It’s tempting to think to strip away various aesthetic elements of your home is not only fashionable but even, in many practical ways, necessary. After all, when you are a mother, you can rely on so many items that you could easily lose some among the clutter of a busy-looking space. However, is minimalism with kids even practical? Evidence shows that the interior design philosophy of minimalist living is out and below are some reasons why you should lessen your adherence to the mantra, “Less is more”.
Minimalism can feel rather like a glossy facade
When poring over images of influencers’ homes on Instagram, you could feel like your interior design habits are out of step with what the “in” crowd advocate. Refinery29 observes how the likes of models, DJs and fashion entrepreneurs show off “Zen, spa-like” bathrooms. Yet this kind of minimalism with a family is impractical and even unnecessary.
“These days, impeccable homes can feel like a facade”.https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/the-biggest-home-trends-of-2017
From minimalist architecture to fancy wallpaper art, real life doesn’t always reflect a magazine cover and parents are fast knowing they don’t necessarily have to live up to these ‘perfect’ interior-bare houses when they can brighten up their home to a fancy living space that suits their family to a T.
Minimalist homes aren’t always practical
When you are regularly running after a child and you’ve misplaced your keys then you may soon understand the benefits of minimalism, as meaningless clutter and even less chance of losing things!
However, the Irish magazine site House and Home share some wise words:
“Life isn’t minimal; it’s busy, it’s unpredictable, it’s chaotic at times”.
A pretty accurate description of family life…
Further to the point, the site urges:
“Don’t add to the stress of life, by worrying about that cup you didn’t put in the dishwasher before you left for work.”
Adhering to “maximalist” interiors instead makes it easier for you to embrace the unpredictability of life as a mother. So, what’s wrong with an extra console table in the hallway or more white goods to help you with the cleaning, or even more storage to assist the cupboards full of children’s stuff when they help to sort out the endless clutter that makes your house an actual home?
Arguably, minimalism was always just a trend
It could be posited that the minimalist approach was always bound to fade in popularity at some point rather than establish itself as the shape of things to come in the world of interior design. History bears this out. Even around 50 BC, Cleopatra seemingly saw the appeal of personalised interiors, having reportedly had her own pampering room with a marble tub in which to bathe in milk and honey.
Much more recently, such visual flourishes such as teak accents, shower-based plants and colour-coordinating medicine bottles have become popular in bathrooms. Surely these encouraging trends come from reports that well-known women – like First Lady Melania Trump – use what interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard has termed “glam rooms”.
With a little clutter, you can tell more of your story
One major drawback of sticking overly close to a minimalist aesthetic is throwing away the opportunity to give your home it’s own visual individuality. For example, if you are into arts and crafts, the fruits of your labours could serve as enticing decor. Meanwhile, a well-maintained garden can form as a backdrop in your home when seen through windows fitted by a firm like Bifold Shop.
Whatever you decide, let creativity take over you and allow your home to be the blank canvas of your inner thoughts and desires. Get the family involved and conjure up a theme that’s chock full of fancy ornaments, decorative furniture and pops of colour. Why live like Kim Kardashian, when you can live like Brooke Shields!
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