Style Series: Week 4

Style Series: Week 4

The past few weeks of this series have been enlightening as we explored the intricacies of different design styles.  We began with a look into the world of traditional design, and then jumped ahead to the modern aesthetic.  And last week, we dove into the colorful history of Bohemian design and today’s popular Boho-chic.

This week will be our final week of this series, and it seems appropriate to wrap up with a theme that has been growing in popularity.  With so many choices when it comes to interior design, sometimes it can get overwhelming.  Perhaps it is this reason that the theory of minimalism has gained massive appeal in households around the world.  Let’s take a look at what this simple and clean perspective looks like.

Minimalism

To many, this term may mean getting rid of possessions and living a simple life, and at the core, these are the principles of this movement.  But there are many ways that you can incorporate this into your life and your home.  The idea is to decrease the material noise that surrounds us so that we can be more mindful in our daily lives, really appreciating our valuable belongings while at the same time decreasing our impact on the planet.  “Less is more” is the guiding force behind this design.

Uncluttered Design

Some view this design aesthetic as cold, but it certainly doesn’t have to be.  Others would consider it sleek and clean.  This concept celebrates simplicity and can be an organized way of living, as well as an artistic expression.  Clean lines and modern furniture are utilized to optimize functionality.  Stark black and white hues are often interjected with carefully placed pops of color.  Many believe that this type of environment is conducive to increased mental health and happiness.  The following examples demonstrate the possibilities of minimalist design.

Freshome.com

www.decoist.com

 

www.decor4all.com

Tiny Homes

The rise of the tiny home movement is certainly worth mentioning when we are talking about simplistic living and paring down our possessions.  While this is certainly not ideal for everyone, it can be an interesting alternative for those that value efficiency and living a life a little more off the grid.  The innovative designs are truly awe inspiring.  Although there are a few challenges and drawbacks to this lifestyle, you might be surprised by the appeals.  The following pictures and links may just inspire you to take a deeper look.

 www.housebeautiful.com

www.hgtv.com

This concludes our four-week series on design style.  We hope that you found some inspiration and ideas on how to enhance your own home.  Some aesthetics may have resonated with you, while others may have made you queasy.  It is always good to keep an open mind, get creative, and adventure into the possibilities of home design and décor.

This doesn’t mean we are done though.  We will be back next week with more furniture and design information.  Hope to see you then!

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