Characteristics of a minimalist house and 15 tips on how to style it yourself

Minimalism as both a lifestyle choice and design gained popularity a few years ago. Still, it seems that this trend is here to stay, as it shows no sign of slowing down or losing popularity; in fact, minimalist house design is evolving into different trends.

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Explicitly talking about minimalist design, it's now merging with other styles to adapt to different lifestyles and tastes, such as cozy minimalism, boho minimalism, or rustic minimalism, other popular design styles similar to minimalism include scandi and japandi.

Minimalist architecture tries to marry great design with simplicity and functionality; for a minimalist architect, the concepts of openness, color, and details are crucial to create a visually exciting house.

Minimalist architecture and interior design are so loved by many because they provide clarity and a sense of calm by seeing that everything is in its place and control.

Also, minimalism is so clean that it will always be the perfect backdrop to let your furniture and ornaments shine; the beauty of such spaces proves to be versatile, allowing for subtle changes that can easily switch a room's vibe.

These are the main characteristics of a minimalist house design.

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Simple form and lines

A designed minimalist house will have an efficient floorplan design where every room flows naturally into the next so that the daily activities are easy to do.

The exterior usually shows little detail, and straight lines are the main focus; it's common to see one building without constructions that break the clean lines. Usually, we tend to see the openings for windows and doors without complex shapes or angles.

The interiors use a few dividing walls to open the spaces and create a better flow, such as an open kitchen that leads to the dining and living room areas or a study that shares the same place with the bedroom.

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Simple finishes

Just as minimalism favors clean design, it also uses clean finishes, instead of excessive cladding material, most minimalist houses tend to use white or neutral color paint over smooth surfaces.

Open interiors

Having open floorplans is essential in minimalism. It provides openness and a sense of freedom within the house; another benefit of this floorplan is the lack of wasted real state on extra dividing walls and corridors.


The minimalist design tries to take advantage of natural illumination as much as possible, given that it helps amplify the room.


Minimalist design prefers materials that are clean with less texture; most materials can be used, such as concrete, wood, tiles, glass, or metal; the trick here is knowing which one to pick. Ideally, you want to add materials that are both light and with less saturation.

These are the main characteristics of a minimal design house; now, let's look at the minimalist interior design qualities.

15 tips to decorate a minimalist house

Always aim for the best quality

It's super tempting to buy the cheapest product you can find; for some, this is even a hobby that has given them a lot of satisfaction. The truth is, sometimes the cheapest is not always the best.

Instead of having a home full of unnecessary clutter, think like a minimalist and instead research the products that you need and try to buy the best quality you can afford.

If you enjoy shopping for low prices, you can have fun hunting down the best price or wait for special discount seasons like Black Friday.

Your home will look so much better, and you will most definitely save money in the long run, as you won't need to buy duplicates frequently.

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Minimalist furniture

Any minimalist home should have the essential pieces, such as a dining set, bed and nightstand in the bedroom, and so on.

Multi-purpose furniture is even better as you can have a sofa that turns into a bed or a table that expands to accommodate guests or give extra working area.

When it comes to furniture design, minimalists prefer clean straight lines without textures and light colors.


Although minimalism doesn't need decor, I think this comes down to personal taste; we all want a home that feels our own; in this case, the decoration is entirely acceptable.

Instead of having a completely bare living room, you can add a nice touch of color with a glass vase with flowers, or hang a woven macrame on your bedroom wall, find the right balance with decor pieces you truly love, and avoid cluttering your rooms.

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Clear everything

This is the part where the minimalist lifestyle meets the minimalist design; if you aren't capable of keeping your surfaces clear and organized, your home won't look minimalist even if it's designed that way.

Minimalism, in the end, is about having more time to improve our lives, and this includes implementing good habits such as becoming more organized and clean.

Do you want to create a minimalist home? The good news is you can without moving to a different house. Here are some tips to help you get started.

How to create a minimalist house easily

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Start small

I know some methods will have you decluttering all at once (like the KonMari method, which I also like).

I recommend starting small and conquering your first achievement to motivate you; we are trying to create a minimalist home, not just decluttering, even though it is a crucial aspect of it.

My personal choice for a first room would be the bedroom, which you can also turn into your command center to tackle the rest of the house.

Trash everything right away

Grab a trash can and start grabbing everything that belongs there, a quick clean up improves the room aspect fast.

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Clear surfaces

Minimalism and clutter don't mix; nothing should clutter your floor, be stored, or stacked in them, organize it, donate it, or trash it.

The same thing with your surfaces should be as clear as possible from stuff, besides they will be much easier to clean.

Clear walls

Just like the floors, all your walls should be clear of any visual clutter; this happens more frequently in kids and teens rooms where they have a lot of posters; I don't recommend trashing their stuff though, is better to talk to them and see if they are willing to clear their walls.

Keep the essentials

When you look at each room, think of every item you have in there. Is it a duplicate? When was the last time you used it? The minimalist houses have fewer but essential stuff, but this is not a black and white rule; you can keep non-essentials, but you have to be honest with yourself about the things you can realistically use.

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If you have non-essentials that you aren't willing to eliminate, it's okay; you can always store them out of sight, keep these items in plastic boxes with tight lids to protect them.

A home for everything

I like this idea I read once in Mari Kondo's book; it teaches us that everything should have a place to go after being used. Otherwise, clutter starts to appear.

All your appliances and office supplies should have their spot and always stick to this same spot; this way, you won't ever lose anything.

Less color

Minimalism is all about white, but you can use other neutral or earth colors that feel calm, pops of color are ok, but always as accents.

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Accent colors

Minimalism doesn't have to feel completely bare either; you can add some color through pillows, wall art, or ornaments.

The best part about minimalism is that it can customize the simple background differently with the decor you choose to place.


Straight or solid patterns are better for your surfaces; natural wood finishes also look great on a minimalist design with a warmer touch, avoid strong or bold patterns like flowers, checkers, or animals.

Keep your windows simple

We need privacy but don't overwhelm your windows, choose a simple curtain like a roller or a plain color that slides through a rail.

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If you are willing to do a full makeover, you can purchase essential furniture with a minimalist design; if you don't have the budget or care about buying new pieces, you can declutter what you have.

Be thoughtful about which pieces are truly useful and which ones are merely taking space, consider their design, and if you can refurbish them to match your minimalist home.

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As mentioned earlier, the decor is not mandatory but always looks nice and gives any room a personal touch, the key is keeping it simple, a vase with fresh flowers, a small plant, or some framed photographs made by you are great decor ideas.

Keep track of everything

Once you finish your minimalist house, it is important to do a decluttering routine every once in a while; it's easy for clutter to accumulate. Take this time to put back in its spot any misplaced item.


Creating a minimalist environment from scratch is not an easy task. It involves decluttering, organizing, and cleaning, but it's well worth it; as you finish each area, take a moment to sit and enjoy your new minimalist environment.

It's your reward for putting in all the work in creating a beautiful minimalist house.


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