Minimalist design has and will always be one of the best streams of interior design to follow when decorating your home.
It keeps things very clean, uncluttered, monochromatic, and overall cleaner while also being very relaxing and soothing.
When people hear the word “minimalist”, they usually think of a white room with very few furniture items, and 1 or 2 color combinations max.
While those people are not completely wrong, minimalism is a much more than just that.
A minimalist design is anything that is easy on the eye, soothing, and doesn’t look cramped. It doesn’t have to be in white or black as the misconception is, it can be in a wide variety of colors and color combinations.
Although minimalism design is often related to modern and contemporary designs, it can look vintage and antique as well, as long as it respects some basic rules of minimalism.
What a minimalistic designed household looks like is something that prioritizes function over looks, and the term “less is more” is highly respected and followed.
This doesn’t limit the designer and constrain the ideas you can go, but instead gives a lot of more options to choose from as only small changes can end up changing the whole look of your house.
As it is well known, it does focus on using neutral colors that aren’t very eye-catching, but that’s not something that should limit your creativity either, you can be very minimalistic even if you go with bright colors, you just have to know how to do it right.
Being here, you must already be a fan of minimalist design, which is why we’ve prepared this article for you that will dive in very deep into minimalism, making sure we cover everything there is to know about it.
So, follow along as there is a whole lot of fun, creativity, and knowledge that awaits you!
- 1 What is Minimalism Exactly?
- 2 Materials
- 3 Benefits of Minimalist Interior Design
- 4 Why Less is More
- 5 Difficulties of Minimalist Interior Design
- 6 Minimalist Design Tips
- 7 Minimalist Bedroom Ideas
- 8 Conclusion
What is Minimalism Exactly?
As we’ve mentioned earlier, minimalism is anything that prioritizes simplicity, creativity, and functionality over cramping the space with decoration and unnecessary items.
What minimalist design tries to achieve is filling an open space only with the things that are soothing, useful, and comfortable.
Minimalist design also focuses on lighting and making sure everything is well-lit, to make sure that the design’s best features are clearly visible. Not to mention that lighting plays a major role in making the space look calm, soothing, and inviting.
These designs also try to make the look ageless, meaning it would fit in during any time period without looking out of place.
Functionality Over Looks
The way minimalism works is that it does not only focus on the space itself, but instead my put more focus on the view from outside the window, or even the people inside the room, and that’s how it achieves its beautiful, yet very minimal look.
More than that, minimalism is all about making use of every inch and every item of furniture or decoration in the space. By doing this, there is no difference between a key furniture item and a useless decoration item, as the both play a key role in the development of the space.
This seems all too vague, so here are a few examples to make things clear.
Let’s say you’re building a living room, the different pieces of furniture in the room should be able to complement, and not contradict each other.
The couch should have similar looks and overall color scheme to the table, the TV stand, and the chandelier if there is one.
The same thing applies to everything else in the room, while making sure that every item used in that room is necessary and serves more than just the purpose of looking nice.
You need to also make sure the table isn’t too high or too low from the ground, especially in regard to the couch and/or chairs in the same room. The couch should be as comfortable as possible, because what’s the purpose of having a couch you’re not going to use?
Minimalist architecture is a world of its own.
As it still has a lot of decoration in it, it attempts not to use any decoration at all, since all the “decors” are functional and serve to complete the furnishing of the space. It tries to reduce design elements as much as possible.
By doing that, it helps shed light on the most important elements in the space, which are the furniture, the people, and the view.
Minimalist architecture tries its best to count on and use simple design elements, without using too much items that serve no reason but to look pretty.
What reveals the true essence of architecture is making sure the room or the entire house is the fact it only uses the very essentials, and gets rid of anything that won’t be serving the house any purpose.
The room should have anything and everything it needs, but you should also make sure that the things you’re using fit well in the room, and are harmonious with everything that is around them.
Minimalist architecture promotes and endorses simplicity and the reduction of use of artworks in the decoration of a home.
When it comes to the materials you are ought to use in your minimalist designed home, there is a long list that you should give you enough options, and still allow you the freedom to be as creative as you want.
The most common misconception is that you shouldn’t exceed anything more than a simple, white coat of paint. But the truth is you can go with much more than just that.
You can still keep things very simple and minimalistic even if you use some materials such as wood, metal, or even concrete in your home.
Let’s us get deeper into each material that you can use in your home!
Wood is a really wonderful material to decorate and build your home with. Depending on which kind you get, you can get all the durability, luxury, and functionality that you want, all at a very affordable price, and without breaking the laws of minimalism.
You can focus on wood and build an entire room’s furniture with it. This will give the room a sense of cohesion, especially if the wood is in the same color, or in a very close range of shade. If you’re worried about the legality or morality of using wood, you can go with engineered substitutes, or even recycled wood.
Concrete is the most stable, durable, and strongest material that you can ever go for. If the concrete you’re going to be using in decorating your home is unpainted and is in its original shape, then that would give the whole home a whole new level of naturalism and minimalism, something that would benefit the whole interior design décor you’re going for.
You can count on concrete in your walls, stands, and even floor. It will look very beautiful.
You can even go for a concrete dining table; how could would that be?
Metal is another important material that you can’t go without using. This material is often times used for balance and to ensure the house’s structure is robust and is not going anywhere. But that’s not all you can do with steel; you can use it as a surface for your counter or table.
Metal can also be used for doors, windows, or even a closet.
Using bricks to decorate and build inner walls in the house wouldn’t be a very bad idea since they give a very warm, and cozy feeling to the room you’re sitting in.
If you want to give yourself a little touch of luxury, then you should definitely go for glass.
The fragileness of glass and how open it allows the room to feel are what make it look so luxurious. And we don’t mean to use it for doors and windows, but we advise you go a little harder in your glass use. You can have glass tables, counters, and basically use glass anywhere it is safe to use. The transparency it gives the house is something to die for, so don’t lose this opportunity.
Benefits of Minimalist Interior Design
Ever since a few years ago, minimalism design has gained a lot of follower throughout the world and that’s for a reason.
One of the most important benefits of minimalist interior design is how simple and functional it is.
Another thing that this design focuses on is that it makes much better use of space. Not filling up space with useless decoration elements means that you’ve got more space for furniture that actually matters.
If you happen to live somewhere where space is not the most available thing on your list, then going for minimalism is the best choice you can make.
It will save you a lot of space and will also help you plan your house’ furnishing better.
Having a minimalist design in your home will also make everything look cleaner, less-clustered, and overall, much more comfortable to spend your time in.
As we mentioned earlier, minimalism tries to put focus not only on the furniture and decoration it has, but on the people who are sitting in the room, the view outside the window, and the lighting, leaving a lot of room to be creative.
Why Less is More
Although this statement sounds like a cliché, and it is, there is still a lot of truth to it.
As we’ve been ranting about since the beginning of this article, the less decoration you use, and the more functional furniture you use, the better the overall design will look and feel.
When you spend all your time and energy on expressing yourself on the very most essential and necessary elements of products or furniture, and getting rid of everything that is even slightly unnecessary, the results start to look cleaner, cozier, and much more comfortable on the eyes.
If you closely, you’ll see how minimalism is all around everywhere and anywhere you look. From your nearest Apple store, to the user interface of your go-to website.
Look closely at the apps you are using, you’ll find that they’re using minimalism as well. What this proves is that minimalism works, wherever you put it.
Difficulties of Minimalist Interior Design
One of the most common difficulties and challenges that interior designers come across when they decide to adopt minimalism is the fact it isn’t the easiest thing to do to make the space look warm, cozy, and welcoming when you adopt it.
The minimalistic furniture, decoration, and color shades adopted by most designers tend to be a little on the colder side of the spectrum, adopting colors such as black, white, beige, gray, and every other shade of those colors.
In order to make a space look welcoming and warm, you need to get a little more creative than had you not adopted this design.
The colors you use should not look far from one another, but should contrast in a way that completes the color palettes.
Not only that, but the tints and textures used in the space, too, can contribute in creating a dynamic atmosphere that allows people to feel at home and at ease at all times.
The textures as well should be used in a way that allows them to complete each other. Using only one texture for the entire room will indeed look boring and give the wrong feeling.
This is why it is important everything you do be planned ahead, so you can see what works better together.
Another common challenge that designers face is to know when you’ve decorated enough. Minimalism is all about “less is more”, but how do you tell that what you’ve got so far is enough?
How do you tell if it is too much? The line between those 2 states is very thing and is often blurry, so it takes a really experienced designer to be able to judge correctly.
A few notes to keep in mind is that if the space still looks empty, but the furniture and all the different components of the space work well together, then that’s the time you stop adding to the space.
If you’ve got anything in your space that doesn’t serve a real purpose, remove it and see how it looks. If you can do without it, then you certainly don’t need it.
This way you’ll always be sure that the space is balanced and is comfortable on the eye. Life outside is already busy and crowded, you don’t want that indoors as well!
Minimalist Design Tips
The following will be a list of all the hidden tips and tricks that every interior design follows in order to get exactly the results they want when following a minimalistic design.
Buckle up as we’re about to reveal a lot of secrets that usually aren’t known by your average citizen!
- Always go for a neutral color palette, and whichever color you decide to go for, make sure you stick to its palette and only go for colors that are close to it. Using a lot of colors that look nothing like one another will only make the room feel cramped and congested. This doesn’t mean that you should stick with white, grey, or beige, there are a ton of other neutral color.
- Go for furniture items that age well. Don’t try to use something that looks futuristic because it won’t look that way for long. Vintage items will forever look vintage, and they’ve already aged well!
- Pay attention to texture just as much as you do to colors. Matte black is not the same as black chrome. The two textures look completely different and give 2 different feelings.
- Focus on the lighting. A well-lit room will not look as comfortable as a dimmed one. Your kitchen and bathroom need to be well-lit, but when it comes to the living room, or bedroom, dimmed lights would play a major role in making the room feel comfortable and cozy.
- Don’t forget about nature. This could be in the form of either wood, or even a live plant that you’d use to decorate one of the spaces. But make sure the plant doesn’t live in your bedroom as it would deprive you from the oxygen at night.
- Get Artworks that match the room. Getting the Mona Lisa is a wonderful thing, but don’t put it in a room that has white and black color palette.
Minimalist Bedroom Ideas
Sun-lit Minimalist Bedroom
As you can see in the picture below, this bedroom focuses on being very well-lit. The book shelves add a very cozy touch to it and make it look very personal. The room also has very minimal decoration and uses one color palette in pretty much every element in it.
Minimalist Bedroom with Accent Wall
This bedroom is one of the simplest options you can go for. A white-washed wall, white stand with a small cactus, and a wooden bedframe to add a small touch to the whole mix. The lights are installed in a very creative way.
Clean All-White Bedroom
The wooden floor and wooden structure of the room add a very creative, natural, and simple touch to the all-white bed. The ceiling being white as well completes the room even further and is just what you need to further develop your color palette.
Simple Bedroom with Black Accents
The room focuses on using black, but also remembers to be very simplistic by not overdoing decoration. The picture frame is black accented, the walls are white, as well as the bed, chair and stand. The floor is what gives the room a different accent by adopting the beige color.
This room is one of the cleanest bedrooms we’ve reviewed so far and it isn’t using white as its main color palette. The usage of gray allows to add white either white or black, or even both, as an accent to the room. As you can see, the room has a black mini closet near the white bed, which gives a good contrast.
All-White Comfy Bedroom
This is another very simple bedroom that mainly focuses on using white as its main color palette.
The walls are white, as well as the ceiling. It has a small-enough vase on the side with a small plant in it (although bad idea to keep one in the bedroom).
The wall above the bed has a little addition of creativity in the form of a text in neon white.
Neon Minimalist Bedroom
Although this room may look a little cramped, it doesn’t take away from it being minimalistic. This comes to prove that you don’t have to remove everything from the room for it to qualify as a minimalistic room.
The room has just enough of furniture, materials, and decoration that it looks cozy, comfortable, and very simple looking.
The art piece above the bed on the wall is mainly white with a little of black, a very good contrast.
The side table has a few books that add just the tiny bit of color that the room needs. The bedside lamp is what gives the room the small touch of neon that add a lot of accent to everything, especially that the neon is gold.
Although this article is long, we made sure it answered all of your questions about this type of interior design. We hope this has helped in your creative process to build, furnish, and decorate your home, and we wish you best of luck!