One of the best ways to find peace and calm is to lean toward a minimalist living space. When you successfully declutter the excess around you, it is easier to find solace, sweet energy, and breathing room. But at the same time, it can be hard to find the balance between less stuff and bare rooms that are boring. Here are some tips and tricks for home decor that work well in a minimalist home:
1. Use a warm, but simple color scheme.
A lot of minimalists have a tendency to go the way of using white, white, and more white! For some, this works, but white can also leave a stark feeling to a room. By incorporating a small palette of neutral or pastel colors into your decorating theme, you can soften the atmosphere greatly. Avoid bright or jarring colors or deep, dark colors that feel oppressive.
2. Integrate natural materials.
A simple vase with some fresh cut flowers on the windowsill, a beautiful piece of driftwood on the mantle, or a tall basket with cattails or peacock feathers in a bare corner can beautify a simple room without overwhelming it. It doesn’t take much to brighten an area when what you use is an extension of nature.
3. Break out the books.
After you’ve downsized your book collection, display the few favorites you have left. Whether they are beautiful old copies that can be displayed on a shelf in an interesting arrangement, or they represent you well and give some personality to your end tables, carefully chosen books make fun decor that is also inviting to look at.
4. Incorporate useful items into your decor.
Make your stuff do double duty. Avoid useless objects that sit and collect dust. Display the pretty pitcher or handmade towels that you use in the kitchen. Not only will they be in easy reach, but they will brighten your space with items that you use and love. Simple things like clocks and fans can also be used to beautify the room while also filling a need.
5. Make your home decor speak of YOU!
Do you have a hobby you enjoy? Hang your guitar nearby, keep your yarn out in a pretty basket, designate a permanent spot for your chess board, or display your well-loved fishing rod. These items don’t need to be seen as clutter. If you use them regularly, than you can keep them handy instead of storing them behind closed doors. Plus you have the bonus of making your area feel special.
6. Hang family photos and inspirational quotes.
Personalize your home with a few well-placed pictures and sayings that make you smile and remind you of the love and beauty that you have in your life. These reminders may be all you need to make your house feel like a home.
7. Remember the Rule of 3!
Decor can be tricky business…how do you know what is enough without being too much? When you utilize the Rule of 3, you limit yourself to a pleasing number of items in an arrangement, or colors within a room. This also works with pops of color within a room. There is something about odd numbers that our brains like, and the number three is great because it’s also not overwhelming.
8. Ask yourself “Does this make me happy?”
No matter what you’ve been told about decor, this is the most important question to answer when deciding what to do with your space. All other advice pales in comparison. If you don’t like the look of any certain thing “decor” wise, than it has no purpose being there. It is better to have nothing than to put something up that doesn’t resonate with you. If you love the look and feel of a room, you will want to be in it, and THAT is the whole point of decorating to begin with.
Bonus Tip: Don’t overdo it!
If you are new to the minimalistic lifestyle, it is easy to try to fill your empty spaces. But remember that empty space is JUST as important in home decor as all the “things” that you put. So whatever you do, guard against the temptation to cover your walls or shelves with stuff. This is a perfect example of “a little dab will do you!”
May you be inspired to live simply and create a home that speaks to you, while creating a calming and inviting atmosphere!
Melanie is mom to five energetic kids, including a sweet little toddler. She enjoys homeschooling her children from a peaceful parenting perspective and traveling with her family whenever she can.