As the minimalistic lifestyle continues to gain momentum in society, the mindset has crossed over into interior design. When you go to Pinterest or open a home décor magazine, it seems like photos of minimal designs are everywhere. Minimalism is clean, sophisticated and modern, but it can also be confusing.

There are countless pictures of beautiful, minimalist homes, but how do they end up looking so polished and not just empty? How do you make a few pieces feel welcoming? To help you prioritize, we’ve come up with four key steps in making your home a minimalistic retreat.

Neutral Base

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Step one to achieving a polished minimal look is starting with neutral colors. This isn’t to say there haven’t been sleek minimalistic designs that involved bright and bold colors, but it’s easier to start with neutrals in the big things (walls, floors, large pieces of furniture) and add pops of color, if you want, with accent pieces (pillows, frames, candles, blankets).

Classic minimal design uses white walls. White is really like a blank canvas, which makes it the perfect wall color for a minimalist home. Other colors can still work, but you’ll want to keep the wall a solid, muted color or earth tone.

For the floors, natural hardwood is always a go-to. Other options could be concrete or solid, neutral-colored tile floors.

Quality Over Quantity

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Now that you have a great neutral base to work with, it’s time to decide what will go into the space. The rule of thumb for minimal design is quality over quantity. You want high quality pieces that you need, not several pieces that fill up a room but will break in a few years.

First, decide what you really need in that room. Invest the most money in the things you’ll use most often. For example, if your family likes to sit on the couch and watch movies often, you’ll want to invest in a good couch and a quality TV stand.

Keep in mind that you’re going for simple. Look for furniture with clean lines and limited drawers or shelves.

Don’t settle on these pieces, they might seem costly now, but if you shop for quality, they will last much longer.

Clear It Out

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Something you’ll notice in minimal designs is that most flat surfaces are sparsely adorned. Tables, tops of cabinets and dressers are cleared with the exception of a vase or picture frame. This isn’t by accident. Step number three to creating a minimal design in your home is clearing off flat surfaces.

What you currently have on top of your dressers and tables should, for the most part, go into storage that’s out of sight. This keeps your space feeling open and decluttered.

Beauty in the Details

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A house is not a home without the details, those little pieces of character that reflect you and your family. With your neutral base, quality pieces of furniture and clear area to work, you’re freed up to add the finishing touches.

If you want to add some pops of color, this is the place to do it. Remember to keep your details sparse. The quality over quantity rule still applies, even in the details. Have three photo frames but only really love one? Only display the one. Pick and choose your touches wisely. Maybe add your favorite flowers to a beautiful ceramic vase, but don’t line the window sill with greenery.

Once you have a neutral base, choose quality pieces, clear it out and add the details, you’ll have created a chic minimal space! How do you keep your space minimal? Tell us your tips and tricks in the comment section.

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  1. Using a neutral base is genius when it comes to minimalist home decor! My wife and I are trying to figure out what to put in our future home, but everything is so expensive. That is the biggest reason why I think neutral colors will help us connect everything in the room, and help us locate cheaper furniture.

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