In today’s design world, we consistently see interior designers create spaces based on minimalist design styles. It’s not that this is an up and coming trend, but rather a nod to a simpler and long-established design approach that has been around for many years. Modern minimalism is a design based on simple, clean lines and open spaces. It is a style centered on discreet and wholesome elements to create an unobtrusive environment. It’s a design style so common that you may not even know its presence – think about your local surroundings – hotel lobbies, coffee shops, spas, and art galleries – all of these are typically designed in a minimalist fashion. Similar to commercial design, a minimalist based approach is both beautiful and welcoming in residential interior design.
Key Components of a Minimalist Design Style
Color – Traditionally, minimalist designs are centered on black and white color schemes making a room feel more balanced. However, minimalist design styles can be achieved using other neutral colors. The trick is to keep it light. Pair creams with light grays and blues or soft yellows. As a rule, follow the simple design hack – the lighter the color, the bigger the room will feel. If you love color, pops of one hue can be added into the design without ruining the minimalist idea. Just add color strategically and simply. Focus on your color in the throw pillows or in a potted plant and try to sporadically use it. Too much of a darker or vibrant hue will negatively affect the overall simple room design.
Functionality – In minimalist design styles, everything in the room has a function. The table and chairs all serve the purpose of creating a comfortable seating area while providing a place to set beverages. The artwork on the wall is elegant and simple and the other accent pieces in the room are uniformed so no one item is competing for attention. The area rug (if any) serves the sole purpose of providing cushion underfoot. And note the absence of knick knacks. In minimalist design, there is no need for clutter – only the necessities are included in the design.
Space – One of the biggest aspects found in minimalist designs is the play on space. The desired affect is to make a room feel as big and open as possible; thus, how your space is used is paramount. Frequently, minimalist designs do not use excess furniture. For your own space, low, wide sofas and the use of mirrors and glass accent pieces will help achieve the overall desired effect.
Simplicity – Commonly found in minimalist design is a sense of simplicity. Furniture pieces, architectural elements such as windows, and floor coverings are typically that of neat and uncomplicated lines. Forgo the curved intricate pieces here if you aim for a minimalist approach as the simple lines cause for symmetry and feelings of relaxation. The straight and narrow helps our bodies calm down and allows our brains to settle because there are no competing factors.
The question then is – Is a minimalist inspired design right for you? Are you one that can live more with less?