Décor Secrets: Minimalist Style
What is minimalist style?
The minimalist decorating style is an exercise in restraint, where space, lighting, and objects play equally important roles. This style demands you to pare down your furnishings to the bare essentials so that you’re left with a set of curated objects that deliver maximum impact. Far from being boring, this style is bold, functional and highly memorable. We have nine tips for those of you who’re planning to experiment with simple, sophisticated interiors for a change.
Tips and tricks to decorate a minimalist home
1. Use a restrained color palette
Light colors such as white along with understated neutrals, barely there greys, and pastels are intrinsic to minimalist homes. Though you could add brighter colors, we suggest you stick to one or two and limit the dosage. In the picture, blue cushions add color and break the monotony of the neutral color scheme. Interestingly, the horizontal grooved on the wooden table make it stand out too.
2. Empty spaces and focal points
Empty space is considered an important element in minimalist decor since space interacts with the objects and defines the look. Visual balance is just as important and can be achieved only by having a focal point. In the picture, for example, the empty space only acts to amplify the presence of the white sofa, ottoman and floor lamp.
3. Declutter and edit
To be a minimalist, you’ll have to say goodbye to clutter. And to do that, you’ll have to edit what you display on shelves and tables. Stick to essentials and store the rest can in cupboards and cabinets. This kitchen shows how only a few well-chosen elements have made it to the counters.
4. Use accent decorations
Don’t think that just because you have a minimalist home, you can’t decorate it. The rule is to use decorative elements as accents and not go overboard. Similarly, for art, choose one focal piece instead of a group of small ones. This bathroom uses bold accessories, in terms of proportion and content, but placed together on a low table, they become a focal point and not a distraction.
5. Clean lines and flat surfaces
Furniture and objects in a minimalist home majorly feature clean defined lines and curves. Similarly, you would also come across a lot of flat surfaces.
6. Play with textures
To break the monotony of a restrained color scheme in your minimalist home, you can use pieces with different textures. The bedroom in the picture is a prime example. Though executed in white and grey, it comes alive thanks to the small crystal chandelier and the bed covered in a white quilted duvet and accessorised with a grey fur throw. The wooden floorboards only add to the textural story of this room.
7. Let in the light
Bare windows are your friend. If you can leave your windows unadorned and let the light pour in, it would significantly add to the decor. If privacy is an issue, use the thinnest curtain materials or use blinds.
8. Power of simple objects
Decorating a minimalist home can make you re-think ordinary objects. Just look at how phenomenal these bare light bulbs look against the wall.
9. Patterns have a place
Minimalist homes usually use a limited amount of patterns or opt to do away with it all together. If you decide to go with patterns, use a small scale, tone to tone or unobtrusive pattern. When it comes to prints, use it the way you would an accent piece.
What we’ve given above are the ground rules of minimalist decor. However, once you have these in place, you can experiment a bit with different styles of minimalism such as modern minimalism, industrial minimalism, etc.