Minimalism can help you create a peaceful and harmonious space in your home, a little oasis in this chaotic world, I have shared many tips on how to renovate certain spaces but the concept os less is more can push us too far and before we notice one day we arrive home and realize its no home but more like a museum or a hospital ward.
It's easy to get carried away by the idea of decluttering more and more but you need to remember that minimalism must adapt to your lifestyle and not the other way around, trust me it will be a failed project if you want to mimic an artist minimalist apartment when you have three kids with way more needs.
In the previous post, I shared mistakes to avoid as a minimalistic lifestyle and now in this article, I'm gonna share seven common mistakes that you can avoid when renovating your home.
1 Don't go crazy over having a tidy home
We see those magazines or photos online of those pristine living rooms, bedrooms, and kitchens and we naturally want to recreate them, there is nothing wrong with that but please remember that those are stage photos and in many cases, the team who is working on taking said photos bring their own props (decor pieces, books, etc.) to polish the space.
So what you see is not always how that space looks 100% of the time, those are staged photos with curated items, so don't lose your mind or peacefulness because a throw pillow is on the floor or someone left a dish on the table.
2 Your home doesn't have to look empty
A common misconception about minimalism is that everything must be bare from the wall to all horizontal surfaces, meaning no decorative pieces anywhere, this is false.
The decoration is allowed and in fact, it should be encouraged as decoration speaks about our likes and passions. The key is finding the balance between elegance and comfort, what you want to achieve is find those certain elements that go with the room vibe having meaning to you, also avoid this piece becoming a hindrance both visually (overshadowing the entire room) or functionally (blocking pathways).
3 Not everything has to be white
Many think that white must be used everywhere to achieve a minimalist look and even though white is an important color used in minimalism, it doesn't have to be the only one. Unless you want your house to look like a psychic ward.
Ideally, you want to use white as the base, in walls and ceilings with another additional color palette, a good combination is using more white, followed by a neutral color like gray or sand and finally accent colors like blue, black, green, or any other color you might like.
4 Not everything is cactus and bamboo
I have talked about the plant's minimalists love in this article, but remember that in the end, you can use any plant you love.
Minimalists tend to prefer certain plants because their maintenance is easier but if you have green thumbs then you are blessed and can experiment with many beautiful plants or flowers.
Also if by chance you are given a beautiful arrange of fresh flowers but they don't go with your minimalist look please don't throw them away, display them as they will bring plenty of positive energy to your house even if they are not aesthetically correct.
5 Is not all about straight lines
It's true that straight lines are commonly used to create minimalist architecture and interior design but we don't have to lose our minds over something like that.
If you already have furniture like a coffee table that you bought not too long ago and is still in perfect condition if you like it then keep it, minimalism is design but also is about the lifestyle, and essentially it's not about how much stuff you have but how comfortable you are with that stuff and how well it serves you.
So before you go crazy and declutter furniture in perfect shape, meditate about what decorative pieces really make you feel good, its about your home not about that magazine photo.
6 Fabrics are important but choose the right amount
Interior designers use fabrics to give warmth to a room and are a nice trick to add some color and change the design of the room without a major budget.
But this doesn't mean you can upholster all your wall and ceilings, drape your windows with heavy curtains, add a rug with all the colors of the rainbow and add throw pillows to the point where you can't see the bed anymore.
Add these pieces as long as they are functional and always be mindful of sticking to a color palette.
7 Minimalism is not Scandi
At least not in its essence, scandi is a style that uses plenty of natural woods and accents in navy blue, green and black, its closely related to minimalism, but minimalism is much wider and versatile, you can find minimalist styles that mix with industrial, vernacular, glam or even classic.
This is because you can pretty much take any interior design style and minimize it by picking the right amount of decorative pieces and using a main neutral color palette.
I love scandi and japandi styles and don't worry your home can have these styles mixed with minimalism if you want to as they will not clash but always remember they are not the same.
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