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Simply Sophisticated: Minimalist Design

Posted on: 28.02.2021

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” — LEONARDO DE VINCI

Our homes are working harder than ever as we work, rest and play in our spaces of home.  However, with Spring on its way you might be looking to de-clutter and freshen up your space.

If elegant, understated and simple is something you are dreaming to achieve – in this blog, we share how you can master a minimalist aesthetic, emphasising the space as a whole, rather than the individual items within it.

Minimalism is binding the space, while making it breathable.

The Bare Essentials

The minimalist approach uses only the essential elements: light, form and beautiful materials, usually in an open plan layout, to create a sense of freedom and relaxation.

Minimalism in interiors, and design in general, is the appreciation of subtlety. If you strip away the clutter, ornamentation and unnecessary features you are left with simple forms and beautiful details.  The few details that are used are uncomplicated and blend harmoniously into the setting. This might be in the form of a single artwork adorning a living room wall, or a beautiful vase on top of your coffee table.

Clean Lines

Minimalist furniture and accessories focus on functionality and practicality. Smooth surfaces and clean lines create bold statements that emphasise the essential nature of each item. The focus is on the shape in it’s pure and simple form.

For the clutter you can’t live without, such as paperwork and toys, invest in a few attractive storage solutions.  Sea grass trays and baskets make for a quick and easy way to hide unwanted or unsightly objects that disrupt your calm space.  The natural textures of baskets will add a layer of pretty and warmth to your simple space.

Monochromatic Colour Palette

A monochromatic colour scheme consisting of whites, beiges and greys are typical of minimalist-designed spaces.

This trend looks to reduce forms and colours to their simplest states, to create airy, bright, and elegant spaces. The colour palette comprises light and soft natural shades such as cold and warm greys softened by aqua and nude tones.

However, dark feature walls and bold statement pieces can also add to the minimalist aesthetic and can ground and break up the monotony, whilst adding another layer of cosy to your space.

Making Your Minimalist Space Warm & Welcoming

Minimalist spaces are instantly recognisable for their crisp, clean, clutter-free and monochromatic look. The de-cluttering of space helps to de-clutter the mind and to create a sense of visual calm. However, some minimalist designs do run the risk of feeling a little soulless.

To avoid this, and to ensure your minimalist-designed space also has a welcoming feel, there are a few small touches you can make. Whether it’s your bedroom or living space, here are some ways to add warmth and colour to your minimalist rooms.

Combine Different Shades & Textures

A great way to bring warmth to the space is by incorporating different shades and mixing textures. For instance, the use of linen wallpaper and soft wool fabrics and rugs in the bedroom adds soothing warmth.

Textiles provide added dimension and warmth to a space. Drapery, bedding, cushions, and area rugs in varying textiles such as linen, faux fur, velvet, wool, and cotton are just a few examples of how you can add warmth and comfort to a room while maintaining a minimalist style.

Contrasting Textiles

Metal, stone and glass work well as part of a contemporary interior, while wood will soften the look and add warmth. When it comes to upholstery and soft furnishings, consider natural materials and textures such as leather, cotton, silk and wool. Linen and jute are also great choices.

When it comes to interiors, balance can have pleasing psychological effects.  If you have the ability to make your home feel happier and more relaxed by having a Spring clean, declutter and moving a few design elements around, why not give it a go? You deserve a home that soothes your body and mind.

Emma & Emily


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