The art of minimalist interior design is played out on blogging sites like Pinterest and Tumblr to the delight of many who revel in the simplicity of this art form. Essentially, minimalism is a way to expose the true nature of something by stripping away the unnecessary accouterments that can cloud the pure essence. When executed correctly, this design concept has a striking effect on the viewer because it portrays only the most important elements of a room and the feeling that the designer wants the room to embody.
‘Futuristic’ is often a term used to describe some styles of this decor especially when incorporating SharperImage-style pieces – brushed titanium, clear glass coffee tables, appliances with few (or at least barely visible) controls or buttons and the like. However, it’s not simply the idea of living in a spaceship that drives this. Spaces that are left unfilled often have tremendous effect in the world of design and when coupled with sharp contrasting colors can produce a truly striking effect. One of the effects near and dear to the hearts of minimalist designers is the ability to draw out the ‘soul’ of a building into the open air that each person who walks through can feel. Natural light is also a common phenomena in this field, one that utilizes it to great effect in an effort to (no pun) shine to the light on those very special features. As such, those previously-mentioned negative spaces work to allow the unique characteristics of each structure connect with the inhabitants.
On the far-reaching side of this concept, it is important to strip down to the bare essentials with one specific motto in-mind: no one should be able to walk into any minimalistic room and take out any piece of furniture or any single appliance in order to add a positive effect on that space – if it is stripped correctly and the bare essentials are in place, a desired minimalistic effect is achieved.
From a spiritual standpoint, minimalistic design in a household can create clarity because the senses are not bombarded with stimuli. The simplicity breeds more open trains of thought and allows for universal energies to enter into the consciousness, a tying-in of many Zen and other spiritual beliefs.
And this look doesn’t have to be harsh or foreboding in any way though many styles in the 90s would have you think this. It can be soft yet personal design and there are many benefits to this including staying organized! Who wants to clean their house three times a week (or twenty if you have kids)? If your house is based on this design, you’ll be less likely to throw random things down because the nature of the house dictates that everything has its place and miscellaneous items need to have one as well.
White is a traditional color for a minimalistic house but if that’s too much, pale colors can work too especially in the bedrooms. However, you can utilize other decorations and furniture to create contrasts between the paleness of the walls as long as you stick with one color for the decoration of the room. Personally, my favorite accent color is bright blue.
I’ve included some of my favorite minimalistic interior design rooms below for your perusal!
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