Minimalism in Design

Minimalism in design is no meer aesthetic choice, it takes practice as well as discipline to create such a beautifully simplistic space. Which is at the same time liveable. In this article we are going to discuss minimalism and its place in design. Let us begin by asking, what is minimalism in design? There are many different opinions to what that answer could be, however we believe the answer is fairly straight forward. The use of simplicity in design. Now allow us to go into more depth, a space in which you will see simplism will have clean lines and neutral base tones. For this designers use neutral colour palettes with bursts of colour to add details of warmth, if these details are not added a space will be cool and non inviting.

         Creating warmth to a space can easily be done. Adding warmer undertone colours, using wood as an accent or even large inviting furniture with of course lighting design. So how come people struggle to create warmth within their minimalist home? These designs tend to lack: textiles, texture, personality, accessories and any other forms of warmth. These tools are what is needed to take a bland simple design and make it a home, creating a minimal home does not mean throwing away its character or removing it’s inviting qualities. Focus on your walls, creating texture through hanging art work or decor will open up a space. Adding touches of wood, a wooden log basket or even a wooden coffee table will add a sense of warmth and break away from the lighter materials in your environment. Play with the rooms lighting, colour and light can make an instant change to your space having the power to create a comfortable living space. Grow indoor plants, a good minimalist loves their plant collection. The trick is to spread them out throughout your space so as not to have a cluttered look, just remember to water them. Selecting a warm paint colour, so many designers choose to go with white walls. However white does not produce a warm look. There is no other way to go but a warm undertone. To keep the minimalism approach do not go with a bold or striking colour. Instead pick out a warm neutral, for example a ‘French macaroon’ or any other tone you desire in your space. Minimalism and functionability are difficult to blend together, nevertheless not impossible. There are many design features used in minimal spaces for: storage, space, lighting, furniture and more. Many minimalistic living spaces use woven or rattan baskets to store their daily wares. Another great storage idea found in minimalism is carving into a space. For example under the stairs or near a fireplace for log storage. These solutions add functionability to space as well as amazing design features. A further example seen in these designs is curves and bends, this can save on space in the home and construct a gorgeous living environment. Some examples would be; curved lighting: curved furniture as well as curved windows. Allowing for a soft and smooth look to the design.

   In summary, is minimalism in design here to stay or is it a design trend? That is for you to decide! Nonetheless we hope you have found this article helpful in deciding if a minimalistic living space is for your home. Take a look at some of our other blogs for tips and advice on how to style your kitchen and interiors. Also check out our social media for more details about the product lines we represent.