If you hear florals, you tend to think 'busy'. It conjures up country cottage gardens, bric a brac and cosily cluttered living rooms. Yet, like most patterns it can serve hundreds of purposes. You can incorporate floral patterns into a minimalist home; just remember to consider colour, texture and theme in your interior design. Think monochromatic, muted colours
This chic silver grey is a minimalist dream. The elegant colourway ticks the monochromatic and muted boxes with a co-ordination friendly and subtle flower print that is available in loose covers, re-upholstery and curtains. Shown here paired with plain mustard and grey scatter cushions, which highlight the versatility of a good, subtle floral, you can see that this look has potential in spades. Other great minimalist colours include:
Minimalist interior design isn't about being plain, or turning your home into a sterile white cube. As Leo Babauta, author of the seminal Zen Habits blog remarks, "the key is to remove the unnecessary stuff."
So think about where you can streamline. For example, sell or donate multiple gadgets and digitalise your music and films onto one multi-functional device. If you aren't very tech savvy, you can pay someone to do this for you (or learn – local libraries frequently have free or very cheap computer courses). Purchase dual use storage – such as ottomans and foldaway storage. And in order to incorporate florals, think white; you needn't spend vast amounts of money either.
Minimalist art doesn't have to be boxes, or lines, or a dreary emperors-new-clothes style travesty consisting of a scrap of paper stuck to a canvas. Mondrian created some beautiful 'compositions' that reflect the clean lines and orderly processes of the movement, accented by precisely delineated colour sections. Franz Kline, while not a true minimalist, worked in black and white, creating stunningly beautiful, textured abstracts that would grace any minimalist home.
Do you want to embrace minimalism? Then give Plumbs a call today on 0800 019 0505 and embrace a simpler life.