Do you love that modern, minimalist style? Do white walls, neutral furniture, and lots of natural light make you want to sit with a hot cup of earl grey and enjoy your abode? We feel the same! This article has great ideas on how to achieve this look without breaking the bank. Excuse me while I go redecorate!
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1. For your color palette, think Oreo cookie.
Paint walls white and use black as your accent shade.
2. And use semi-opaque materials to allow light into windowless rooms.
This Panelite kitchen backsplash doubles as a bathroom wall.
3. If you want to make a small space feel bigger, put up a white curtain instead of a new wall.
You’ll get more privacy, and renters can change up the vibe and still get their security deposits back.
4. Or replace doors with sliding walls.
This Brooklyn apartment is 500 square feet, which is the equivalent of living like silverware in a drawer. But it feels spacious thanks to large sliding walls.
5. Strategically place ONE black-and-white patterned blanket that says “I’m cozy…but not THAT cozy.”
You can make your own plus-sign blanket with this tutorial.
6. Also, you must buy everything with stripes or plus signs on them.
Like this Ikea rug and this pillow.
7. To keep the kitchen ~simple~, DIY a breakfast bar in 20 minutes.
Coffee bars are just so damn chic. Get the tutorial here.
8. And display everything that’s NOT a framed photograph….
Framed pics are too basic for you.
9. …like paintbrushes and scrolls of paper (even if the last piece of ~art~ you made was finger-painted).
10. Or a lone frond and a pair of medieval crutches.
11. You can also display coffee table books and throw away that framed Ph.D.
12. Expertly curated clothes can also be a wall accent…
13. As well as palatable footwear.
14. And if you’re going to display image-printed papers, use welded wire fence or hardware cloth with binder clips.
Get it here ($13).
15. Also, have ONE gold item visible at all times.
I see you over there, little bowl-friend. Find some good gold accessories here.
16. Buy furniture with hairpin legs. Or just screw hairpin legs into your current pieces.
Get tutorials about DIY leg makeovers here.
17. If you have kids, their toys should be able to pass for whittled folk art of museum quality.
The wooden abacus ($10) is LORD of all toys.
18. For lighting, go for a single overhead lightbulb.
In a brightly lit room, this detail feels more “ethereal glow” and less “Beelzebub’s lair.”
19. To avoid rewiring your entire place, you can also hang a corded lightbulb off of a wall-mounted shelf bracket.
Get the pendant light cord here ($30) or make it yourself by wrapping Washi tape or embroidery floss around the cord. Get the bracket from IKEA ($4).
20. Also, lamps with shades are an abomination. KILL THEM WITH FIRE.
Floor lamps are forever. Check out some cheap, minimalist options here.
21. If all else fails, fill your house with tons of mirrors to reflect every particle of light you’ve got.
This is also a great hack for making a smaller space look larger.