Minimalism Home Decorating Ideas

Minimalism Home Decorating Ideas

The New Year is here and if we want change, then we’re going to have to start with our own homes. We know how hard it is to make changes to your living environment as familiarity is something so nice and comfy! But sometimes, we have to switch things up, freshen up and bring in some novelty if we want to keep things up to date. One of the biggest interior design trends of the past decade (and one that just keeps getting bigger) is minimalism. Today, we’re going to take a quick look at it and give you some minimalism home decorating ideas to help you simplify things in your home and life.

Minimalism

Alright, so minimalism isn’t something new, but it’s something that is getting more momentum as the years go by. Minimalism is one of the most powerful and influential design movements of the 20th and 21st century. It hasn’t just been expressed in home design, but also in hardware design, films, cars, web design and user interfaces.

Why is Minimalism so popular? Well, one of the main reasons is that it’s so much more than a design trend, it’s a life principle. Let’s see what Minimalism is all about!

Minimalism can be best described by the three words that architect Ludwig Miles van der Rohe uttered: Less is More. He was one of the pioneers of modern architecture and one of the forefathers of minimalism. He loved modern materials such as glass and steel and including plenty of open space in his works. We highly recommend you take a look at van der Rohe’s work for inspiration and minimalist home decorating ideas.

The bones of this movement is that you only keep the essential elements, the ones that are not just beautiful, but also functional, and you remove the unnecessary ones. Is that big flower vase in your living room there just for show or can it actually hold flowers. If it’s just for show, then it needs to go!

Minimalism drew its inspiration from Dutch art movement De Stijl and traditional Japanese design. De Stijl advocated for simplicity and reduced designs to form and color, using just rectangular forms, horizontal and vertical lines, whites, blacks and greys and blues, reds and yellows. If you are interested in minimalism and you’re a bit afraid to go all the way, we recommend you take an in depth look at De Stijl and find some home decorating ideas there. There is plenty De Stijl still has to offer the modern home owner.

Traditional Japanese design is where minimalism first began, hundreds of years ago. Simple colors, clear design choices, forms and lines; no flourishes, no decorations, just functionality! This is what Minimalism and traditional Japanese design are all about. For more inspiration, we suggest you do a little research on traditional Japanese design.

Tips on Minimalism

So, what are the first steps you need to take if you want to adopt a home minimalism design? Well, first of all you need to take a good look at your home and throw everything that doesn’t have a purpose, a function. Secondly, you need to do a little bit of research into minimalism so that you can get the inspiration you need to get your home as close to the perfect minimalism home. Thirdly, you need to learn to let go of things. Minimalism means that you’ll need to get rid of many things that you actually don’t need, but you’ve grown to care about. Let’s take ornamental objects, for example. You’ve traveled the world and brought back quite a few things back with you. Some of it nice, some tacky. Do those ornaments serve a purpose or are they just nicely reminding you of the great time you had on that vacation? Remember: memories are in

Interior Design Trends that You Must Kill

Some things should remain in the past, and the following interior design trends are some of those things. All of these trends used to be quite huge, but as time goes by, changes need to happen in order for creativity to flourish.

Shabby Chic

Good Lord, are you still interested in Shabby Chic design?! If you are, then we urge you let it go die a peaceful death. This trend that is more than a decade old belongs in the past. No more white silk roses that gather dust and look pretty, no more weathered chairs and definitely no more cherubs. This year is all about functionality and purpose. If it doesn’t have an exact purpose and it just looks pretty or cool, throw it away.

Faux Tuscan

Are you in Tuscany? Is your home on a nice, green Tuscan hill overlooking a gorgeous vineyard? If so, then you are allowed to have a Tuscan theme in your home, but if not, then you should grow up and pick a trend that will actually look as if you’re a grown up in the 2010’s and not a kid from the ‘90s. Also, this includes any Mediterranean/Greek trends that might pop into your mind.

Taxidermy

No matter how fond you are of taxidermy items or of hunting (you do know that it’s 2015, don’t you?), stuffed heads of dead animals have no purpose in one’s house expect look creepy and gather ginormous amounts of dust and mites. Do your lungs and eyes a favor and quit following this horrible trend.

Motivational Posters

Motivational posters such as the Keep Calm and… ones should remain in 2014. They’ve been done to the death and now it’s time to Keep Calm and Move On, don’t you think? Same goes for inspirational quotes! If you need inspiration, read a book!

Any more home decorating ideas you would like to share with us? Drop us a line in the comment section below.

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