Cozy Minimalism: How to Add Clutter-Free Comfort to Your Home
7 minimalist ways to add coziness and character
1. Choose natural materials.Natural materials are attractive and comfortable. Possibilities include a wooden table, rattan chairs, a leather ottoman, a wool area rug, a cotton quilt, or pure beeswax candles.
2. Let there be light.Open the blinds during the day to maximize natural light, or hang sheer curtains if you need to screen an unattractive view or maintain privacy. Make sure your windows are sparkling clean and the sills uncluttered. A mirror will reflect light and visually expand your space. In the evening, avoid glare by using task lamps instead of ceiling lights, and burn a candle or two for a warm, romantic glow.
3. Include color.Even if you love the purity of white walls, you can add depth with pale yellow, blush pink, or warm gray paint. Add more color with wall art, a lamp, a rug, or a pillow. Or surround yourself with neutrals and earth tones such as ivory, cocoa, and cinnamon.
4. Bring nature inside.Decorate with green plants, a polished geode, or a piece of driftwood you found on vacation. Press flowers or leaves to create your own botanical art, craft a eucalyptus wreath, or simply fill a bowl with fresh fruit or garden vegetables.
5. Use vintage furnishings.Not only is this more eco-friendly than buying new, there's a special charm to something with history and patina. My husband and I love using my parents' classic Ethan Allen dresser, and our son-in-law has a wonderful mid-century modern desk passed down from his grandparents.
6. Delight your senses.Don't just focus on the look of your home:
- Listen: When weather allows, open a window for fresh breezes and birdsong. Hang a wind chime. Play your favorite music.
- Smell: Diffuse essential oils such as lavender, lemon grass, or rosemary. Bake bread or brownies. Treat yourself to a bouquet of roses. During the holidays, simmer a pot of water with a sliced orange, several cinnamon sticks, and a tablespoon of whole cloves.
- Touch: Enjoy different textures such as distressed wood, stone, brick, tile, metal, glass, a cuddly woolen blanket, crisp cotton or fuzzy flannel sheets.
7. Highlight personal items.