The homes we live in can have a huge impact on our physical and mental health. With our interiors directly impacting our mood, it’s only right that we do everything we can to create a happy and safe place for our families!
In particular, embracing minimalism décor has the power to clear our minds.
By definition, minimalism means “a style or technique that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity”.
This translates into interior design in a variety of ways, which is what I’m sharing with you in this blog post. Not only that, I’m sharing some ideas and tips for how you can start to live a more minimalist life at home.
One of the biggest aspects of minimalism décor is the amount of stuff that is displayed or openly shown in the home. Having less stuff makes a home feel more open and clean, while also embracing minimalism.
For many of us, condensing our possessions seems like a very daunting task! But the process of decluttering your spaces can actually help to improve your mental health.
Start by going through small areas, perhaps one cabinet at a time, and one room at a time. Keep the decluttering process simple and in stages to help manage the number of areas you need to sort through. The aim of the decluttering process is to only keep the essentials, and perhaps heirlooms, etc. Minimalism is about having only what you need, so it’s important to be ruthless.
While working through the items you have on display in your home, it’s important to ask yourself some questions. Do I still absolutely love this item? Does it have emotional attachments to anyone in the family? If the answers are no, then it’s time to part ways.
It’s a good idea to keep your items organized as you start to go through them. Start a pile for donating to charity, one for listing online (Facebook Marketplace is good for selling items quickly to locals!), and a pile for throwing away completely. This will help to organize items clearly for you, and to see your progress!
Colors and Materials
Other aspects of minimalism décor are the colors and materials used in your space.
As a general rule of thumb, using darker colors can make your home feel more claustrophobic, and lighter colors help to make them feel brighter and open. One key element of minimalism is simplicity and lots of open space, and using lighter colors in your home and accessories can help add to this.
This is not to say that everything must be white in your home to feel minimalistic. Far from it! You can actually use color in minimalistic homes to evoke emotion, however, you should err on the side of caution with darker tones, and keep things light and fresh where possible.
Making Spaces Feel Open
I’ve mentioned keeping your space feeling open, but what does that really mean? And how can you do this?
A space that feels open is bright and airy. It may even feel much bigger than it really is!
The easiest way to achieve this feeling of openness at home is to use lighter colors to reflect natural light around the space to make the room feel bigger. If you have limited natural light, use mirrors to bounce light around too. You could also consider taking doors off in the main living areas to create a more open flow between areas.
Clutter has a lot to answer for in interiors as it can make spaces feel crowded and unwelcoming. Decluttering is key to making your home feel open and bright! Use storage cabinets and baskets to store items away, out of sight.
Above all, removing unnecessary clutter can leave room for you to think and feel less cluttered in your mind too. The tips and ideas shared above will help you to declutter your home and mind.
Have you embraced minimalism in your home? Or perhaps have delved into minimalism décor? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments section below!