The move towards minimalist decor and furnishings in homes throughout Australia and the world has been a pronounced one – more and more people are committed to eliminating unnecessary and extraneous clutter from their lives, homes and general aesthetic. Plenty of homeware manufacturers have been sure to incorporate this timeless visual style into their goods, and there’s never been a better time to utilise the current appreciation for minimalism when decorating your house. However, minimalism extends further than some angular furniture or wall hangings – it’s a whole way of thinking about how your house and its interior should look.
Establishing a minimalist feel for your home can be done without ever purchasing a stick of furniture. It can be as simple as removing elements from your interior that don’t fit the function of each room and that are display pieces without truly being integral to the look or feel of your home. Just as we’re advised by Coco Chanel to remove one accessory before leaving the house, you should scrutinise each of your house’s rooms and determine an item that could be removed without much consequence. This simple step can get you on the way to eliminating extraneous elements in the home – and it’s important to note that removing furnishings and decor doesn’t have to be immediately followed with replacing them with a more suitable alternative.
In the sense of home decor, ‘minimalist’ doesn’t have to mean ‘bare bones’ – it can simply mean improving the form and purpose of rooms by taking steps to make your existing furnishings and home design more useful and less excessive. An excellent aspect of minimalism in the home is that it lends itself to hand-created furniture and features, because if you’re working with the materials and design yourself you can be sure to avoid the creation of whatever features you find to be unnecessary. There is no rigid ‘look’ for minimalist furnishings, so feel free to create with minimalist concepts in mind rather than a specific set of design rules.
Much of what we place in our home is dependent on electronics, personal items and household goods for its existence – an entertainment centre requires a TV, various set top boxes and media players, for example. One minimalist act is to remove these items that depend on others and display or implement their counterparts on their own. It’s more than possible to wall-mount a modern flat-screen television on sturdy brackets, for example, as well as using some low-key shelving rather than a full cabinet for its associated DVD and cable TV boxes.
A major rethink of what you keep in your home is another truly minimalist consideration you can take. If you’ve been long overdue for a garage sale, using it to rid yourself of items you have just because you haven’t bothered to remove them from your home is a great idea. A more spacious and functional home will do wonders for the overall workflow and efficiency of your life!