If you live in the Twin Cities and pay at all attention to the design communities in town, you’ve no doubt noticed one of the stand-out and growing trends: the minimalist, nordic, heritage aesthetic. It’s clean, functional, approachable and no surprise that us Midwesterners are eating it up. Because in this region that’s what we need — items with durability and versatility that can keep up season to season.
I will make clear that I am a fan of this style. I love a clean, white and black pallet (my bedroom is almost completely white at the moment.) Or American-made leather accent pieces. Or a refurbished tree stump turned into a coffee table. There’s a ease and calmness to the style that is very appealing.
But I will say that I can only take so much of this look until my visual pallet craves something more. Especially when it comes to interiors. There’s fun in getting creative with what you have, making a statement and mixing unexpected pieces together.
And embracing color.
Whether it’s using color as a subtle pop in pillows, a bright accent wall or a mix of patterns and textures — there’s so much you can do with color that injects personality and style into your living space.
Maybe it’s because we’re in the last weeks of summer that I have all these anti-minimalism feelings. I’m not ready to start seeing a plethora of plaid, wool and muted tones in stores and at every corner of the internet. I’d like to hold on to bright colors, metallics and crazy prints associated with the fleeting months of summer for as long as I can.
So here is a quick ode to color and not being afraid to make your space a little loud and FUN.
Can’t commit to painting a whole wall? Paint your door instead.
Or go crazy with rugs.
An alternative to paint: adhesive wallpaper.
I love the updated vibe and humor given to this old painting.
The possibilities are endless.
Happy Friday, everyone!