I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about minimalism, and how it can improve your interior design. Scandinavian furniture, mid-century modernist furniture, and even contemporary furniture.

All of these styles have a minimalistic approach in varying degrees, but how can we identify it? Aside from that, how can we really understand what minimalism is? Is it really just about using as less elements as possible? Yes, and no. Today we’re going to dig a little deeper into minimalism and how you can achieve the look with minimal effort.

What is minimalism about really?

Before the advent of modernism, furniture design relied heavily on decoration. Ornaments were a sign of status, so the more adorned you and your home were, the more money you had. It was a way of showing off, and some parts of that notion are still valid today. A lot of people like to wear lots of jewelry and dress in an expensive and sometimes exaggerated fashion, it’s a human thing.

When modernism came around, ornamented furniture was still a thing (albeit at a much more conservative level), but modernist designers had a different idea of beauty. For them, functionality itself could be beautiful, and the natural features of a chair, for example, like the angle of the recline and the overall shape, were enough to be aesthetically pleasing.

This notion evolved until some of those designers decided that it was best to reduce a furniture pieces to its most basic elements, and that’s where minimalism as a concept really came to be. Nowadays, you can find it everywhere: think about how some luxurious items (in furniture, clothing, and other fields) are really simple and basic.

What makes them luxurious is the quality of the materials, the sleekness and cleanliness of the craftsmanship, the absence of clutter, those kinds of things. That’s what you should be aiming for when putting together a minimalist living space.

The perfect way to implement minimalism into your home

Less is more. Ask yourself, of all the things on my living room, what could really I do without? It’s not about shoving stuff on a drawer to put it away for good, it’s about consciously getting rid of your personal clutter.

Try to create a space that relies only on its essential elements: the living room, for example, how many cushions, blankets, and ornaments do you need? An organized, clean space can be very beautiful on its own, and it takes effort to be clean. Try to favor natural light and neutral colors, and if you choose to keep some bright tones around, try to make them stand out, but don’t let them become overwhelming.

Instead of adding, think about replacing: if you’ve already identified the key furniture pieces on your living room, introducing something else means that, usually, something has to go.

If you’re worried about being boring, then the colors you choose can help you achieve consistency, and you can play around with textures in order to add variety without being exaggerated. This simply means: keep the colors neutral, stick to a particular palette with some accents, and from there you can introduce new fabrics and some accompanying elements.

We guarantee that you will feel a lot calmer if you implement some minimalist practices into your home. One of the most stress-inducing things about the 21st century is the overabundance of stuff, we have too much of everything, it seems.