6 Basic Principles That Create True Minimalism in Interior Design

August 31, 2017
Posted in Ideas

Many people believe that minimalism is something empty, bare, desert, white and rectangular. But this is not true. The main objective of a minimalist-style interior is simplicity and objectivity, where all decorative layers take a back seat giving way to pure and sharp space. But what it takes to make a minimalist space instead of an empty area, deprived of fantasy? We have collected 6 basic principles of minimalism and would like to share them with you.


1. Focusing on the quality of materials

A wise, well-thought-out choice of finishing materials is essential in minimalism. Given that such interiors virtually don’t have any small details, materials willy-nilly turn into a spotlight. And when a surface is completely exposed to the eyes of the observer, he will necessarily start to examine it more closely and any imperfections would come out to the fore.



2. Increased attention to details

In a sterile room any speck of dust comes clear. The same is true for minimalism: one can buy a stunning glass staircase that seems to be floating in the air, but the impression can be completely spoiled by an ugly anchorage.  That is why such trivial and mundane things should be treated with much attention. If you have no chance to conceal unattractive details, it would be nice to accentuate them. And vice versa – if you can’t make a spectacular accent, you’d better disguise it. Minimalism can’t stand half-measures.


3. One soft accent

When it comes to residential interiors, one should bear human perception in mind. Any of us, even a complete functionalist, favors smooth lines of wild nature. So, make sure that the above-mentioned glass-and-metal staircase is finished with a colorful lamp, an artwork or any other art object. In a word you should make an accent on the fact that this is a HOME, not a public area, and envisage a few small cozy nooks.

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4. Be careful with ornaments

It seems to go without saying that minimalism has nothing to do with patterns. But a pattern is not just embroidery on a kitchen towel or a flower on a wall covering. For instance, stairs and guardrails against the background of a monochrome wall are a rhythmic pattern per se. So, when choosing any repeated form in an interior, you should realize how well it will integrate into the general concept and whether it creates the desired effect.

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5. The less, the better

People having a bunch of coats on an open rack in a hallway, or those who have a collection of multicolor magnets on a refrigerator would have to review their habits completely for the sake of minimalism. In this style everything should deserve a place in an interior. But if you can’t refuse having something in big quantities, you should at least make it look like a monochrome composition, rather than a multicolor spotlight. For instance, in a home office all the folders should have the same color.


6. Give some space to your stuff

We are all familiar with a situation when we like something and try to fit this thing into a limited space even when our plans about using this very thing are quite subtle. This is absolutely inappropriate for minimalism. Every piece of furniture and décor should “work” in the space and hence needs much air. Due to this very principle minimalism is frequently criticized and dubbed the “waste of precious square meters”. So, get ready!

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