Posted by Dan O'Malley in Home Design

Decorating your brand new home can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be! It can be effortless and simple if you take the minimalist route.

The minimalist lifestyle is in, and clutter is out! So how does one decorate his or her home with a minimalist mindset?

What Is Minimalist Home Décor?

Minimalist decorating is the art of living with less, where space, lighting, and objects all play equally important roles in your home.

You can still have an eye-catcher and statement design flair in a less-is-more approach. Let me show you how easy and pleasing it can be with these simple tips!

Let the Home Speak For Itself

You just moved into your new home and have all of these stunning finishes, like your wood floors, tile backsplash or flooring, lighting fixtures, and your kitchen hardware.

Pick your design style and focus on the features that already exist in your home.

It's All About Colors and Contrast

Choosing a light and neutral color palette for interior design is the key to minimalist decorating. Then select one or two accent colors.

Having this simple palette allows you to have high contrast with the accent color(s) you choose. Your bold curtains and accent pillows can be the statement.

Accent Walls Can Do Your Decorating

An accent wall can be the focal point, so the rest of the space can be simple and effortless. Choose from options like a bold color, wallpaper, or wood, such as shiplap.

Learn about accent walls.

Utilize Natural Light in Your Space

White walls are quintessential in minimalist home décor. Natural light is important to bring in brightness and open the space up.

If you don't have as much access to natural light, use a mirror to bounce light off. Get more tips for creating a bright and airy space.

Dual-Purpose Home Design Elements

Having furniture and décor that can both function for your life and be aesthetically pleasing to the eye will help limit the items you have.

Allow your furniture to be the statement or tie in with the finishes of the home. Simple shelving or a hat wall is an excellent example of a dual purpose décor item.

Minimalist Patterns, Prints, and Textures

Adding a pattern, print, or texture can provide you with some flair while still achieving a minimalist design.

A rug, blanket, or pillow can be perfect pieces to bring in these exciting focal points to your simple home design. Choose a neutral, monochromatic, or bold color to transform your space.

Remember: Less Is More for Minimalist Design

The focus is a simple home design, but that doesn't mean losing your personality in the space. Let the pieces that mean something to you do the talking and bring your personality to a room.

When it comes to decorating your home, don't overthink it! This is your sanctuary, where you retreat to at the end of the day and create memories. Begin in the most important rooms—your bedroom and living room—and the rest will fall into place!

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Dan O'Malley
Dan O'Malley


Dan O’Malley is the Vice President of Product Development for M/I Homes.With over 30 years of expertise in residential architecture and design, Dan has been overseeing the product needs of the company's 16 divisions located throughout the Midwest, Southeast, Nashville and Texas for the past 12 years. Before joining M/I Homes, he was a partner in the Chicago office of BSB Design, a national residential architectural firm, for 14 years. Dan is an expert in all aspects of single-family and multifamily design and has received several awards for his successful projects. He is also a popular speaker at various industry events, including the International Builder’s Show, Midwest Builder’s Show, and Multi-Housing World.

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