This post is sponsored by Cortland; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
When it comes to decorating a space, I have always believed that less is more. If you have been following my social media posts lately, you’ll know that I’ve been transitioning into a more minimalist lifestyle. I love clean, open spaces that are free from clutter. This can be difficult to adhere to for many reasons, but it can be especially difficult when we want to choose the perfect minimalist home decor to decorate a space. I am here to tell you that you can still achieve a beautifully decorated space without going overboard and buying ALL. THE. THINGS.
I am partnering with Cortland, an owner and manager of more than 26 apartment communities in Dallas, to bring you this minimalist home decor guide with a few practical things to consider when styling your space, whether that space is an apartment or your own home. If you live in the Dallas area and are looking for an amazing rental property, be sure to check out Cortland and follow them on social media. Cortland has a team of interior designers who style each community’s gorgeous living spaces. Cortland has some of the most beautiful apartment communities in DFW!
OPT FOR NEUTRAL COLOR AND CLASSIC STYLES
I have always found neutral colors to be calming, and that is what I have stuck to for most of my adult life. Choosing neutral colors is also a great decorating strategy, and it doesn’t mean that your space has to be boring! If you love bright, bold colors you can still incorporate those into the room in other ways (with colorful throw pillows, brightly colored books, bold wall art, etc.) You’ll find that you can change up the look of the space much more easily if you have a solid neutral base. If you are investing in more expensive furniture, consider choosing classic pieces that you’ll still love even as your style evolves though the years. The last thing you want to do is spend a lot of money on something trendy that will look dated in 2 years.
CHOOSE EASY-TO-CLEAN FURNITURE
If it were up to me, all furniture would be slip-covered! Whether you have a house with kids, pets, or even a messy husband, slip-covered couches and chairs always feel fresh and new. My living room furniture is all slip-covered and super easy to wash. It’s also great to have throw pillows with removable pillow cases. This not only means they’ll be easy to wash, but you’ll also be able to easily change them up for different seasons or a change in color preference instead of buying all new pillows.
INVEST IN FIXTURES AND DRAPERIES
If you own your home, consider investing in classic, well-crafted light fixtures and draperies as they can immediately elevate a space. Since these items often stay with the house when it comes time to sell, these pieces will add to the overall value of your home and could very well impress potential buyers.
SHOP YOUR HOUSE BEFORE HEADING TO THE STORE
When decorating a room, I don’t just run out to a store and buy things to fill the space. I like to slowly decorate over time by adding things that I love as I find them. Sometimes I’ll find these things at a store, but oftentimes it’s from another room in the house. If you are like me and love saving money, go see what amazing things you can find stored in a closet or attic. Is there a piece in your bedroom that you absolutely love but it doesn’t really go with the room? Try moving it to the room you’re decorating and see if it meets a need in that space. I move things around quite a bit in my house. Not only does this save me money, but it makes me feel good that I’m giving new life to things I already own.
CHOOSE DÉCOR THAT SERVES A PURPOSE
It’s easy to get caught up in the world of knick knacks. You know…those little trinkets that you come across that you think are so pretty and match perfectly with this or that. All of this extra stuff can overwhelm a space, especially if that space is a two-bedroom apartment.
I try to minimize knick knacks as much as possible. You may have a blank table that you feel “needs” something on it, but an important thing to remember is that it’s okay to have a blank space. If I feel that an area needs a little something, I try to decorate with things that serve a purpose, such as books, candles, plants, and throw blankets. A decorative bowl can be a gorgeous addition to a coffee table while also holding necessities like remotes and keys. A vintage trunk is a stylish piece that can serve as a table top and provide storage. Use your imagination and have fun with it!
ADD SOME PERSONAL TOUCHES
I love having things around my home that are personal to me, like art that my husband made or a framed photo from one of my favorite trips. These things not only bring me joy when I see them every day, but they also serve as a conversation starter when guests come over. If you have a family heirloom that’s sitting in the closet, consider displaying it! We have an old sewing machine that was passed down to us from my husband’s great grandmother. It’s now prominently displayed in our living room and it serves as a side table for photos and candles. When you have a personal connection to the things around you, you’ll enjoy your space so much more!
Whether you own a large house or you’re renting a small apartment, be intentional with what you fill your home with and surround yourself with things that bring you peace and happiness.
I would love to hear about your approach to home decorating. Leave me a comment with the number one thing you consider when decorating a space!