Incorporating a minimalist aesthetic in your interiors
The word minimal means ‘less’. And sometimes, less can be more, which brings us to the concept of minimalism. Minimalism means use of less components, in this case, in interior designing. Sometimes, the absence of more can end up giving the space a grand effect.
Minimalism has been practiced for a long time, though it has started gaining more prominence in this time. Minimalist interior can be seen mostly in offices but also now in homes. Minimalist interiors involve use of less furniture but at the same time fulfilling all the requirements, simple design and subtle colours.
Minimalist interiors can be very relaxing. The clutter-free nature of this concept allows a person to feel calm. Hence, as mentioned before, we see such designs in offices, where people are under stress of work. Inclusion of too many objects can make a person feel stressed, anxious, trapped or at times in extreme cases, claustrophobic. Minimalism aims at getting rid of all these issues. The person ends up feeling more relaxed in a clean, simple environment, thus ending up feeling more productive and active.
Symmetry and subtle colours are also those elements of minimalism that can help a person feel relaxed. Minimalist interiors normally end up using symmetry and sharp lines when it comes to furniture. That sense of uniformity in structure is relaxing to the human mind. Subtle colours like brown and white are used heavily in this concept. These colours help in reflecting off more light, thus providing a cheery feel to the person. Space also plays an important role, The more the space, the better. It not only makes the room feel bigger but also more inhabitable and free.
Here are a few ways one can incorporate minimalism in their interiors:
- Space: As emphasized earlier, space should be easily available in rooms. This can be done by using only as much furniture and other paraphernalia as needed.
- Shapes: The shapes normally seen in minimalist interiors are sharp lines, block-like structures. In minimalism, shape is given more importance than functionality, as the emphasis of this concept is to make the person feel calm and relaxed. The furniture is low set with symmetry in their design to create a uniform effect, that is pleasing to the eyes.
- Colouring: As stated above, subtle colours like white and brown are used. Earthy tones help in relaxation while white gives a pure, calm feeling. Solid colours are used instead of designs and patterns. Shiny, metallic surfaces, however, are always useful in situations like these. Bright colours can be used for accents and decorations, but in a little amount, to make a statement or a welcome distraction.
- Style: Furniture styles are extremely simple. Intricacies are discarded in favour of simplicity. Texture is traded for solidity. Either metal or wood is used for furniture, while simple fabrics like either cotton or polyester are used.
- Making a statement: Not everything in a minimalist interior should be bleak and plain. A few hints of colour or a bold piece of decorations, such as a painting or sculpture, can be quite impactful in breaking the monotony.
Minimalist interiors can also go a long way in expressing an individual’s personality, or in case of an organization, their attitude towards work. Minimalist interiors reflect a simple yet practical approach towards things, something that is much appreciated and valued these days.
Lighting is one of the most important aspects of interior design. Proper lighting can provide the right ambience to a surrounding, whether a professional or personal space. Just the right amount of colour and luminosity can work wonders. Striking the right balance between these two elements in order to create the desirable lighting is essential.
Fabric, one can say, might be the most underrated element in interior design; since one normally tends to think of furniture, lighting, etc. Fabric is in fact, one of the core elements of interior design.Fabric is used as covers for furniture like sofa, chairs, mattresses, etc. They can be used as drapes ie curtains as well as bed sheets. It can be used as cushion and pillow covers, sheets that cover dining tables, napkins, towels, etc.