What is your personal aesthetic? Do you think your look says a lot about your general attitude and opinions – do you believe your appearance can at the same time be a commentary on your life philosophy?
I am, on the outside, a simplistic person. My wardrobe is black on black.
Step into my kitchen and you will find everything neatly color-coordinated in a simple, minimalistic way. Every kitchen supply matches the apartment-inclusive décor. The water cooker, the coffee maker, (even the box where we store the ground coffee), the microwave, the mixer, have been carefully selected to match the black-white-silver-grey-wood-theme. There is an occasional splash of red (a painting on the wall, the slow cooker), but other than that, even the place mats and the coffee mugs are down to style.
There was a point in my decorating the kitchen where I found a beautiful bamboo fruit bowl to match our bamboo chopping boards and wooden table. The combination with the salt and pepper grinders and the subtle grey placemats is, for me, absolutely supreme, the symbol of an aesthetic which has been worked toward, and achieved with patience and perseverance.
Why are such things important to me?
I view it as a sign of independence because I design and improve the room according to my taste and for the satisfaction of solely myself. There is no one to submit my choices to or to alternate my taste to something I dislike. Of course I concur with my better half regarding such choices, but since he is a black-on-black cat himself and shares my simplistic tastes, he predominantly approves of what I pick out. We enjoy a casual evening at home once a week, but if you just do the math, really the living room is foremost for me to enjoy, since I spend about fifty per cent more time at home, writing.
Of course when someone does come over, I enjoy entertaining, because everything is in place and everything fits. I like to think I keep it simple.
A possible goal would be to start a minimalist lifestyle at one point. For now, I need a few years to compensate my indigent childhood, though. Smirk.
On the whole, this outside state mirrors my inside state: I no longer desire to stand out for a quirky aesthetic or unusual appearances or combinations in my hairstyle or clothing. I do have dark purple hair, but I almost exclusively wear black, simple clothing.
On a more general note, I believe keeping a minimalistic style is the healthiest way to live in the 21st century from a holistic point of view, since there is so much information coming in from the outside as well as an array of thoughts happening in my head every minute of every hour. So why exhaust myself with painting walls and adding color?
This is the aesthetic of my adulthood. I have lived through my blue phase and my red phase. No more explicit extras necessary to run around with.
The mess inside my head and the conundrum of my complex thoughts are a whole new topic altogether: I prefer a very non-black-and-white way of thinking, rich in color, open to any direction. Is this a discrepancy? No, I believe my individualism comes essentially from within and the decision to not stand out adds to the strength of my implicit message.
It really boils down to a redundancy of trends and going-with-the-flow: I have stopped needing anything aesthetically contemporary altogether, focusing the contemporary aspect of me solely on my philosophy, my ethics and my writing.
So actually, even the statement of my minimalistic kitchen is: Don’t be afraid to be yourself, don’t run with the flock and think before you speak. Dare to be bold and concurrently deign yourself the option of being explicitly opinionated.
What is your opinion in this matter? Do you believe minimalism helps escape the sensory overload of our time or should one strive to imitate the multitude of stimulus in one’s aesthetic?