We all had a major clear-out throughout lockdown. The one thing we had was time, and too much of everything else.
Skips were hired, lofts were entered, treasures were discovered. But so was a lot of junk. And before we knew it there was suddenly more space in our homes. We could see the carpet.
And some of us started to think, maybe this is the way forward? Is there a way we can take this to the next level?
Well, there is, and it’s called minimalism.
If you’re curious as to how you can apply minimalism to your home, read our pillars to stick to.
Minimalism comes from East Asian culture, and it has a lot more to offer than just the wise words of Marie Kondo. There is also a general philosophy to bring as much nature into the home as possible.
That doesn’t just mean that you should get some houseplants, although that is part of it. You won’t see a minimalist home without a large leafy plant in each room, but it comes out in different ways.
The colours are usually burnt brown, black, white, greys, with pops of simple colours used to create focal points. And there is usually a water feature nearby to feel the calming effects of a trickling waterfall.
Even the lighting evokes warm fire, usually involving candles or a fireplace, so that all the elements are covered.
Embrace the Contrast
The point of minimalism is to not over clutter, and that goes for the colours in the room too. All those lovely natural tones we mentioned above?
They should be bold and without too complicated a pattern and as mentioned, used as a focal point.
So, this could be an accent wall in a contrasting colour to the rest of the room, or simple and bold items spread, sparsely, around the room.
And then there is the floor. If you have real wood floors that need a little tender loving care, a service from rhwoodfloors.ie, for instance, can get your floors sanded and revarnished which will help regain the original beauty of your hardwood floors. You could revarnish them to a darker colour that will contrast nicely with the lighter shades around the room.
Get Rid of (Almost) Everything Else
This is the part that we all know best, and perhaps have gotten good at over lockdown: does it spark joy?
Some of us can fall into the habit of rediscovering forgotten items and adding a million things to your already overcrowded shelves and cabinets. Don’t do that. Instead pick a few simple pieces and put the rest away.
If you really can’t donate or dispose of them, keep them away and pull them out again when you are looking for a new look for your home.
You won’t spend any more money looking for interesting items if you are simply swapping around old ones.
Remember the name of the game is simplicity. Keep your décor bold and simple, with useability in mind.
Think along the lines of some solid black candlesticks for the table light, plants without too many flowers, like leafy plants or cacti, or art pieces that offer something abstract with few colors.