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Best minimalist interior design ideas, tips and trends from Instagram

Minimalist interior design has always been a popular trend, but although it looks easy to achieve it can be harder to let go of clutter than you think. Here are five easy ways you can give it a go, without redecorating or throwing away everything you own. 

There’s more to minimalism than clearing your home of every ounce of clutter, character or colour. 

Although some of these stereotypes ring true – less is more, storage solutions are important and paired tones work better – this isn’t the whole picture.

Minimalist decor has always been cool, but life under lockdown has meant more of us have been looking for easy ways to not only clear our homes of mess and use this time to re-organise, but try a new decor look, too. 

To make it simple, we’ve picked out five minimalist interior design ideas that are flying high on Instagram and suggested how to get the look yourself without having to redecorate your entire home. 

From adding a well-chosen vase to sticking to a particular colour palette, these tips are easy to pull off but will make a big impact in your home.

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  • Forgo a photo frame

    It may seem a little strange, but by losing the notion that all your art works or print need to be in a frame, you can create an even more pared back look. 

    We love this simplistic line drawing sitting alone on the wall, and the way it almost blends in with its background.

  • Get the look: single line drawing print

    This beautiful print by Line and Honey is elegant and eye catching, while maintaining a minimalist vibe with its neutral colour palette. 

    Shop Things I Imagined (Nude) print at Line and Honey, £35

  • Use similar shades of the same colour

    Although typically, yes, minimalist interior design is associated with a monochrome colour palette (which does look great), you don’t need to stick to black and white. 

    Neutral colours do work best, but a minimalist concept can look well-designed in the rosy, earthy tones pictured above, too.

    Position some well-chosen home accessories in a similar shade on top of a plain cabinet for the ultimate minimalist vibe. We suggest keeping it to a vase, picture and ornamental object placed on top of a coffee table book, though, otherwise it might begin to look over-crowded. 

  • Get the look: ceramic shell vase

    This vase makes a good starting point. Fill it with sand-coloured dried flowers, check out The Poster Club for prints and take a look at our terracotta edit.

    Shop ceramic shell vase at Rose & Grey, £22

  • Fill a large vase with dry flowers

    A simple way to create a minimalist look is to add a large, clear vase to a bedside table, coffee table or chest of drawers. Instead of filling it full of blooms try something scarcer. 

    An artistic branch, a single palm or a small bunch of dried flowers like pampas grass would all work. The trick is to stay away from volumous arrangements.

  • Get the look: large clear vase

    This handblown vase is made of recycled glass. Each one has unique ripples and bubbles to make it a little different from the next.

    Shop large glass vase at Kalinko, £38

  • Hang decorative shelves

    This one may take a little bit of work, but if the minimalist aesthetic is what you’re after, decorative shelves are a chic way to achieve it. 

    Of course, not all of us are #blessed to have a ready-made alcove like the image above, but if you’re willing to spend your spare time putting up a series of shelves we don’t think you’ll regret it.

    You’ll need at least three shelves positioned one on top of another to make the look work, but four is even better. Stick to one basic colour scheme and pick out objects that are in lighter and darker hues to create depth. Don’t over crowd your shelves; between two and four objects per shelf is perfect. 

    We’d also recommend not using pictures with family photos or busy imagery in, the aim is to pick decorative objects that are simple and clean. 

  • Get the look: Scandi shelf unit

    These chic, simplistic shelves are perfect for attaining a minimalistic look. 

    Seek out some neutral coloured ornaments to decorate them with and you’re set.

    Shop Scandi shelf unit at Nordic House, £39.95 

  • Use clever storage

    Minimalist interior design may be about a lot more than keeping things tidy, but it is a crucial part of it. So, the best way to do this is show of your stylish storage skills.

    You don’t need to bundle everything away under the stairs, effective minimalist decor makes storage solutions part of the aesthetic. Try investing in some storage boxes that work with your theme and slotting them on top of cupboards, under sofas or on shelves like the picture above. 

  • Get the look: storage boxes

    This set of three storage boxes fit together or can be used separately, which seems pretty smart to us.  

    Shop seagrass storage box at La Redoute, £80 for three

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