Minimalist (Interior Design)

February 4, 2022

Most people today are familiar with the concept of minimalism, which involves stripping things down to their most basic form. It can be applied to anything from art and lifestyles to architecture and interior design.

Minimalist interior design is very similar to modern interior design and involves using the bare essentials to create a simple and uncluttered space. It’s characterized by simplicity, clean lines, and usually with a monochromatic palette (but that’s not always the case)  with colour used as an accent. It usually combines an open floor plan, lots of light/preferably natural light and functional furniture, and it focuses on the shape, colour and texture of just a handful of essential elements.

Elements of Minimalistic Design

The minimalist approach uses only the essential elements. Light, form and beautiful materials, usually in an open plan layout, to create a sense of freedom and relaxation.

Details that are used are uncomplicated and blend harmoniously into the space. This might be in the form of a single artwork, fireplace, signature furniture, vase, candles, etc.

Minimalist furniture and accessories focus on functionality and practicality. Flat, smooth surfaces and strong, clean lines create bold statements that emphasise the essential nature of each item. You won’t find highly patterned furnishings and accessories or highly detailed ornamentation. Instead, the focus is on the purity and simplicity of the shape and form.

A monochromatic colour scheme consisting of whites, beiges and greys are typical of minimalist-designed spaces.

Making a minimalist space look warm and welcoming is very important.

Minimalist spaces are instantly recognizable for their crisp, clean, clutter-free and monochromatic look. The de-cluttering of space helps to de-clutter the mind and to create a sense of visual calm. Just ensure your minimalist-designed space also has a welcoming feel, there are a few small touches you can make to accomplish warm welcoming space. It’s very similar to Hyggelight style. Or at least this is what I am

When using a monochromatic colour palette, a great way to bring warmth to the space is by incorporating different shades and mixing textures. Use of soft wool fabrics and rugs in the bedroom adds the warmth. In the bathroom, the texture and grain of tile patterns can add visual interest while still maintaining a neutral colour palette, while wood accessories can soften stark, white or concrete elements.

Are you a minimalist?