The constant popularity of minimalist home decor is a testimony to its soothing elements and timeless appeal. The feelings of serenity and calm minimalism can inspire belies the effort that goes into the design. Minimalism is more than just choosing a few pieces of furniture to place in front of a white wall. Without thought and care, your attempt to create a minimalist interior could come across as cold or sparse. Let’s take a look at some key elements of minimalism design and how you can inject these peaceful elements into your home decor.
One of the first characteristics that comes to mind when thinking about minimalist design is the lack of color. Or rather, the lack of bold and contradictory colors. Minimalism does not inherently preclude the use of a variety of colors, but the style promotes subtle color shifts in a calming palate. Whites, grays, pale pinks, taupes, soft greens – these are all staples of minimalist design. Black is often interjected for a dose of levity.
Minimalism is not fussy. Furniture, lighting, knick-knacks have clean lines and are unadorned. The lack of decorative artifice creates a soothing environment, where nothing is competing for your attention. The timeless aesthetic of minimal decor can always be counted on to make a space relaxing and inviting.
There is an art to reducing one’s decor down to the most basic and simplistic forms without sacrificing style or comfort. Minimalist decor allows the focus of a space to be something other than the room itself. This approach is excellent for showcasing stunning views or key architectural elements. When the overall tone is comfortable, yet not overwhelming, you can appreciate the setting while keeping the focus on the people you are with or the location you are enjoying.
Minimalism as a design aesthetic does equal ‘ineffectual’. Taking an uncluttered approach to your home’s interior design actually creates more emphasis on the pieces you have. That’s why you need to take care with choosing furniture and art for your minimalist space. The less you have to look at, the more attention it gets. Functionality and practicality are the goals. Not having a chair and ottoman simply because there is space, but having things that you use and love.
Minimalism is deceptive. The look of simplicity that comes from minimalism is actually a well thought out design with the focus being on form and texture rather than color or a composition of contradictions. When you pair down a color palate to subtle shade differences, the shapes and material of your design elements come to the forefront. This focus on form creates a space that highlights a home’s architectural elements. Many people might not think to use minimalism in a Victorian home, preferring instead to go with a more traditionally Victorian style. But the simplicity of a minimalist design in a historic home actually accentuates, instead of obscuring, the delightful architectural details that might have drawn you to the home to begin with.