Most people are mistaken when they think that minimalist interior design is simply keeping the home clutter-free. In fact, anyone that claims minimalism is just simplicity is missing the point – it is actually quite challenging to keep things simple, especially when it comes to interior design.
Minimalism can be brought to the extreme in many cases – consider the single-tone paintings in minimalist art, for example – but in interior design, the diverse functions of the home make the achievement complex. Keeping a home modern and aesthetically pleasing goes beyond clean lines and white-on-white colour schemes.
Remember, the focus of the home should be function and comfort. Here are some tips that can help everyone stay in vogue while achieving an element of minimalist design.
A minimalist décor scheme looks clean and is light on the eyes. This makes any room seem more appealing and reduces stress. A home that is well arranged and well kept with calming colours, no clutter, and comfortable furniture only adds to the soothing ambience, and there are some basic ways of achieving this. Simple flooring, subdued paint colours, minimal furniture, clutter-free surfaces, plain window treatments, and simple storage are all aspects of minimalist design.
The key to a minimal home is to use only items that are essential – get rid of everything else. There should be a spot for everything, and storage should be pleasing to the eye. However, implementing minimalist design doesn’t mean that sculptures and wall art must be avoided; one must just keep it simple.
The living room
A lot of time is spent in the living room with family and friends, and because of its function, the living room should be one of the most practical and best-arranged rooms in the home. A minimalist living room will bring elegance and positive energy to the home. Traditionally, a minimalist living room features grey, white, and black – but those aren’t the only colours to consider.
Achieving a minimalist look in the living room is often done by using neutral colours, but with quick pops of an accent hue such as orange, red, or green. The accent colour could be an area rug, a brightly coloured lamp, or a vase on the coffee table. Choose furniture with geometric shapes, clean lines, and simple textures to make the most of this look.
The look of a living room can also be enhanced by the clever use of glass. Coloured glass is readily available and can be used as a feature behind an impressive piece of furniture that is placed against a wall.
As the heart and soul of family life, providing both spiritual and physical nourishment, a well-appointed kitchen is essential to a minimalist home – even for those homeowners that don’t fancy themselves a chef! Hidden storage, sleek lines, and modern aesthetics are the hallmarks of a minimalist kitchen, which is sometimes the hardest room to keep clutter free. Just remember, the modern minimalist kitchen isn’t complicated or fussy – there is just enough room to get work done or enjoy a light meal with friends.
The colour scheme in the kitchen should follow the same principles as any other room – simple and subdued – but don’t be afraid to have that pop of colour by including a beautiful stand mixer on the counter or a set of brightly coloured canisters on a shelf. Give the room a cool quietude by unifying the décor through colour and simplicity, while toning down the kitchen’s hardware and cabinetry.
If you would like to brighten up the room consider including a back-painted glass splashback behind the cooker or a run of worktop. This can be really effective and the range of colours and finishes available is large.