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decor style in modern, contemporary ways, even though it is possible to find minimalist designs that are retro and more outdated.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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Defining The Focal Point of a Room

The focal point of a room is where the eye is drawn more often than in any other part of the room. It is not always in the center, and may not be as obvious as you think, but it is crucial that you define it before you be begin a decorating project for that space.

If you want to determine your room’s focal point, ask yourself these questions: When you enter the room, what is the first thing that your eyes rest on? Do you have a fireplace or an oversized or bow window? Is there a large object in your room, like a piano, sculpture or a large portrait?

The focal point of a room is usually located at eye level as you enter the space. An example of this is a piece of art or a large screen tv over a mantle or a glossy black and white piano tucked in the corner. It can also be a large picture window or bay window (as seen below).

A room’s layout and traffic flow will have a significant impact on what a room’s focal point is, and you should keep this in mind when redecorating. You can use a mirror to transport a focal point to another place in the room and maximize its effect. You should especially do this in open floor plans.

It is crucial to define the focal point of a room so that you can plan your decor layout around it. The focal point establishes lines of reference and a pattern of symmetry that are followed to achieve equilibrium and harmony within a room.

To take advantage of your focal point as much as possible, define it in a way that can be seen from the entryway, exit, and main areas of the room. Make sure that seating areas are located directly around the focal point, and that while confined enough for successful interaction, they are aimed directly at the point of focus.


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