Are you a minimalist? Many people are under
the impression that minimalism is only about decluttering and owning less, but
that is not a complete picture. Brian Gardner, founder of No Sidebar says,
“I’ve learned that minimalism is not about what you own, it’s about why you own
it.” There is no single set of rules that you must follow to be a minimalist.
So, of course, minimalism and style can go hand in hand in your home. Here are
some great ways to have a stylish home as a minimalist.
- Light, neutral colors lay the
foundation of a minimalist home. These colors are clean, fresh-looking, and
inspire a sense of calm. Add small splashes of bold color or pattern for some
extra eye-catching style. When set against a white or neutral backdrop, even
simple objects can stand out.
- Choose timeless furniture. Always
needing to be up on the latest style trends is one thing minimalism is not.
Shop deliberately for high-quality, well-made, built to last, essential
furniture items with a timeless style to anchor your design.
- Use texture to add some style to a
monochrome color palette. Texture can be added through materials and fabrics.
Think of a chunky cable-knit throw, a sheepskin rug, or a soft crushed velvet
pillow to bring comfort and style to your space.
- Bring life and style to any room
with plants. They are a fantastic and inexpensive way to add color and life to
a room. From tall leafy plants to fragrant flowers, experiment with different
plants to bring life to your rooms and make them more inviting. Plants are a
beautiful minimalist decorating tool, but they also balance humidity and clean
- Let in as much natural light as
possible. Natural light instantly warms up a space without adding any visual
clutter. Plus, natural light can positively affect our mood by making us feel
more alive and vibrant. Use large, simple mirrors to reflect and increase the
light coming from the window into any room.
- Invest in stylish storage options.
Attractive storage allows you to hold on to personal items while still
maintaining the clear surfaces and clean lines of minimalism. Everything should
have a home, and if it doesn’t, a true minimalist would ask if you actually
need it at all.
In a world full of excess, many people feel
the need to reduce clutter or downsize both physically and emotionally. So many
people have found happiness living with less. There are other advantages of
minimalism, like having time to focus on areas of your life that are more
important to you, easier upkeep, and the visual appeal of showcasing your
unique artwork or prized possessions in a space with fewer distractions. If you
are not already a minimalist, why not start slowly on the road to minimalism
and see how it goes!
Looking to downsize during a move or need
storage while you decide how to organize your home? Zippy Shell is ready to
serve your moving and storage needs in the safest way possible. Call today or click here
to get a quote and see how we can make your moving and storage needs simple.
Bigger is not always better, and that is true
when it comes to your home! Less space means fewer belongings, which means less
cleaning and maintenance, giving you more time to enjoy life. Smaller spaces
can be a challenge to decorate, but with a bit of planning and a lot of
creativity, you can make it work. Follow these tips for decoration inspiration.
- Give the illusion of more space with your color palette. A monochromatic color scheme or even varying shades of the same color
can make the area feel larger. Soft, pale, neutral colors on the walls and
floor will give the biggest illusion of space.
An abundance of dark colors or contrasting colors in a small space can
feel overwhelming and like the room is closing in on you.
- Use reflective surfaces like glass and mirrors. Mirrors are a must-have decorating tool for small spaces. Large
mirrors will bounce light from windows and create the illusion of more square
footage. Mirrors reflect light and reflect the view, thereby tricking the eye
into the perception of more space. Just remember that you don’t want the mirror
to reflect a cluttered or cornered space, as that will defeat the purpose.
- Think vertically. Create storage where there
once was none by adding floating shelves to your walls utilizing the vertical
space. Mounted storage cabinets are also a great space saver and will give you
more storage options. Desks, TVs, and lamps are other items that can be mounted
on the wall to help turn wall space into floor space. You can also think vertically
by drawing the eye upward with a fun light fixture, crown molding, tall window
treatments, or high shelves.
- Illuminate your small space with good lighting. Small spaces often end up feeling dark due to having small windows or
a lack of windows. The first step is to pull in as much natural light from your
windows as possible. Make sure light coming in from your windows is not being
blocked by furniture or other stacked objects. In areas of your home where you
might need a light-blocking option, such as the bedroom, consider a layered
window treatment approach. Having one layer to block the light and one to allow
it in will offer flexibility without compromising the natural light. When
making plans to light the rest of the room, use multiple sources of light
rather than just one. Try vertical floor lamps in the corners of the room for an
expansive open feeling.
Zippy Shell is the perfect solution for those
looking to downsize or move into a small space. With portable storage, you can
forego the hassle of having to drive your extra belongings to a storage
location, as a storage unit can be delivered to your home where you can load
your belongings into it directly. You can cut your work in half by only loading
and unloading one time into portable storage containers versus multiple times
with self-storage. Check us out today for answers to any questions you may
Begin opening your blinds and curtains to allow natural
light to enter your home to give off a beautiful summer glow to your home. Not
only will this naturally produce a warm light throughout your home, but this
will also allow you to save on electricity by using fewer lights.
Pops of color
Decorate your home with bright couch pillows and flowers to
add a warm vibe for the summer. Cool colors can add a breezy, beachy look to
your home, but adding a vibrant pop of color is always a fun option too!
Add some greenery
Something as simple as a potted plant can brighten up a
room. Whether you have a yard or even a garden in general, bringing the
outdoors into your home gives off a lovely outdoorsy look. Choose
low-maintenance plants such as succulents or bamboo to provide color that
doesn’t require much care.
Tis the season for white decorations! Everyone knows you
can only wear white in between Memorial Day and Labor Day, so take advantage of
this time for white decorations in the summer. This can include simple
additions such as adding white couch pillows or white flowers to your home for
a pop of light. You can go a little more extreme with additions such as white
curtains or white window treatments.
Especially if you live on the coast or near any water
source, spruce up your home with beachy décor! Nautical prints and seashell
decorations are a perfect way to execute this.
Transition many of your summer items into an easily accessible area. This can even mean just switching your surfboard with your snowboard onto the first shelf in your garage so that when the time comes for this to be needed, you have it ready to go. In a higher case, you may need to switch an entire set of items from a storage unit into your garage for easy access throughout the summer. Contact Zippy Shell today to get the extra storage space you will need for this summer. We can provide onsite storage containers right to your home, so your items never leave your side. You can also choose to use our climate-controlled storage units to allow us to store your items safely at one of our storage facilities.