Humans are hoarders by nature, which probably has its roots in a primal survival mechanism, but that instinct can wreak havoc on our interior design as our homes slowly (or quickly) fill up with nonsense.
Minimalist interior design seems to be the catchall answer to a kitsch invasion, but it’s hard to say it holds water as an approach to real life. Our homes don’t look like the ones in magazines – mainly because our lives are packed with stuff.
So, how do we get a cleaner look? We must protect our open spaces; kind of like environmentalists, but for the sake of good interior design.
Pursue functionality as much as style.
Just because you have room for a (fill in the blank) doesn’t mean you need to rush out and get one. Ask yourself whether you need the item in question in addition to how it will improve the look of the space.
EXAMPLE: You see a floor lamp you love, and you have space for a floor lamp in your living room. Now the question is, do you need the extra light? Maybe that space is better left empty, or filled with something more useful.
Consider the potential of an empty space.
An empty space is a space that can always be used for something in the future. This is especially true when it comes to kitchen counters, kitchen islands and dining areas.
EXAMPLE: Your mixer looks really great sitting on your kitchen counter; between the chrome and creamsicle color it’s the most eye-catching thing in there! But, you use it about once a year, around Christmas, to make a pie ...
If that space were left free, though, it could be used for kitchen prep, which you probably do way more often than baking pies.
Learn to enjoy your open space.
It’s harder to do than it sounds! Our desire to fill empty spaces is often compulsive. But, with a little practice, you might start to notice that a little more room to move is an interior design perk in a class all its own.