Minimalist Design Ideas

Minimalist design is not about what's there is the design but rather what is not present. This being clutter, excess, ornate details. What is there is a sense of calm, organization, and a clean aesthetic. In Minimalist design, the furniture and architecture it forms is the decor and art itself, making this style truly beautiful and unique. While it may seem simple to just declutter a space, chose a few pieces, and keep everything write, this is not true minimalist design. The key to a successful minimalist style interior is to create a space that is serene, simple, and feels lived-in all while mitigating distraction.  Minimalist design boasts a serenity about it, which is achieved through a few key principles. One of the most important being color. Monochromatic color palettes are the typical choice for minimalist design. It allows for subtle contrast which creates calmer energy in a home and can feel more aesthetically timeless. Color isn’t forgone completely but instead used extremely intentionally as a pop of color or way to attract attention to a focal point in the room. There is a common misconception that minimalist spaces lack comfort. Comfort, of course, is subjective to the person experiencing the environment, but minimalist style furniture is not inherently uncomfortable. Soft lines, comfort, simplicity, and functionality go hand in hand when selecting furnishings for a minimalist interior. Creating an open layout with a natural walking flow, and allowing for as much natural light to saturate the space is just as important as the furniture itself. If simplicity speaks to your heart, this is certainly the design style for you. Rather than focusing on the decor and furniture in the space, sometimes the purpose of minimalist style design is for the focus to be on the architecture of the home, the view out the window, or the people in the space.  The addition of the furniture in the design should be functional, relate to each other in size, color, and form, and be beautiful. However, they shouldn’t be domineering. Minimalist design is anything but boring, despite being highly undecorated. The materials used and forms in the space make up the beauty of the design. Sleek wood tones, natural and man-made materials, and patterns all play an important role. Special attention should be paid to how the materials complement each other, and how they appear in the room as a whole. Though somewhat tricky, minimalist design is satisfying, beautiful and undeniably balanced. 

Minimalist style by room

Trending minimalist styles

Subtle Living Room with Drama

Subtle Living Room with Drama

A coordinating accent wall can add drama to any space. Matching perfectly with the dark sofas and black stripes in the rug, this painted wall helps to tone down the brightness of the crisp white walls and accents in the design. Don’t be afraid to go dark, especially in a sunny room like this.

Sophisticated Seating Nook

Sophisticated Seating Nook

A practical element in any bedroom is an accent chair. It gives you a comfy place to sit and adds a striking element to any space!

Classically Minimal

Classically Minimal

This minimal living room has the perfect mix of class and style. Large abstract artworks take advantage of the amazingly high ceilings, while the sofas and chairs are sleek and sophisticated yet inviting in their conversational layout. A neutral color palette always pairs wonderfully with minimalism.

Minimal Modern Breakfast Nook

Minimal Modern Breakfast Nook

To create interest in a minimally styled space, the key is to add high contrast. This breakfast nook has a palette of black and white, which adds a crisp touch, while the brass touches and warm terracotta walls add an unexpected stylistic element.

Industrial Sleek: Bedroom Design

Industrial Sleek: Bedroom Design

This minimalist bedroom takes on a new look with industrial accents. The addition of metal elements, like the iron framed headboard and industrial wall sconces as just enough edge to this space!

A Modern Minimalist Dining Room

A Modern Minimalist Dining Room

From the simple and chic dining chairs to the unique modern pendant light, this dining room is big on style. The contrasting black and white color scheme is a trendy look for minimalist design. With its clean, minimalistic characteristics, this space feels open and airy.

Organic Modernism Trend: Living Room

Organic Modernism Trend: Living Room

We are here for the trending Organic Modern look, as it’s oh-so-cool. It’s pulled together, looks effortlessly chic, and usually includes a few splurge pieces!

Shapely Shilloettes for Minimalist Cozy Cool


Shapely Shilloettes for Minimalist Cozy Cool

There's a misconception that minimalism is austere and pretentious. However, this living room's minimalist style proves that it can be cozy and cool thanks to the rounded silhouettes of the foundational furniture and soft textiles.

The Perfect Reading Living Minimalist Room

The Perfect Reading Living Minimalist Room

Relax in the window and admire the view. Sit in any seat of your choosing, and you'll be relaxing in no time. Open up your favorite book and go on an adventure. Lounge around in front of the fireplace and let the day slip away.

Rustic and Elegant Dining Room

Rustic and Elegant Dining Room

Suede chairs and a hide rug add rustic charm to this elegant dining room, making it as welcoming as stylish.

The Shape of Things

The Shape of Things

Want an easy tip for making your space feel complete? Shapes and repetition can really bring a space together. For example, this room uses three simple geometric shapes to make it feel harmonious: The arch shape of the mirror, sofa back and lamps, the square shape of the credenza and chair, and the hexanol pattern in the wall art and rug.

Earthy Minimalism

Earthy Minimalism

Warm textures and earth tones are a great way to bring depth to a minimalist space. Add simple lighting like the wall sconce that can move wherever you need it. Abstract art and geometric printed pillows can add dimension while still staying true to minimalist styling.

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