Minimalism is a way of living: Tara Nair
A professional Calligraphy Artist and a design & decor Blogger at Crimson April, Tara Nair is all about using the entire box of colours in life. Her words bring to live the décor trends you and me are always looking for.
Décor Chutney gets in a conversation with Tara Nair to understand her opinion on Minimalist Décor, with a few DIYs of course.
What is the one tip that you will give for anyone who is trying to declutter their home?
I follow Zen-living to an extent. To begin with on decluttering your home, always keep a track of things that are not been used for more than a year. That tracking can be achieved by organizing things in your home. That much period has crossed all the seasons and people who often visit your house. After knowing what’s not been in use for more than a year, either give it away to a charity or go for a garage sale or simply throw it away in accordance with its usability and condition. I have jotted a few things that we also tend to forget over the time but as soon as we think of parting away from them, we feel that we will use it from now on. But then again, we don’t use it, so better not to have them at all.
Please share your thoughts on Minimalist Decor
I live in minimalism. And it impacts my entire lifestyle in a massive way. At my home, I only keep things that are functional and needed. Costly it can be, but I prefer buying products that are multifunctional. Because it increases space and decreases things. Since there are lesser things at home, the furniture for storage is also only a few in numbers. That’s why there’s a good amount of floor space, which gives breaks to the visual appearance in interiors.
Though I do shop for decor pieces which will just hung on the wall or placed on the shelves and have no usability otherwise, I buy them only to enhance the beauty of my home interiors. I don’t go overboard and buy whatever is in trend with a sale tag on it. I buy only those decor pieces which connect to my heart and I support only local artists for this. I don’t shop at high-end malls. Because then it goes repetitive. I tend to see a single piece of decor on a lot of homes just because it is in trend.
Please share your favourite DIY for creating a minimalist decor item minimalist theme?
Since I am a calligraphy artist too, my favourite DIY would be to frame a quote that belongs to my soul. Minimalist decor theme is not only about sleek and less is more motto, it is also about adding your personality into the styling. How cold would a room be, if it has only clean seating, minimal storage and sheeny lighting, but no projection of the owner who may be is a book-lover or a fashionista or a chef? So, I highly encourage DIY(ing) such spaces with love and interest.
Is there any particular colour palette that one needs to follow if they’re planning to switch to the?
Minimalism is rather a way of living. So, irrespective of colour palettes, what matters most is the way a person styles his/her home with sleek furniture, transparent decor items and reflective surfaces. Indeed, if you will use white throughout on walls and ceilings, it will enhance the feeling of space. But then again if you will fill the entire room with everything that looks good; altogether it will look non-minimalistic. One can though achieve a minimalist theme even when the walls and ceilings are painted black.
Which is your favourite place that has minimalist decor?
Honestly, my entire house has minimalism at its best and is my favourite completely. But since the living room is where relatives and friends spend the most time at so I would say that room is kept most captivating comparatively.