Minimalist Décor: How to Simplify Your Home

Minimalist Décor: How to Simplify Your Home

Are you a fan of crisp, clean, and stylish home decorating? You’l love minimalist decor, here are some tips on how to simplify your home!

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You don’t have to be a hoarder to collect a lot of things you don’t actually need over time. People usually feel bad for even thinking of throwing away some sentimental item, so it all stays where it is collecting dust and creating clutter. But organizing your home is not that hard if you adopt a minimalist way of thinking and try to uphold its principles. “Less is more” is something you will often read in articles about minimalism, especially when it comes to design.

Most likely, you will be amazed how someone can live with almost nothing in their home, but that’s where you’d be wrong. Minimalist décor is less about the furniture and more about the understanding and treatment of your space, something you’ll get the feel from these several ideas to simplify your home.

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Organize your drawers

Drawers are first to become cluttered and the last to even be considered for organizing. All the things you don’t need but have a problem to throw away, ends up in a drawer. The best way to put it in order is to empty their contents on a pile and start examining item by item. Surely there are things in there you don’t need and even didn’t know you kept until you looked at the drawer. Then use bins and organizers to keep the drawers neat and tidy. Also, use drawer dividers to compartmentalize the drawers.

Choose the base

When it comes to color, it’s more than just using one shade for everything. What you need is to decide what will be your base color. The best choice would be some neutral color like beige or light grey. You can easily add darker or lighter undertones to these colors and even try one more vivid shade to highlight certain points in your home, especially when it comes to small apartments. Natural light is important since it will bring out the freshness and warm up space regardless of the simple design and color combination.

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Downsize on the furniture

The hardest part will be to downsize your furniture since everything will seem important and needed at the moment of minimizing your space. When you start following the minimalist principles of décorating your home that doesn’t mean that you should lose most of your furniture and feel uncomfortable. The point is to declutter so that you have enough room to move without hitting anything, to create harmony among the pieces in your home and to be in control of your space. You can still have cozy and comfortable furniture, but only more organized and arranged. You could try the rule “one in, one out” meaning that if you buy something new, you have to get rid of something old, which can be quite useful when it comes to furniture.

Get rid of the clutter

Over time, you collected figurines, vases, pictures and all sorts of small things you use as ornaments and décorations for your home. And soon enough they swallowed your home and turned it into a museum. Just like with the drawer, have a good look at the shelves, cabinets, coffee table and walls, then decide which things you will donate, sell or throw away. Today, storage solutions intended just for these purposes are more and more available in Sydney, Melbourne, Geelong, Brisbane and other Australian cities. That way, you won’t be saying goodbye to your belongings for good, but you would be storing them away to re-evaluate later.

Apply texture

The texture is the key ingredient to transform your home from frigid to welcoming, and yet let you have a minimalist décor. This is done by introducing knitted materials like covers and throws, plush carpets and velvet fabrics. But playing with texture can be a bit risky since if you’re new to minimalist décor, you will try to warm it up too much. Namely, if you mix textures, shapes and materials of different colors you will create chaos and disorder, something you not only try to avoid but also escape from. Designers advise using the colors and shapes that blend well in nature since this is the safest way to avoid mistakes.

Are You Sure You Want a Home Pool: The Ups and Downs of Owning a Pool

Are You Sure You Want a Home Pool: The Ups and Downs of Owning a Pool

You know all those hot summer days when you just wish you could somehow make it all go away and find a way to stay cool and fresh without too much effort, because what’s the point if you have to try too hard? The first thing that comes to your mind is a pool in your backyard, and you are right on track.

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It is a great recreational place for your entire family, and it’s literally just a few feet away from the bedroom. No need to make tons of sandwiches and basically migrate your family to a local public swimming resort like river or lake if you could just enjoy all that in the privacy of your home. If privacy does not really bother you, then your friends and neighbors could also join the party and appreciate that sweet privilege of having a pool in your backyard.

It is also a great place for kids to keep them active during summer breaks. It is known that swimming is healthy and that it improves heart and lung capacity. It also helps alleviate back pain and lowers blood pressure. Certainly a great activity for kids because it keeps them away from passive hours in front of a monitor during summer heats and you don’t really have to reinvent new activities for them every single day, and it’s right there in your home. There really are plenty of uses and it’s so convenient and easy, the entire family can benefit.

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Are You Sure You Want a Pool?

We’ve been talking about all the pros so far, and they all sound pretty awesome. But in reality, there are some things you need to consider before making the final decision. If you are a homeowner you are probably thinking that pool will increase the value of the property and that buyers will be more interested in your home in particular because of it.

Tip: Having a swimming pool does not mean your property will increase in value. Additionally, some parents with small children might even consider pool a safety hazard. It is known that in warmer parts, like Florida or Arizona, pools are somewhat considered an essential part of any property. But in other, less warm parts, they can be looked upon as a burden since there are not as many hot days as you would want.

Have you ever researched how much an installation can cost? Prices can range from 20 to 50 thousand dollars for an in-ground pool, while those above-ground are significantly cheaper. Unfortunately, your wallet will remain open just as the pool you want to build; after you pay for the initial installation and setup, you also need to pay for accessories, insurance and regular maintenance and cleaning, so this is a year-round expense and obligation. It’s not just a burden for your wallet but also for you personally as you would also have to invest your time and effort to keep the pool in shape.

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Still Want to Add a Pool?

Owning a pool is a serious decision because it brings a lot of responsibility and dedication. Cleaning your pool when you’re not using it, and also getting your pool for winter is a huge job. You need to ask yourself if you can financially see it through and will you have enough time or will to actively work on it and maintain it. Alternatively, you can hire a pool cleaning service to take care of the pool for you, but that also means additional expenses.

You also need to think ahead and understand how much time you actually want to spend there swimming and bathing. Is it something you are sure you want to turn into your oasis or will it have something like a ‘’new toy’’ effect on you which last very brief as it often happens? If you thought this all through, and put pros and cons on a paper, if you carefully counted your budget then and only then are you ready to seriously consider building a pool.