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Minimalist Interior Design

Like many design trends, minimalist interior design principles derive from art. Minimalist art in the early 1960s focused on sleek, simple textural and material elements of geometric line and form. The same principles were applied to architecture and design and became popular in the 1980s. The Minimalist Interior Design style continues to evolve. It remains popular today as it avoids trends that can quickly date a home, resulting in interiors that feel fresh and modern for years.


What is Minimalist Interior Design?

Unlike other interior design trends, minimalist interior design is not a look. It is a very focused expression of a way of life. Rooted in the idea that “less is more,” minimalist home design emphasizes simplicity, functionality and the beauty of uncluttered spaces. This trend is about reducing clutter and creating spaces that evoke a sense of calm, order and elegance through thoughtful design choices.

Clean & Natural

The minimalist home décor features stripped-down furniture and essentials in a space that focuses on function, clean lines, natural accents and a monochromatic palette. White, black, shades of gray or subtle pastels form the backdrop to highlight carefully chosen pieces of craftsman furniture and singular items the owner loves. Natural materials accent open spaces to add simplistic beauty and a sense of calm.

Clean lines, simple fixtures and a blend of natural and soft, diffused lighting create an inviting, comfortable atmosphere. Minimalist décor in the kitchen and built-in energy-efficient appliances blend seamlessly with cabinetry. Handle-less cabinets with push-to-open mechanisms or recessed handles create a sleek, uninterrupted flow in an open space. Flat-panel doors in matte or high-gloss finishes contribute to a clean and modern look. Ample storage solutions keep countertops clear, promoting an organized and efficient workspace.

Spa-like elements like a glass surround shower or a soaking tub in a simple, uncluttered open bath blend the ease of maintenance with relaxation and warmth. Natural stone flooring and wood accents add interest. Wall-mounted or floating vanities with under-sink storage make efficient use of available space. Recessed shelving and small cabinets keep toiletries on hand but out of sight.

Efficient & Serene

To achieve a minimalist home design style, start by decluttering and keeping what you truly need, which adds value to your space. Choose a few select decorative pieces that speak to or inspire you. Invest in high-quality furniture, materials and fixtures that serve form and function. The goal is to create a living space that is functionally efficient, while still being serene and inviting.

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Contemporary Meets Functional

Minimalist home décor does not mean white rooms with a few pieces of contemporary furniture decorated with plants. You can experiment with color, declutter your space, and incorporate different natural wood and texture styles to accent and personalize it. The key to this style is designing around the function and natural beauty of each space. How can you create a relaxing bedroom and living space? What essentials do you need in the kitchen or bath? How can you bring out the natural beauty of each room?

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The History of Minimalist Interior Design

Minimalist interior design is not from any specific period like many other design trends. It was influenced and shaped by many cultures and artistic movements. In the 1920s and 1930s, the German Bauhaus philosophy promoted functional design emphasizing geometry, asymmetry and industrial materials. After World War II, architects began focusing on open floor plans, clean lines and uncluttered spaces. The mid-twentieth century saw the incorporation of modern materials like steel and glass, where more natural light could flow into open spaces. Today’s architects and designers are heavily influenced by global sustainability, natural materials and advances in technological efficiency.

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