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Minimalist Interior Design 101: When Less is More

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Design trends come and go but one that has been popular for the past 20 years is minimalism. What is this style and how can you incorporate it into your home? 

Let’s get into it!

What is Minimalist Style Interior Design?

The opposite of maximalism, minimalist interior design draws inspiration from modern interior design, using clean lines and monochromatic color schemes. Minimalism dictates that less is more, and since functionality and minimalism go hand-in-hand, many believe that everything should have a function. 

Reducing clutter, both visually and physically, is a key in minimalist design. A less cluttered space often leads to a less cluttered mind, which is why many people choose minimalist style in their home. Another popular reason for minimalism is that it doesn’t go out of style or look dated. The pieces in a minimalist home are staples, so you won’t feel like you need to replace them after a few years.

How to Adopt a Minimalist Design Style

When you think of minimalism, you probably have visions of stark white homes that seem impossible to actually live in, especially with children. Luckily, minimalism isn’t always so severe! Striking a balance between minimal and lived in is key.

Whether you’re looking to adopt this style for your entire home or for just one room, here are some tenets of minimalist design to help you achieve the look!

1. Keep Your Color Palette Small

There’s no need to stick to just one color in a minimalist room, but most designers will recommend keeping your color palette to three similar colors. Popular minimalist color schemes include off-white, tan, and light brown or white, light gray, and dark gray. 

2. Mix Textures

Create visual interest by mixing textures in your furniture, blankets, pillows, and window treatments (more on that later). Knitted or crocheted blankets and pillow covers look extra cozy when they’re on a velvet, suede, or leather couch. On the other hand, simple pillows and a chenille blanket beautifully complement a tufted or tweed sofa. Rugs are also a great way to add in extra texture!

3. Choose Sleek, Not Fussy, Window Treatments

Sleek window treatments have been the default for several years, but in a minimalist home, there is almost no other option. Single or double-panel floor-length window treatments are ideal for minimalist rooms, since they’re readily available in a wide variety of colors and fabrics. They’re an easy way to add function and visual interest to any room.

Not Ready To Go Minimalist?

If you like the idea of minimalism, but you’re not quite ready to take it all the way, we have the perfect middle-ground: Wabi-sabi. Learn about this design style and how to incorporate it into your home here!

Create a Wabi-sabi Home

4. Work With Your Home’s Architectural Elements

Since one of the hallmarks of minimalism is reducing the amount of things in your home, it’s important to work with any interesting architectural elements in your home instead of trying to cover them up. Now is your opportunity to highlight elements like arched entryways, interesting light fixtures, or any other distinct elements your home may have. 

5. Keep Wall Art Sparse

Gallery walls or an abundance of decorative elements don’t mesh with the minimalist aesthetic. Keep your wall art and any tabletop decorations to a minimum. If you’re having trouble paring down, just keep your decorations and art to the things you truly love.

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