Creating a minimalist home in 2022

    If you’ve ever moved or set up your home’s decor scheme, you may realise you have more items than you need.

    You can free yourself from the clutter and create a soothing space with minimalism.

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    With minimalism, you adopt a less-is-more approach to how you live at home. This lifestyle and decor trend has remained popular over the years, dominating Pinterest boards and Instagram feeds. And with Seeff’s help, it’s your turn this year. We’ll show you the pleasure that comes with simple, fuss-free, organised living.

    What is a minimalist home?

    Minimalism has different meanings depending on who you ask. In the same vein, a minimalist home will look different depending on your taste. However, there are some defining features. With this style, you’ll strive to be intentional with how you decorate your space, surrounding yourself with only the items that you need and love. Stripping away excesses that distract is key.

    This decor style encourages you to declutter, organise, edit down, and minimise your home environment to lead a simpler and purpose-driven life. Your home will show restraint when it comes to space, lighting options, and objects. Simplicity, uncomplicated wall finishes, clean open spaces, subtle details, and strategic use of materials are typical characteristics of this style.

    Benefits of a minimalist home

    Thinking of adopting a pared-down lifestyle? There are so many advantages that come when you choose to embrace minimalism:

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    Create an attractive space: By mindfully choosing the furnishings and decor items you like, you’ll create a space you can appreciate. A clear space looks beautiful and gives your chosen items room to shine individually. The extra space also makes smaller spaces appear larger.

    Minimalist decor will almost never go out of style when done properly. And because it’s universally appreciated, it’s a safe decor style to use for your showhouses, Airbnbs, and guestrooms. The simplicity of the style offers a welcome space for business people, students, and families to unwind and relax. 

    Cut out stress in your life: Research shows that clutter has a psychological impact on your well being. It can be distracting, create anxiety, and reduce your productivity in the process. 

    This decor style encourages you to say goodbye to clutter and take control of your space. Unused items can make you feel guilty for having them around, and this style pushes you to keep what you value. With fewer items to sift through or cover your view, you’ll also find it easier to find things you need such as pens, keys, and clothing.

    Keep your home in tip-top shape: It’s a no-brainer; fewer furnishings and decorations makes it easier and quicker to keep your house clean. You’ll be surprised at how much longer your tidying takes when you have to sweep around or move objects out of the way. This style frees up your cleaning time so you can do things that bring you joy. 

    Get more bang for your budget: With this style, you’ll feel less inclined to buy items you don’t need. Every purchase will be scrutinised to ensure it is worth becoming a part of your space. You’ll also find yourself opting for items with dual purposes like convertible furniture which can help you save money in the long run. 

    Be environmentally friendly: If you want to go green, this style will help you make a difference. Fewer items naturally mean less waste. But, you’ll also be meaningful with your purchases by choosing items that will last longer. 

    Put your decor together effortlessly: The popularity of minimalism means you have everything available to bring this style into your space. There are plenty of books, articles, and home designers and decorators dedicated to the style. Its versatility allows you to mix it with other decor styles and trends so you’ll be able to keep your space looking vibrant.

    There’s so much to love about minimalism and many ways to make the style work for your home. Be brave and look at your home with fresh eyes to get started. 

    How to make your home look minimalist

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    There are no specific rules to creating an understated home. Your space will be defined by your own needs and preferences. However, there are 10 general guidelines you can follow to embrace a restrained way of living. 
    1. Start with asking why you’re going minimalist. Many people see these designs in decor magazines and get rid of everything, including essentials. When this fails, they revert to their old decor schemes. It’s important to understand why you want to become a minimalist and know the benefits it will bring. This will help you follow this style and ensure you set up a space that you truly appreciate.

    2. Focus on one room at a time. It can be overwhelming trying to simplify your whole house at once. Choose a room, invest time and energy into it, and then move on to the next one when you’re done.

    3. Decluttering your home should be the next step. Minimalism is about keeping only the essentials. Every item should serve a purpose whether it’s an emotional, aesthetic, or functional one. Clear the floor, surfaces, and walls of any unnecessary furnishings and decor. A good rule of thumb is to get rid of items you haven’t used in a year. For extra help, apps like Clutterfree and FlyLadyPlus can help you get organised. 

    4. Bring in soothing neutral colours such as whites, greys, beiges, and browns. However, it doesn’t mean you have to avoid bright colours; simply bring this in as an accent colour in your artwork, furniture, plants, or textiles. Using plain patterns and natural textures can also keep your decor scheme interesting. 

    5. Choose your furniture wisely. As they often take up most of the space in your rooms, look for pieces with clean lines, flat surfaces, and timeless designs. Opting for multifunctional furniture is a smart move for extra uses. And look for durable materials that can stand the test of time. Natural fibre furniture, for example, is an excellent choice in this regard.

    6. Add decorative items with care since they can overwhelm your space. Pick a few art pieces, ornaments, and photographs that have a personal significance for you and will complement your space. If you have a large collection, you can rotate your showcase every few months. 

    7. Aim to maximise natural light with the minimalist style. Bare windows can let light pour in, beautifying your space. However, you can also use sheer curtains or understated blinds if you need privacy. 

    8. Invest in storage to keep your home free from clutter and ensure your space has a streamlined appearance. Shelves, boxes, baskets, bins, and concealed storage spaces in furniture can help ensure everything has its own place.

    9. Adapt your spending habits to ensure your home remains uncluttered. By only buying what you need, you can ensure your home remains free from junk. If you’ve bought expensive items you can’t bear to part with, look at ways to repurpose them. 

    10. Also, take time to enjoy your orderly home. This design style is meant to make your lifestyle more pleasant, not harder. So, use your space as it was meant to be and resist feeling guilty if you make the occasional mess.

    Become a minimalist today

    At its core, minimalism strives to help you live with purpose and get the most out of your household decor. As home is our story, Seeff shares this sentiment. Contact us to find the perfect place for you.

    Author: Seeff Property Group
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