When you see the word “minimalism”, you’re probably imagining immaculate, clean, empty, and (often) white decor. Perhaps minimalism isn’t your interior style, but it’s a style that has been around for some time as a response to over-cluttered houses, the fast turn-over of accessories, and simplicity. The term “minimalism” gets thrown around a lot but what does it really mean?
Minimalism describes an art movement that is marked by its clarity, purpose, and intention. To simply put, minimalism, at its core, promotes the things we value most and removes all distractions. So, it’s more than just greyscale palettes and bare spaces. Minimalism can be colourful, charming, and experimental. From design philosophy to lifestyle, minimalism embodies the beauty in simplicity and intentional.
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Contemporary minimalism is marked by strict lines, precise geometry, and refined palettes using steel, chrome, or lacquered materials. It highlights a clear and clean finish of the materials used and an appreciation of simple form.
Defined by natural textures and earthy colours, rustic minimalism focuses on functionality and a return to the country. A simple silhouette paired with rattan or wood evokes a connection to nature while keeping the functional form intact. Textural decor, such as cushions or throws, can add more rustic touches to furnishings.
Think organic materials, pale colours, and simple shapes when it comes to the ever-popular Scandinavian minimalism. You can find softer or muted colour palettes in more natural hues, while light wood commands the style. While Scandinavian style will always be a classic, dark Nordic has been making a mark as the next thing, focusing more on dark muted palettes in blues and greens and raw organic materials as a reflection to the Nordic landscape.
So, how do you incorporate minimalism at home?
The first step is to de-clutter. By de-cluttering and removing things you no longer use or love, it helps to de-clutter your mind to embrace a simple lifestyle. Having storage is a no-brainer when it comes to this. Opt for closed storage for belongings that are practical, and open storage for items for display.
The second step is to determine the three qualities of your home. Choose colours and textures that you respond positively to, and work from there. Textural elements within a single colour help break up the clinical feel minimalism can evoke.
Lastly, mixing high and low pieces will make your decor feel more lived in and naturally collected. Invest in pieces that will last for decades while you can thrift or purchase affordable accessories. Minimalism is a broad style with more sub-categories than one can keep up with. Don’t be afraid to experiment and mix with different styles to find your unique one.