Attack your walls!
But don’t start installing shelves or hanging paintings yet.
What I am talking about, is painting on the walls, adding wallpaper, decals or interesting pieces of art without adding bulk or centurion conservatories and extra items into your home (this is a minimalist blog, after all ).
I have never imagined minimalism as being ONLY stark white or grey with deep wood tones, although many people choose to go that route.
You can be a minimalist but have personality on the walls, if you don’t have a view to compensate.
Just as long as you don’t add bulk
Be creative with paint
A little bit of paint can go a really long way, from changing a dull room to a lively one.
But instead of just painting everything in one colour, think about painting one wall in a different colour, also called a “focal wall”.
Take a look at this room:
Ignore all the STUFF there, and just focus on the fact that the walls are pink, and the fireplace is white.
It makes the fireplace area stand out more, and the sides be an interesting visual with a pink background.
You can also use two different types of paint.
Check out that focal wall there.
Sure, it’s wallpaper, but you can replicate something similar if you buy two shades of dark grey paint.
Paint the base wall in the lighter dark grey matte paint.
Start stenciling out a pattern.
Then paint the stencil in a a darker grey paint.
And there you go! A new wall with just paint.
You can also use paint as a headboard, and choose to frame it, or leave it as is.
Paint can also be used on the ceilings for a different effect like in this picture below:
You can also decide to create a textured finish on the wall with paint, to make it look like something else:
Or use metallic paint to create a fantastic whimsy on the walls..
Wallpaper doesn’t have to be boring
As with paint, you don’t need to cover all your walls in wallpaper either, perhaps just an entry way, a strip on the wall or one wall.
But on to bigger questions, I know you’re thinking “old Grandma florals, WHY!?”
It has definitely come a long way.
Check out Flavour Paper for some pretty cool designs without trying too hard.
And you can even use a wall as a headboard by covering it in wallpaper.
What about stickers?
If wallpaper isn’t your thing, how about decals?
Or photos or polaroids without frames.
I especially like this one with the calendar of the month taken with polaroids of numbers in the City of Light, Paris: