalism is a popular trend right now, for many reasons. Opting to have less in your home, only keeping things you truly love, creates a less stressful environment and it will also free up storage space – that’s good news considering that the average apartment size in Manhattan is only 676 square feet. Of course, size can vary greatly depending on what type of apartment or home you have, as well as its location.
Another perk of minimalism is that you won’t have to buy as many things as you would some other decorating styles, which means you’re likely to save some cash too. There’s no need to invest in a bunch of frames to fill your walls or toss pillows to fill up your couch.
While minimalism may sound bare and uninviting, doing it the right way can actually help make your home even cozier and welcoming. You don’t have to transform your whole house all at once either – you might focus on one room and then use that to inspire you to move on to the next.
Start With a Blank Canvas
Your countertops and other flat surfaces should be totally clear of all items. Your walls should have nothing hung on them, and there should be absolutely nothing stored on your floors. Once you’ve created a blank canvas in your home, you can add one or two pieces of artwork and a single accent piece on flat surfaces.
Less is More
Obviously, minimalism means no clutter, but you should also limit the amount and size of your furniture. Say no to gallery walls, instead choosing single pieces of artwork that catches the eye, and that you really love. There’s no need to create large table centerpieces, instead pick two or three pillar candles or a single vase and flower for your dining room. Keep toss pillows to a minimum, as well.
Do avoid bold prints, and go for mostly neutral colors such as white, cream, beige, or grays throughout your home. This applies to both your paint furniture colors. While it’s fine to have some splashes of color, think single pieces of furniture or perhaps an accent wall that can be used as your focal point.
Simple Shapes, Patterns, and Fabrics
Limit your use of patterns and stick to simple fabrics instead, such as cotton or linen, and avoid using fabric like lace or velvet. If you decide to use a chandelier in any of the rooms in your home, add one that’s made up of circular glass or geometric iron pieces. Your carpet should be a neutral color with a simple pattern as well – fancy vintage rugs don’t make for a minimalistic look.
Use Recessed Lighting
Using recessed or canned lights in your home also helps to add to the minimalist style while freeing up floor space that would otherwise be used for floor lighting at the same time. You might consider adding a dimmer to create mood lighting.