Minimalism is more than just a household aesthetic. It’s a way of life. It’s an ideology that eschews the collection of material possessions and status symbols and focuses one’s attention instead to valuing experiences and memories rather than commodities. The minimalist home is free from clutter and visual distractions. It is designed to be functional, yet calm and restful to the mind. It requires personal effects to be pared down to only those that bring you pleasure (or “spark joy” as Marie Kondo would say) and for psychologically harmful clutter to be banished.
However, while minimalism is supposed to make us fall in love with our homes all over again, newcomers to this lifestyle can all-too easily take it too far and find themselves living in an anonymous box of beige and cream. If you want to embrace the minimalist lifestyle but don’t want to completely rob your home of character, here are some ways in which you can inject a dash of colour and life into your decor…
Beanbags and cushions
The trouble with cushions is that they can seem to multiply of their own accord when we avert our attention. Before we know it we can barely find a comfortable place to sit on the sofa because it has become a collage of cushions. Nonetheless, that’s not to say that one or two cushions can’t find a home in a minimalist household. Be sure to use natural fibres like cotton or linen rather than their synthetic counterparts. Not only do these feel nice on the skin, they help your skin breathe and help promote the sense of harmony that pervades in a minimalistic household.
Runners and throws
A throw is a great way to gloss over little imperfections in your furniture like the red wine stain that just won’t come out or the huge holes where your cat decided it really needed to sharpen its claws. While it’s technically an embellishment it can actually be a great way to make your home’s aesthetic more unified and tie its look together.
Likewise, any of these wholesale bed runners can held a little dash of colour and character to your space without impinging on the sense of minimalism.
Plants and flowers
Minimalism has a strong focus on getting back in touch with the natural world. It’s about eschewing the synthetic and the chemical wherever possible and using natural materials like cotton, linen, wool, stone and wood wherever possible as opposed to plastic, polyester and other synthetic materials.
As such, a great way to add colour to a minimalist home is by introducing a wealth of plant life. House plants and flowers can not only bring colour and life to the home, they can oxygenate your living space and add an air of calm and tranquility to every room. Some of us can avoid buying houseplants because we worry that we won’t be able to keep them. Fear not, however, any of these plants will not just look great in your home, they’re also virtually indestructible.
Who says that a minimalist look has to be boring?