[ecis2016.org] Minimalist interior design works on the concept of ‘less is more’. This concept is now being frequently incorporated in home décor
Among all philosophies that preach the art of living free, minimalist interior design remains a focus area. Interestingly, minimalism has become an oft-used theme in home décor, at a time when the world is super crowded with things that are nice, cozy, and attractive.
What is minimalist interior design?
When applied in interior designing, minimalism refers to a style of design that uses ‘very simple ideas or a small number of simple elements’. That means, minimalist interior design harps on the use of essentials so that your home looks clutter-free and neat.
According to Nicholas Burroughs, who teaches design in the US, minimalism is not the lack of something; it is the perfect amount of something.
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Minimalist interior design: Key elements
Shape, colour and texture play a dominant role in the appearance of any space. However, minimalistic interior designs keep all these elements light and simple. So, minimalistic interior design often includes open-floor plans (for example, open kitchen models) and focuses on monochromatic colour palettes.
As neatness and de-cluttering are prime objectives of minimalistic interior design, it only allows the most functional furniture to be part of the décor, designed to offer clean home interiors. Furniture items that do not have practical application and functionality, are not allowed in minimalistic interior design. Such items cannot be there just for ornamental purpose.
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As the presence of light makes a place look brighter. Hence, minimalistic interior design puts tremendous focus on lighting elements in a house, especially natural light.
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Bare walls, clear surfaces and no or less showpieces are other key elements of minimalistic interior design.
To have a minimalistic interior design, you would have to use your organising skills rather than creative instincts. As you need to fully utilise the essential elememts, it may not be easy to work your way to achieve minimalistic interior design.
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Minimalistic interior design: Tips to incorporate it in your home
English fashion designer Vivienne Westwood puts it remarkably simple when she says, ‘buy less, choose well, make it last!’ about minimalism.
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‘Keep only things that speak to your heart. Ask yourself: Does it spark joy,’ says Marie Kondo, Japanese organising consultant, author and TV show host.
Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful, says William Morris.
Minimalism is asking why before you buy.
You can use one colour as an accent to break monotony.
What is monochromatic colour scheme?
Monochromatic colour scheme is based on one colour, where different shades of a single colour are used.
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