Empty! Haha! Forget your things, you hoarder. Want a sofa? Nope. Sorry. Minimalists do not sit. They don’t eat, either, so ditch those pots and pans, you consumer whore! Less is more. Paint the walls white. Paint the floors white, too. Aw, fuck it. Paint everything white! I know, I know. You want a “pop” of color. So, I donno, get a beige pillow or a cactus to put in the corner. Furniture is for clowns. Your home should look like the last tenant moved out and no one ever moved in. This is Minimalist Home Decor 101!
Seriously, if you look up minimalist decor, it will be bright and sparsely decorated. Few tchotchkes. No clutter. No mail piles. That look might appeal to some people. It appeals to me. But if you don’t like it, don’t worry. Bend the rules. Make it work for you.
The basic rules of minimalism still apply. Your home would be somewhat sparse. Remember, you do believe consumerism is bad and clutter is … more bad. You also believe that less time spent indoors (doing chores and stuff) is evil, and living your life outside (being allergic to nature) is heavenly.
Stay on top of your stuff. Recycle frequently. Don’t let mail pile up. Overflowing shelves are taboo. But dammit, if you want a hot pink sofa and a rug that looks like a Pollock, go for it. If you want green walls and artwork hanging everywhere (or maybe just one wall, but it can be an accent piece and really wow a crowd), go for it. And if the idea of an acrylic coffee table nauseates you, then go get a big wooden one with tons of storage for your remotes and take out menus. Don’t let the old rules of minimalist home decor dictate what you like.
But remember, the more shelving you have, the more you will fill it with stuff.