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.
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