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Minimalism in interior design: Less is more

Clear, monochromatic, simple, "less is more" - these are some of the terms and concepts that immediately come to mind when you think of minimalism. Minimalist interior design is very similar to modern interior design and involves using the bare essentials to create a simple and uncluttered space. It usually combines an open floor plan, lots of light, functional furniture and focuses on the shape, color and texture of just a handful of essential elements. Achieving this look is more sophisticated and frankly more difficult than just choosing a few pieces of furniture against a white background, which can leave the space feeling cold and uninhabited. There is beauty in simplicity, but as with any style of interior design, it also requires some skill. That's why we've written a few main principles for you to achieve the right minimalist design.


chair and table minimalistic design

1. Limit your color palette

If you would like to change your interior into a minimalist style, start by painting the walls. Minimalism applies to everything, including colors. All-white interiors are very popular among minimalists. Grays and shades of earth tones also do the job. The bottom line is that neutral colors are right for your minimalist design. You can break the monotony of neutral colors by adding accents of pastel monochromes or solid primary colors; a pillow here or a vase there. Be careful not to overdo it or spoil the whole effect.


Nice modern bedroom with mirror on the wall

2. Use simple geometric shapes

Minimalism is about straight lines, smooth curves, simple shapes and flat planes. So stay away from complicated pieces of furniture with engraved or intricate details. They may look beautiful, but they are not for you. Keep it flat, smooth and clean.


3. Kill boredom by using texture

If you've been wondering how to make your white or gray space more impressive, then here's your answer: texture! By introducing different textures into your interior while keeping the same color, you get variety. It will liven up your space in a minimalistic spirit. Again, don't overdo it! This is the essence of minimalism.

 

4. Use a focal point in the interior

Centerpieces, artwork or even furniture can act as a focal point in your space. The centerpiece could be an iconic vase on the center table or a painting. Fairly large paintings with vivid colors that contrast with the overall neutral atmosphere naturally attract attention. However, if your interior already contains bits of color, perhaps you should combine them with the palette of the image.


minimalistic painting on the wall

5. Prioritize quality over quantity

Minimalism requires few decorations, embellishments and extravagant details. So how else to make your interior elegant? Invest in valuable materials such as marble or quality porcelain. You don't have to cover all your walls with marble. Just one wall or partition and it could be your focal point.



6. Pay attention to "order"

Minimalism is all about neatness, cleanliness and neutral colors, which is the perfect context to highlight even the tiniest of clutter. Accordingly, it is necessary to regularly clean up and make room for everything. Try to limit things on the table or cabinets. Cabinets, cupboards and shelves are in the interior for some practical reason.


Neutral design

7. Attention to detail

Minimalism is not a detail-oriented style. However, just as clean surfaces and colors highlight clutter, they also highlight poor detail. Poor detailing can be seen in small things such as the connection of a lighting unit to the ceiling, bad hinges on a door or faulty cladding.


8. Choose decorations wisely

House plants would look perfect. You can use decorations in the interior, but be careful not to overdo it. What decorations can you introduce into your minimalist interior? House plants would look perfect in pots of the same size or pots of different sizes but of the same shape and color would look perfect . in pots of the same size or pots of different sizes but the same shape and color. A picture on the wall, as we said before, is a good idea, and one big picture is much better than several small ones.

 

9. Be careful with patterns

Do you like patterns? The rules of color and shape also apply to patterns. Choose simple, geometric patterns with neutral colors or monochromes. The less details and colors, the more suitable the pattern can be.

 

10. Let in natural light

Natural light will complement the white and light surfaces, so the space will appear comfortable and spacious. It also shows the actual colors of walls, floors and furniture. And finally, it preserves the true essence of minimalist style.


Bedroom in neutral colours

If you would like to change your existing interior into a minimalist style, the first step could be to paint the walls. That being said, it is best to use neutral colors for the walls. Try our online calculator , where you will immediately find out how much it would cost you.

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