Tuesday, 14 April 2020

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Clean lines, uncluttered, monochromatic and understated simplicity is how I would describe minimalism. A look, when achieved correctly, is simply beautiful. Achieving this look should be done with purpose because it is not an easy look to achieve. It is more than just choosing a few pieces of furniture and placing it in front of a white backdrop, which can leave a space feeling cold, sparse and unlived-in.
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What is Minimalism?

Is it just about keeping a space simple, uncluttered and monochromatic? Minimalism for me is about Form, Focus and Functionality.

To break it down; form is very important. Let's take for instance your dining room for the room to function well you need a  table and chairs. But to create a well designed minimal look these pieces need to speak to one another. Each piece needs to relate to the next piece through its design, line, and color. In other words, they must work well together in their basic shape.

In minimalist design, the focus should be on something other than space so this can be the furniture or even the art or decor pieces.

The pieces in the room should all be functional and add value to space. So, if you live outside of your home is very busy you want a space to come home to that is restful. Therefore every piece of furniture and decor’s function is going to be calming with simple compositions and nothing that is going to be too stimulating to the eye.

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How can you achieve this in your own home?

A limited palette, this does not necessarily have to be the classic black, white, and gray palette. The main thing is to keep the palette simple and to avoid brights or any complex color combinations. Neutrals work best paired with moody darks, whites, or mid-tone shades.

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The furniture that works best needs to have sleek and clean lines without any ornate details. The elegant straight lines combined with the open and spacious feel your space will feel calm and relaxed.

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Remember that everything needs to be functional and picked with purpose. And when picking your decor pieces the key is to control the elements you add to your space. Choose soft furnishings, decor accessories and wall prints that have a limited color palette and patterns.  Avoid large floral prints, small busy prints, extravagant, and complicated designs that call too much attention to themselves.

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The minimalist space works well with solid blocks of neutral colors to achieve a tranquil and relaxing feeling. When choosing wall prints or artwork hang. Pick them with purpose, so, select pieces that evoke a sense of tranquility. And fits in with the form and focus of the space.

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Give these pieces a try for a clean uncluttered, simplistic minimalist look.