As someone who spends a lot of time at home, I understand the importance of minimalist home decor and creating a space that is both comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. I am also a busy mom on a budget so I don’t have time to be fancy or fussy.
One popular trend in home design is the “calm home aesthetic,” which emphasizes simplicity, minimalism, and a soothing color palette. This style is all about creating a space that feels peaceful and relaxing, which can help reduce stress and promote a sense of well-being even in a busy family home.
“The secret to a well-balanced life is a cup of simplicity, a dash of tranquility, and a pinch of minimalism.”
Understanding what a Calm Home Aesthetic is starts with recognizing that less is often more. Instead of cluttering your space with unnecessary items, focus on creating a sense of openness and simplicity. This can be achieved through a variety of techniques, such as choosing furniture with clean lines, using a neutral color palette, and incorporating natural elements like wood and greenery. By embracing minimalism and simplicity, you can create a space that feels calm and uncluttered, which can have a positive impact on your mental health and well-being.
Minimalist Decor is Even More Important for Moms
This is so important as a mom because our minds are already full and overwhelmed. A cluttered space only contributes to the chaos and we don’t want that!
Understanding the Calm Home Aesthetic
In this section, we’ll explore what a calm home aesthetic is and how we can achieve it with minimalist home decor and space. *Hint: it’s not about fancy furnishings and expensive organization hacks.
You can create a cozy space even if you are renting like we currently are and things are less than perfect. Your home doesn’t have to feel Instagram-worthy 24/7 to make you feel at peace. It needs to be just what your family needs.
The calm home aesthetic style emphasizes simplicity, minimalism, and creating a peaceful space. It is about removing the excess and choosing to fill your space with things you love while leaving room for the people you love.
Home should be a welcoming and relaxing place that is calming to the senses.
While we are waiting on that perfect heavenly home we can make the most of our earthly one.
“And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places;”Isaiah 32:18
Use The Colors And Materials Of Nature
To create a calm home aesthetic, it is important to choose a color scheme that is soothing to the eyes. Soft, muted colors like beige, gray, and pastels are popular choices. These colors create a sense of calm and serenity in the space. My spouse and I love blues and greens which mimic nature.
Natural materials like wood, stone, and linen are also important in achieving a calm home aesthetic. These materials create a sense of warmth and coziness in the space. They also add another touch of nature to the home, which can be very calming.
We gave up our couch on our last move and are saving for another one. I’m thinking green this time. I love a deep green with white walls, light colors, and terracotta and wood accents. Until we get our couch, we are filling our space with plants like my loved Monstera.
Simplify and Create Space
A family home can easily become cluttered, especially with children. We think children need all the toys to keep them entertained but often children are happier with less. Less toys means more creativity and more space to bounce around and be free.
When there is more white space and a minimal design children can roll and dance and walk around in their parent’s way too big shoes like our daughter does.
The Living Room and Toy Areas
I love the Montessori philosophy of focusing on open-ended toys like blocks that children can be creative with. I also love the focus on toys made out of natural elements like wood. Having fewer toys but toys that are natural and beautifully designed can make even a busy play space feel like a breath of fresh air.
Having items in your home that are multi-purpose, like beautiful toys that also act as decor, is a great way to have fewer things and more space while still having all you need. It’s not about having too little furniture but having just the right amount. Functional furniture that is multi-purpose whenever possible.
You Don’t Have To Get Rid Of Items You Love
Minimalist interior design does not mean you have to get rid of the things you love. If you love books, have them. If you have a collection you love and makes you happy then keep it. Also, decorate with plants and pictures you love and items from nature.
When you have enough negative space, you can organize your belongings and keep them tidy, which can significantly reduce stress levels. Additionally, having enough space in your home can also make it easier to move around and navigate, which can further enhance the sense of calmness. Children love this. Clear out the furniture and watch them spin and dance in the empty space.
A big area to clear space besides the toy areas is the kitchen. Countertops full of appliances and random items make cleaning difficult. If you have things on the counter you don’t use often, clear them away.
Also, use that tip about having multiple-purpose items. Items that are practical but look like decor. Think practical kitchen decor like cute soap dispensers and oil bottles. Also, trays are brilliant. When you organize items together on a tray it can make the items feel like they are one thing in a sense instead of many and this cuts down on visual clutter while also making things easier to move and clean under.
Make it a beautiful wood tray to pull in those natural elements and all the better! Decorative trays work great in bathrooms and also in entryways to organize glasses and keys. We have a small kitchen but it works. Organization is key in small spaces.
Another crucial element in creating a calm home aesthetic is lots of light. Natural light is particularly important as it can help brighten up your home and make it feel more welcoming. If possible, try to incorporate skylights or large windows to allow as much natural light as possible.
If natural light is not an option, you can still incorporate light by using artificial sources. However, it’s essential to be mindful of the type of light you use. Bright, harsh lights can be overwhelming and can even cause headaches and eye strain. Instead, opt for warm, soft lights that can create a cozy and relaxing atmosphere. Table lamps and floor lamps with soft shades are great for creating a cozy atmosphere.
Warm Light Creates Ambiance
I also love pendant lights with warm-toned bulbs to add a touch of elegance to the space. When selecting light fixtures, it’s important to consider the overall style of the room and choose fixtures that complement the furniture and decor.
Incorporating light can also help declutter your home. By brightening up darker areas, you can make your home feel more spacious and open. Additionally, proper lighting can also help highlight specific areas or objects, which can add to the overall aesthetic of your home.
You don’t have to have all-white walls for minimalist design but white does help brighten things up. Making good use of space and light can significantly impact the overall feel of your home. By incorporating white space and natural light and being mindful of artificial lighting, you can create a calm and relaxing home environment.
There are so many great warm lighting options now so check out different lamps and bulbs. Candles also create that warm feel and are great in the evenings. But they can be hard to safely use around children. Fortunately, there are some realistic-looking and beautiful LED candles.
Choosing the Right Color and Texture
When it comes to creating a calm home aesthetic, choosing the right color and texture is important. In this section, I’ll cover some tips for selecting the perfect color and texture for your home decor.
When selecting colors for your home, it’s important to consider the mood you want to create. Neutral colors such as white, beige, and gray are great choices for creating a calming atmosphere. These colors can be used on walls, furniture, and accessories to create a cohesive color scheme.
If you want to add some color to your home, consider using natural colors such as greens and blues. These colors are soothing and can help create a relaxing environment. When selecting colors, it’s important to choose shades that complement each other. A good rule of thumb is to choose colors that are next to each other on the color wheel.
I like opposites when it comes to the walls and furniture. If the walls are light I prefer darker furniture. If lighter furniture then I consider adding color to the walls. With children though I definitely prefer the first option- lighter walls to bring in more light and darker furniture to hide stains and wear and tear.
Texture is also an important factor when creating a calm home aesthetic. Adding texture to your decor can help create depth and interest. When selecting textures, consider the materials and fabrics you use. Soft, natural materials such as cotton and linen can help create a cozy and inviting atmosphere.
Incorporating texture can be as simple as adding a few throw pillows with a different texture or material. One of my favorite ways to add texture to the living room is with a textured throw blanket and different fabrics on pillows. It’s simple and makes the couch more comfortable while being a decor element.
You can also add texture to your walls by using wallpaper or textured paint. If you don’t want to wallpaper a whole room you can consider a wall mural for one accent wall.
When integrating texture, it’s important to balance it with the other elements in the room. Too much texture can be overwhelming, while too little can make the room feel flat and uninviting.
Overall, selecting the right color and texture is key to creating a calm home aesthetic. By choosing neutral colors and incorporating texture, you can create a relaxing and inviting space.
When it comes to selecting furniture for a calm home aesthetic and minimalist look, I prefer to keep it simple and minimalistic. I opt for furniture pieces that have clean lines, neutral colors, and natural materials like wood. This creates a soothing and relaxing atmosphere in the home.
One of my favorite furniture pieces for a calm home aesthetic is a wooden headboard. It adds warmth and texture to the room, and it’s also a great focal point. I also love using wooden coffee tables and side tables to add a touch of nature to the space.
When selecting furniture, it’s important to keep in mind the scale of the room. Oversized furniture can make a room feel cluttered and chaotic, so opt for pieces that are appropriately sized for the space.
Incorporating Art and Accessories
When it comes to creating a calm home aesthetic, incorporating art and accessories is a great way to add personality and warmth to your space. Here are some tips on how to do it right:
Artwork can be a great way to add color and texture to your walls. Whether you prefer prints or original pieces, there are a few things to keep in mind when displaying art in your home.
- First, consider the size of the artwork in relation to the wall it will be displayed on. A large piece can make a statement, but it can also overwhelm a smaller room. On the other hand, a small piece may get lost on a large wall. Consider the scale of the room and the wall when choosing artwork.
- Second, think about the placement of the artwork. A gallery wall can be a great way to display a collection of pieces, but it can also look cluttered if not done properly. Consider spacing and placement when hanging multiple pieces together.
Children love to look at family photos and they can bring back great memories and happiness so a family gallery wall is a great idea.
Accessorizing Your Space
Accessories can add personality and warmth to your home. From decorative objects to functional pieces, there are many ways to incorporate accessories into your space. Just be careful with this and make sure you love the accessories you have and they have a purpose. Otherwise, they can add to the clutter.
One way to add interest to a room is to mix and match textures. For example, a woven basket can add texture to a room that is otherwise smooth and sleek. Similarly, a ceramic vase can add interest to a room that is filled with glass and metal.
Another way to accessorize your space is to use items that have personal meaning to you. This could be a piece of artwork that you created yourself or a family heirloom that has been passed down through generations. By incorporating items that have personal meaning, you can create a space that feels truly unique and special.
Incorporating art and accessories into your home can be a fun and rewarding process. By following these tips, you can create a space that is both beautiful and functional.
Maintaining a Clean and Organized Home
Keeping a clean and organized home can be a daunting task for us busy mommas, but it doesn’t have to be. With a few simple tips, you can make your home a clutter-free haven.
The first step to maintaining a clean and organized home is to declutter. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
- Start small: Begin by decluttering one room or even one drawer at a time. This will help you avoid feeling overwhelmed.
- Donate or sell items: If you haven’t used an item in over a year, it’s time to let it go. Consider donating or selling items that are still in good condition.
- Create a system: Have designated places for items and make sure to put them back in their place after use. This will help prevent clutter from accumulating.
If you need inspiration to declutter check out The Minimal Mom on YouTube.
Organizing Your Home
Once you’ve decluttered, it’s time to organize your home. Here are a few tips to help you stay organized:
- Use storage solutions: Invest in storage solutions such as baskets, bins, and shelves to keep items organized. You can buy these from thrift shops or repurpose the ones you already have.
- Label items: Labeling items will make it easier to find what you need and put it back in its place. I just labeled our daughter’s dresser drawers with what toys and clothes go where with little pictures she can understand and I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner!
- Clean as you go: Make it a habit to clean up after yourself as you go. This will prevent clutter from accumulating and make cleaning less overwhelming.
Maintaining a clean and organized home takes effort, but it’s worth it. By decluttering and organizing your home, you’ll create a peaceful and clutter-free environment that you’ll love coming home to.
A Sunday Reset can be a great time to tackle some of these projects.
As someone who values a calm and peaceful home, I have found that embracing minimalism has been one of the most effective ways to achieve this. Minimalism is all about the idea that less is more, and it is a design philosophy that emphasizes simplicity, clean lines, and a minimalist aesthetic.
Here’s the thing… you get to decide how minimal you want to be. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Keep what you and your family love. Just eliminate the excess.
“Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it.”Joshua Becker
At its core, minimalism is about getting rid of excess and focusing on what’s truly important. This means decluttering your home, simplifying your possessions, and only keeping what you really need. By doing this, you can create a space that feels open, peaceful, and calming.
One of the key principles of minimalism is to focus on quality over quantity. Rather than having lots of cheap, disposable items, minimalism encourages you to invest in a few high-quality pieces that will last a long time. This not only helps to reduce waste and clutter, but it also means that you can surround yourself with things that you truly love and that bring you joy.
You can often get quality items secondhand at a great deal.
Applying Minimalist Principles
If you’re interested in embracing minimalism in your own home, there are a few simple tips that you can follow. First, start by decluttering your space and getting rid of anything that you don’t need or love. This can be a challenging process, but it is incredibly rewarding once you’re finished.
Next, focus on creating a space that is clean, simple, and uncluttered. This means choosing furniture and decor that is minimalist in style, with clean lines and a simple neutral color palette. Start with a neutral base and you can build from there with the colors you love and the accent pieces that make you feel good.
Applying a minimalist approach also means being intentional about the items that you bring into your home, focusing on essential elements, and avoiding impulse purchases or things that don’t fit with your overall vision. Something I talked about in the post Cultivate A Peaceful Home.
Overall, embracing minimalism can be a powerful way to create a calm and peaceful home. By focusing on simplicity, quality, and intentionality, you can create a space that feels open, uncluttered, and deeply satisfying.
Incorporating Natural Elements
I mentioned this already but as someone who loves a calm and peaceful home aesthetic, I find that incorporating natural elements is key to achieving this look. Here are a few ways I like to bring the outdoors in.
Using Natural Materials
One of my favorite ways to incorporate natural elements is by using natural materials in my decor. Wood, stone, wool, and linen are all great options. I love using wooden bowls and trays to display items on the coffee table, and stone coasters add a nice touch to the dining table. Wool and linen throw blankets are also a great way to add texture and warmth to a space.
Adding indoor plants is another way to bring the outdoors in and create a calm home aesthetic. Not only do they add a pop of color, but they also purify the air and can even boost your mood. I like to mix and match different types of plants, such as succulents, ferns, and snake plants, to create a visually interesting display. Hanging planters and wall-mounted planters are also a great way to add greenery to a space without taking up too much floor space.
Overall, incorporating natural elements into your home decor can help create a calming and peaceful environment. Whether it’s through natural materials or indoor plants, there are plenty of ways to bring the outdoors in and create a serene space.
Creating a Personal Style
As someone who loves interior design and home decor, I believe that creating a personal style for your home is essential to making it feel like a true reflection of yourself. Here are some tips on how to find your style and mix and match different elements to create a cohesive and calming home aesthetic.
Finding Your Style
The first step to creating a personal style is to figure out what you like and what makes you happy. Take some time to browse through interior design magazines, Pinterest boards, or Instagram accounts to get inspiration and ideas. Pay attention to the colors, patterns, textures, and styles that catch your eye and make you feel good.
If you have room in your budget an interior designer can help you find your style. They can help you identify your preferences and guide you in selecting furniture, accessories, and decor that match your taste and personality. Don’t be afraid to ask for their advice and input, but also make sure to express your own ideas and vision for your home.
You can make this a family activity by asking family members what makes them feel happy in your home.
Mix and Match
Once you have a good sense of your personal style, it’s time to start mixing and matching different elements to create a cohesive and harmonious look. Here are some tips on how to do that:
- Stick to a color palette: Choose a few colors that you love and use them consistently throughout your home. This will create a sense of unity and flow.
- Mix different textures: Combine smooth and rough, shiny and matte, and soft and hard textures to add depth and interest to your decor.
- Play with patterns: Mix and match different patterns, such as stripes, florals, and geometrics, to create a dynamic and playful look.
- Balance old and new: Incorporate vintage or antique pieces with modern or contemporary ones to create a timeless and eclectic style.
- Use accessories wisely: Select accessories that complement your furniture and decor, but also add a personal touch. Don’t overdo it, though, as too many accessories can clutter your space and create visual noise.
By following these tips, you can create a personal style that reflects your unique personality and taste and makes your home a calming and inviting sanctuary.
Budget-Friendly Home Aesthetic
As someone who loves to decorate my home, I know how expensive it can be to achieve the perfect aesthetic. However, I have found some great ways to create a beautiful and calming space on a budget. In this section, I will share my favorite budgeting tips and affordable decor ideas that will help you achieve a calm home aesthetic without breaking the bank.
When it comes to decorating your home on a budget, it’s important to be strategic with your spending. Here are a few tips that have helped me save money:
- Set a budget: Before you start shopping, decide how much you can afford to spend on decor. This will help you avoid overspending and keep you focused on finding affordable options.
- Shop secondhand: Thrift stores, garage sales, and online marketplaces like Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist are great places to find affordable decor. You can often find unique pieces that you wouldn’t be able to find in stores. And sometimes you can even score completely free items!
- DIY: If you’re feeling crafty, consider making your own decor. There are plenty of DIY tutorials online that can help you create beautiful pieces for a fraction of the cost.
Affordable Decor Ideas
Now that you have some budgeting tips, let’s talk about some affordable decor ideas. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Plants: Plants are a great way to add some life and color to your space. You can find affordable plants at your local nursery or even at stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s. If you have small children and pets make sure you choose safe options.
- Wall art: You don’t have to spend a lot of money on expensive art to decorate your walls. Posters, prints, and even DIY art can be great options. And those beautiful family photos we talked about.
- Neon signs: Neon signs are a trendy way to add some personality to your space. While they can be expensive, there are plenty of affordable options online. They’re not for everyone and may not seem minimalistic but they can be fun in certain spaces.
Overall, creating a calm home aesthetic doesn’t have to be expensive. With some budgeting tips and affordable decor ideas, you can create a beautiful and relaxing space without breaking the bank.
Social Media and Home Aesthetic
As someone who loves to curate a calm and relaxing home, I often turn to social media for inspiration. Platforms like Pinterest, Instagram, and TikTok are great resources for discovering new ideas and trends for my home aesthetic. Here are a few things I’ve learned about using social media to enhance my home decor.
Pinterest is a goldmine for home decor inspiration. I love browsing through the platform’s endless supply of aesthetic room ideas and saving my favorite pins to my boards. Some popular trends I’ve seen on Pinterest lately include:
- Faux vines: These are a great way to add some greenery to your space without the hassle of caring for real plants. You can get ones that look real not tacky.
- Macrame: This decor adds texture to plain walls or empty corners.
- String lights: These are classic decor items that can add a cozy and warm ambiance to any room. Love them and often hang them in windows behind curtains for a glowy fairy-like feel.
Instagram and TikTok Trends
Instagram and TikTok are also great sources of inspiration for home decor. I don’t personally use the platform but if you are on there here are some popular trends:
- Minimalism: It’s what we’re talking about! This trend emphasizes simplicity and clean lines, and it’s great for creating a calm and serene atmosphere in your home.
- Boho: This trend is all about mixing patterns and textures to create a cozy and eclectic vibe.
- Earthy tones: This trend focuses on using natural materials and earthy colors like beige, brown, and green to create a warm and inviting space.
Overall, social media can be a great tool for discovering new ideas and trends for your home decor. Just remember to take everything with a grain of salt and only incorporate what works for your personal style, taste, and budget.
- Calm home aesthetic emphasizes simplicity, minimalism, and a soothing color palette.
- Creating a sense of openness and simplicity can be achieved through techniques such as choosing furniture with clean lines, using a neutral color palette, and incorporating natural elements like wood and plants.
- Embracing minimalism and simplicity can have a positive impact on your mental health and well-being, especially as a busy mom.
Did you love these minimalist home decor tips? While there are decorating tips in this post for things you can buy to add warmth, clean lines, and coziness to your home, remember that you don’t have to spend a lot for big results. You can buy from thrift stores and flea markets or you can look for items that are being given away on online marketplaces and give them new life. You can use what you have from around the house and rearrange things in a new way.
Sometimes simply decluttering and moving things around can give your home a whole new minimalist feel. Your new minimalist home may just be the gateway to your new minimalist lifestyle where you feel less stressed and more at peace. It’s the little things that bring more joy and a simple way of life.