The following is a guest post from the folks over at Modernize! I figured this post would be appropriate since I JUST spoke about how I’ll be introducing minimalist concepts into my lifestyle in order to reduce spending and mindless clutter.
Creating a minimalist aesthetic in your home doesn’t always come at a minimal cost. It may seem counterintuitive, but furniture and decor can certainly be pricey, no matter the complexity or adornment. The good news is that you can achieve that simple yet sophisticated style you’ve been dreaming of, and you can do it on a budget. Check over at Modernize, to find some helpful tips to get you started.
Make a Game Plan
Every sports team huddles before a big game to review plays, and taking on a home decor project should be treated the same way. If you’re working on a budget, you won’t want to waste money on extra materials when you make a mistake or change your mind.
Before we get started, we love to find inspiration from Pinterest, blogs, and home decor magazines. Decide on some basic factors: paint colors, accent colors, furniture needed, and which rooms you want to make over. Make a list of all the materials you will need and go shopping when there are sales. Once you have everything you need, you can get to work!
Minimalist Color Palettes
The beauty of the minimalist aesthetic is that white walls are often dressed up with pops of accent colors throughout the room, making it easy to get started. Many designs incorporate an “Oreo” color palette, with black and white accents. If you just love color, though, you can choose a cool shade of purple or blue for a piece of furniture like a chair or sofa. This small pop of color won’t stand out too much, since it’s not a vibrant hue. But it will add a personal touch and draw the eye into the room.
Even if you decide to keep the walls white, repaint them if it’s been a few years. A fresh coat of white paint can bring light and energy back into a dull room. Leave windows bare or add a small window treatment, so most of the natural light can stream in and reflect in the space.
Use Inexpensive Accents
With minimalist decor, everything is organized, and there isn’t much clutter. That means you won’t have to spend a fortune on art or knickknacks. Instead, find a few pieces of abstract art that offer a focal point without being grandiose. Dress up a few throw pillows with an accent fabric, and pair them with a complementary base color. Keep furniture and tables bare, or dress end tables with simple decorations like a narrow vase and a small bouquet of synthetic or fresh flowers. Succulents are a great greenery option, because they require minimal care.
Repurpose Your Furniture
Starting a home decor project is exciting, because you get to go shopping! But if you’re doing this on a budget and you want to be more eco-friendly, consider repurposing your current furniture. Scan the other rooms of your house for items that are mismatched, out of place, or the incorrect size for the space.
Sand and paint furniture to adapt pieces to your new color scheme. Some of our favorite repurposed items are unwanted bookshelves turned into window seats, night stands turned to end tables, and dressers repurposed as entertainment centers.
Alternatively, you can shop at secondhand shops and donation centers. You may just get lucky and find a treasure!
DIY What You Can
With a plethora of tutorials on websites like YouTube and Pinterest, even the most un-crafty people can create beautiful accessories for their homes at a fraction of the cost of buying new. Look for sales on crafting materials, or practice making a project with inexpensive materials first. Create your own art by wrapping a decorative canvas fabric around a wooden frame. Just staple and voila! You have an instant minimalist focal point.
Images: courtesy of Modernize