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How to Achieve a Minimalist Style

Our personal spaces should feel like our sanctuaries from the outside world. With the hustle and bustle that goes on during the days, we find ourselves stressed quite a lot of the time. That’s why it’s so important to create a home that really speaks to you, one that you feel comfortable and relaxed in. Coming home to a space that promotes these feelings starts with deciding on a style. Many people find that in a world of excess that less is indeed more. If you find yourself binge watching Marie Kondo episodes or constantly looking at Scandinavian furniture websites, your preferred interior design style could be minimalist.

Although you may know that you gravitate towards modern minimalism, you might not know how to achieve it for your home. Do you have to throw away all of your worldly possessions? Or have a home devoid of color? ShadeMonster is here to better help you understand what the design style is, how to achieve it, and how to create a finished look. 

White faux-wood-blinds in a minimalist bedroom. The bed had white sheets, with a brown knitted cover

What is a Minimalist Home Style?

What many people mistake minimalist design for is emptiness. While it can include quite a bit of empty space, the minimalist aesthetic is functional and simple, allowing life to be the main focus of a room instead of the decor. This space is thought of white space – deliberate in design, not forgotten. A modern minimalist home projects restfulness and calmness. It shys away from being stimulating with neutral tones, muted textures, and cozy furnishings. This style is perfect for those who lead busy lives and are looking for a relaxing space to enjoy. 

As with all design styles, there can be a range of minimalist design that works best for you. For some that might mean a clutter-free space. For others it could be as extreme as limiting the number of household items to an essential few. Don’t feel the need to live with the bare necessities to call yourself a minimalist. Find what works best for you! 

How to Achieve a Minimalist Style

Minimalist style values three core principles of design:

  • Limited or monochromatic color palette

To achieve a minimalist aesthetic, apply these principles to the degree that you feel comfortable with. Choose a monochromatic color palette in a tone that soothes you. This could be a beige or white palette. Add subtle pops of color if a limited palette feels too restrictive with shades of brown, gray, or sage green.

  • Strictly limited features and graphic elements

There are 7 design elements including space, line, form, light, color, texture, and pattern. Keep loud, colorful, and graphic elements to a minimum when looking to achieve a minimalist aesthetic. These pieces tend to be over-stimulating to the eye and pull your focus away from the space as a whole. Instead focus on purposeful pieces with essential functionality and less flair. 

  • Maximized negative space

Keep loud, colorful graphics to a minimum. These pieces tend to be over-stimulating to the eye and pull your focus away from the space as a whole. As we discussed above, minimalist design tends to include negative space. Keep in mind that this space is to emphasize the flow of the room 

White solar shades in dining room with wooden table, black chairs and beige rug

How Window Treatments Can Help You Achieve a Minimalist Style 

No matter the interior design style you choose, window treatments are an essential part of completing a space. The value they add to a house is unmatched. In order to achieve a cohesive minimalist aesthetic, it is important to apply the principles listed above to find the right minimalist window treatments. They should be modern and functional. 

  • Color

Opt for neutral colors like white, gray, or linen to keep the overall aesthetic without drawing too much attention. These colors tend to promote calmness. If you want to add more warmth to your space, faux-wood blinds are a great choice for an organic feel

  • Texture

Since minimalism can feel a little basic, play with some soft texture in your window treatments. Drapery is a great way to add texture without overpowering the room. If you want something with a bit more of a modern feel, choose a roller shade with a textured fabric. Be mindful that the texture is not graphic and stay within your chosen color palette. 

  • Hardware

Your window treatment hardware should be clean and minimal, nothing too shiny or flashy. Avoid exposed hardware as this tends to feel less minimalist and more industrial. Stick to reductive design elements, like adding a minimalist valance to your roller shades to help create clean lines. 

  • Light control

One of the important design elements is light. Having the right amount of light can easily set the mood and enhance a space. Harsh sunlight can increase glare which does not promote a relaxed sensation. Solar shades can help filter the light to the optimal amount so your space is bright and warm, without the annoyance of glare. 

brown Faux wood blinds in minimalist living room with a brown woodewn couch

Choosing a minimalist design can contribute to increased happiness due to less to worry or stress about in your home. The key thing to remember is that this design style emphasizes quality time and relationships over material things, guaranteeing a space that feels warm, inviting, and cozy. Truly an escape from the outside world. With the perfect modern minimalist window treatments your room will be aesthetically cohesive and complete

Have questions on how to apply this design aesthetic to your window treatments? Call us today to speak with one of our designers who can help walk you through the options. We offer free samples that can be shipped for free directly to your doorstep so you can see how the options work for your space. ShadeMonster is here to work with you one on one to make the process of upgrading your window treatments simple and pain free. 

Why Trust ShadeMonster With Your Window Treatment?

ShadeMonster boasts over 25 years of experience creating custom window treatments. Our products come directly from our local factory guaranteeing high quality customizable materials, competitive pricing, and quick turn around. Contact us today for your free estimate, and have your new shades in less than 7 business days! 

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