Today we have a special guest post from Hank McKinsey! Let’s meet Hank in his own words… When my wife and I purchased our home in the Spring of 2013, I became a stay-at-home-dad to our two wonderful and wacky Malteses – Digit and Poppy. Hailing from Western Pennsylvania and currently residing in Central California, my hobbies include golf, tennis, jazz music, and eating. While journalism was my college minor, crafting and DIY have always been my creative outlets.
Introductions aside, take it away, Hank!
Minimalism is a trend that’s made its mark in the home décor industry for quite a while now, and it’s understandable why it has held onto its popularity. The benefits of this motif are vast, with homeowners citing a multitude of positive factors in their decision to pursue a modern, minimalist theme in their households. For starters, this style lends itself to cut down on clutter- clutter can be a huge cause of stress, as it causes visual over-stimulation. Minimalist homes are also much easier to clean, with fewer objects and knick knacks sitting around to collect dust.
Take Inventory, Then Purge
When attempting to take your current home style to a minimalist theme, you’ll find a lot of purging is required. If you plan on incorporating this look throughout your home, you’ll need to go room to room and take inventory of all that you own. Using these lists, pare down your belongings and get rid of material possessions you’ve been holding onto for far too long. It’s amazing how much we can collect in just a few years’ time, and if you’ve never gone through and purged old clothes, furniture, and knick knacks, the time has come. Go through item by item and decide whether or not it’s essential. It’s not going to be easy, but simplifying your life and making this design work means parting with those material things we really don’t need. It’s amazing how much of a connection we can make with an inanimate object, assigning sentimental emotions to something material. While you should hang out to anything that truly means a great deal to you, the ticket stubs from years ago in that old shoebox and that ratty old chair from you college dorm you haven’t sat in for years can probably go. When you have a pile of items to get rid of, donate them to a worthy charity.
Your Furniture Choices
When it comes to minimalist furniture, it’s important to stick to classics that offer clean lines and don’t overwhelm the room. In order to make sure the room is cohesive, stick to matching pieces and traditional mediums without loud patterns. Many make the mistake of assuming a minimal look has to feature hard lines and rigid pieces, but capturing the essence of this motif doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice comfort. An easy way to mix minimalist appeal with traditional comfort is to focus on wooden and leather pieces. Use wooden tables in various finishes and cuts to capture that raw, simple appeal of nature. Classic leather furniture is a good choice because it’s easy to care for and holds its shape well; the last thing you want in a minimalist living room is a slouchy couch that consistently looks sloppy.
Specially Curated Decorative Objects
Now that you’ve got your clean lines and sparse shelves, it’s time to fill them—but don’t go overboard. A minimalist look doesn’t mean avoiding decoration altogether, in fact, that’s just going to make for a bland home without any personality. Stick to modern products that incorporate the look you’re going for, and pick out a statement art piece that will draw the eye and add most of the personality to the room. Highlight a large canvas on one wall that’s outfitted in your favorite art style; whether that’s an abstract watercolor painting or Andy Warhol-esque cartoon, this is where you can further inject your personal style. Use lighting to your advantage to draw the eye to this art piece, then fill in shelves sparingly with simple vases, no-frills frames, and simplistic statues.
Make Sure Your Storage is Up to Par
As you won’t be purging all of your belongings, you’ll need places to store them. Out of sight, out of mind is now your new mantra. To keep clean lines, you’ll need to make sure all of your excess items are hidden when not in use. This means finding the right storage options to ensure you keep up with your minimalist vibe. It could be furniture with hidden storage compartments, it might be boxes under your bed, or even storage bench seats in the kitchen.
Following these tips will see you capturing that modern motif in a jiffy, so get started and achieve the look you’ve always wanted.
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