8 Ways to Embrace Minimalist Interior Design at Home

Maybe you’ve long had visions of coming home from a busy day of work and relaxing in your minimalist home, but just don’t know where to begin when it comes to achieving this goal. Designers prove that it is more than possible to slowly but surely embrace a minimalist interior design, and lucky for us, provided 8 actionable steps to incorporate a bit of simplicity into their homes. Let’s take a look!

01. Select Furniture Pieces That Serve Double Duty

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Minimalist homes certainly aren’t packed with furniture, and pieces that do make the cut will therefore need to be ultra-utilitarian. Ottomans with lidded storage make for excellent seating options when guests stop by while also serving as side tables or footrests. Meanwhile, items such as throw blankets can easily be tossed inside for safekeeping. Galloway also appreciates console tables that can easily turn into desks.

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02. Include Green Friends and Natural Elements

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Plants are more than welcome in minimalist spaces, so if you can’t live without your green friends, don’t worry—they will shine in your new, pared-down home. “Plants are an easy way to accessorize a room without adding more décor or furniture that could take away from the minimalist impact,” Galloway notes.

03. Clear Out Clutter

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Cutting the clutter is, of course, an essential step for those looking to embrace minimalist interior design. This pertains to more than just home décor. Stay mindful about parting with clothing items, beauty supplies, and kitchenware that is simply taking up space. Plus, saying goodbye to excess belongings can result in major feelings of accomplishment.

04. Embrace the “One In, One Out” Rule

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You’ve likely heard your friends who are small space dwellers praise the “one in, one out” rule, and it’s a key lesson to live by if you seek a more minimalist home. For example, every time you bring home a new pair of shoes, an older one has to be added to the donation pile (or tossed if it’s truly seen better days).

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05. Mindfully Add Accessories

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On a related note, there’s no need to display accent pieces just for the heck of it, and our designers agree—Smith advises that you shouldn’t be afraid of empty walls. There are other ways to incorporate accent pieces into your home that are both aesthetically pleasing and functional.

06. Remember the Power of Lighting

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Don’t plan to rely solely on overhead fixtures in your space; make sure to stock up on table lamps and task lamps as well. Keep drapery nice and airy; a minimalist home is not the place for ultra-thick, ornate, or bold colored curtains.

07. Keep It Simple

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When selecting pieces for a minimalist design, Galloway finds herself prioritizing simple shapes and neutral monochromatic colors. “Both are visually pleasing without being too busy, but add great interest and warmth into a space,” she notes.

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08. Embrace the Journey

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Last but not least, remember that like all design projects, no minimalist space is going to come together immediately. “Creating a minimalist home doesn’t have to be achieved overnight,” Smith says. “Think of it as more of a process.”

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