You might be an eco-conscious individual, and perhaps you want to lend that over to your home renovations. Home renovations take a lot of work and money, and rarely do those spell eco-friendly, but minimalism appears to be the exception to the rule on the face of it. But is there more to it than you think? Is there an eco pitfall trap in this trend that no one is seeing? A little bit, but it’s manageable as long as you’re smart about how you go about it. Keep reading for our tips on being eco-friendly with your minimalist makeover.
What is minimalism?
Minimalism is an interior design trend that comes and goes and can even be applied to other trends as more of a concept. It’s mainly seen as neutral colors, high contrast items and décor, and, crucially, a very limited amount of items in the room. Depending on who you are it can look a little cold, but if it’s done with warm tones and a mix of textures it can be very homey. But no matter what, the concept is that less is more. Patterned wallpaper is swapped for solid color walls, the only furniture is what you need, and everything is stored away aside from one or two functional decorative pieces, like candles. If you’re interested, you can find a lot of bold furniture items like sectionals for sale here that will stand out in your minimalist home.
Yes, less muss, less fuss
There are a lot of elements to minimalism that lend themselves to someone who is eco-friendly, mainly the idea that it’s a lot less materialistic than other interior design trends. The idea is that you should show only the bare minimum and trim the decorative fat. That’ll do a lot for the planet and your wallet. You can invest in a few high-quality timeless items rather than spending pocket money on fast fashion items that you will get sick of in a year or so, saving you money and the planet another set of candlesticks in the landfill.
So, the core concept of minimalism is to have less, but if you already have a lot, there is another side to it.
Unless you were raised on minimalism, which we can’t imagine many of us are, part of the process of going from whatever you had to minimalism is about getting rid of a lot of things. It involves a harsh clear out, mainly of decorative elements. Anything you need practically will have to find a place and be in its place, out of sight and out of mind.
But no home has endless space, so some things are going to have to go. But think carefully about where they should go. Outlaw everything else before thinking about the bin. A lot of different things can be donated to charity stores, even furniture and kitchen items, but you can also sell good items online and make a pretty penny.
Any overhaul of your home and its design isn’t going to be super eco-friendly. It’ll take new materials and a little mess, but it’s a far better option than a lot of other trends out there.
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