Minimalist decor ideas for your apartment

 

Clutter can compromise the look and feel of your home. If you like clean lines and an open aesthetic, modern and minimalist interior design might be the right style for you.

 

To pull off a minimalist aesthetic, you’ll need to ensure your decor involves a small amount of furniture, decor and detail. Pay special attention to shape, colour and texture when cultivating a minimalist look and feel. Modern minimalism allows for maximum personal expression without needing to draw too much attention to any one piece. Here are some minimalist decor ideas for your apartment, and where to shop in Toronto to pull off the look.

 

Urban Outfitters Home

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Urban Outfitters has always been where the cool kids shop — and as those cool kids grew up, they started to need some cool stuff to display in their beautiful homes. Urban Outfitters responded by launching a line of home furnishings for small-space living. Visit them to pick a few pieces. Everything in the line is designed to simplify and not overwhelm. An oversized Hub Mirror or a new rug can really tie a room together, and help you pull of your minimalist look with less. There are a couple of locations nearby — their downtown store at 235 Yonge Street and their west-side store at 481 Queen Street West.

 

H&M Home

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H&M is a well-established source for affordable, trendy fashion. They’ve extended that same sensibility to their home decor line. If you want to save money on sleek and stylish home furnishings and achieve a modern minimalist decor aesthetic, you need to check out H&M Home.

 

The right accessories can really change the look and feel of a room. You can find bathroom decor pieces from $6.99! Less is more, so if you’re looking to get rid of some clutter, be sure to replace it with only what you need and love. This understated throw rug can create a whole new feel in a room. You can complete the transformation for just a few bucks by adding a brass candlestick, a cozy crinkled cotton throw and a few new pillow covers. If “less is more” is your motto, you’ll love that this store gives you more for less.

 

CB2

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CB2 is Crate and Barrel’s more modern and affordable sister store. The design aesthetic here leans toward the minimalist and mid-century modern look. The eclectic sensibility of the shop means that practically everything in the store goes with everything else in the store. This can either make shopping simple, or incredibly complex. You may be overwhelmed with options. There is a lot of opportunity to mix and match pieces to create your perfect style. From Parisian-inspired sofas to minimalist dining tables, they’ve got everything a trend-savvy Toronto minimalist could hope for.

 

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, their associates will help you locate it and/or order it in from their full online collection which includes contemporary furniture, modern lighting, sculpture and much more. If you still don’t see what you’re looking for, you can work directly with their team to custom-design sofas, chairs and headboards to fit your design dreams and dimensions to a T.

 

Downtown Toronto dwellers can consider themselves fortunate as the 651 Queen Street West location of CB2 is the only one in Ontario. Pay them a visit Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm.

 

West Elm

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West Elm is a Brooklyn-based branch of Williams-Sonoma Inc. It was established in 2002 in order to focus on affordable modern design. West Elm prides itself on working with local makers and allowing local store managers to tailor their inventory to suit the community. From sofas with clean lines, to colour pop throw pillows and rugs, bedding and lighting — everything West Elm designs and sells is created with the goal of helping you express your personal style. Over 90% of what they sell is designed in-house using organic, handcrafted materials and Fair Trade Certified™ products whenever and wherever possible. Shop their store in Liberty Village (109 Atlantic Avenue) Monday to Friday from 10 am to 9 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm.

 

IKEA

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IKEA may not have invented modern Scandinavian minimalism, but they certainly played a big part in popularizing it and making it affordable and accessible. From simple and clean looking chrome accessories for kitchens and bathrooms,  to living room furniture and more. If you can use an allen-key, you can enjoy and assemble their affordable modern furniture.

 

There are two Toronto area locations to serve you. You’ve probably visited them at 1475 The Queensway in Etobicoke, open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 9 pm, Saturday 9 am to 9 pm, and Sunday 10 am to 6 pm. You might not be familiar with their location at 15 Provost Drive in North York, open 10 am to 9 pm on weekdays, 9 am to 9 pm on Saturday, and 10 am to 7 pm on Sunday. Take advantage of the free IKEA Shuttle Bus that serves Downtown Toronto and Kipling Station. It takes people to the Etobicoke location every weekend.

 

Stroll through their vast show rooms to plant clever design ideas in your head. If you can’t carry home what you’ve purchased, delivery and even assembly options are available.

 

We hope this article helps you do less with more and cultivate your own understated style.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants you to experience all the style and creativity that your community has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

DIY home office ideas for small spaces

 

Whether you’re a telecommuter, freelancer, student, or simply need a spot to sit down and pay the bills, you need a dedicated space in your home in order to be productive. Using the kitchen or dining room table can work for a little while, but it becomes cumbersome and cluttered if you’re working during meal times. Trying to be productive while sitting on the couch, crouched over the coffee table, or with your laptop balanced on your lap is no better (laptop is a bit of a misnomer). A dedicated workspace helps you to cut down on distractions and get down to business. Even in small spaces, there is usually a creative way to use the space more efficiently. If you need to carve out a corner, or find a bit of wall space to work at, we’re here to help optimize your options.

 

Designed carpet and grey pouf on glossy white floor. Home office design concept

 

Rethink and Rearrange

 

You may think that the placement of your furniture is just perfect. You may be right, or you may be depriving yourself of some prime, yet hidden, home office space. If you move the couch more toward the centre of the room, rather than against the wall, you can take advantage of the new found wall space. Place a small desk or narrow table there, and presto! You’re in business! The desk could face the wall for a distraction-free workspace, or face the back of the sofa. If the sofa is facing the TV, you can enjoy some entertainment while you work.

 

Cozy up to corners

 

A chair and small desk, table or shelving unit, tucked into a corner, can create a cozy spot to get productive in. Look for a small desk with built in storage, so you don’t have to have any extra shelves that could make the corner feel cramped. Separate the space with simple design tricks. A framed piece of art or even a motivational poster, or a change in tone or colour can make a big difference. The desk itself could provide the colour shift — paint it any colour you choose.

 

Up against the wall!

 

A section of wall in a hall, kitchen, next to furniture or between bookcases or shelving units, can be optimized for your workspace. To avoid having your creative centre clash with its surroundings, keep the colours uniform or complimentary for a continuous flow.

 

Fold it and forget it

 

If you’re really tight for space, and don’t require your workspace to take up any when you aren’t working, a wall mounted drop leaf table can work well. It folds almost flat when not in use, and you can use a kitchen chair, folding chair, or even your yoga ball to sit on. If you’d rather not mount anything to the wall, a folding TV tray can do the trick. When you’re not in work mode anymore, fold it up, put it in the closet and enjoy your free time!

 

Refashion your closet

 

If you’d rather not keep your office folded up in the closet as we suggested above, what about foregoing the fashions in your closet and fashioning an office space in the closet? If you can consolidate your clothes, you can create a spare space. All you need is a small desk, lamp  and chair. When you’re done with work, simply close the door. It’s a great way to keep your work life and home life separate, all in the same space.

 

With a little creativity, you can create a home workspace in any small space. Look around, use your imagination, and then get down to work!

 

For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

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