Minimalist art emerged in New York in the 1960s, on the heels of abstract expressionism. It's a style void of symbolism and emotional content, instead highlighting the materiality of the work. There's something about the simplistic appearance of this aesthetic that brings out the inner artist in all of us. Be honest: Haven't you ever gone to a museum or seen minimalist art online and thought "I can do that!" If so, then these DIY minimalist art ideas, with their emphasis on color-blocking, geometric shapes, and pared-down color palettes, are for you.
1. Opt for texture.
The absence of landscapes, people, and color can give minimalist art a bit of a hard edge — counter that with softness and warmth in the form of a contemporary DIY art project featuring a quilted pillow sham and a desert-inspired color palette. Get the DIY.
2. Adopt hygge principles.
Translate the warmth and texture that make Scandinavian interiors so enviable to your walls with this color-blocked DIY minimalist art. Shearling, a much beloved accent in Nordic homes, makes a clever stand in for canvas as backing, for the ultimate cozy wall decor. Get the DIY.
3. Do the time.
4. Add dimension to paper.
5. Make a sculptural wall hanging (or two).
6. Embrace geometric shapes.
Channel your inner Picasso and create minimalist art with modern undertones. The sky's the limit when it comes to the pattern and color — so use what speaks to you or coordinate with your interiors. We're partial to the soothing blues and greens in this version. Get the DIY.
7. Play with scale.
8. Texturize your canvas.
Visible broad brush strokes add texture and dimension to this high-contrast monochromatic minimalist art idea — you'll even learn how to make the frame. Don't be intimidated by the sophisticated appearance; it's easier than it looks. Get the DIY.
9. Incorporate text.
Do you have something to say? Let your art display a mantra or quote that inspires you by showing it off in an oversize graphic minimalist project. Get the DIY.
10. Muted colors for the win.
Abstract three-dimensional art takes a decidedly earthy bent when composed with muted colors. This minimalist DIY uses a combination of geometric and rounded shapes to keep the look approachable. Get the DIY.