For many of us, 2016 was a doozy, but we here at Brit + Co are ready to hit refresh in 2017! Follow our Hit Refresh series through January for new ideas, hacks and skills that will help you achieve (and maintain!) those New Year’s resolutions.
As much as we love a home bursting with bright colors and vivid prints, there’s no denying the allure of a minimalist home. Bright white, airy rooms with timeless pieces define this kind of aesthetic. If you’re on board with the less-is-more trend, stick around for all the modern and minimalist decor ideas you need to makeover your space. From decorating with white to purchasing only multifunctional items, we’ve compiled a list of 20 DIYs, buys and ideas to help you transform your home into a minimalist oasis in 2017. Scroll on and get inspired!
1. Get creative with storage. Who knew a kitchen cabinet door could also function as shoe storage? Maximize storage space in your bedroom with this DIY IKEA Shoe Storage Hack. Make the sides with rounded deco strips or moulding, attach wheels to the bottom and you’ll be left with a #winning storage solution that utilizes a small space and can easily be hidden from view. For more secret storage ideas, think: window seats, stairway storage, underfloor storage, etc. (via IKEA)
2. Save space by hacking your furniture to meet multiple needs. This desk-and-dresser mashup will not only save you space but will do so without compromising style. Simple and classic, this DIY IKEA Malm Dresser Hack is one your workspace or bedroom *needs.* (via Blue Door Living)
3. Invest in versatile pieces. Multifunctional items are basically minimalist must-haves, and this Urban Outfitters Leni Leaning Mirror ($139) doesn’t disappoint. The frame features a full-length mirror and hooks to hang your jewelry and scarves, among other accessories.
4. Accent your home with copper. Boost your minimalist home decor theme with choice copper accents. This handy DIY Hanging Copper Hat Rack appeals to this decor necessity while providing a solution to your hat storage issue. Keep your beloved headwear off the floor and organized in one space with an elegant hanging copper rack. (via A Pair & A Spare)
5. Use multifunctional pieces in unexpected ways. Here’s an item that proves furniture can be pretty *and* practical. This multifunctional Bellila HOP ($408) coat rack will not only efficiently hold and store your coats and boots, but it looks elegant AF while doing it.
6. DIY pieces that can adapt to your changing storage requirements. Never again will you have to run around the house trying to find everything you need before flying out the door. Install this DIY Pegboard Wall Organizer in your entryway to organize your necessities (i.e. sunglasses, purse, keys, etc.) and make it easier for you to grab-and-go. And if you suddenly develop a bit of a hat addiction, you can remove a shelf or two to free up some peg room. (via The Merrythought)
7. Decorate with white. Nothing screams minimalist like Scandinavian simplicity. Adopt this aesthetic style by keeping colors neutral or opting for an all-white interior. You’ll create a space that appears more airy and spacious. (via Homey Oh My)
8. Incorporate greenery. Bring the outdoors into your interior design with a pop of greenery. The natural color will be a welcome sight in contrast to your all-white minimalist decor. (via The Design Chaser)
9. Choose beautiful storage to further your theme. Organizing your home doesn’t need to look boring. Case in point: these beautiful DIY Triangle Clay Necklace Hooks. Get the look by making a few speckled triangles with oven-bake clay and adding hooks. They’re the cheap and chic solution to storing your dainty necklaces, which are unsurprisingly prone to getting tangled. (via I Spy DIY)
10. Declutter your drawers with dividers. Minimalist or not, no one likes rummaging through a disorganized drawer. Tidy up the inside of your dresser with DIY Drawer Dividers that will make both finding and storing everything from your makeup to sunglasses a cinch. (via Nouvelle)
11. Create a cohesive look with similar or complementary pieces. Don’t let a jumbled-up pantry get you down. Pair these beautiful Printable Hand-Lettered Pantry Labels with a set of similar or same containers to give the inside of your cabinet a clean and cohesive look. (via The Creativity Exchange)
12. Maximize wall space. You’ve cut down on the number of clothes you own, but you’re still left with quite the wardrobe. No problem — make it seem like you own less while maximizing wall space with this DIY IKEA Bracket Hack. Turn shelf brackets into innovative supports for your hangers and hooks. (via IKEA)
13. Hack IKEA products to get sneaky with storage. This DIY IKEA Yoga Mat Holder Hack is borderline *genius.* If you’re a yogi, take full advantage of this upper shelf hack by installing it upside-down. You’ll be left with a sneaky storage space you can use to hold your yoga mats! (via I Heart Organizing)
14. Eliminate desktop clutter. Organize just about everything from knick knacks to important memos with this DIY IKEA Grid Moodboard Hack. Add a cheery touch to this simple organizer by clipping on your favorite photos. (via The Beauty Dojo)
15. Use the floor. Having your magazines strewn across your coffee table isn’t the prettiest sight. Tidy up a messy tabletop with this Yamazaki USA Tower Magazine Rack and Table ($70) that serves the dual purpose of streamlining your magazine collection.
16. Invest in pieces with hidden storage spaces. Here’s yet another hidden storage idea to upgrade your home into a minimalist-inspired space. Organize your jewelry and makeup in this IKEA BRIMNES Dressing Table ($100) that features a built-in mirror.
17. Discard multiples of items. Simplify by sticking to just one set of essentials. Cut down on kitchen clutter and invest in a durable set of tools, like this set of West Elm Universal Expert Silicone Utensils ($10). Made of natural beech wood with reinforced silicone rubber, this beautifully designed set of utensils is just what’s needed to minimize your kitchenware.
18. Give old items a fresh, simple makeover. Turn a plain dresser into a modern marvel using strips of leather. Get the look of this DIY IKEA Dresser Hack by securing the leather pulls using gold nails on the top portion of the drawers. And voila, you’ve got yourself one chic piece of furniture. (via Sugar and Cloth)
19. Purge that closet. As daunting as it may be, purging one’s closet is an essential step to transitioning into a minimalist lifestyle. There are plenty of helpful tips and strategies for reducing one’s wardrobe excess, but we’ve picked out Who What Wear’s “4-Pile Strategy for Simplifying Your Wardrobe” to help you get started. (via Who What Wear)
Which of these ideas will you use to simplify your lifestyle and minimize your home in 2017? Follow us on Pinterest for more creative ways to organize your home for the new year.
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