THE BEST 5 WAYS TO APPROACH LESS IS MORE DECOR
We’ve all had several years of being heavily introduced to the concept of minimalism. It’s hard to surf the internet, read a magazine, or even watch some of the HGTV shows without hearing the word tossed around. As always, when a new idea comes up, there are people who have written “how to” books on the subject. Nearly everyone thinks they “need this” in their lives now. But what exactly is it…and can we really do it?
The word minimalism seems to have a definition that will morph into whatever form it is needed. From what I can find, it originally related to the arts and music.
Regarding Art – a trend in sculpture and painting that arose in the 1950s and used simple, typically massive, forms.
- Architecture and Lighting
- Defined Use of Space
- Ease of Maintenance
DEFINED USE OF SPACE
Many examples of minimal design will portray large open spaces. In these cases, defining the space is of the utmost importance. In structures, like this one, a series of rooms is more defined but can still benefit from a clear plan for how the rooms will be utilized. Furnishings planned correctly for scale and balance will make the spaces feel like a home.
EASE OF MAINTENANCE
When we asked our clients what they thought of when thinking about a minimalist decor they often said “white”. Yes, many of the decor photos that are appealing to us use a light color palette. Finishes of paints, selection of flooring, cabinets and counters will work best in a light palette if they are of easy to care for materials. More importantly, one of the basic concepts of minimalism is to live life more simply. Spending hours caring for materials that do not work with your lifestyle defeat the purpose.
In closing, we’d like to thank Coco Lapine who featured this home on her blog recently. We like that this home shows how to use our five “must haves” to successfully create an inviting minimalist decor. It is not void of comfort and creates interest. This is a true example that we can have more by having less.