With a fresh new year ahead, many of us are craving a clean and organized home canvas; one that allows us to explore new design elements without necessarily making big changes. Or, maybe you are doing just that and taking on a reno in 2019! Either way, if you’re looking to get that minimalistic vibe, while layering tons of personality into your home, Ames Interiors (our newest designer on The List!) is joining us today with some tips on how to do just that.
From Amy Hansen of Ames Interiors… When you think of a minimalistic home, you’re probably imagining one so clean, so organized and de-cluttered that it almost feels empty. The minimalist lifestyle has certainly earned its appeal through the lack of “junk.” But it’s argued to have little pattern, color or character to many in the design realm.
For that reason, I can’t necessarily claim my interiors to be authentically minimalistic. But they surely aren’t cluttered or heavy on the eye. So today I’d like to share with you my tips for doing minimal the right way. Or in other words, in a way you can achieve both a minimal design in addition to your own style.
1. A Subdued Color Palette
The easiest way to start off in the minimal direction is with a neutral color palette. Consider white walls ( or any color from off-white to greige) a blank canvas for your home. Not only will they stand the test of time, but they are proven to make every element in your home look better. No more stressing about which paint color matches your upholstered furnishings and wood tones the best. Rather, start fresh and feel inspired by the creative process of adding to the space.
2. Inviting Accents
The most important tip to follow number one is that of inviting accents. The only way to do a neutral inspired space is to warm it up through the use of colors, finishes, materials and accessories! For example, if you want to introduce some color, be sure to choose solid pigments that are easy on the eyes and fuse well with neutral tones. Colors such as earthy browns and tans, or blues and greens. The last thing you want is for your home to look too stark. So introducing the richness of wood tones, is a must! Add character through the use of interesting elements! Each item, carefully sourced and selected will play a vital role in bringing warmth and texture to your clean slate.
3. Keep it Simple
Always keep in mind that simple is the overall goal. When sourcing for your home, you want to keep with elements that pair well and compliment one another. Too many competing elements in the home calls for an unthoughtful design. Tone everything down, pare everything back and abide by the motto: “less is more.” That being said, don’t associate simple for boring. Minimalistic design can still be beautiful, warm, rich and inviting.
4. Allow for Breathing Room
Let’s chat about furniture and décor for just a minute. Because nothing makes a space feel more overwhelming than overpowering furniture selections. Empty space is crucial if you want your rooms to feel calm and collected. Your overall goal for each setting should be a place to give your eyes a rest. If there is too much happening in a confined area, you can kiss your minimalistic appeal goodbye. Style your shelves with ease. Don’t overcrowd, remove all the knickknacks and be thoughtful in your approach.
5. A Place for Everything
…and everything in its place! To achieve this look you need to combat the piles of paper, hazardous “drop zones” and overcrowded hard surfaces. Rather, hide it away! Find a place for everything to fit in a drawer, cupboard or closet. You do not need your toaster, blender and mixer all out on display! Style your home as if you were photographing it for a design blog, arrange what needs to be tucked away into designated locations and stick with it! Aim to have your home always ready for guests to be welcomed in at all times.
So there you have it! My five tips for doing minimal the right way. I hope you find these words of advice useful! Just remember, practice makes perfect! Give yourself time and room to grow as you aim to achieve a minimalistic lifestyle + design.