‘Less is more’ is most popular home décor mantra: 3 in 5 consider themselves minimalists

NEW YORK — Style forecasters may be predicting the end of minimalism, but Americans are still saying “less is more.” A recent survey of 2,000 Americans found that nearly three in five describe their home décor style as “minimalist,” compared to only three in ten who use the term “maximalist.”

It’s no wonder, then, that people are selective about the art they display, choosing to showcase art that represents something meaningful to them (51%) over work that matches their décor (39%) or serves as a talking point (38%).


Fifty-three percent say they have artwork of nature and landscapes in their home, more than that of people (45%) and animals (39%). How much art is too much? On average, respondents believe seven pieces a room is more than enough.

Maximalists vs. Minimalists

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Canvaspop, the study also examines the personality differences between self-identified minimalists and maximalists.

Maximalists are much more likely to refer to themselves as “creative” (41% vs 29%) and be satisfied with their lives (83% vs 70%) than minimalists. While selfies may be fun on social media, 44 percent of the poll are reluctant to use personal photos in their home décor.

Half are self-conscious about their appearance and 45 percent say they don’t have quality photos or many recent ones to choose from. Forty-six percent revealed they’re self-conscious about the art in their homes in general. The biggest reason? It feels too large or too small for their living space (54%).

Of the 834 respondents that feel lost when it comes to art and décor, nearly three in five believe the biggest challenges are finding art/décor for their small living space, while half are overwhelmed by the number of options to choose from.

“Our results confirm a common dilemma — it can be tricky to find art and décor you enjoy that also maintains the balance in large or small spaces,” says Brittany Norris, Director of Brand Marketing for Canvaspop, in a statement. “When choosing home décor, it’s important to note the size of your room before making a purchase.”


Keeping up with the latest trends

Having a balanced living space is often associated with an inner sense of harmony, so it’s no surprise that creating a relaxing space is at the forefront of respondents’ minds (63%), more so than one that’s functional (47%) or luxurious (26%).

However, trends can be important, too. Despite their love for minimalism, 54 percent think having blank walls and a single plant is “so 2010.”

“Whether you’re big on the latest online craze or have a consistent, timeless style, there are plenty of ways to freshen up your décor with the images most meaningful to you,” Norris adds.

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Chris Melore

Chris Melore has been a writer, researcher, editor, and producer in the New York-area since 2006. He won a local Emmy award for his work in sports television in 2011.

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