What is minimalism in interior design and how can you make the most of it? Let’s understand
Minimalism is one design aesthetic that has been seemingly accepted by several homeowners for their decor plans. The style is sleek, and subtle and yet offers a visually pleasing look and feel. The use of mute-toned colours and functional accessories helps to shape a minimalistic home decor. “Due to the space crunch in modern-day homes and the growing need for low maintenance, minimalist interior design has gained popularity. It also helps to give focus to other more important things,” says Rahul Phondge, chief operating officer, Anarock.
The use of minimalistic decor helps to declutter the home as well, which in turn creates more space. “Minimalist interior design creates a sense of openness and space even in small homes by reducing visual clutter. This makes it apt for contemporary compact urban apartments. The simplicity and functionality align well with modern lifestyles. Decluttering to just the essentials is liberating for many people,” says, Akash Pharande, MD of a real estate firm. To ensure one can achieve minimal decor for their home, here are a few things you should follow:
Clean line spaces: “Clean lines are the backbone of this design philosophy. Furniture and architectural elements embrace simplicity, with sleek and unadorned surfaces that create a sense of uniformity and order,” shares Uttamaditya, founder and CEO, U&I Interiors.
Uncluttered spaces: “Functionality takes centre stage in minimalist interiors. Every item within a space must serve a purpose and contribute to a clutter-free environment. Thoughtful storage solutions are incorporated to store away belongings, promoting a sense of organisation and a visually uncluttered atmosphere,” adds Uttamaditya.
Neutral colour scheme: While neutral colours, such as white, beige, and grey, are often prevalent, there is room for variation. Uttamaditya encourages the use of subtle pops of colour or muted tones to add depth and personality to a minimalist space. By incorporating these accents strategically, a sense of visual interest and warmth can be achieved while still maintaining the overall simplicity that defines minimalism. Furthermore, Uttamaditya shares two more aspects to look into to truly achieve minimalist home decor.
Light: Natural light is favoured whenever possible, as it creates a sense of openness and enhances the clean aesthetic. However, artificial lighting is carefully curated to ensure a balance between functionality and ambience. Strategic placement of lighting fixtures, such as recessed lights or pendant lamps, can accentuate architectural details while providing the desired illumination.
Negative spaces: Lastly, the minimalist design relies on negative space — the area left intentionally empty — to create a sense of peace and tranquillity. Embracing the power of empty walls and unoccupied corners allows each element within a space to stand out and be appreciated.
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