One of the biggest misconceptions about minimalism is that it has to be dull. Monochrome houses, interiors and wardrobes are the images that come to mind.
I actually had a hard time when I decided to become a minimalist because of that very thought. I love color.
But since we started back at square one when we moved to LA, I wanted to keep my apartment simple and colorful.
A colorful home
We made our apartment colorful by adding yellow curtains, tons of multicolor rugs (the rabbits need them for playtime) and actually painting a wall.
Painting was a big step for me because it helped me feel a greater sense of permanence and ownership.
We keep our home colorful by adding in fresh flowers. I especially love them beside my desk because I can enjoy them while I’m working.
Don’t be intimidated by those black and white interiors that you always see, and don’t let that stop you from simplifying. It’s okay to have some brightness in your life!
As I always say, if it brings you joy, then it belongs.
I guess that’s why none of my rugs or curtains really match each other. If I need something and it happens to come in a color I like, I ditch the notion that everything has to match and get the color that brings me most joy.
A colorful wardrobe
As I’ve pared down, I have found that I do tend to stick to neutrals more than I used to.
But I think that’s because the colorful stuff I had before was all just junk that caught my eye at the store. It was flashy, but in the cheapest way.
I’ve started to see more of my favorite colors come to play in my wardrobe – there’s nothing quite like the happiness that wearing pink brings me.
Patterns? Yes please. I love tiny floral prints and stripes because they can be paired with other things easily. I don’t like a lot of effort when it comes to choosing what to wear, so I appreciate the versatility of my patterns.
My minimalism and making it yours
My minimalism is bright but essential and simple but colorful. I’m working on implementing that concept even past the physical possessions: simple, colorful happiness and bright, essential conversations and relationships.
Your minimalism could look more or less colorful than mine, you could own more or less than I do. The point of minimalism is not to reach a destination – it’s about the intention that rides along with you on the journey. Seek a simpler life and keep/purchase only what truly adds joy to your life.
Cheers to a bright Sunday!