13 minimalist home decor ideas for 2022 - Lifestyle AU
13 minimalist home decor ideas for 2022

13 minimalist home decor ideas for 2022

In the era of Marie Kondo, people are looking for ways to simplify their lives. One way to do this is by decluttering your home and going minimalist. This doesn't mean you have to get rid of all your belongings — it just means being more intentional with the items you choose to keep. For many people, home decor is a sensible place to start.

Words by Yohei Guy

1. Off the hook

Use wall hooks instead of towel bars and shower rings in the bathroom or hall to minimise clutter on countertops or inside drawers. You can also use them as a place for your keys, jewellery, hats, and small bags like purses and clutches. This delivers the practical element of minimalism, which often places utility above embellishment.

Wall hooks can be just as useful in the kitchen, where they can multiply your storage space without having to add extra bulky storage items.

ABI Cali Robe Hook from ABI Interiors

2. Think multi-functional

Thinking multi-functionally can cut down the number of items in your home without compromising your living space. For instance, try using a coffee table as a storage ottoman. This is not only functional, but it can also add some visual interest to the room.

3. Clean lines

A lot of the time, building the right aesthetic is about tricking the brain into seeing particular patterns.

For this reason, opt for furniture with clean lines and simple shapes. This will help build a minimalist look with a kind of mental shorthand that tricks the brain into thinking in the same style.

The Supper Table from Southwood

4. A sense of balance

Don't be afraid to use negative space. A minimalist home should have a sense of balance, so if something feels out of place or too busy then take things away until everything looks just right. Conversely, areas that feel a little too Spartan might need just a little tweaking to bring the balance back.

5. Tactical rugs

Rugs are an excellent minimalist feature when used sparingly. If you have hardwood or tile floors, using a rug can add warmth and texture to the room. But be careful not to go overboard — a minimalist space should only have a few select pieces of furniture and accessories, so too many rugs could make the space (especially a small space) feel cluttered.

Tres Rug by Nanimarquina from Cult Design

6. Floating shelves

Floating shelves are a minimalist's dream. They're sleek and modern, with no brackets or hardware to distract from the clean look of your walls. You can use them in any room, but they're especially great for displaying photos or artwork without being too intrusive on space. Display wall art by hanging it from floating shelves instead of using traditional picture frames.

You can also use floating shelves to create a functional yet minimalist desk area.

7. Art that speaks for itself

You can bring the minimalist aesthetic to your embellishments by letting them speak for themselves. Display your artwork and photographs in simple frames or keep them as frameless displays. This will help the focus stay on the art itself, rather than the frame. Opt for minimal wall art that's simple yet interesting, like black and white photographs or monochromatic prints with clean lines and shapes.

Place books on shelves or tables with their spines facing out so that they become part of the decor. This is a great way to show off your favourite reads and add some pops of colour even in a minimalist room.

Set 2 Grey Palm Print Grey Frame from OneWorld Collection

8. Adaptable spaces

To maintain your minimalist style, think about ways to adapt your space on the fly. For example, use a storage ottoman that can double as a seating option when guests come over. This way you're not taking up extra space with additional chairs or having to hide away your belongings in another room.

Pieces that pull double duty like this will keep your clutter to a minimum.

9. Do it with mirrors

For a basic item of furniture, mirrors deliver a lot of bang for the buck. A few well-placed mirrors will help make the room feel larger and reflect natural light around for a brighter atmosphere. Taking a minimalist design approach means every piece of furniture has to earn its keep, so mirrors are a sensible investment thanks to the many benefits they offer.

Psiche 120cm Mirror from Space Furniture

10. Less is more

Minimalism isn't just about using less, it's also about making smart choices with what you do use. For example, if your dining room table is large enough to seat eight people but six will be fine most days of the week, then opt for something smaller and more practical instead. You can often retain the same types of furniture but replace them with a more efficient alternative.

11. Use plants for pops of colour

Incorporate some green into your home decor by using houseplants as accents on tables and shelves. They're a great way to add colour without getting too theatrical — plants lend a quiet dignity despite their visual flourish.

A houseplant adding understated style at Toorak House

12. Create a focal point

A focal point is essential in any minimalist living room or space. This can be something as simple as a beautiful piece of art or a statement chair that becomes the focus of the room. By having one central item to draw the eye, you'll keep the overall look from feeling too bland or monotonous.

13. Build contrast

Don't be afraid to use different materials, textures, and colours to create contrast in your minimalist space. This will help keep things from looking too boring and add visual interest. For example, try pairing a sleek metal coffee table with some colourful throw pillows or using a dark wood dining table that has contrast against the neutral coloured walls of your dining room.

Minimalist home decor made easy

With these simple tips, you'll be well on your way to creating minimalist home decor that's both functional and stylish. Remember to take it one step at a time and don't feel like you have to do everything all at once. Start with one room or area of your home and go from there. And above all, remember to have fun!

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