With the trend of minimalism still going strong in architecture and interior design, it’s time to evaluate what this movement essentially means. It can be summed up in the saying “less is more”; a concept which does not necessarily dictate the bare interiors that many of us have come to associate with minimalism. This style focuses on the forms, instead of the ornamentations, and creates a strategy that can help you center your design around a specific theme. Grab some inspiration from these gorgeously minimalist design features.

Combine minimalist concepts from different styles. 

Photo Courtesy of Johan Tran

Scandinavian and Japanese sensibilities are blended in this minimalist apartment. This shoji-inspired door is executed in a crisp neutral wood. 

The neutral aesthetic extends to the dining room, which is furnished with floating cabinets and a dining set in the same birch plywood. Designing a room with this muted coloring will emphasize a significant decorative element, as demonstrated by the painting which is the focal point of this room. 

Add a pop of vibrant color into your design while maintaining a sleek, minimalist look.

Photo courtesy of Ford Design

Focus on a few accent pieces to add character to your space. The white walls and light wooden floors make the pop-art element and brightly colored sofa in this room stand out. Remove the distractions, and bring the spotlight to your most valued pieces. 

Use textures to create an interesting mix in your material palette. 

Photo courtesy of Aleksandra Alekseenko

If you prefer to stick with a neutral color palette, you can add variety to your design by experimenting with textural components. Plywood covers this room’s feature wall and floor, with exposed concrete for the industrial ceiling. 

Upholstery can be selected from a wide variety of tactile materials, such as linen, leather, and fabric blends. The result is a design that provides a fuller sensory experience, as opposed to a purely visual one. 

Divide shared spaces with color.

Photo courtesy of Oporski Architektura

Emphasizing the separate functionalities of spaces is one of the most important considerations in interior design. However, installing a wall between your kitchen and living room may not be the best way to maximize your floor space. This division can interrupt the flow of your design. 

To create division without installing barriers, there is a stark visual contrast between the moody layout of the kitchen and the brightness of the living room. The kitchen is designed with gray tones for the walls, floor and ceilings, and is furnished with a black dining set. Subtle LED lighting and a white floral vase on the table add warmth to the subdued design.

Minimalism continues to spread its influence, as design shifts towards greener homes and more mindful living. Its proponents have proven the life-changing aspects of its aesthetics and philosophy, creating living spaces that are more functional, comfortable, and beautifully simple.

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