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.