Minimalism is all the rage these days and I’m pretty sure that Marie Kondo might just be the person to blame. Minimalism can be excellent when used well, creating spacious, relaxing homes that offer some breathing space and a cleaner, neater appearance. But when it goes too far, a room can feel bare, lifeless, boring, and, most of all, like no-one lives there. It’s a fairly new concept to me but since reading ‘An Edited Life’ I’m really keen to try and live with less things.
I think most people assume that minimalism is about throwing away all your earthly possessions and some people take it to the extreme! For me personally, it’s more about making sure I have enough storage space for all of our possessions. And now hoarding too much! The key I think is making sure everything has it’s own home. We’ve been doing this by maximising all those little secret storage spaces we can in an organised manner. As if you don’t have the right storage space, you only end up creating more clutter when the items you do need and want are left to linger around in full view.
The clean look of hard surfaces can create a lot of space to breathe but I like to add in a little softness too. Contrasting textures can make all the difference. Large Rugs, finding the right place for a houseplant (or three), or even draping a blanket over a dining chair like I do can add the depth that a room might just be missing. These touches don’t necessarily need to take up more space, but simply complement the spaces and furniture that’s already there.
Using only a few key pieces of furniture can get rid of the cluttered feeling and help light travel better through the room. Our living room literally has the sofa, armchair, toy box and a sideboard under the TV. I also feel like choosing the right lighting is super important as this can really make a room. Maybe even consider layering it with accent lighting to add some depth and warmth.
I have two children, a husband and a dog. So our house definitely looks ‘lived in’ but I still don’t want it to look cluttered. I have been gradually going through each room one by one, emptying every drawer and cupboard and saying goodbye to things we don’t need/use/make me happy. And let me tell you, it is LIBERATING.
We’re in the process of having a shuffle about upstairs which is what sparked my big old clear out. We have created a dressing room in Hugo’s old bedroom. This is mainly so we can keep our bedroom as minimalist as possible. Hopefully this will mean it’s a nice calming space we can relax in. I’m loving gathering all the finishing touches for our new room, choosing original wall art and finding the perfect light fitting!
I’ll be sharing some room make over blog posts very soon featuring my new minimalist approach!
*Collaborative Post but all opinions are of course my own*