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A minimalist approach to furnishing your home.

Often when moving into our first home, we are so focused on how we can fill it up. Tempted to bring in furniture items that have been given to us or simply items of furniture that we have already owned and loved.

Often when moving into our first home, we are so focused on how we can fill it up. Tempted to bring in furniture items that have been given to us or simply items of furniture that we have already owned and loved.
The trick to making what you own look special is to be strict about deciding what works for you and what is not useful.

Minimalism is a style that uses pared down elements of design, using a simple colour palate and simplifying our living spaces. The effect can be clear and free from visual clutter. The old saying ‘less is sometimes more’, popularised by Miles Van Der Rohe in describing the minimalist aesthetic, can be just the answer to a limited budget and a new fresh environment.

  • Simplicity is first and foremost.
  • Look around at the amount of light in the room and capture that feeling of space, light and airiness by introducing items that allow the light to penetrate.
  • Introduce furniture that sits free off the floor and allows the light to reflect off of it.
  • Choose items that say clearly what they are by their shape with no unnecessary flourishes.
  • Space and light accents the shapes of items in the room.
  • Simplify the colours and patterns of materials and artwork.
  • Use a simple monochromatic scheme such as black and white, black and tan, or white on white, to help provide clarity of shape.
  • Select a couple of special bright / bold pieces that will give a pop of colour in a monochromatic colour scheme. ie. Colourful textured rug, bright cushion, light fitting, accessory and artwork pieces will add a pop of bright colour and hold the scheme together.
  • Look for one special furniture item ie. Swan or egg chair in a bright solid colour to give you a statement piece that builds on the scheme.
  • Graphics and abstracts work well using primary colours as artwork and make cleaner and stronger statements.
  • An uncluttered room will give furniture space to be appreciated for its shape.
  • Using texture and colour provides warmth and beauty.
  • Choose wallpaper that reflects a high quality that can ‘stand alone’ allowing the strength of the finish to be enough in the space.
  • Use lighting to create drama on a reflective or textured surface to allow the surface to become ‘artwork’.
  • Use clean lines in the design and selection of materials for the space.
  • The texture of stone, wood and wool can create interest and highlight the crisp lines and reinforce a ‘minimal’ look.
  • Refrain from using too many accessories and embellishments that will clutter the space.
  • Create a sense of serenity and reduce the clutter of collected items, achieving a fresh, clean look through simplifying what you place in your home.

Contact Lynette Lewis from The Inside Story directly on 0412 171 548 for any enquiries. All consultations are by appointment only, contact Lyn directly if you wish to make an appointment with Kathleen Bowen for planning and decorating advice.