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12 ways to embrace minimalist interior designs

Rita Deo Rita Deo
Funnel House - 5 Bedroom Contemporary House by MJ Kanny Architect Tropical
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Minimalist design style is characterized by simple and spare decor, clean lines, limited silhouettes and muted color palette based on the logic of “less is more”. Though interior designers and decorators using this style do not shrink away from using vibrant and rich colors they use it skillfully to retain an uncluttered and simple environment that is warm and inviting instead of being cold and sterile. An important part of minimalist design is functional division of decorative objects and furniture in the house in a casual manner so as to retain plenty of natural light and enhance its architectural details. This look can be achieved by investing in minimalist storage details and keeping a tight rein on embellishments and exotic decor items that people tend to accumulate during overseas trips or get as gifts. Here are some easy to implement ideas anyone can use to bring minimalist style of decoration into their homes. 

1. Look for unique fixtures

PROPOSED INTERIOR DESIGN FOR BANJARIA COURT APARTMENT AT BATU CAVES, SELANGOR by eL precio Tropical
eL precio

PROPOSED INTERIOR DESIGN FOR BANJARIA COURT APARTMENT AT BATU CAVES, SELANGOR

eL precio

Though some minimalist designers prefer to remain frugal and sparse while designing layouts minimalist decor is not always low budget or about spending less. Common minimalist design trends include adaptation of designer fixtures like designer light fittings, unique electrical equipment and contemporary details to decorate without clutter. Here we see a minimalist living room idea with interesting combination of floor lamps and drop down lighting arrangements.

2. Welcome open spaces

Modern adopters of minimalism in interior decoration are people that are tired of ostentatious details and crave elegant simplicity. To achieve this one should avoid non-functional furniture parts and embrace open spaces in the house. Here minimalist interiors are dominated by the spaciousness that welcomes in plenty of natural light and pushes it to every corner of the house.

3. Minimalist colors

A minimalist bedroom is a comforting oasis of light colors which are just a few shades different in tones and feature an eclectic combination of furniture and furnishings in similar light color palette to maintain consistence. The bedroom room here is a well edited example decorated with neutral colors that are easy on the eye like cream, white, beige and industrial style lighting in black.

4. Use minimalist furniture

Use thoughtful assortment of furniture and furnishings to create a balanced living space that is both comfortable and light. Simple pieces that can stand on their own and compliment the other pieces spread across the house and are value for money without looking cheap are the best.

5. Textures for minimalist look

Combination of multiple textures is another minimalist design style that raises simple decor above several notches to extraordinary. Texture here is being offered by using materials wall paper, dining chairs with unique patterns and stylish light fixtures that blend form and function in a functional home item.

6. Use a dominant piece of art

Mr Khor Bungalow, Setia Eco Park Modern corridor, hallway & stairs by Norm designhaus Modern
Norm designhaus

Mr Khor Bungalow, Setia Eco Park

Norm designhaus

if you have a large piece of art then use it as a focus point in a public part of the house either the living room, foyer or corridor end and allow it dominate the region. Bring life and excitement to austere regions with a splash of colorful painting whilst retaining light furniture simple, modern furniture around the area.

7. Set up a minimalist kitchen

A common minimalist kitchen idea is to keep it as open as possible and fuse it with rest of the house with as little wall barriers as possible. Sometimes people get carried away with minimalism and layout is made of poor quality materials and features. Instead keep things cheerful and bright in the kitchen by using large windows to let in natural air and light. Enhance the light color palette with bright colored appliances and dishes while staying clear of unwanted clutter in the form of unnecessary prints and designs on cabinets, walls or floor. Limit the kitchen design to simple crafted cabinetry and minimalist storage solutions to keep the region organized and store majority of things out of sight.

8. Aesthetic accessories

Entertainment Room Rustic style media rooms by Verde Design Lab Rustic
Verde Design Lab

Entertainment Room

Verde Design Lab

Modern minimalist design does not imply complete lack of accessories as then the house would look sadly aseptic. Decorate with collectible accessories for showcase residents' personality and taste in each room to make the home unique. To get it right make tactical use of decor pieces and routinely swap these aesthetically pleasing accessories every season to create soothing effect. We love the minimalist den design here with light sprinkle of colorful cushions below floating shelves with simple artistic pieces.

9. Open views to enhance space

Penthouse Balcony Decor by Design Intervention Modern
Design Intervention

Penthouse Balcony Decor

Design Intervention

If your home is located in a strategic place like atop a hillock or in a multi-storied complex and has a phenomenal view then exploit it to the maximum by keeping walls to a minimum and using glass. Keep the views as the focal point across the house and limit furniture. Use focal artwork on the wall or in strategic places and plenty of indoor plants that look startling against the exterior landscape like here.

10. Minimalist window decor

The study area featured here has blinds that are appealing enough to add a note of sophistication to any kind of layout. As they are partly sheer and are almost from ceiling to floor their fluid lines are in touch with the minimalist decor style of the room with simple wooden furniture and open floating shelves built into the wall.

11. Bathroom with an air of minimalism

Straightforward mix of minimalist colors like black and white with a dash of grey gives a charming finish to this mid sized bathroom. We love how the straightforward use of just three hues and interesting coordination of white accessories with straight lines against dark background brings minimalist touch to the region. Keeping the surfaces free of clutter brings a sense of calm and cleanliness to the space.

12. Combination of bare essentials

An essential part of minimalist style is using natural light and limited materials to create forms that stay embedded in the design. Base architecture should be constructed with style to meet functionality goals and visually unite the entire house. Floors should be on par to create connections between rooms with minimal joint lines like here where the music room and living area gracefully merge. 

Scandinavian style is quite similar to minimalist that relies on simplicity of form and lines to emphasize starkness of design. Here are interesting ideas to nail Scandinavian style.

Which of these ideas did you like the best? Do let us know in your comments below
by FingerHaus GmbH - Bauunternehmen in Frankenberg (Eder) Modern

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