It can be challenging for those of us who lead a busy lifestyle to keep on top of our home cleanliness and requires daily attention. However, we have a better idea: embrace the stylish trend of minimalism! In this article, we want to draw attention to the minimalism trend and perfect it in your own interior design and become a part of the minimalist lifestyle. Living proof of what embracing the minimalist trend can achieve can be seen in people such as Marie Kondo or Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus with their movement of owning fewer things and gaining more freedom!
What is Minimalism?
Minimalism in interior design can mean many things for different people, as long as some fundamental rules are followed. One of those rules is the saying ‘less is more’. That’s practically the slogan for minimalism! Uncluttered spaces, clean lines, and simplicity are concepts that often come to mind. The expectation of this interior design trend is to walk into a serene space with simple elegance where someone can relax and declutter their mind after a busy day. A safe haven.
People often associate minimalism with owning fewer possessions, stark white walls, sparse furniture, and a clinical atmosphere, deterring them from the trend. But it doesn’t have to be like that. You can include colour and comfort in your simple living interior design even when following the minimalism style. You can stick to your desired theme and create an atmosphere that is simple yet homely. Have a feature wall with a bright colour or bring out your personality in the minimalist aesthetics by including a few well placed colourful accessories!
The minimalist movement is all about paring back down to the basics. Whether you interpret this as a monochromatic theme or stylish luxury, you can achieve a sleek and sophisticated feel with functional elements in your design and less physical clutter.
Key Elements to Keep in Mind with Minimalism
Minimalism follows the basic rule of less is more, but here is some more guidance on what to keep in mind when you think about your interior design.
With the minimalism trend, it is vital to consider the function of everything in a particular space. Does this piece of furniture add value to this room? If you already have a table by your sofa, do you need another one on the opposite side of the room? Did it look pretty when you found it, and now it is just taking up space? This often occurs, so asking the question of whether something is functional is a great way to curb your desire to add more stuff to a room.
Focus and Form
The concept of minimalism can help draw focus to a specific part of a room. People with an excellent view out of a window often choose to follow the minimalism trend because they want to draw people to that view rather than the decoration in a room.
This element pairs well with functionality because storage is one of the most valuable functions of furniture. Sometimes it can be challenging to let go of particular certain things such as sentimental items. There are times when items need to be kept but turn into an eyesore in the room, ruining the desired effect of the interior design. By selecting furniture with nifty storage, you can hide these items away from sight to still achieve minimalism’s clean and straightforward impact in a room.
The placement of furniture can be important in this trend as well. It is nice to buy a furniture collection to match perfectly and make a room cohesive. You should check out our Gianti range for its simplistic design and ample storage! If you carefully align your furniture in a room, you can instantly make the room look more aesthetically pleasing and cleaner.
Light can play a crucial role in perfecting the minimalism trend. As previously mentioned, the minimalism look can sometimes achieve a stark and clinical feel to a room. Natural light can be your saviour here! It can warm up an area and make it feel cosier without you even having to do anything. This means you don’t have to add any visual clutter to make a room feel more homely. A strategically placed mirror could help light bounce around a space. You can look at our mirrored furniture ranges for more ideas on this element of minimalism. Sheer drapes on your window could also aid in achieving a natural and warm feel to a room, as well as using deliberately selected paint colours. An idea could be to use yellow undertones to warm up the walls while maintaining a solid connection to minimalism.
If you are going for a minimalist style, you should also think about switching to floor heating instead of having radiators covering multiple walls in every room. However, this is an expensive solution, so if this is not an option for you, you might want to use radiator covers. They can be used with any kind of wall mounted heater, whether these are electric storage heaters or classic radiators connected to the central heating system.
More Ideas of How to Curate a Minimalist Interior
There are plenty of key elements important to this chic trend, but here are some more concepts to incorporate into your home to nail the sleek movement.
Clear the Clutter
You probably saw this suggestion coming from a mile away! Clutter in a room immediately takes away the minimalism trend because the area where it is placed is no longer clear. The clean lines of aligned furniture are taken over with random accessories that don’t match. You can hide your car keys and piles of paper in a mirrored console table instead of leaving them on the side, and your shoes can be diligently tucked away underneath the table to better disguise them. Hide your magazines and TV remote, and other bits and pieces in a mirrored TV stand cabinet instead of cluttering the coffee table to keep the area in your living room immaculate. Don’t leave your folded clothes on the floor or bed when they can be nicely folded and hidden away in a mirrored chest of drawers to tidy up your bedroom!
Create a Neutral Base
Selecting the correct base colour for a room can make or break your goal of achieving the minimalism trend. Subdued hues are usually the way to go if you don’t want a bright white, and this could be a biscuit or beige colour, perhaps to bring a sense of calm. Yellow undertones have been mentioned before to give a warmer aesthetic. Still, blue undertones can give a room a crisper appearance. It all depends on what you want and how the light in your room affects the colours.
Live By the Right Philosophy
There is a well-known term and rule in the minimalist design world, known as the one in, one out philosophy. In a short time, you could have collected a lot of junk around your home. Non-essentials and products you haven’t even used since making a purchase are just taking up your storage space or surfaces, creating clutter. Accumulating possessions in this way usually means it’s time to clear out those drawers! The one in, one out philosophy means that for every new item that comes into your house, something else should go out to make room for it. A mirrored tallboy chest could help you have more storage space while still maintaining the minimalism look.
Add Artwork for Some Personality
Perhaps you think art sounds like an unnecessary item to include in your minimalism design. It holds no function, so why bother? We can understand why you might think this, but minimalism doesn’t have to feel cold and stark for it to fit into the design; things don’t have to have a function all the time. Perhaps a piece of modern art (or digital minimalism pieces) on your wall has the role to simply look beautiful and entice people to admire it. You might be pleased to know that paintings even has its own sub-culture of minimalism! In fact, the minimalism interior design trend came from an artist movement in the 1960s after art criticism of other genres, so be rest assured that there are plenty of minimalist artworks out there to match your interior design! It also spread to the musical world with artists such as John Cage and Philip Glass. For expressionism in a paired back painting, consider the works of people similar to Agnes Martin as an example.
Use Different Textures
A minimalist room with neutral tones can feel cold and dull, but a trick to battling against this is to add more textures with material possessions. Buy some knitted throws or beaded pillows to lay on your sofa. Or you can add a rug in the middle of your room. These sensory touchpoints can add a great comfort factor to your home; just remember to not go overboard with these accessories and stick to a natural colour scheme for a more simple life.
Our Gianti Mirrored Furniture Collection
We believe that minimalism is a fantastic trend to follow in interior design. We think decluttering the house can relax the mind after a long day outside. Our Gianti mirrored furniture collection reflects (no pun intended) our love of minimalism because the furniture bounces natural light around a room, warming up the area. The simplistic design creates a sleek and elegant look in a room. The storage provided by each item to furniture means you can still collect bits and pieces you want while maintaining the minimal living trend in your interior design.
We hope you have been convinced to try out the minimalist design trend, living simply can mean new beginnings and could change your world! You can also see our range of mirrored furniture here to help you get started with the trend.