Minimalism is the style for those who find even the modern Scandinavian interiors rather cluttered.
To understand what principles underlie in the minimalist interior, we have visited a lecture delivered by a designer named Anastasia Artemova.
Today, many people decide to get rid of unnecessary things. Typically, these same people opt for minimalism and either buy a condo featuring this style or create minimalistic designs on their own. The essence of style is well described by the British designer and architect John Pawson: “The subject reaches a minimum, when there is nothing to take away from it”.
A bright feature of minimalism is the open spaces and their smooth transition into each other. As a rule, the house is divided into two main parts: a private part and a general part. The first contains a fairly isolated bathroom, a master bedroom and a dressing room. The second one contains a combined kitchen and living room. In order to combine space, people make use of glass walls, large door openings, etc.
Colors and textures
Minimalism uses simple colors: white, gray and black. Bright colors are added very carefully and gradually. Minimalism is often criticized for the fact that it is a cold, “hospital-like” style, but the lack of color in it is compensated by the richness of textures, which add comfort. In addition, you can make the interior warmer, using natural materials with their natural hues.
Minimalism implies clean, simple lines and large modules. The laconicalness of the style should be seen even in the details. Thus, there should be no footstalls either on the floor or on the ceiling. All the planes must be connected with each other as carefully as possible. This also applies to doors: for them, it is best to choose hidden door frames.
Furniture and storage systems
There are requirement for laconicalness of furniture as well. It should be made of simple shapes, with hidden fasteners, fittings and even legs. It is important to think of some places where you would store your things: without them, the house will be filled with lots of extra stuff that is totally unacceptable.
Accessories and textile
Textiles will add comfort to minimalist home. You should use natural fabrics and interesting textures. It is best to work with a long-pile carpets, but without striking drawings. Accessories, like everything else, should be simple.
The lighting in minimalism has more than a decorative role to play. You should create several scenarios for different situations, using for both a natural light source, and a hidden one such as built-in lamps. More traditional ceiling lamps can also be used: they could become an ornament to the room, despite their simple form.
Minimalism is a light style. It requires spacious rooms, but it also makes any space visually larger due to its functionality. White shades that are so popular in minimalism, enhance the effect and stress the calibrated proportions.
So we hope you liked our article on minimalism. Do not forget, that you could also make use of this style in commercial property e.g. offices and whatnot.