The minimalist style still beats records of popularity, despite the appearance of other styles, “loaded” with decorations of fashion trends. There is nothing strange about it – minimalism combines good design, comfort, order, space, clearly defined functions, and healthy restraint. How to decorate an eternally fashionable interior in a minimalist style? Check out our tips!
Let there be brightness
The brightest, neutral colours are one of the key determinants of minimalist style. You can boldly apply white in all the richness of its shades, light ash, grey, and beige. Add a few black accents – especially if you want to emphasise the selected function of the room.
If you want to maintain an arrangement consistency, avoid sweet pastels and strong, saturated colours.
Subdued colours of walls and floors, monochromatic furniture with simple forms and delicate geometry – this is a good starting point for a functional, minimalist kitchen.
The interior saturated with light
Minimalist interiors are saturated with light. Therefore, leave large glazed windows without curtains and drapes (for protection against the heat of the sun, use simple blinds). After sunset, the rooms should still be bright, so make sure to illuminate all the most important areas of functioning. Choose bulbs with the most natural colour of light – not too warm, but not unpleasantly cold.
Simplicity above all
Plan a transparent, readable layout of rooms. None of the household members or guests should have any doubts as to what functions the given place or object serves. Choose only as much furniture as absolutely necessary. Remember that they have a modern, simple form. Decorations – especially those which do not have a practical function – are against the minimalistic interior design philosophy. If you have a collection of trinkets valuable for you, souvenirs from travel and other fictitious objects, consider contemplating their beauty from time to time (when you take them out of the clipboard intended for them).
“On display” leave only those devices which you will currently use. Remove the remaining ones from sight so that they do not distract the present.
Choose sofas, armchairs, consoles, chests of drawers, desks, and wardrobes with impressive but simple shapes. Take care of the cleanliness of the line, composition and harmony in the arrangement of each room, as well as arrangement coherence.
Try to avoid strong patterns, such as all colourful flowers, grates, arabesques and doodles.
Stay consistent in arranging all rooms. If you decide on minimalism, it should be obvious from the front door and lobby, to the intimate bathroom space. Just remember not to overdo it in children’s rooms. Leave them more slack and definitely more colours – they need them for their development.
In a minimalist style, as the name suggests, both furniture or appliances but also all the supplements should be limited to an absolute minimum. Do the pillows on the sofa fulfil any function other than decorative? A rug? A vase? How many plants will really decorate the interior without overwhelming it? Get rid of everything which “clutters” and tightens the space. Remember that everything unnecessary makes chaos. Do not be afraid of free space. Of course, you do not have to get rid of everything in a definitive way. All you have to do is take care of the place to store those things, then it will be easy to reach for them whenever you need them.
Remember also not to fall into “arrangement paranoia”: the apartment is for you and your loved ones, not the other way around. Leave the pillows on the sofa if you use them, and in the windows, hang curtains and drapes without patterns to ensure intimacy.
Rawness of materials
Minimalism loves raw, simple materials: concrete, cement, wood, stone, leather, and natural canvas upholstery. The fewer decorations and patterns on them, the better. Choosing, for example, ceramic tiles with the appearance of a stone, put on rather monochrome collections, subdued, without a clear drawing of stony venation. Similarly, in the case of wood-imitating collections, choose rather those with a homogeneous colour scheme, not collections with strongly contrasting shades of wood.
The elimination of everything unnecessary means that there is a functional functionalism in the minimalist interiors. The function of a given object or room is of paramount importance. Asceticism in the number and form of possessed things pays off – we have more space available and we are able to control it more easily. In the wardrobe, minimalist clothes are sorted according to the way they are used: for work, home, for a party, for a walk, and for hobby activities. Everything is exactly as much as you need. This makes it easier to take care of your wardrobe and your own image.
Minimalism is an arranging challenge. It requires consistency, discipline, and attention to order. It is also a life challenge for people with character (and those who like to polish their own character). Minimalists are rarely shopaholics – they know that things get bored quickly, go out of fashion and we have to deal with their excess. It pays to make purchase decisions by criteria: is the thing really necessary to me? How will it affect other items and the layout of space? Will it not disturb the harmony of the interior?
It turns out that minimalism is not only extremely practical and visually attractive but also ecological.
Minimalism is very practical, that is why this fashion is still in the top trends of interior design. If you chose it to arrange your own space, remember the following rules:
- Choose subdued colours – white and its shades, grey, and mild beiges. Use darker accents to separate functional zones in interiors. Avoid saturated colours and sweet pastels.
- Put on simplicity – both in the interior layout and in the selection of equipment. Choose modern, uncomplicated furniture of good quality and uniform, bright surfaces of the walls. Avoid vivid, strong patterns.
- Take care to illuminate the interior with natural and artificial light. Owing to this, the space will look larger, cleaner, and more friendly.
- Restrict the additives to the necessary minimum. Leave on top only those that you use very often. Remember that the form of accessories is also economical and does not conflict with the character of the interior.
- Raw stone, wood, concrete, metal, leather, and canvas are the materials characteristic of a minimalist style. When choosing stone or wood-imitating tiles, focus on monochrome collections.
- Before submerging in a maze of arrangement details, carefully examine your functional needs and plan the layout of each room according to them. Thanks to this, there will be a functional order in your space, and every action and thing will have its place.