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my 8 best steps to creating your coziest minimalist home

I have a problem. At least, I used to think I had one. See, I love living in a cozy, welcoming home. A home where anyone can drop in and instantly feel at home. Feel comfortable enough to put their feet up and relax. A home filled with beautiful, unique items and art that reflect my personality and our family culture.

But I also can’t stand clutter. I am one of those millennials whose life was changed for the better by Marie Kondo and her life-changing magic of tidying up. Even though I have not gone full-Mari and still have some personal items lying around (I was not crazy about her advice of decorating the inside of my closet so that the things I like are out of sight), her method definitely changed the way I looked at clutter.

So how do I combine my love for hominess and comfort with the starkness that can come with minimalism? Well, that’s where cozy minimalism comes in! It’s the best of both worlds, and I want to give you some ideas on how to bring some of this beautiful middle ground to your own space.

  

1. Simplify

For me, cozy minimalism is all about simplifying the space and then adding in a few carefully curated elements that make a room or home feel warm, inviting, and personal. This way, your home will be an honest reflection of who you are, but you won’t constantly be tripping over stuff. It’s perfect! So start by decluttering and getting rid of items that serve no purpose and don’t bring you any joy. If you have something that has no real purpose but that you love, it deserves a space in your life. If it’s useless and you don’t even really like it, it needs to go. Clear out surfaces, remove excess furniture, and donate or throw away anything that needs to go. This is the first and most important step to achieving a minimalist aesthetic. When it comes to furniture, I find it best to focus on the essentials: Select furniture that serves a purpose and fits well in your space. Don’t add unnecessary pieces. These won’t bring the sense of coziness you are looking for; they will just cause overcrowding.

2. Colors

Determine which color palette suits you. Many people who love minimalism will gravitate towards neutral colors, and this is a great starting point. I, however, love green, so I chose sage green for my living room walls. It makes the room feel inviting, peaceful, and warm without being loud. Just because you are going for a minimalist look does not mean that your walls have to be white. But once you find a palette you love, choose one of the calmer colors for the walls. This will help you achieve a minimalist look without looking clinical.

(Need some ideas for color palettes? Here is a great post that will help you determine what suits you best!)

3. Light

Allow as much natural light as possible into your space. This means removing heavy curtains, which can really make a space feel full and cluttered. Instead, opt for sheer fabrics that let the light in while still maintaining privacy. Natural light evokes a sense of warmth and openness, which is a perfect fit for any home, in my opinion, but especially for the cozy minimalist one.

You can also utilize lighting to help you create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Opt for soft, warm LED bulbs or dimmers to adjust the intensity of light in different areas. You can also add floor or table lamps with warm lighting. Don’t underestimate the difference warm lights make to the ambiance of a room!

4. Textures

Now that your space is decluttered, you’ve settled on a color you love, and you have invited in some light, it’s time to bring in some texture! Nothing brings coziness to a room like warm textures. You can incorporate textures by adding plush area rugs, chunky knit blankets, and throw pillows. I especially love the look and feel of natural fibers for throw pillows, like cotton, wool, or linen. Adding these textures to your home creates a lovely tactile experience and will go a long way toward making the space feel inviting.

5. Seating

If there is one piece of living room furniture you want to take the time to choose, it is a sofa. No matter how beautiful your home looks, you will never be truly comfortable until you have a couch that you love. If this is something you feel is missing in your home, do some research and try out your options before you invest in comfortable seating options. You want to find something that aligns with your aesthetic but also provides comfort at the same time. Choose a well-designed, simple sofa or armchair. Neutral upholstery is the safe and respectable way to go. There is no shame in being safe, but if you feel like your space is becoming a bit too minimalist, this could be a great place for a pop of color!

6. Curated décor

Keep your décor minimal and meaningful. I like to think that anything that gets displayed needs to earn the right. Does it hold sentimental value for me? Does it make me happy to look at it? Do I think it is truly beautiful? Then it has earned its space. If it’s something I feel kind of meh about, or if I only have it out because someone gave it to me and I don’t know what to do with it, then that is not good enough. You have to be quite harsh and even relentless during this step of the process, but it is so important. Instead of having a cluttered space that’s full of stuff you don’t really care about, wouldn’t you rather have a few key pieces that mean something or that evoke a sense of calm or joy?

Artwork by Lottie Aldarwish
Artwork by Lottie Aldarwish


I did a whole post on how to decide what to display, so click here if you are feeling unsure and could use some help!

7. Storage

Find creative storage solutions to keep your space organized and clutter-free. There are some options out there that are both beautiful and practical. You can use hidden storage options such as built-in cabinets, shelves, or storage ottomans. I find that when you are able to reduce visible clutter, it helps a lot with bringing a calm atmosphere into a space.

8. Outside In

Bring the outdoors inside by incorporating plants and natural elements. In my opinion, every room in the house, whether it’s a bathroom, kitchen, living room, or bedroom, looks more inviting when it houses a plant. Houseplants not only improve air quality but also add a touch of greenery and life to your space. Not great at keeping plants alive? Don’t worry, there’s the right plant for every room and every person. Choose easy-to-care-for plants that suit your lifestyle. The last thing you want is to walk into a room, and instead of feeling happy to be there, you feel guilty because, once again, you killed a plant. Ask me how I know. Or maybe, rather, don’t.

To summarize, start with a clean, minimalist foundation. Start with the basics, and make sure they are in line with your style and personality. And then add carefully selected items that bring you joy, which will help bring in the cozy, personal feeling you are looking for.

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