For many, clutter is stressful. It's stuff to dust, re-arrange, store, display, move, get rid of, etc. It's just more work. Because of that. the minimalist movement has really made headway and people are looking to simplify and downsize. The time of have lots of stuff is no more. But how do you accomplish the minimalist look? It seems simple because it's streamlined but it's actually a little more involved than clearing off your shelves.
Aside from de-cluttering, the color palette you use in your home affects a minimalist look. Going with muted, subtle colors is one of the first major steps to accomplishing a minimalist look. White is a go-to color choice but it's not the only one that works with the minimalist style. Beige, grey, even creamy tones will all blend with this style. While pops of color are coming back and becoming more and more popular after years of white on white on white, those pops aren't something you'll want to incorporate in a minimalist home.
When selecting wall decor and art, always go with less pieces in a larger size. Clutter on counters and shelves is the same thing as clutter on the walls which is what a lot of small pieces can look like (unless it's put into a well-designed gallery wall).
Window treatments are nice and we definitely think that are a big part of making a room look finished, however, these can also get heavy looking. If your windows have shutters or are trimmed out nicely, you may be able to get away without putting drapes up which is the most minimalist look. If you definitely need window treatments, just keep them simple and streamlined so as not to add any cluttering to the space.
Finally, focus on your architectural details. If you can highlight molding and trim or any beams or fireplaces in your home, make this the focal point instead of artwork and furniture and it will help steer your home in the minimalist direction. Overall, the minimalist look and style will help declutter your life and head which will help eliminate stress!