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6 Ways to Achieve Great Minimalist Interior Design (Part I)

Minimalist interior design, which aims to fully enrich a space with as little material as possible, is not always the easiest thing to do – especially when our tastes often run counter to minimalism as a design option.</br></br>To put it simply, we like stuff. We like all kinds of stuff, and we’ll go out of our way to make room for MORE STUFF. So, when someone <a title="Dwell" href="http://www.dwell.com/renovation/article/streamlined-town-house-makes-way-modern-furniture-collection#1" target="_blank">tells us we can have beautiful interior design with less stuff</a> it can seem, well … impossible.</br></br>Here are the first three ideas to get you started on creating your own minimalist interior design miracle.</br></br><strong>1. Stow the knickknacks and tchotchkes.</strong></br></br>The ironically tiny frying pan you got when you visited <a title="Visit North Carolina" href="http://www.visitnc.com/listing/world-s-largest-frying-pan" target="_blank">The World’s Largest Frying pan</a> is super cute, but souvenirs like that can start to add up – and add clutter – over time.</br></br>One or two mementos can actually bring some quirkiness to a minimalist space; you just have to choose with some purpose. And, keep in mind: No one’s saying you have to stop collecting doodads from your travels …</br></br><strong>2. Create a separate show space or collector’s room.  </strong></br></br>Americans are magpies at heart and there’s no sense in denying our desire to acquire pretty things. All we need to do is find a new way to display our décor.</br></br>People put things in common spaces because they want to see them often and show them off to company, and that’s cool, but it might also be fun to create a themed room with the things you like to collect most.</br></br>And, that makes sense, because here’s a little-known minimalist secret:</br></br><strong>3. Minimalist interior design is NOT the same as minimalism.</strong></br></br>You don’t have to be an ascetic to enjoy minimalist interior design. In fact, it’s often quite the opposite for folks who decorate that way. They usually have TONS of stuff – they just don’t cram it all into one room.</br></br>Tomorrow we’ll explore three more things you can do to succeed at great minimalist interior design.
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