Keeping to a monochromatic color scheme suggests a simplicity and continuity. Add splashes of color, add texture, but add them as accents.
Often a pared down look simply means massive thought given to the organization of things. Og Mandino knew. When personalized systems are put into action, and everything has a legitimate, logical place, a dwelling seems to iron itself out and flow.
Yes. Storage, storage, storage is key when you like your things but don't want to see them.
This photo is unfortunately fuzzy, but I had to include it as an example of how an innovative blend of building materials compensates for decorative pieces. This space is warm and anything but boring, but is free from the clutter of accumulation.
Another example of building materials aiding a minimalist look by supplying the visual interest and personality. Love the brick. Love it.
This is the busiest room of this photo series. The room looks very lived in. Yet it remains uncomplicated by the simple color palate, the logical spacing of furniture, and pared down details like simplified window dressings and wall hangings.
Here is an example of both building materials giving that visual interest and individuality, and a highly functional collection that doesn't add clutter.
Minimalism doesn't mean getting rid of your stuff. It means deciding what to collect, and grouping them together. Enjoy the balance of collection and calm blank space.
This collection of books inserts discreetly into the corner of the room.
And, ah, this much-loved photo. I myself have probably clicked on it 100 times. A beautiful example of accumulation and sparseness. With all the coziness life can offer.
And, yes, you can claim minimalism even with children. Parenthood just may be the most difficult situation in which to remain pared down and organized. I think it comes down to two main principles: a) be thoughtful about what you accumulate (which teaches a good lesson anyway), and b) organize montessori-like each category of toy in individual open bins where children can get in and put back on their own. (This has been a professional specialty--email me at txranchgirl@gmail for more details.)