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The common misconceptions about minimalist style homes

Generally, when talking about minimalist homes, people would immediately imagine clutter-free rooms with white or beige walls, white furniture, and an overall sterile look.

Often there is nothing on display and just seems like no one lives in there. Unfortunately, this puts off a lot of people who would otherwise be attracted to living in a more simple, calm and tranquil home.

People with pets and kids might just be dreaming of the impossible! But even for an average person with an average amount of modern day belongings it does seem like a challenging concept.

So, in this post today, I would like to examine this concept deeper, and clarify some misunderstanding.

minimalist hallway with deep colour on the wall, white oak floor and tall plants

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Misconception 1: Minimalism Means Living with Barely Anything

Minimalism is often mistaken as an extreme lifestyle where individuals own as little as possible. However, this is a misconception.

While minimalism does advocate for reducing clutter and simplifying one's possessions, it's not about deprivation. Instead, minimalism encourages intentional living, where individuals carefully curate their belongings to include only what adds value to their lives.

This means prioritizing quality over quantity and focusing on items that serve a purpose or bring joy.

Minimalists may have fewer possessions compared to the average person, but they still have everything they need to live comfortably and enjoy life.

Misconception 2: Minimalist Homes Are Only for Wealthy People

Some people believe that minimalism is a luxury only accessible to those with ample financial resources.

However, minimalism is a mindset and lifestyle that anyone can adopt, regardless of their income level.

While some minimalist products or experiences can come with a higher price tag, minimalism is ultimately about prioritizing what matters most and making conscious choices with one's resources.

In fact, minimalism can actually help individuals save money by reducing unnecessary spending on material goods and focusing on experiences and relationships that bring true fulfilment.


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Misconception 3: Minimalism Equals Frugality

Interestingly, on the other end of the scale, there are people who thinks the opposite and confuse minimalism with frugality, assuming that minimalists are always looking for the cheapest option or trying to spend as little money as possible.

While minimalism can certainly overlap with frugality in some aspects, they are not synonymous.

Minimalism is about prioritizing what adds value to your life and eliminating excess, regardless of cost. It's about making intentional choices with your resources, whether that means investing in high-quality items that will last a lifetime or spending money on experiences that bring joy and fulfilment.

Frugality, on the other hand, is primarily concerned with saving money and reducing expenses. While minimalists may embrace frugal habits as part of their minimalist lifestyle, their ultimate goal is not just to spend less but to live more intentionally and meaningfully.

minimalist home with colours and artwork

minimalist home with colours by ISHKA DESIGNS; source: ISHKA DESIGNS

Misconception 4: Minimalist Homes Are Impractical for Families with Children

As a result of other misconceptions, some people assume that minimalism is incompatible with family life, especially when it comes to raising children.

They may believe that minimalism means getting rid of all toys and belongings, which seems unrealistic when children are involved.

However, minimalism can be adapted to suit the needs of families with children. Instead of focusing on having fewer possessions overall, minimalist families prioritize quality over quantity and encourage mindfulness about the items they bring into their home.

Minimalist parenting emphasizes experiences over material possessions, fostering creativity and imagination in children. By teaching children to appreciate what they have and to value experiences over things, minimalist families can create a more intentional and fulfilling lifestyle for everyone.

Misconception 5: Minimalism Is All About Aesthetics

One common misconception is that minimalism is primarily concerned with achieving a certain aesthetic characterized by clean lines, neutral colours, and sparse décor.

While minimalist aesthetics are indeed visually appealing to many, they represent just one aspect of minimalism.

At its core, minimalism is about simplicity, intentionality, and mindfulness. It's about removing distractions and excess to make room for what truly matters in life. Minimalism can look different for each person, depending on their values, interests, and preferences.

Whether someone's style is sleek and modern or cosy and eclectic, they can still embrace minimalist principles by prioritizing quality over quantity and decluttering their surroundings.

When we understand the core principals of minimalist it become obvious that minimalist homes don't have to look in a certain way.

Do you love Japanese and Scandinavian style interiors? They are a really good examples of how you can create minimalist homes! Yet, they aren't called minimalist style.

Misconception 6: Minimalist Homes Are Extreme and Unattainable

Some people perceive minimalism as an all-or-nothing lifestyle that requires drastic changes and sacrifices. However, this is not the case.

Minimalism is a journey, not a destination, and it's perfectly okay to take small steps toward simplifying your life. Minimalism is about progress, not perfection. It's about making intentional choices that align with your values and priorities. Whether you're decluttering your closet, streamlining your schedule, or re-evaluating your spending habits, every little change counts.

Minimalism is a personal journey, and it's important to find a balance that works for you.

I don't call myself a minimalist but I have noticed - especially in the past two years - that the more I declutter the more I enjoy it and just want to do more and more. Still a long way to go for me too! And the bonus? It's so easy to tidy and clean my house! 😉


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I am Agnes, a structural engineer, economist and qualified interior designer.

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After spending over 15 years in the construction industry, first as an engineer and later as quantity surveyor / commercial manager on multi ten million GBP projects, I decided to set up my own business and help people, like you, to live in their dream home.


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