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Minimalism can clean up your home and improve your interior design. Here's how.

It's not easy to pull off a minimalist decor style, but when it works, it can completely transform your space. Unfortunately, when it's not done right, it can leave your space feeling cold, empty, and unlived-in. 

Luckily, our real estate agents have a lot of experience with minimalist decor styles, and we've learned how to do it in a way that highlights the simple, uncluttered beauty of your space. It all starts with these simple minimalist style tips:

1. De-Clutter Your Space

Before you start thinking about bringing in any new decor, look at what you have and decide what can be removed. Old magazines, coffee table books, unnecessary decor items and knickknacks can go. Even some furniture might be eliminated. Does anyone ever really sit in that chair? When was the last time you used turned on that lamp? You may not need them at all. 

It might be helpful to start with a single room as you get into the de-cluttering process. Choose a room that serves as a focal point — the living room is a good option — and eliminate anything you don't really need. Decide what can be sold, given away, thrown away or donated. 

2. Work Within a Narrow Color Range

Minimalist design is usually thought of as very monochromatic. That is often the case, but how closely you follow this rule is up to you. It's usually best to choose a very limited palette of colors, and only use colors outside of that range as occasional accents. 

For example, you can start by choosing a clean, neutral color for your walls. Choose furniture that's closely related to that color (it doesn't have to be exactly the same). Then pick just one or two items, like a picture on a wall, or a bowl of fruit on the table, that add a pop of color.

3. Balance Empty Space with Focal Points

Empty space is a crucial part of what makes minimalism, well... minimal. But having empty space doesn't have to mean making your house feel empty. Think about the way space interacts with the objects in it to define the overall look. The idea of minimalist design is to achieve balance, and to do that, you need to create focal points.

A few simple touches — a unique throw pillow, a pair of symmetrical shelves, a single lamp — can engage the eye and create visual interest. In fact, simple decor does this much more effectively because there's so little to distract the viewer. Be very selective about the few decorative items you keep in your space. Prioritize functionality, and always emphasize quality over quantity.

4. Think About Lines, Textures, and Patterns

Simple, clean lines and flat, smooth surfaces are among of the cornerstones of minimalist decor. Think about the simplicity of a crisp, neat desk and chair set, or the satisfyingly unadorned look of kitchen cabinets and drawers without handles or knobs. These strong, clean lines help direct the eye and make minimalist decor feel relaxing as well as orderly and simple. 

But none of this means you can't have fun with textures and patterns. The key is to do so deliberately and with restraint. Textures like the grain of wood floors or the fuzziness of an upholstered headboard add interest, while a patterned area rug or curtains can introduce a much-needed element of fun to an otherwise austere space.

If you're planning on listing your Southport home for sale, a minimalist decor style is a great option for staging your home. Contact us today to learn more about buying or selling a home in the Southport area!