Using Art Prints Within A Minimalist Space
We see a lot of minimalist spaces these days on the TV, in magazines & when we visit display homes, but are they really practical I hear you ask. Well, that all depends on what you’re used to, what you’d like or what you need. Traditionally decorators recommend this approach & lifestyle for small spaces such as apartments, units & guest houses, to give the illusion of space & to keep the mind clear. This doesn’t mean however that the walls should be kept completely bare for this lifestyle to be true. Lets look at using Art Prints within a minimalist Space
In fact, upon looking into blogs about minimalist living, even though the thought processes is in the belief that you are above material goods, this doesn’t mean you must rid your life of everything, in fact from what I now understand, you enjoy the necessities, in keeping with your themes & highlights, enjoying your quality choices & inspiring others to find more life by owning less.
So, for those of you who are thinking of taking on the minimalist ideas & ideals, you must first consider these 2 questions: Are you a minimalist who lives a minimalistic lifestyle with minimalist thoughts, or, are you looking have a minimalistic looking home? Can you see the difference? I greatly see myself on the latter, however the more I read on the subject, the more the first part grabs me as being the real choice. Here I am today, decluttering my office space, sorting out papers on the bench & putting away kids toys, wondering why on earth I can’t get on top of it all. All this stuff we hoard, collect, have & live with, creates anxiousness, confusion, it zaps our motivation, clutters our minds & feeds the procrastination demon.
I’d love to share with you a few points on where to start… Selecting carefully is your main priority here, keeping in mind not to overdo it as you risk losing touch of your main goal. A print, group of prints with similar style, subject or by the same artist is a great place to start. Keeping in line with clean lines & the idea of space. Canvas prints work well without the use of frames/borders, as you’re allowing the art to breathe their magic & personality onto your bare walls. You may even choose 1 piece of artwork that is separated into 3 pieces, odd numbers always work well & are pleasing to the eye. Remember too, prints will demand more attention than anything else in the room, so be respectful of the size of the space you need to fill, as you’ll immediately glance at it when entering a room. If too small it will look ridiculous & out of character, if too big it might become overpowering. Using small accents around the room to soften & blend, you have yourself in the minimalist zone.
Choose your major furniture pieces, in line with clean, sleek, curved lines with a smooth flow, work out your room layout & which provides the most space. Nothing should feel closed in or smothered, only the illusion of open spaces, bright, airy, liveable & free. There was a point in an article I read, that mentioned minimalist décor with a strikingly modernist look, prints from the earlier era might seem out of place here, so choose prints created around the era of when the furniture, or it’s design, was popular.
Minimal doesn’t mean boring or subdued by any means. A fabulous colour scheme can be incorporated appropriately in possibly some wall art, which doesn’t impact dimensionally into the room, but rather creates the illusion of texture, movement & visual interest. Furnishings can attract attention by relating to your choice of artwork, however keep in mind the line of sight, too much attention on the walls & again in the floor can be tiring for the eyes. Keep it simple, calm & neat with a little bit of playful for interest.
Enjoy the beauty in the simplicity of the minimalist space you designed & executed yourself. Keep your mind clean, fresh, light & free by always asking yourself… do I really need this?