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One of the most frequently asked questions that lands in my inbox is goes something like this:
I’m having trouble figuring out what kind of art I should put in my gallery wall. I’m not sure I really have a style.
Rest assured, you do. You just have to find it first.
Read along and see if you identify with the majority of these statements.
Minimalist Decor: A Primer
1. You love a straight line.
Do you swoon for stripes? Bingo! It’s not enough to have 50% of your closet filled with striped tees and dresses, though, no.
want need stripes on your pillows, rugs, towels, handbags.
If it’s not stripes, it’s triangles. Or squares. Or diamonds. Or Swiss crosses. Anything geometric will do.
2. Your favorite song is Float On by Modest Mouse.
Just kidding, but you really do love all things to appear as though they’re floating: bookshelves, your coffee table, your bed frame.
You love a good lucite frame because voila! Floating art!
3. You dream of moving to Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland or Japan.
You feel a kinship with people who, like you, appreciate clean, simple, functional yet beautiful design and the idea that less is more.
Read more about the philosophy behind Nordic design to see if it fits you.
Likewise, Japan calls to you with its history of zen and nature, the act of simplicity and paring everything down to its true essence.
4. You like your light fixtures to dangle from above, like the sun.
Everyone spends a lot of time at IKEA. It’s designed that way. Some people test every sofa. Some people get stuck picking out a bookcase.
You get lost in the lighting section. And you won’t leave till someone drags you away.
5. You gravitate toward a neutral, texture-filled palette.
No bright colors here. Muted tones only. Black and white comes naturally.
Minimalists can go dark, too, but the tendency is to stay mostly monochromatic.
What they lack in color they make up for in texture: pillows, throw blankets, sculptures all make your home inviting and cozy.
Also, consider bringing in metals and leather to tie the room together. Visual textures like terrazzo and marble can bring a level of sophistication to a minimalist home.
6. You’ve KonMari-ed your house a few times.
You’ve read The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up several times.
And during times of weeding items you regularly invoke the William Morris quote “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
7. When you house hunt, it’s vaulted ceiling or GTFO.
The higher the ceiling, the happier you are.
You feel boxed in if you do not have a lot of negative space and natural lighting.
That’s why white or gray walls are you go-to, and you only put thoughtfully curated pieces on them.
8. You’ve never met a slim metal furniture leg you didn’t like.
You do not like for your furniture to perch atop chunky wooden legs.
You prefer a sleek metal stem — maaaaybe a midcentury peg leg — on your chairs and tables.
That kind of elegance is a rare detail minimalists actually covet.
Take a peek around my minimalist decor Pinterest board and save some inspiration on a board of your own. I find that when you pin things that appeal to you on a subconscious level, you can then look at that board and see the patterns that emerge. Maybe you like the all-white side of minimalism! Maybe you’re more drawn to the muted, earthy tones. Or perhaps you’re a stickler for black and white. Only pin the images that appeal to you in an “I want to live there!” level. Now that you know how minimalist you are, I’ve rounded up some decor to get you started on transforming your space. Up next: Tips on how to create a minimalist gallery wall!
Minimalist Decor Inspiration
Minimalist Decor: Shopping Guide
2. Faux Fur Throw
3. Copper Cone Pendant
4. Butler Lawler End Table
5. Geometric Light Fixture
6. Swell Armchair
7. Plant Stand
8. Golden Knot Pillow
9. Noren Blue-White Rug
10. Swirled Drum Coffee Table
11. Mia Coffee Table
12. Lucite Sculpture
13. Geometric Rug
14. 1938 Leather Butterfly Chair
15. Velvet Textured Grid Blanket
16. Coconut Chair
17. Striped Pillow Covers
18. Linework Vase
19. Glass Orb Vase
20. Empire Table Lamp
21. Quilted Cotton Duvet
22. Minimalist Teak Wall Shelf
23. Corner Bookshelf
24. Geometric Vase
25. Virka High Sideboard
26. Faux Fur Fringed Throw
27. Hex Picnic Blanket
29. Breakfast Pillow
30. Marled Basketweave Throw
31. Iron Accent Table
32. Ai Bud Vases
33. Lucy Brass Floor Mirror
34. Swirl Vase
35. Brass & Marble Table Lamp
36. Pyramid Table
37. Annabelle Rug
38. Celia White Vase
39. Arc Copper Table Lamp
40. Aurora Vase
41. Norridge Coffee Table
42. Tvilum Dawson TV Stand
43. Arrows Rug
44. Diamond Rug
45. Bower Rug
46. Avalon Desk
47. Melissa Maya Pottery
48. Eiko Task Lamp
49. Swiss Cross Blanket
50. Edlyn Chair
51. Minimalist Bookshelf
52. Grace Serpentine Sectional
53. Silver Knot Pillow
54. Minimalist Pillow
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Minimalist Decor: Resources
Minimalist Decor: Pin me for later
Take a peek around my minimalist decor Pinterest board and save some inspiration on a board of your own. I find that when you pin things that appeal to you on a subconscious level, you can then look at that board and see the patterns that emerge.
Maybe you like the all-white side of minimalism! Maybe you’re more drawn to the muted, earthy tones. Or perhaps you’re a stickler for black and white. Only pin the images that appeal to you in an “I want to live there!” level.
Now that you know how minimalist you are, I’ve rounded up some decor to get you started on transforming your space.
Up next: Tips on how to create a minimalist gallery wall!