Minimalism seems to be the new trend in contemporary interior design these days. Less furniture, clean lines and lack of ornamentation usually defines such a design. But what exactly is Minimalism?
Minimalism is a trend in design in which only the necessary elements are used. The elements are stripped down to the basics. The trend evolved in the mid 1960s when it was used to describe works of some sculptors. This kind of design has a Japanese design influence. The motto of architect Mies Van Der Rohe, “Less is More” is aptly used in minimalist design. Today’s design is more livable and functional than the cold look of the sixties.
Elements of minimalist design:
The furniture pieces have to be few and bold. The furniture itself will make a statement. A bright red sofa on a stark white floor and surrounding white walls will give you a minimalist look. The storage cabinets or wall units will have a clean look without any mouldings or ornamentation. The finish will usually be glossy for the furniture so that more light is reflected to create an ambience. The false ceiling can be kept plain flat or slabs of different sizes can be arranged to get a built in lighting pattern. Again, no cornices or mouldings on the ceiling. The light fittings also will be simple ones without ornamentation. The drapes can be natural fabrics like cotton or jute in simple roller or roman blinds instead of curtains. Don’t burden those walls with paintings. Just have one or two of them in the whole house. Have a space for everything in the house so that there is no clutter which is the basic principle of minimalism.
Minimalism does not mean using only whites. One can play around with colours also. A single contrast coloured wall along with other white walls in a room livens up the room. Greens, blues or yellows could go well with white walls. Use of too much colour in a room may ruin the décor, so go easy on the colours. A texture painted wall behind the seating area or the TV can do wonders to the room.
All said and done, minimalism requires a very simple attitude towards life keeping out all complexities. If the design in minimalist, definitely it will reflect in our life reducing the complexities and making it simple. So give it a try if you believe Less is More!