December 7, 2019

DECODING MINIMALISM: The A to Z of minimalistic interior designing

The past few years have witnessed a change in people's preferences in decor styles and interior designs. Among those is the highly popular trend of minimalism. It's hard to deny the simplicity and serenity provided by clean decor. When designing your minimalist interior, work with crisp lines, solid surfaces, and necessary light.

Certain elements need to be incorporated whereas some need to be avoided. Thus, presented here are a Few Dos and don'ts when going the minimalist way.

What To Opt For:
  1. Soft wall colors

    One of the very basic elements of minimalist interior is choosing soft and muted colors for the walls. As a huge focus is on the lighting, lighter hues on the walls prove to be a better option than darker ones. Light shades make a room appear larger whereas darker shades do the opposite. Using a slightly dark but complementary color can also give a pleasant look. Certain colors like white or pale blue complement multiple darker colors thus pairing those with anyone dark shade can provide an aesthetic look to the room.

  2. Clean lines

    The usual format of minimalism highlights clean and crisp lines throughout the design. This suggests a strong contrast between different components of the space. Too many textures can overwhelm the space and make it appear smaller. Thus, the emphasis is laid on the precision of the few things that are to be incorporated into the design. Smooth and geometrically shaped furniture should be added rather than that with curves and intricate details.

    For example, sofas and beds with edges rather than curves can create a look of formal yet aesthetic design. High ceilings, structural and bare furnishing and uncluttered spaces make for a great minimalist interior.

  3. Monochromatic palette

    A very important but often unnoticed part of minimalism is choosing a monochromatic palette for the room. You should make sure that not more than two to three colors are used in the overall design. A preferred option is to choose a particular color and selecting two or three closely related hues of the same.

    For example, using pale blue with sky blue rather than the navy. This is applicable not only to the walls but to all-round decor, including furniture, bedding, curtains, and other embellishments. Here as well, decor can be taken up a notch by highlighting one element and keeping the rest muted and subtle. If the walls are of a neutral color, you can play around with the furnishings and accessories.

  4. Appropriate lighting

    Lighting has a huge influence on the appearance of the room as well as on the mood of the residents. It isn’t just a part of the decor but can affect everything from your sleep schedule to your brainpower. Extremely bright lighting can be irritating sometimes, whereas usage of dim or fewer lights can look dull. The type of lights that are to be added mostly depends on the usage of the particular room. Soft white or warm lights can create a cozy and comfy atmosphere in a bedroom whereas bright lights are required in places like offices, study rooms or the kitchen. Moreover, the color of the lights is also an important decision.

    Certain lights complement certain colors better than others. For example, stark white lighting creates an appealing look paired with walls having neutral grey and beige colors, however, it may not flatter a red wall as much.

  5. Open Spaces

    As the name suggests, minimalist style means avoiding all superfluous decor and creating a more organized and neat atmosphere. Clutter-free and well-designed interiors are not only attractive but also low maintenance. As stated earlier, too many elements can be overwhelming and take away the charm of a room.

    Only the necessities should be included and rest should be left out to make the room look spacious. Think this way, if you only use the bedroom to sleep - a bed, a nightstand, and warm lights are enough and can be played around with. There's no need for adding chairs and coffee tables if you have extra space.

  6. Go green

    Contrary to the upper stated point, certain open spaces and corners can be made more attractive using plants. They provide oxygen and aesthetic - both of which, are necessary. In a room with pale white interiors, using green plants can add a shot of color as well as a pleasing look. If the room receives ample sunlight, the plant can be placed near the window or in an empty corner. This results in cleaner and hassle-free decor.

What To Avoid:
  1. Unnecessary embellishments

    Avoid indulging in certain items of decor just because you find them pretty. Decorative pieces such as artwork or knick-knacks generally serve little or no purpose. Any such extravagant additions can be distracting. A gallery wall full of pictures hanging all over isn't necessary. Chunky centerpieces on tables can be avoided. Bulky lights and chandeliers can be substituted with LED or pendant lights. Instead of ruffled and fringed pillowcases, solid colors can be used. Huge carpets can be swapped with neutral rugs. Functionality and minimalism go hand in hand. Therefore, anything that feels eye-catching and out of place needs to be discarded to maintain a clean appearance.

  2. Loud patterns

    Using multiple patterns and designs is a big no while trying to create a neat interior space. Excessive use of textures also looks unclean. Stick to at most one pattern in the entire room. This can be done anywhere from the walls and sofas to bedsheets and flooring. Remember ‘less is more’. The true essence of minimalism lies in following this rule and focusing on toned-down elements. However, if you want to include pattern in any manner, opt for the subtle designs instead of choosing large and flashy ones.

  3. Wide color palette

    Too many colors in the same room can look messy and unkempt, regardless of their placement. Using two colors that strikingly contrast each other can give a shabby appearance. With that being said, using multiple hues and shades of the same color also looks displeasing. If the walls are of a certain color, the same palette should be followed for curtains, ceiling, flooring, furniture as well as bedding. Maintaining proper coordination between the colors is integral.

  4. Dropping all design

    Minimalism includes decluttering. However, vigorously stripping down a room in the name of minimalism makes it useless. Remember to keep the interior simple, not boring. The essentials should be included and accentuated in such a way that it serves multiple purposes. For example, invest in concealed lights, furniture pieces like bed or tables that double up as storage space, and the likes. This way, not only can you have all the essentials but also enjoy a pleasant aesthetic of the bare minimum.

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