The society seems to have finally reached the stage where it has advanced enough to understand the importance of maintaining the original balance with nature. As the awareness of us having to give back and protect the environment grows so does the influence of nature in our homes.
People are once again willing to invest themselves into their homes.
The upcoming home décor trends for 2018 will continue on promoting this and will have us return to our natural habitats which will allow families to express themselves and seek comfort within their walls.
Before moving any further, a frugal lifestyle allows people to finally stop living in order to work, but simply work in order to live a decent lifestyle.
The frugal movement enables people to enjoy life and everything around them. This also includes their homes. You can maintain your house on a budget and make it look as stylish as it would with much more money invested.
Someone designed and made everything you can find in stores. Sure, they are professionals but with some time, effort, and the right tools you can make things yourself and thus value them more as they will be unique and have your personal mark.
Looking at the previous paragraph and knowing that you need to make most things yourself, it is natural that you will be a minimalist. You will probably only create the things you need and you won’t own unnecessary pieces of furniture.
It is much easier to be a minimalist as it is hard to over-do something without too many things around. It is also quite fashionable as you will be able to see in some of the décor styles mentioned below.
Free space is open space and rooms with such setting seem much bigger. Also, the less clutter you have the less stressed you will feel and your home will be a healthier place to live in. Minimalist homes are easier to clean and they offer fewer hiding places for dust and germs.
Lights are said to set the mood. This is why depression rates are so high in places with little daylight. First of all, you should make use of any natural light available to you by having large windows.
If you are putting up curtains, make sure they are see-through so as not to block any light. However, use either blinds or thick curtains to block the curious looks in the evening.
Speaking of evenings and when you are out of natural light, use many different light fixtures to keep your home well-lit and arrange them whichever way it pleases you.
Hang pendant lights above your dining room table or your coffee table. Use dimmers to set the right amount of light for the mood you want to achieve. More importantly use candles as there is nothing more beautiful, romantic or relaxing than a candle flame.
Materials to use
Not to be too repetitive, but use what you can find in nature… wood, clay, stone, leather, wool, fur, moss etc. are all very welcome to your home. If you still want to stir it up a bit, add metals. Brass should be your first choice, which is quite convenient as there are plenty of objects found at flea markets you can use to decorate your home.
Picture different landscapes and use the colors you can see. Earthly hues are what the upcoming trends dictate: brown, dark red, orange, yellow, green as well as neutrals such as grey and white.
A color you can use to spice up the neutrals is millennial pink. It is very hard to explore modern trends and not come across this color more than once.
Neutrals are beautiful in the sense that they are relaxing and not imposing in any way, however, this is also exactly the thing which is wrong about them. They can be perceived as cold and sterile. In order to avoid this, you can simply add some texture or patterns, accentuate with orange and green hues or millennial pink and it will be a whole different story.
Redecorate your bathroom
Bathrooms are the ones that are meant to look clean and sterile but follow the trends and add some soul to them. Give your bathroom an opportunity to be a moody place of mystery by using dark colors and white fixtures. If you are doing this on a budget, there is no need to replace the tiles but simply paint them.
The Danish concept of hygge is perfect for creating a luxurious frugal home. The concept agrees with everything stated above when it comes to lights, colors, and materials.
It puts a great emphasis on neutral colors, white in particular, accentuated with light blue. It favors daylight and candlelight over all other lights and it is huge on DIY.
Not only that its simple shapes and structures are convenient for DIY but it also supports it as an artistic expression and proudly displays it. It teaches us the new meaning of portable storage units. On a large scale they can declutter any home and be used instead of a shed but on the hygge level, they are used as practical decorative pieces – all the boxes, baskets, racks left out in the open instead of placed in a closet.
Relax with Wabi-Sabi
Wabi-sabi is how ancient Japanese described the world of imperfection and a work in progress. It is very natural and thus supports uneven textures, curvy lines, chipped vases, crooked pictures or anything else you would otherwise perceive as damaged.
It is very minimalist and it supports DIY projects for what is a better guarantee of finalizing a DIY project successfully than knowing that it does not have to be perfect. Wabi-sabi will help you and your family relax. You will lower your expectations knowing that you do not have to be perfect and that things can seem faulty on their way to perfection. It also helps us appreciate a practical, that is, a true value of certain objects rather than its aesthetics.
Enjoy the beauty and enjoy your frugal lifestyle. You can follow the trends and you can follow the needs and the taste of your family while staying on a budget.
DIY is like a drug as it opens your eyes, enhances your creativity, and teaches you new skills. It is also a great centerpiece for any family activity as everyone can join in and leave their mark. It will help your children enjoy the beauty and each other. More importantly, you will teach them that anything can be done with the right amount of effort.
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