Home Decorating Styles: Minimalist

For the minimalist home decorator, who generally is decorating a smaller space and wants to SAVE space in order to have MORE space, less is more.

This style of decor doesn’t incorporate many accents, accessories, or even furniture items. Colors are monochrome, simple, and in small quantities. It is based around the idea of white as a way to maximize space.

Minimalism generally manifests its decor style in modern, contemporary ways, even though it is possible to find minimalist designs that are retro and more outdated.

The minimalist style appeals to organization and order. But it does so in a more casual, relaxed way that is not present in the case of formal styles of home decor, for example.

This type of decor follows the principles of functional decorating, where a decorative piece is also a usable resource. The design highlight is placed in the building structure itself, and efforts are made to preserve a maximization of space in as open a layout as possible.

The common concept of colors in home decor do not apply to the minimalist style. Like a blank canvas, a minimalist room uses light and bright colors to increase the perception of space and establish a neutral palette for other elements of design.

While white is the color of choice, off-whites, teals, pale greens, and blues are other possible options that appeal to this type of home decor.

Minimalist furniture appeals to clean lines and geometric shapes, generally of dark colors to make full contrast of the brightly colored walls. In this way, light affects a minimalist room in a special way, increasing perception of its size and placing our attention on the functional furniture – the only decorative elements used in this style.

Just like furniture follows clean lines, smooth textures, and glossy materials, fabric from the minimalist style is also plain, with no prominent textures to distract the eye.


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Color and Texture: What Mood Do You Want to Set?

Color and texture are two of the critical aspects that you need to decide upon when thinking about how to re-decorate a room. Because they encompass virtually the entire space, those two aspects alone can promote the “feel” of the room more than any other aspect, while the other aspects such as furniture, wall hangings and other accents are really secondary.

If you want to take the least expensive route possible to re-decorate, simply changing the color of the walls is a great way to start (especially if you do it yourself) because the color change can completely change the mood, if the color you choose is vastly different from the previous color.

For humans, color can be a mood-enhancer, so whatever the mood is that you want people to feel when they enter that space is the color (or color spectrum) that you should research and consider.

The color purple, for example, promotes a peaceful feeling and stimulates creativity. Green signifies harmony, peace, and nature, while yellow is related to youth, fun, creativity, and warmth. Red indicates passion and love, and blue reminds us of the ocean, tranquility, and security.

Selecting pleasing colors for your rooms doesn’t always mean selecting the ones you like. If you are after harmony, balance, peace, warmth, and tranquility, a color scheme with hues of greens, blues, whites, and tones of gold, yellow, or red is sure to do the trick. If you’re after an invigorating environment, choose colors such as orange, yellow, magenta, turquoise, and aqua to energize and brighten the atmosphere.

Texture is another critical aspect of home decor, as it gives a room complexity and detail while complementing the decor in a subtle way.

Texture is generally used to attract immediate attention to an area, especially if the colorscheme is restricted to just a few similar colors.

Fabrics are perhaps the best way, though not the only way, to incorporate texture into a room. Options can vary from linen or silk curtains for the windows to the type of carpet (or hardwood floors) that you lay, to the type of fabric that covers your couch and chairs. All of this plays into the mood that you set for the space that you want to decorate.


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