4 Mistakes To Avoid In Minimalist Decor

Minimalist decor is all about creating a space that has just what you need while still looking stylish and practical in the process. It's intentional, strategic, and clean, and it brings a certain ambiance to any space. In the home decor design world, minimalism has become an extremely popular trend, according to Room Crush, and more people have taken on the "less is more" mindset when choosing a decor style for their home. 

Minimalist decor is uniquely one of a kind, and when executed accordingly, the results are beautiful. It's not the never-ending time-consuming task it sounds like if you're intentional with your decor placement, furniture, and color palette. Whether you've always loved all things minimalist or you're just considering minimalist interior decor now, you want to meet your goal with beautiful decor, so there are a few things you need to avoid and keep in mind when designing your home.

Clutter isn't cute

Having an emotional attachment to items you've had for a number of years isn't uncommon, but you're more than likely hoarding things that should have been gotten rid of a while ago. Decluttering is a necessity. Minimalist decor cannot be achieved without decluttering your space, and you're killing two birds with one stone by getting rid of previous items or furniture you don't need anymore anyway.

Shannon Torrens recommends starting with the things you don't use entirely and going from there. The more you declutter, the better your space will look and feel. Moreso, nine times out of ten, you're living with items you no longer even use just because of the fear of no longer having them. Let it go and move on. That stuff is also likely taking up unnecessary space in your home. Perhaps donating those items to a shelter or thrift shop will allow you to give each piece new life in someone else's home.

Too many colors are a no go

Minimalism is natural, clean, and orderly. Minimalism is sleek and simple, so having too many colors in your color palette can completely ruin the process before it really begins. All colors won't work for this design style. Because there is a specific purpose to this style, you want to avoid using too many colors altogether because that will defeat the purpose of minimalist decor. 

Keep your color palette sharp, neutral, and soft. Minimalism doesn't just mean white (unless you want it to), so consider other soft colors like beige, tan, chestnut, brown, and forest green. If you're leaning towards incorporating other colors outside of the minimalist color palette, Custom Home Group recommends considering pairing them with neutral colors to create an equal balance. If you want to spruce it up with some color, that isn't bad at all because personal touches are important, but you want to keep your walls as neutral as possible.

Useless furniture that doesn't serve a purpose

Everything doesn't have to coordinate completely, but everything should look orderly when paired together. HuffPost recommends investing in long-term furniture that serves more than one purpose. For example, a bar cart is a great decor option because you can organize and display a number of items from glassware, books, and candles. There are a number of ways to add your own personal touches while still keeping it as minimal as possible. 

Remember to only keep the decor and accessories that you need in any given room. Not to mention, it also makes for a great focal point in the space, as does curved furniture. Minimalist decor and curved furniture are the perfect dynamic duo for any space. Just like minimalist decor, curved furniture is a popular trend; it's chic and classy, and it will effortlessly transform your living room. Not to mention, it'll make the space feel extra warm and inviting with less decor.

Too much decor

Excessive accessories aren't necessary for decor. When it comes to minimalist decor, the fewer items you have in a room, the better it will look because it opens up the space. Buy what you need, not just what you want, because you want your decor choices to make sense. Not to mention, having too much decor completely defeats the purpose of minimalism, according to Room Crush.

With minimalism, strategy is key. Too much decor will indefinitely take away from the look and feel of the space. Mixing and matching fabrics, textures, and tones is key. If you're worried about the space looking empty, start with the things you know you need in the room and once that's figured out, start intentionally adding subtle accessories of your choice to fill the space. For example, a gallery wall of your favorite photos saves space and works as a unique personal touch and focal point for the room. Choose photo frames that match your color palette.