The gray aesthetic and the mindset of minimalism
The minimalist mindset extends beyond downsizing our material possessions, minimizing clutter, and sticking to a carefully curated wardrobe made up of the muted gray aesthetic and our favorite shades of beige - aesthetically pleasing as it may be.
Although the material aspect of minimalism as a lifestyle can be helpful in reducing stress because it leaves us with fewer choices to make in terms of what to wear and fewer items to clean up or invest time into.
Minimalism certainly seems to be a trendy concept at the moment, especially online where social media creators present their beautiful artfully curated Instagram feeds consisting of the predominantly black, white, brown, and gray aesthetic. We find people showcasing their fabulous capsule wardrobe, home interiors, stunning reductive art, and discussing their favorite minimalist lifestyle books and artists, presenting the community with ideas on where to spend the next vacation, dishing out tips on trendy minimalist style hotels and cafés to match. Any suggestions out there, I'd love to hear them:)
The rising popularity surrounding the concept of minimalism, I think, reflects many aspects of our society and the desire to lead a more simple and intentional life.
THE GRAY AESTHETIC
Personally, I love the minimalist aesthetic when thinking in terms of a simple, muted color palette and yes, the gray aesthetic. It makes it so easy to mix and match and put together a basic outfit, paired with choice of shoes on a given day, adding just simple accessories and a pretty minimalist style coat to complete the look. The minimalist lifestyle can be quite a timesaver for this reason.
It's worth considering of course, how we don't need to exclusively wrap ourselves in a certain color scheme and dress ourselves or our home in a way that solely reflects cool earthy tones or empty surfaces. Rather, minimalism revolves around taking a good look at what we actually need and the function of the item we chose to keep. We can certainly create a warm, cozy minimalist style, forego the gray aesthetic and through various combinations of interiors find what reflects our differences in taste, personality, and requirements when it comes to furnishings, accessories, and color schemes.
THE MINIMALIST MINDSET
Taking a more minimalist approach to life can help bring focus and clarity in areas of our daily life. By focusing on quality over quantity, we live with an awareness of the beauty of life and the many things that bring us happiness and comfort. It feels like a way of creating more deliberately and an opportunity to take note of what brings us joy in our day-to-day existence. Whilst the artistic, visual aspect of the minimalist aesthetic brings value by its own merit, the mindset of minimalism encourages us to consciously select what we hold dear, what commodities we need, and what we can do without.
We tend to so easily attach meaning to and create a need for certain tangible items, where through the process of acquiring and maintaining such a lifestyle, we perhaps even neglect our health and wellbeing. Paradoxically, the minimalist mindset can bring about a feeling of abundance and appreciation as opposed to a feeling of lack. Mostly, it's about finding more joy and peaceful moments in our daily life.
THE MINIMALIST HOME
If you're thinking of downsizing possessions and decluttering, approach it step-by-step and firstly think about what you want to achieve by doing this and how you imagine your living spaces going forward. Tackle one room at a time.
For a few more helpful tips read What is the minimalist aesthetic - A basic guide to help get you started and 5 tips for creating a minimalist aesthetic at home.
TRAVEL LIKE A MINIMALIST
When we think of traveling, applying a minimalist mindset to packing for our upcoming trip abroad, can also be beneficial. Aside from the fact that we often end up overestimating what we need to bring for our weekend away or trip overseas, it's also easier to decide what to pack, when everything matches well to start with. If we begin with the basics and build around that, we can make things easier for ourselves and make traveling easier, by bringing with us, only the things we actually need and will make use of. Dealing with fewer suitcases and carry-ons can make for a more pleasant and smooth travel experience - even more so perhaps, for the solo traveler.
Minimalism, both the mindset and the aesthetic, provides helpful suggestions and tools that can inspire us to lean in the direction of living a more intentional life.