Minimalist Design

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What is minimalism?  Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as “a style or technique that is characterized by extreme sparseness and simplicity.”  To put it succinctly, minimalists believe less is more. Many of our clients have said, “I don’t like minimalism, I want my space to be warm and welcoming.”  However, I don’t believe these two concepts are mutually exclusive.  For me, minimalism is about intentionality.  Everything has a place and a place for everything.  The order comes into play here but interiors can still appear “lived in” and comfortable. 

Here are three key ways you can achieve a minimalist design with an inviting feel:

USE COLOR STRATEGICALLY

Incorporate color within your interior in a strategic and intentional way.  Bright, bold hues are used when attention is required on a subject. Soft, pale hues are used as backgrounds or when the desired focus is on the furniture or art.  Also, when all else fails, use WHITE.  True white is the reflection of all wavelengths of color.  However, most paints will have a hue of color in addition to white. This hue is key in how the space is perceived as white can appear either cool or warm depending on the tint of the color in the mixture. 

INCORPORATE A CATCHALL IN KEY PLACES THROUGHOUT YOUR HOME OR WORK SPACE

Sometimes called terrible dishes as they can appear unruly, a catchall provides a place to toss items when in a hurry.  At the end of the day, a catchall near the front door allows you to empty your pockets or get nearby surfaces cleared in a hurry.  It offers convenience by corralling life’s necessities neatly in one place.

CHOOSE JOY

Declutter your life by removing any objects on the basis of whether or not they bring you joy.  This concept is based on Marie Kondo’s book
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (2011.)  It has been published in more than 30 countries so the world has been in need of some direction when it comes to purging. Although this book is in my “To Read” queue, I found out about this concept in a podcast where Marie was interviewed by Tim Ferris. You can have a listen here.  As a creative and busy mom of three, the idea of a minimalist house is far from my achievability but I am working towards it! I find so much peace when there is order within my home. It allows me to truly relax and enjoy my time away from work.

What comes to mind for you when you hear minimalism? Do you desire that for your own space?