When taking a look at home décor over the years, it is interesting to see the surplus of trends that have graced our homes. From the bright floral wallpaper that lined the walls of your grandmother’s pantry in the ‘70s to the retro revamp of terrazzo accents last year, these trends are ever-evolving.
Thanks to innovators and forward-thinkers like Marie Kondo (Tidying Up with Marie Kondo) and Ryan Nicodemus (Everything That Remains: A Memoir by The Minimalists), minimalism has grabbed the global attention of designers and homeowners alike. Despite what the name suggests, minimalism does not have to be confined to boring grey walls and sterile white furniture; it can merely imply having less ‘stuff.’
People from all walks of life have embraced minimalism. By incorporating minimalist trends into their home décor, individuals find it easier to create a more tranquil and welcoming environment that fosters creativity and provides a peaceful space to unwind and relax.
Whether you are thinking of adopting a ‘less is more mindset,’ or you’re interested in incorporating minimalism into your interior design, Brooks Wells offered 3 Minimalist Home Décor Trends to look out for 2019.
Clutter-Free Living Spaces:
This trend sounds simple enough, but it is actually one factor that homeowners struggle with the most when trying to incorporate minimalism into their living space. Think of all of your old toys, the ever-growing collection of knick-knacks, and drawers full of clothing that hasn’t fit since freshman year. None of this excess ‘stuff’ adds any value to your space – just clutter. Take a good look through the items you have in each room of your home and ask yourself, “Do I really need this, is it bringing me any joy – or is it just collecting dust?” If your answer is the latter, it’s time to get rid of it.
Simplify Your Color Palette:
There is something to be said about a splash of color – but neutral and earthy tones can be just as striking. When painting your home, choose a neutral wall color (like cream, light gray, or even classic white.) The room will instantly feel brighter, cleaner, and much more inviting. You can then pick a handful of colored accents (like throw pillows or seat cushions) in reds, oranges, or yellows to add a pop of color and warmth to your space.
Quality Over Quantity:
When adopting the ‘less is more,’ you will find that you are investing in better quality items. As a minimalist, you are not buying as much to fill your space, so why not invest in something you really like? For example, if you need a throw blanket, you are more likely to choose a soft and durable blanket that may cost a little extra if you haven’t already spent money on excess decor. Also, to clear some clutter without sacrificing your hoarding tendencies, be sure to invest in some high-quality storage. Stylish storage will aid in the organization while concealing your inner maximalist.
Incorporate Natural Elements:
Minimalism is all about open, airy spaces. Natural elements have an organically calming effect on them, making them a perfect addition for any minimalist. Earthy details like wooden beams, copper touches, and stone features can be incorporated into your space to add a sophisticated touch. If you are looking for a simpler addition, consider buying a few houseplants and add stone pots.
As Brook Wells explains, minimalism is not an exact science; it can be deeply personal or broadly generic. For certain, the design trends that encompass this modern way of life show no signs of going away any time soon.