HOW TO DESIGN MINIMALISM
If you’re the kind of person who prefers the subtle over obvious, quiet over the hustle and bustle or even simplicity over glamour, you might want to consider designing your space around the concept of minimalistic décor. Minimalism is an approach that understands the Zen within the loudness and focuses around subtracting down to essential needs and necessities. From decorative pieces that are geometric or orderly in shape to furniture that is simplistic in appeal, the idea promotes the notion of being open and liberating. Evident in the works of Mies van der Rohe and the Dutch De Stijl movement, minimalism has played an intrinsic role in stripping spaces of their glamour to celebrate what exists. So, how can you design your space to be minimal and reflect the quiet person within you?
OPEN SPACE, LESS CLUTTER
One of the fundamental elements of minimalistic décor is the idea that there must be less. Open your space up to let the light in and where there’s the idea of space to breathe. Space out your items and objects and use simple and subtle designs when doing so. Remember that proximity plays a key role in minimalism. Arrange your items in an orderly or geometric, structured pattern and while you’re at it, remember to space them out and leave room to breathe. Minimalism is about smooth, flat planes and simple shapes so avoid using complex pieces of furniture or objects and stick to neat, simple pieces.
If you feel as though all the simple objects make your design aesthetic fall flat and look boring, you don’t have to worry. These nuances can be combatted with texture and pattern. Perhaps you could include it in your throw pillows on the couch and have accents on your rug. But remember to maintain the similar design aesthetic while doing so. Installing hardwood floors are a great way to give your space depth and a more naturalistic feel and ambience. Allow your space a little character and personality with textured surfaces and patterned exteriors. Cane chairs or straw mats, bamboo blinds are natural as well as minimal.
The concept of minimalism grapples with the idea that it is light and ethereal, an ambience that is not claustrophobic or stifling, harsh or cold. The best way to install lighting in your space to create a minimal feel is to use warm lighting. Go for warm, orange hues rather than harsh white lights. Perhaps they can be placed against the wall, evenly spaced or you could even use a geometrically shaped lamp with clean lines and neat accents. You could also open up a wall and turn into floor-toceiling glass windows – this way, you’re letting in natural light and building a connection to the outside world.
An integral part of designing a space is its colour palette and range of hues you use to bring out the authenticity of the space as well as the particular design notion. So it is natural to go for light colours like whites, beiges and even grays to complement your hardwood floors and wood furniture when designing minimally. Use a palette of only three colours or less so as not to overcrowd the visual aesthetic and takes away from the focal point. You could always include greens through natural plants and climbers in symmetrical frames and shelves.
When designing minimally, your aesthetic tends to blend into one another so it is important to create a focal point. You can use traditional works of art or a family heirloom like a grandfather clock to bring attention to the room as well as adding depth and accentuating your space. This notion also brings a little bit of you in the room by reflecting your personal choices from ornaments and artworks. A single framed painting on an adjacent wall is not only complementary but also stimulates conversation. But remember not to place around too many objects. Highlight with detail and add depth with concept.
The essence of simplicity is often tied with balance and symmetry. A simple space, done right, is one that is both subtle in its personality and peaceful in its delivery. From Japanese customs to the Dutch movement, artists have strived to reach opulence in simplicity, functionality instead of grandeur. When designing your minimal space, remember it is about stripping your space down to its most essential components and bringing attention to its form and function.