New Year, Blank Slate: How to Embrace a Fresh Perspective Through Minimalism

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WORDS BY Kelsey Clark

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Published on December 22, 2021

Aside from embracing self-care come January, we don’t really buy into the whole New Year’s resolution hype. But, we will say that there’s something undeniably appealing about a blank slate – and a fresh perspective – particularly in the home.

We’re not saying that Marie Kondo has it all figured out, but we’re kinda saying that Marie Kondo has it all figured out,” says lead designer Melissa Wagner. “We definitely see the inherent value in minimalism and editing your home down to what ‘sparks joy,’ whether that’s a sentimental but useless tea set from your Grandmother or an incredibly practical cast iron skillet that makes your life easier.”

Ahead, Melissa shares five low-lift ways to simplify your aesthetic and embrace a fresh start in 2022 (without gutting your entire house).

Go Au Naturale

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One of the easiest ways to switch up your homes’ aesthetic is to refresh your decorative knick-knacks. Melissa recommends embracing all things natural to achieve that warm, minimalistic look. “Bring in organic materials and accents like plants, reclaimed wood furniture, wool rugs, woven furniture and lighting, and linens, including bedding, drapery, and  upholstery,” she explains. “Focus on varied textures and materials, and slowly layer them in over time.” 

Embrace a Monochromatic Palette

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Of course, embracing a neutral, monochromatic color palette is a foolproof way to cut visual clutter and create a clean slate. “Whether it’s a warm space filled with hues like cream, sand, mushroom, and putty, or a cool atmosphere brimming with pastel blues, azure, and navy, sticking to a single color can eliminate a lot of visual noise,” says Melissa. “Add soft pops of color via natural elements, like plants and branches.”

Select Statement Pieces

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Rather than steer clear of bold design altogether, lean into one or two eye-catching pieces that really strike a chord and make a statement in your space. “Instead of hanging onto countless knick-knacks or meaningless odds-and-ends in the name of ‘decor,’ swap them out for one or two major pieces that you absolutely love,” she suggests. “For example, ditch the 17 knick-knacks on your entryway table, and hang a large piece of head-turning art above it instead.” 

Prioritize Individuality

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Exceptionally beautiful, sentimental, or nostalgic (but otherwise useless) pieces still have a place in minimalist homes. In fact, they’re what separate the boring Pinterest look-a-likes from the homes brimming with character and soul. “Some of the most unique, interesting, and beautiful minimalist spaces are those filled with items that really, truly mean something,” explains Melissa. “Feel free to donate or sell the items that serve no emotional or functional purpose, but always carve out space for heartfelt heirlooms and pieces that hold meaning.”

Consider Form & Function

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Assigning each room a clear identity and purpose is a great way to pare back your aesthetic and embrace minimalism in your home. “Think about how the space is used, or how it should be used,” Melissa recommends. “Ask yourself, Is this a formal sitting room, or a casual Netflix den? Lean into that primary function with your furniture and decor selections, and donate or swap out the pieces that no longer make sense.”   

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Words by Kelsey Clark