Minimalism is essentially the art of being able to comfortably, conveniently and aesthetically live with less. Minimalism is editing, pure and simple – editing your knick-knack selection, editing your wardrobe, and really just paring down the excess stuff. It’s about simplifying your surroundings, and by extension, your life.
The minimalist decorating style is an exercise in restraint, where space, lighting, and objects play equally important roles. This style demands you to pare down your furnishings to the bare essentials so that you’re left with a set of curated objects that deliver maximum impact. Far from being boring, this style is bold, functional and highly memorable.
Here are some tips on how to achieve this style...
Look at your furniture: The fewer pieces of furniture, the better (within reason, of course). Think of which furniture can be eliminated without sacrificing comfort and livability. Go for a few pieces of plain, simple furniture with solid, subdued colors.
Use a restrained color palette: Light colors such as white along with understated neutrals, barely there greys, and pastels are intrinsic to minimalist homes.
Let in the light: If you can let the light pour in, it would significantly add to the decor. If privacy is an issue, use the thinnest curtain materials or use blinds.
Keep only the essentials. Look at your furniture or anything else in the room and ask yourself if the item is truly essential.
Clear floors. Except for the furniture, your floors should be completely clear. Nothing should clutter the floor, nothing should be stacked, nothing should be stored on the floor. Empty space is considered an important element in minimalist decor since space interacts with the objects and defines the look.
Clear walls. Some people hang all kinds of stuff on their walls. No-can-do in a minimalist home. Clear your walls except for one or two simple pieces of nice artwork.