3 Ways to Make Your Home Minimalist
By Stefanie Gruber of The New Home Spot
Creating a minimalist home does not mean throwing everything away and living in a bland space with no personality. In fact — I’d argue it is the exact opposite. By implementing a minimalist-style into your home’s space you are getting rid of the things that don’t matter and creating more space for the things that do.
Below are three ideas I’d suggest to anyone trying to establish minimalism at home.
You know what they say — out with in the old in with the meaningful. One room at a time, eliminate the things that have no purpose anymore. Donate old books and clothes and declutter the draws you’ve been avoiding since you moved in to your new home. Keep it neat and by so doing, your space will immediately become more appealing to you and your guests.
2. Appreciate the negative space.
When you look at a painting of a red apple, your immediate reaction is to look at the apple. Minimalism asks that the observer to look at the negative space that surrounds the apple, instead. In the case of a home, start to appreciate the spaces surrounding furniture and on shelves and bookcases. Is there a way to make more space? Again, make room for the things that matter and consciously leave open space around them so they are given more attention.
3. Clear walls and surfaces.
Think clean and simple when putting paintings on the wall and things on counter tops. Avoid keeping boxes on the ground and stick to one or two paintings on the wall — if you need to store anything, do so out of sight. Just make sure when you store things “out of sight” the storage doesn’t become cluttered. Again, don’t forget: Out with the old in with the meaningful!