Reasons to embrace minimalist interior design
Minimalism is a very strong design aesthetic that embraces simplicity to achieve both elegant and calming results.
You would be forgiven for thinking that minimalism is all about bright white walls and rooms that have only two things in them. However, this is a clichéd and outdated overview of a design style that is born out of a philosophy that emphasises the relationship between simplicity and clarity. In short, focusing the eye on precise design and artistic elements, minimalism can be a hugely effective and rewarding way of creating artful spaces.
Below we provide four reasons why minimalist design is well worth considering.
Less is more
At the heart of minimalist design is the belief that clean, clutterless spaces can bring a greater sense of elegance and purpose to a room. This is not to say that minimalist spaces must be cold and harsh, or devoid of personal artefacts. Rather, a minimalist approach deems that through the removal of superfluous objects, those that hold true value are free to make a more significant statement.
Make your home a sanctuary
Everyone wants their home to be a place where they can relax and unwind. Coming home to a house full of clutter probably isn’t the best way of making that happen. By thinking creatively about storage and thoughtfully about what you actually want in your home (and by extension, what you want to see every day) you can create more elegant, more relaxing spaces that can help you unwind.
More than just removing things
As alluded to in the above paragraph, minimalism is not just concerned with removing stuff for the sake of it – after all design is largely concerned with how a space can make us feel, and we wouldn’t feel much if there wasn’t anything in it at all.
A lot of research has been done on how our environments affect our mood and unsurprisingly there is a strong relationship. For example, kitchens can promote a sense of protection, warmth and sociability. Obviously, part of the warmth of a kitchen comes from the objects in it, e.g. a coffee maker or a collection of bowls or glasses. Therefore, a minimalist perspective of kitchen design would seek to promote those objects which create warmth and a feeling of sociability rather than simply clearing it down to its bare elements.
Master the art of elegance
Minimalism can train your eye to seek elegance and style. Clearing a room of a glut of furniture or excessive accessories can make you see more clearly what you actually value. Also, an uncluttered space is great for achieving a style that is effortlessly chic.