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Minimalist Details You Won’t Want to Miss

The minimalist ethos as it applies to home décor is familiar to nearly anyone with even a vague understanding of interior design.

Think clean, uncomplicated lines, sparsely adorned walls and surfaces, an absence of clutter, neutral colors, textured fabrics and an overall ambiance of calm.

Knowing the big picture is the best start to introducing minimalism into our homes. But to perfect it, you’ll need to address a lot of subtleties that could end up working against you. A dusty, overloaded bookcase full of tomes you love but never crack open is not going to do you any favors.

Take these elements into account as you declutter and simplify your home’s look.

Clear the bookshelf

This is likely going to be one of the spots most in need of decluttering, especially if you’re a book lover. It’s easy for other things to wind up there too, a “temporary” solution that becomes permanent over time.

Relocating or discarding the loose change, cereal boxes and other random belongings that wind up on its shelves should be the easy part. Letting go of books you treasure will be considerably harder.

It’s time, though, to be honest with yourself about how many of them you’ll never read again and donate those to a library, nonprofit or friend who might have a use for them. The room will be much lighter and cleaner as a result.

Let your architecture do the talking

Some of the architectural details that set your home apart may be hidden or de-emphasized by your current décor. Large, artful windows that can flood a room with natural light may be concealed behind curtains or shutters, and quality wooden floors can fade from view under too many area rugs or bulky furnishings.

Think about the detailing in your home that isn’t getting the proper display. Even if you’re dealing with molding or millwork that doesn’t seem especially compatible with minimalist design, it will add a touch of luxury without infringing on your open living space.

Not all neutrals are pale

When we talk about a neutral palette it’s common to picture a lot of whites and ivories, beiges and taupes, grays, greiges and maybe some pale pastels. While these create a soothing atmosphere, the dark end of the spectrum adds grounding and drama.

Black, charcoal gray, chocolate brown and navy are usually included on this list. They can bring the power of the earth, mountains, night sky and other depths of the natural world to complete the world we truly desire in our indoor space.

They supply contrast and interest without competing or clashing with other neutrals.

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