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A guide to minimalist design

Minimalist architecture involves the use of reductive design elements, without ornamentation or decoration," says Lilian H. Weinreich of Lilian H. Weinreich Architects.

The design thrives on the beauty of the forms and materials used to create the forms. The craft of the construction is the most important since it is the quality of the build that gives way to the minimalism aesthetic.

Minimalism has given people permission to unclutter their lives and their way of living. There’s a few ways you can implement a minimal way of living in your home:

Let the character or the design of the house speak

Minimalism is about keeping a space simple, uncluttered and accentuating the attractive architectural features of a space. The palette is usually monochromatic and any colour is used as an accent.

Revealing the your homes true design to it’s bare essentials reveals the true essence of the architecture. When you know it’s true essence, create from this.

Sticking to a colour theme

Using a variety of colour, patterns and textures can make a room appear busy and create a chaotic or overwhelming atmosphere. By sticking to a reduced colour palette of whites, creams and natural tones it will make the space appear more uniform and create a more relaxing atmosphere.

Adding one bright accent colour can add interest but try not let it become too overbearing. In a minimalist interior making your room light and airy with the clever use of floor lamps, pendant lights, LED strip lighting or concealed lighting will add a great minimalist design and a decorative source of light.

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Giving the room good balance

By choosing large mirrors or pictures instead of smaller items prevents the room from looking cluttered. Choose a hero piece that will be the anchor for your room, in a minimalist home the investment is in the furniture but only if it fits the room well, so measure and plan and measure and plan again!

If you have a lot of things that need to be hidden, such a kids toys consider buying a larger piece that you can store everything away in when they aren’t in use.

Aim for neat and functional design to avoid overcrowding in your space and give the room a main focal point

Less is more

There is studies that show the positive psychological effects minimalism has on the mind. Common issues related to clutter and the accumulation of belongings is:

  • Stress
  • Poor attention span
  • Impulsive buying

When you have overwhelming chaos in your home or workspace it produces additional anxiety and it reduces motivation and encourages tiredness unlike a clean, clear, organized well lit room.

The benefits of having an uncluttered and clean space is the driver behind the minimalist movement, it is the desire to apply these minimalist principles to home and house design is really grabbing the attention of the new home owner.


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Function and comfort are important

When you reduce the noise of the clutter you can be inspired by your space, it has a calming effect to live in a well designed minimal space. When you stop and think do you really need as much stuff as you have and does it feel beneficial? Do you need all those pictures on the walls? Maybe only on one wall? Do you need that coffee table and all those shelves?

In reality we need functional and practical spaces that works seamlessly with our busy full lives. Using architecture and design to create uncomplicated spaces with colours and texture to blend harmoniously, creates a calm haven for living.

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