Minimalist Decorating Tips for a Clutter-Free and Stylish Home

If you prefer a home that is organized, clutter-free, and clean, then these minimalist decorating tips may be useful for styling your home.

black and white minimalist design in a living room with white couch and black coffee table

What is Minimal Decorating?

Minimalist Design is sometimes misunderstood. It can be interpreted as sterile, only all-white, or monochromatic. The basics to understanding this design style is to make it your own.

For me, the foundation of any minimalist style is to make sure it’s functional and clutter-free.

The focus is to have key pieces that you love and easily integrate and flow with the decor. There should be clean lines and tons of symmetry.

None of the pieces should be busy or overpowering. Remove things that do not highlight the benefits or function of the home.

This is my easiest go-to for staging a client’s home when preparing to sell. It allows the key feature of a home to shine.

It definitely helps the potential home buyer to see how they can live in the space as well as connect to those visually who love a clutter-free lifestyle.

Related: How Do You Know Your Decorating Style?

minimalist design in dining room with neutral colors and houseplants in vases for centerpieces on dining room table

How to Implement Minimalism in your Decorating

Once you’ve established what you don’t want in your home, then let’s focus on the things that excite you when you walk into your home.

Home decor pieces like rugs, comfy throw pillows, candles, and plants will be needed to warm up the place.

Here are common pitfalls people face with Minimalist decorating:

  • Not adding enough decor to the space. This makes it look more sterile and cold.
  • Adding too many colors and not allowing the home to look cohesive. Too many colors are the opposite of Minimalism.

Related: Easy Home Updates that’ll Improve Your Home’s Design

Minimalist Decorating Tips Room by Room

When you decide which room you want to start with, the first step is to establish what is most important.

Styling the Kitchen

You can use a very simple backsplash like subway tiles which could be done in a traditional brick pattern or vertically. The photo below is just one example of what could work.

minimalist kitchen design with houseplants as main decor accents

If you are looking for something different, bring in texture with a stone backsplash to accent your white cabinets. It does not have to be sterile. Adding the texture will warm up the space.

Kitchen Decor: white or glass container, dish cloths, wooden accents/spoons/serving utensils/bowls

Styling the Living Room

Start with an AMAZING sofa. This is a piece you want to invest in and then develop from there.

Minimalist neutrals with Dark Wood Floors in a living room that shows open concept kitchen in background

It could be using adding texture with the rug or the accent furnishing around the room for a finished look.

Living Room Decor: Use simple pillows with minimal texture and colors to match the design. Simple centerpieces on coffee tables and side tables work well.

Styling the Bathroom

This may be the easiest area to decorate because you don’t have to do much to create the minimalist look.

white bathroom with tiled shower and separate bathtub

Since most bathrooms are small, focus on the lighting and decorate with some light-colored towels and decor.

Bathroom Decor: Light-colored towels, plants, simple light fixtures, vertical shelving.

Styling the Bedroom

The bedrooms are probably the best rooms in the home to apply the minimalist design. You can use acrylic, metal, or wood textures in the furniture. Keep all lines symmetrical.

master bedroom with white bedding on king size bed with large and stylish light fixture above bed

You can focus on texture over color, since most minimalist designs focus on neutral palettes.

reading nook with blue accent chair and pillow next to a door leading to balcony

Bedroom Decor: Simple beddings and linens. Simple side table or floating shelves.

Minimalist Decorating Tips FAQs

How can I decorate without looking cluttered?

Make sure that you maintain the decorating style, a simplistic color palette and make sure each room shows the function and design.

How do you make a cozy minimalist house?

Add decor like rugs, throws, artwork, murals, blankets, throws, and plants. Here are a few tips for making your home cozy.

Did you find these minimalist decorating tips helpful? Check back often for more home decor ideas and inspiration.

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Nicole Mickle

I've lived, worked, and played in Orlando my entire life. Let's make the most out of your Florida lifestyle! I'm here to help you take overwhelming interior design options and simplify them room by room.

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