Minimalist Magic: How to Get the Luxurious Look of a Lifestyle Filled With Art & Light

When our family quickly began outgrowing our home, my husband and I couldn't decide whether to add onto our current home or move into a larger one. One day, when we were checking the local area looking for "home for sale" signs, we saw a sign we couldn't take our eyes off -- there was a large plot of land for sale for a great price in a great location. We had never thought of building our own home before, but after a little research, we realized that it wasn't as costly as we thought, especially considering the great deal we got on the land. The entire process was a learning experience, but thankfully, the building team was very pleasant and helpful. We now love our new home, and I am excited to share our experience on our new blog. I also plan to post many planning and construction tips!

Minimalist Magic: How to Get the Luxurious Look of a Lifestyle Filled With Art & Light

17 May 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Articles

If you love the idea a living without the clutter of traditional interior design schemes, minimalism is an ideal style for your home's decor. Although it has been a popular trend in recent years, some still confuse minimalism with stark, sterile, black and white rooms. Minimalist style is all about celebrating space with only a few items that are visually comfortable. This design style continues its popularity, with a twist—you personally curate the space, selecting only pieces that have depth of meaning and discard the rest. One of the most straightforward ways to create your signature minimalist style is the creative blending of artwork and home lighting. This combination will work throughout the house, giving you the sense of clean, sleek luxury without fussy embellishments.

The Living Room

Carpet is out. Wood floors are in. Tile and luxury vinyl with a polished finish will work, too. Add in basic furnishings with rich texture, but little color beyond neutral tones. Now it's time to add the magic.

  1. Install Light Control. This includes fixtures, dimmers and window shades that are synchronized. Your residential electrician can install a system that allows you to balance daylight with electric light to create various moods in the room's wide open spaces.
  2. Select a Large Painting or Print. This art doesn't have to be an expensive masterpiece, but in keeping with the minimalist aesthetic it should bring you joy. Hang the art on a large wall where it becomes the focal point of the room.
  3. Supplemental Art. Add several smaller pieces of art that give you pleasure on one or more of the remaining walls. Keep it simple. It's better to have a bare wall that reflects the play of light and shadows in the room than to create a cluttered appearance. You may also select a fine piece of sculpture or pottery to display on a plain surface such as an end table of bookshelf.
  4. Feature Lighting. Have your electrician install spotlights and pinpoint lights to illuminate the artwork. These may be connected with controls that allow you to raise the level of intensity or lower the light to a soft glow separately from the main room light sources.

The Bedrooms

Carpet with a textured weave or wood floors with plush throw rugs are the foundation of these rooms. Neutral colors and lush textiles for bedding add depth to the room design. If possible, install a built-in shelving system in the closet rather than filling the space with dressers and miscellaneous furniture. Then it's time to fine-tune the room.

  • Synchronized Lighting and Shades. An electrician-installed system of overhead lights and window shades can be synchronized to make the most of natural sunlight. After all, the greater sense of space you've achieved could mean you spend time in the bedroom instead of just sleeping there.
  • Specialized Lighting. Bedside lighting may be provided either by low-profile sconces or individual lamps with a simple design. You'll also want nightlights in the master bedroom, the kids' rooms and the guest room. The electrician can install controls so you can manipulate the light easily from the bed or entry doors.
  • Art Display. The pieces you choose for the bedrooms can be very personal. Simple floral prints and landscapes work well in the guest room. Bright, fun art subjects brighten the rooms for children. In the master, you have room for bold paintings with rich colors and wide frames.

For kitchens, bathrooms and utility rooms, follow the same design principles you've established in your home's main rooms. Minimal furniture, smooth surfaces and neutral colors enhance the sense of wide open spaces. For more ideas or assistance, contact companies like Excel Electric Inc.