Visually Appealing


More appealing. Think about photos of homes that are cluttered, and photos of minimalist homes. The ones with almost nothing in them except some beautiful furniture, some nice artwork, and a very few pretty decorations, are the ones that appeal to most of us. The feeling is both calm and elegant. Things that value most are proudly on display. You can make your home more appealing by making it more minimalist.

We have found this to be true in our home over and over again. Whether it be something simple like removing crowded knick-knacks from a shelf or something large like removing unused pieces of furniture, we continue to enjoy the look of our home more and more as we continue to become more and more minimalist.

Joshua Becker

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Writer. Inspiring others to live more by owning less.
Bestselling author of Simplify & Clutterfree with Kids.

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  1. Nobilis Simplicitas says

    I very much agree with this benefit of being a minimalist. Clearing up the places of our daily life and make them visually ‘clean’ is certainly a great way of uncluttering your life. Not only in a physical way (less stuff) but maybe even more so in a psychological way (visual clarity helps calming our senses and thus the way we feel).

    There is one minor draw back; what is in emptied rooms becomes significally more important. As there’s less to focus on, the things which are there demand attention (why did you choose specifically this to be in the room and not something else). A lot of time this means setting a much higher standard/demanding more quality, which most of the time means spending more time searching for the ‘right’ thing (not neccesarily a bad thing) and more important, spending more money on them. This last point is certainly a draw back and goes against benefit #1 (dollars and sense).

    My personal experience up till this moment is thus, contrary to benefit #1, being a minimalist does not necesarily help you save money more easily.

    • Kira says

      “My personal experience up till this moment is thus, contrary to benefit #1, being a minimalist does not necesarily help you save money more easily.”

      ^I’m not entirely sure I agree with you even though I understand your point about minimalism placing more emphasis on quality. I’m in no rush to buy expensive high-quality pieces to complete my newly (and in progress) minimalist spaces. Rushed purchases are what led to the excess (or just plain awkward items) in the first place. Since starting my minimalist journey this past March, I’ve focused on making lists or pictures of what I THINK will improve a space, and then making do with what I already have. After a few months or more of testing the improvised version, I sometimes realize my original perception was incorrect and I want something else entirely. If not, I’ve had several months to save for the item I wanted and sometimes a variation of the desired item appears at a much better price (or free through family).

      That being said, I also have a child so I’m hesitant to get attached to REALLY nice items. The $6000 couch I was ogling the other day might be high quality, gorgeous, and comfortable, but the stress of keeping it perfect wouldn’t be worth it even if I still loved it after patiently saving my money for it. On the other hand, saving up for a nice murphy bed might make more sense.

      • Kira says

        I guess I can more concisely summarize my point :-) Although it’s true that in buying less I’m now placing more emphasis on quality, in the long run I think most minimalists manage to come out ahead even when buying more expensive items. Evaluating cost per use is usually the best way to compare the cost of lower quality and higher quality items — a $10 t-shirt that wears out in 6 months is arguably more costly (both per use and in environmental terms) than a $60 t-shirt that lasts you 5 years. Plus, most people aren’t operating under a deadline to completely refurnish their homes or overhaul their wardrobes; returning to our great grandparents’ way of slowly saving cash for needed/desired items is a wonderful part of the “minimal-izing” process in my opinion. Delayed gratification = increased appreciation.

  2. says

    I definitely agree that homes with space, less clutter, and beautiful artwork are much more appealing than homes crowded homes with mismatched junk. However, I find the challenge in my newly minimalist life to be HOW to fill up the large space we have in our living room to make it more visually appealing but without STUFF. I will be moving into a new apartment soon, leaving every piece of furniture behind except for a beautiful, simple IKEA dining table (and four chairs). I’m really excited for the challenge of creating a peaceful, minimal home in a relatively large space (I believe the apt is a bit too big). Thanks for sharing!

    • R says

      We have a big house and comparatively little in it. People who see it for the first time think we’ve just moved in, but we’ve been here for years. That said, we always have fresh flowers or a live plant on the dining table and the kitchen island. Makes a big difference.

      • Lorraine says

        So true. Discovered this site recently, first step, clearing kitchen counters. While excited, my emotional response is chest tightening fear! So deep breaths, brief journalling & the realisation that the spaciousness as an unknown is a bit scarey.
        The freedom represented is a bit daunting, replace negative with positive thoughts (thanks Joshua), concentrate on the freedom from stress, the opportunity to reclaim skippering my own vessel through life and dancing exuberantly in the cleared space!

  3. Mike A says

    Laura M:

    “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”
    –William Morris (1834-1896)

    You could go even further and be strict that anything going into a space must satisfy both the practicality and beauty criteria.

  4. Catz says

    I have one house-hold vice, and that is cutlery and crockery. Villeroy and boch have a design called NewWave, and it is (in my opinion) the most beautiful, practical, and ergonomically ideal set you can buy. Plain White (although there are varieties now), with enough detail in the actual design of the cups etc themselves to make them a special and aesthetically pleasing. Very expensive though, the only thing I’ll ever collect, but it’s worth it!! And I’ll take care to only collect 6 of each item that I actually need. You also tend to take more care of your things when you only have little, and you appreciate what you’ve got.

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