Minimalist Decor: Show More With Less
treniqblog | December 5, 2018

Minimalist decor or design is a form of interior design that came out of the 1950s and 1960s. It was born from the rejection of unnecessary adornment in art and design. It is the idea of doing more with less.

While it can be complementary to a home that is trying to work as well as they can with less, this isn’t necessarily where minimalism came from. Rather, minimalism came from the idea of those who had the means for more but decided to switch to a design that was free from extra clutter.

No matter why you choose minimalism, it is a great way to keep your home clutter-free. It allows you to dedicate your home to function without sacrificing an attractive design. From here, we’ll look at how you can use minimalist concepts in your own home.

Clean Out


The first thing you need to do to when you are interested in converting to minimalist decor is to get rid of your old stuff. Go through what you own and consider what you don’t need. Is there a piece of decor you never really liked? Do you maybe you have some clothes that would do better donated than sitting in the back of your closet?

If you aren’t sure if you need something, take a second to think it through. When’s the last time you used it? Do you even still like it or are you just hanging onto it for sentimental reasons? Will it help you? As an example, maybe you aren’t sure if a tool you have is worth holding onto or if it can be replaced with a better one you can always try the Toolsy for honest reviews.

Keep this philosophy in mind when you are purchasing new decor. Do you need that extra knick knack in your home? Are you willing to get rid of the old ottoman when you purchase a new one?

That’s another thought to keep in mind when you are using minimalist principles: the principle of exchange. Most minimalists use a “one in, one out” method. This means that if you bring one new piece of decor in, try to get rid of something of equal or bigger size. With this method, you will avoid creating a minimalist space just to clutter it up later. The idea is that you will make a habit of making sure your home is decluttered instead of doing it once and forgetting about it until your home is decluttered once again.


A great idea to help cut down on what you own is to look for furniture that serves a dual purpose. For example, maybe replace the footstool in front of the couch with an ottoman that offers extra storage space.

Aside from serving a dual purpose, furniture should also fit the minimalist theme. A good rule of thumb to remember is that minimalist design uses clean lines and monochromatic tones when you are purchasing any piece of decor.

To put this in an example, consider purchasing a pouffe. The overstuffed, floral pouffe. would look out of place in a minimalist home. On the other hand, the low-backed, grey pouffe with a more geometric shape would fit in perfectly.

Add a Pop of Color


In the previous section, it was pointed out that minimalism often utilizes monochromatic tones. Rather than using ostentatious colours, a room might be painted with an off-white or even grey. For most people, the thought of a home done in only black, whites, and greys sounds rather unappealing.

However, don’t give up on minimalism just yet! Just because it leans on monochromatic colours doesn’t mean it only uses monochromatic colours. Many designers and homeowners use bright accent pieces such as artwork or decor to breathe life into a room.

For example, picture this: a room done in greys and whites. On a black, low-backed couch there are small, bright red throw pillows and over a chair is a matching bright red throw blanket. Doesn’t sound so boring now, does it?

All in all, make sure you don’t underestimate the power of choosing the right accents.


As noted with colour, don’t forget about smaller decor pieces either. Just because you are cutting down on what you own doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t own anything. More often than not, these smaller decor pieces are how many residents stamp their personality into the decor.

The idea, instead, is to streamline these pieces into something more neat and tidy. For instance, if you have a spattering of individual photo frames of you and your family and friends around your living room, consider converting these photos into sleek frames hung on the walls or even in a digital frame.

Another example would be that if you want plants in your home, don’t place them in a round, overly large pots. Instead, try replacing that fern into a neater square pot.

If you are a plant lover, smaller plants can bring a nice, personal touch into your home. Even if you don’t have a particularly green thumb, succulents, cacti, and bamboo all lend themselves to a minimalist decor.

Use Textures


It’s also important not to take the use of textures for granted. Just like accent colours, when you are depending on bringing life to monochronic, textures can go a long way. How do you use textures in a home, though?

There are actually a variety of ways you can introduce texture to the rooms of your home. Switch out that cotton throws blanket for a wool one or maybe trade your ceiling fan for an interesting chandelier. You can even add a long fibered rug or interesting geometric pieces of decor. Anything that adds another dimension to your design without adding clutter is welcome!

Invest in Quality


A great thing about the minimalistic decor is that you aren’t spending as much money on new stuff as you once were. This means that you can save that money to invest in higher quality items for your home.

While you are shopping for new items, try to look for things that will keep your attention for years to come. These investments will also promote the concept that you won’t be as tempted to impulse buy new items for your home.

Take Advantage of Technology


There are many people who value the way vinyl sounds or the ability to sift through a stack of CDs. If this is you, take the time to make these areas neat. For instance, maybe put your record player on a table with the records sorted in boxes underneath the table. For movies or CDs, make sure to put them neatly on a wall shelf.

If you don’t mind switching to a more high-tech version, though, this can be a great way to reduce clutter in your home. Thanks to streaming services, most of the movies and music you love are available online. You can even take the time to digitize your belongings yourself if you’re a little more tech savvy.

Author Bio

Pete Alman is a former carpenter turned writer who writes for the Toolsy.

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