Darling of the moment, minimalism has much more to offer you than a clean and modern look for your home. This movement is based on principles that propose a complete transformation in the ways of thinking, living and consuming.
Have you thought about using minimalist decor in your home? Check it out below:
What is minimalism?
Minimalism is in small details, although these are not the focus.
Fundamentally, the minimalist movement preaches detachment from superfluous things to focus only on the essentials. According to the philosophy that guides this lifestyle, with less we are freer, lighter and, consequently, happier.
Although detachment from material goods is the most evident and clear motto of this philosophy, the idea is born in the field of the intangible: reassess priorities and empty our minds of things that hinder our focus on what really matters.
The documentary Minimalism, released in 2016 by Netflix, helped popularize this movement, which has been gaining strength, especially among younger people.
Minimalism (2016), commentary produced by Netflix.
The movement is quite broad and has reached several fields, proposing a new lifestyle that goes through the visual arts until reaching architecture and decoration. Here, we’ve organized some tips for those who want to adhere to minimalism, even if it’s just in the home environment.
What is minimalist decor?
Few elements: less is more.
The name itself says what to expect from a minimalist decor: as little furniture and objects as possible; as little detail and frivolity as possible.
Straight lines, geometric shapes, empty spaces, and sober colors make up the pillars of the minimalist philosophy. Are they:
If it’s not useful, it’s not necessary.
It is essential to think better about the usefulness of the products you consume.
Choosing home decor is a great first step for those who want to enter the minimalist lifestyle, as all of us (some more, others less) accumulate useless objects at home.
Getting rid of all the excess is the first step towards achieving a clean aesthetic that conveys lightness and tranquility. And, in this process, the golden question is: “What is the use of this object?”. Objects for which there is no answer definitely do not fit the “less is more” philosophy.
The overall aesthetic of the minimalist style is sober, with empty spaces, straight lines and simple shapes, mostly geometric.
More sober colors look beautiful in this minimalist style.
Instead of an extravagant decor, which provides a provocative, creative and welcoming environment, the clean look should encourage a calmer, more focused state of mind, less overloaded with unnecessary stimuli and information.
Every object, every piece of furniture, has a reason for being there.
A mirror and a stool: simplicity.
Colors also play a role. Grey, blue, black and white usually shine in these environments.
Minimalism is highlighted in the colors.
Replace quantity with quality
The elimination of excessive consumption presupposes the choice of durable furniture and objects. When we buy on impulse, we don’t think much about why the object is so cheap, what is its origin, its production origin, its inputs, its quality and its durability.
On the other hand, when we decide to consume less, we necessarily go through responsible consumption, which requires the evaluation of all these points. When compulsive consumption decreases, in addition to being good for our house, we also have a good social impact.
Using objects that belong to the same color chart already gives a minimalist touch to the decoration. You don’t need to buy them: use your creativity.
The idea of consuming excessively, as well as being unnecessary, causes serious impacts on the environment, which is why, in addition to decoration, it is important to think collectively and consume responsibly.
To get an idea, according to studies released by the International Telecommunications Union ( ITU ), Brazil is the fifth-largest producer of electronic waste in the world and the largest in Latin America.
Therefore, the idea of adding more conscious consumption to the home, in addition to being interesting, is also an idea that can contribute to sustainability.
Minimalist design: impacts from the outside in
Minimalist living room.
As the environment, we live indirectly interferes with our lifestyle, our state of mind and even our health, the proposal of minimalist decor is much deeper than a simple clean look.
Its goal is to make real impacts in the lives of those who adopt it. Among these impacts, we can mention: economy and environmental awareness, provided by the abandonment of compulsive consumption; freedom to have fewer things to carry around whenever you want to move; and organization of the environment and, consequently, of our mind.
The minimalist decor style is much more than it sounds: it has real impacts on the lives of those who adopt it.
What did you think of the minimalist decor? Do you already use it at home? Tell us in the comments!
And if you want more decorating tips, check out the guide we made.