Minimalism has become quite popular over the years as a design philosophy and way of life.
Minimalist living is essentially “going against the grain“. It is contrary to every advertisement we have ever seen because we live in a society that prides itself on the accumulation of possessions. Living a minimalist lifestyle is reducing material possessions which correlates to more money. (Currently, the average household credit card debt is about $5,000 with the median debt at more than $16,000. Personal loans and other miscellaneous debt are more than $10,000 per household. The total average of debt combined (including those who have no debt at all) is $139.5 thousand per household). WOW!
There are a few obvious benefits such as less cleaning and stress, a more organized household and more money to be found, but there are also a few deep, life-changing benefits. What we don’t usually realize is that when we reduce, we reduce a lot more than just stuff.
The focus becomes about personal growth, family, and spirituality. Becoming more self reliant and contributing to the community become the priority. An “off the grid” mentality starts to take hold.
Minimalism as a lifestyle creed is pretty simple: The less you own, the happier you’ll be. Pare down and de-clutter, the thinking goes, and your mind will have room to exhale. Minimalists say that it’s about spending more energy on living, less energy on having. With more than six million Instagram posts tagged #minimalism, and four million more tagged #minimalist, it’s a trend that won’t die.
This lifestyle is not for everyone but it is definitely catching on. The people that live this lifestyle embrace it and they love the change that it brings to their lives.
Stark, cold and boring? Simple, sleek and sexy? Regardless of how you view minimalist interior design, there’s more to this widely embraced concept than most of us think. From a design standpoint, minimalist living can still be just as satisfying as traditional materialist homes. Creating functional design elements in the most compact way is key in minimalist design.
Minimalism not only looks great, it also has several benefits. First, an uncluttered, clean space is known to increase our happiness and health. Not being able to find something easily is a surefire way to dampen any mood and increase stress. Streamlined furniture gives you more space, even in the smallest rooms. Also, a calm palette or limited color choice makes a room feel serene and less chaotic. Finally, less of everything means more money in your pocket.
Even if you are a traditionalist and love your curves and frills, you can embrace some tenets of minimalism for a happy and healthy home. Everyone could probably stand to:
- Declutter our homes.
- Streamline furniture.
- Simplify our color schemes.
- Focus on function.
Here are some examples of some simple, clean and beautiful minimalist homes.
Each of these are very different in how they decorate but their philosophy is the same. Living simply and minimally.
We would love to hear your thoughts of this growing new lifestyle.