Why Minimalism is Big in 2017
Less is more.
It’s a sentiment we’ve heard time and again and it’s becoming increasing popular in the area of home décor and interior decorating. The trend is seen as a pushback against the hoarding and religion of acquisition that gripped society in the preceding decades.
Two of the most prominent faces of the current movement are Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus who have a website and a Netflix documentary, both of which chronicle their misery in their old lifestyle and the joy they’ve discovered by eliminating the clutter from their lives.
In defining what it means to live as a minimalist, the guys write, “Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from overwhelm. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from depression. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around. Real freedom.”
This freedom is attained by stripping down possessions (vehicles, furniture, clothes, hobby items) to only those that give you joy and you use on a consistent basis. They are quick to point out it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy nice things. It’s more about doing away with superfluous items in your life.
Joshua Becker has a minimalist blog in which he explores some of the reasons for the growing global popularity of this trend. He believes it is a combination of factors which include high levels or personal debt, environmental awareness, advances in personal computing and mobile phones, (replaces camera, filing cabinet, photo albums, etc.) as well as simple modern aesthetic tastes.
One area of everyday life where we see minimalism really taking hold is in our personal living space. And for good reason. According to a study by The Journal of Social and Personal Relationships homes that are too big and too cluttered can actually lead to stress and mental health issues.
The most common way minimalism is incorporated in today’s interior decorating is strongly influence by 20th century Scandinavian design philosophy. This school of thought has two main planks: (1) Use only what you absolutely need and (2) Home furnishings should be quality works of art that bring you joy. In fact, Scandinavian mega-empire IKEA was founded on the philosophy that quality furnishings should be made available to the masses.
It is the latter that seems to be key in the current minimalism trend. Yes, you will have less in your living space but that’s why it is critical that what you have is both beautiful and of the highest quality. So how would this look if put into practice?
Suggestions for a Modern Minimalist Interior Design
Perhaps one of the best ways to add beauty without increasing clutter is with a beautiful and skillfully crafted handwoven rug. These can be the centerpiece of the room and add a touch of elegance while still being understated. Here are some examples to give you a better idea:
These are the perfect accent to any minimalist design in that it conveys both small in space as well as beautiful craftsmanship. All of these particular pieces have been hand woven by artisans in India using traditional hand looms. They are strong, durable and reversible, meaning they can easily add a different look to your space any time you’d like.