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Get The Look: Minimalist Interior Design Ideas
Overwhelmed by clutter that has accumulated over the holidays and winter seasons? A tidy and relaxing minimalist space is exactly what you need for spring.
Minimalism emerged in the 1960s as many artists began to diverge from what they deemed as being stale and academic art. However, it wasn’t until the ’80s that minimalism became a popular interior design style for its clean lines, simple styling, and ability to make a room look more spacious. Want to give it a try? Here are five minimalist interior design ideas to transform your space.
Cut Out the Clutter
The phrase, “less is more,” was actually coined by minimalist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe – decluttering is central to this interior design style. The first step in overhauling your space is to donate, get rid of, or find storage for extra knick-knacks, throw pillows, wall art and other nonessential items. Not only will this help you clear your head and take stock of what you already own, but it will also instantly make your space look and feel bigger and more simplified.
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Stick to a Simple Color Theme
Minimalist design incorporates a limited color scheme, with neutrals being the focus of every room. Accents of color (think wall art, an architectural vase or a textured throw blanket) are encouraged, but only one shade or shade family should be used. Everything else (walls, furniture and other accessories) should adhere to the set neutral color scheme.
Crisp edges and clean lines are staples of minimalist design. The furniture you choose should be simple and functional. Overstuffed couches, unused ottomans, and coffee tables with ornate or chunky detailing will detract from the streamlined look you want to achieve.
Strategic Focal Points and Decor
Minimalism is about simplicity, but that doesn’t mean your space has to be boring and completely devoid of personality. Décor definitely has a place in minimalist design, as long as you’re strategic about the pieces you choose. Clean-lined shelves can house a few plants and favorite objects so they won't clutter your tables, and a textured blanket or art piece can add a layer of interest to any space.
Spacious minimalist interior design ideas
Keep It Light and Spacious
An open-concept floor plan and large, bright windows can supersize a small space. Get rid of heavy curtains that block sunlight and rearrange furniture to make the most of the space you have. Recessed lighting or simple light fixtures keep the space bright after sundown without looking fussy.
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