The minimalist Interior Designer: Why I do like Minimalism
In Interior Design you can be a “maximist” or a minimalist.
Maximist is the style that will combine many objects, may be two different wallpapers in the same space and many fabric patterns, such as stripes and flowers, always working with vibrant colors. Nothing wrong with colors, I love them.
As the name implies, Minimalist is the style that is not cluttered, clean lines, not lavish but still it is a design style.
Early styles were so finely decorative that frames and wallpaper often overwhelmed the objects they intended to “decorate”.
Minimalism, following the trend of the Bauhaus movement, continued rejecting the lavish, highly-decorative styles of the past.
Contrary of what people might think, minimalism was never inspired by poverty and austerity. In fact, it’s frequently a style of the super-rich.
The attitude is “I can have anything, but I won’t clutter my home; instead, I will acquire only the most elegant, simple objects available”.
The minimalist is simple in form and function, devoid of pointless decorations, yet expensive. You would never say Minimalism is a cheap option.
Formally, Minimalism is a 1960’s and 1970’s invention. However, De Stijl (Dutch for “The Style”) and traditional Japanese design could be considered predecessors of minimalism. Also, Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe, which was known for the use of modern construction materials like steel and plate glass, the reduction of structural framework to a minimum and the inclusion of lot of open space. His motto was “Less is more”.
Minimalist is all about extreme simplification of form without feeling sterile. There is so much warmth about these spaces with the clever use of materials and layering applied. It is quite an art to perfect the balance.
Modeling space and light using only necessary objects is the essence of the style. Clear, muted colors and tones with no patterns and prints are all that are used (white, soft grey, & mild natural colors)
The color palette determines a well-balanced and smart lighting design with natural light dominating via large rectangular windows, complimented by functional and softly dispensed ambient electric light.
Another characteristic: The open space: Nothing should be in your way whether you are moving, relaxing or simply living. Freedom of space is a key factor.
Lighting plays the main part in the minimalist style.
The space has to be filled with diffused natural light, which is reflected from wall, ceiling and floor surfaces. Interiors in the minimalist style are airy.
Minimalist design is a reflection of a person’s goals; it suits a personality that demands a balanced, uncrowded space.
People who feel that their lives are chaotic, people in search of rationality, amid hectic and changing surroundings, often want to create a well-balanced, clean, calm and smart atmosphere incorporating audio, video, advanced home appliances, AC, lighting, heating and everything else controlled from one portable device such as an IPad or IPhone. These entire features reflect a person’s character and their taste for contemporary design.
Minimalism does not highlight the presence of something, but its absence. Keeping this in mind, any object you choose must be perfect from any vantage point. Its texture and form must be uniform and exquisite. That is why art-objects are usually treated as decorative objects in minimalism.
If a space designed in a minimalist key doesn’t seem too simple, or cold to you and if you feel comfortable expressing yourself with few words, then this might be the style for you.
Thank you for reading, till my next blog!