How To Style Your Home Like A Minimalist

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I think I was a minimalist before minimalism was even a movement. In fact, my mother still hasn’t forgiven me for giving away so much of my “valuable” stuff over the years. But the idea of having less has always appealed to me. So I’d say I was probably born to be a minimalist. Don’t get me wrong I know plenty of people who live very happily surrounded by colour and things but it’s just not for me. If I have too much colour and clutter around me I feel stressed and anxiety starts to set in. And that’s one of the main reasons people seek out a more minimal lifestyle in the first place. It creates calm and done right is generally kinder on the planet too. So while minimalism may not be for everyone, but for those of you who are intrigued by the idea then today I’m sharing some of my top tips to styling your home like a minimalist.

My passion for minimalism has been recently reignited after talking to the peeps at Golden Homes about building a new home. I’m pretty obsessed about the idea of designing my home, my way while also having a safety net of a long-standing Kiwi company like Golden Homes By the way if you’ve ever considered building it’s not as hard, or as expensive as you may have thought – truly! Okay I haven’t exactly gone through the process yet but I have been grilling the guys at Golden Homes about what’s involved. So if you’ve ever toyed with the idea of building your own home then scroll down for my Q&A with Golden Homes to find out more. And because a fresh start is the perfect time to declutter then check out my short video below on living a less cluttered, more minimalist lifestyle.

By the way this video was shot at one of the Golden Homes show homes in Auckland.

 

Benefits of a Minimalist Home

The main benefit of adopting a minimalist lifestyle at home is that for many people it’s naturally de-stressing Clutter is a form of visual noise. It’s like being surrounded by distractions that continually fight for your attention. The less clutter, the less visual stress. A minimalist home is, in theory, a calm home.

A minimalist home is also much easier to clean. The more stuff you have, the more you have to keep clean

Above: Minimalism is about the freedom that having less gives you. 

Getting Started

Choose a theme – It’s important to choose a theme for how you want your home to look and feel. Often minimalists go for simple neutral palettes and add accent colours but you don’t have to be so rigid – the key is to choose a theme and stick to it throughout your home.

Room by Room – Unless you’re just moving into a new house, it’s hard to simplify an entire house at once. So it’s really best to focus on one room at a time. Once you’ve simplified one room and enjoy the calm it will almost definitely inspire you to tackle the next room. It’s all about looking to see what you can edit from your life and life without. You can come back to each room every few months, and sometimes you’ll discover things you can simplify even more.

Smart Storage – Smart storage is very important in a minimal home because everything you own needs to be stored out of sight. Bookshelves can be used to store books or DVDs or CDs, but shouldn’t have much else except a few simple decorations (not whole collections of things). You want everything you own to have a place so it can be put away when you’re not using it.

Texture Time – If your colour palette is simple then texture is a perfect way to add interest and warmth. Textured cushions, throws and rugs are a great way to give a minimal home a cosy and lived in feeling. Remember you aren’t trying to create a clinical environment you want your home to be calm and zen and a place you love to spend time.

Above: Minimalism is about creating a clutter-free lifestyle.

 

Simple Décor – To keep a room from looking boring, you can add your favourite touches like artwork on the walls or pot plants to add a pop of colour. Leave some walls bare if possible. Minamilists are not generally collectors but if you do have a collection of décor items like these glass jars then group them together as opposed to having them spread out over a counter top.

Blank Floors & Walls – Try to keep you floors and walls as simple and as bare as possible. Bare windows or simple wooden blinds or solid coloured curtains are great.

Clear Surfaces – One or two simple decorations on your counter tops is enough. Blank spaces and clear counter tops are your friend and you’ll be amazed at how much easier it is to keep your home clear when you have clear surfaces.

Quality Over Quantity – When you have a minimal home you need to carefully consider everything you bring into your home. Quality items will always stand the test of time too. Avoid collections – the only think I collect are photos and they are all stored online except a few special photo albums.

 

BUILDING YOUR DREAM HOME

In trying to understand what’s involved in building our own home I put my journalist hat on and asked the peeps at Golden Homes my most pressing questions about the whole process. This is what they had to say.

Do you need to secure your own land first or do Golden Homes help with that? Not surprisingly, securing land is the first step in building your own home. You can either find the right section yourself or the peeps at Golden Homes can also help too. While Golden Homes don’t purchase land (they’re a building company) they do have great contacts in the industry and know what land may be available before the general public (you and I) even know about it. So they can definitely help with this process.

How much can you change the configuration/layout/dimensions of the house? Golden Homes has a tonne of different house plans but when I recently visited my local show home I was told that these plans are just the start. You have the freedom to change the plans and create your own design  – obviously in close collaboration with the Golden Homes team. But the underlying message is that you are not wedded to a particular design. You can actually design your dream home.

How much can you change the fixtures/materials used in areas like kitchen/bathroom/cladding? There is definitely freedom to do this but it’s worth considering that these changes may come at an extra cost.

How involved do you have to be with the build or do Golden Homes project manage the whole thing? You can be involved as much or as little as you please. So if you’re a control freak like me you can be across every little bit of your build, but if you don’t want to hear anything until it’s time to pick up the keys then that’s fine too.

Is the build a fixed price? Yes, yes and yes. Unlike renovations, that often uncover all sorts of hidden surprises that tend to blow budgets, building from scratch means you get a fixed price from the outset and if you don’t make any alterations after that point, you’ll be charged the amount you originally agreed upon. Yay to no budget blowouts!

For more information visit www.goldenhomes.co.nz or to visit on of their show homes around the country click HERE

 

Above: Golden Homes’ Millwater show home.

 

Thanks to the team at Golden Homes for making this post possible