You can downsize your wardrobe for minimalist living, but did you know that you can also do that with your home decor and save money as well? It's true! Think about it; what is one thing most people like about waiting rooms for doctors, lawyers and banks? They are so simple, yet very homey and even soothing! This is done by using only a few simple pieces to enhance the room. You don't have to stare at bare walls when living a minimalist lifestyle! Let's look at some ways to decorate your home, minimally.
Simple Tips for Minimalist Home Decorating
Pick a theme and keep it simple. One way most people end up making a room look cluttered is by having a miss-mash of knick knacks with no real meaning or relation to each other in a room. While this can be OK, it is often too much. One of the best ways to choose a theme is to just go with a color scheme you are looking to create. This way, you will stick with things that match each other and not buy or keep things that don't go with your theme.
Get home decor items that have more than one use. This is often the case with furniture, but even small home decor items can have a use other than just something nice to look at. For instance, you can get small candy dishes with lids for storing things or ottomans with a storage space inside. This will help declutter things and give your rooms a nice, streamlined look.
Choose solid colors over busy patterns. This will create the look of a clean room and allow you to add a couple or vibrant wall pieces without looking to “busy”. It is also an easy way to make sure you can update your look when you want to. Also, keep in mind that minimalist does not necessarily mean you have to buy cheap pieces. It often means since you are buying less, you have a little more to spend on nicer items to complete your look.
Get rid of collections. Collections can be sentimental, but often times they are just unnecessary clutter. If you really love something, try only holding onto 1 or 2 pieces in your collection that mean the most to you.
Remember that objects do not hold memories, your mind does. This does not mean you need to toss out everything, but there are ways to save things without holding onto them. Simply take a picture of the item. or keep a small piece of it ion a scrapbook.
Use mementos. We have an old, vintage camera since my husband loves photography. We got it as a gift and although he could have just shoved it in a box as something to hold onto for fun's sake, we use it as part of our decor. It is in a shadow box on our wall and looks great! We also picked up a couple of vintage glass bottles to set next to it to complete this simple look.
If you are having trouble streamlining or coming up with a scheme you like, fixate on one piece and build around it. For instance, we have this great 5 x 8 room rug. It has some simple patterns, but we allow it to be the “star” of our living room. We just bought a couple of things that match it and never buy something new that won't match it, even if we really like it. It has helped a lot with my decor spending!
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