“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived..” Henry David Thoreau
There is a movement today that encourages the reduction of the excess. The theory is that minimalism is freeing. The minimalist style creates spacious and airy rooms that are elegant and comfortable. You can begin by de-cluttering your home OR just get rid of everything and start over and decorate your home with just the bare essentials.
Embracing the minimalist style is not just about de-cluttering. It is about permanently getting rid of all useless items and old home furnishings and decorating your home in a uniform style. The minimalist style allows you to demonstrate the best architectural features of home interiors and create an inviting, bright and clean atmosphere in your home. Minimalist style encourages you to change your lifestyle and be mindful about the things you buy and own. It is a lifestyle that values wonderful, exciting and new experiences more than possessions.
This is a challenge for consumer oriented cultures. De-cluttering is not something you do just once. It is a strategy and an ongoing process that creates a simple and less stressful lifestyle. Minimalist style allows you to create a home with only things that add value and pleasure to your life.
Modern is the style that comes to mind but minimalism is not restricted to just modern. For example: nice wainscot and historic molding can be minimalist if you are not highlighting their ornateness. Play down the space with an overall color palette that is spare with very little contrast. Monochromatic. Repeating colors, moldings and window treatments from room to room propels you through the rooms and gives a unified and soothing minimalist feel to the overall home.