Minimalism is a style of architecture of Japanese origin that is gaining popularity worldwide. In practical terms, minimalism is a style that limits itself to what is strictly necessary, and it is said to make you happier. Do you want to try it out? With these simple tips, you can create your own minimalist interior.
1. Choose calm colour combinations
By this we do not mean that you should stay within a certain colour palette, but try not to combine too many colours. Stay within the earth tones, for example, and alternate between different shades.
2. Less is more
It sounds insanely cliché, but "de-cluttering" (the philosophy of tidying guru Marie Kondo) is central to a minimalist interior. If you feel the urge to put an extra table in your home, and place some candles, photo frames and books on it: don't do it. If you already have a fairly busy interior, say goodbye to everything that isn't necessary. As Kondo would say, if you look at an item and it doesn't make you instantly happier, it's time to get rid of it.
3. Let the light in
A minimalist interior is also characterised by the clever use of natural light. To enhance the natural light in an existing home, this usually means a light colour palette, pale curtains and, for example, a large mirror that reflects the light.
4. No frills
The furniture and (few) decorative items that can be found in a minimalist interior can be recognised by their austere forms. No unnecessary curls, details or frills, but nicely delineated shapes. If you still have a floor to choose: opt for polished concrete, a cast floor or neatly laid parquet.
5. What to do with small things
Amongst interior stylists there is such a thing as the 'tray method'. Because what do you do with books, candles and other small things? You put them on a tray with a high edge. The rule is that you can fill one tray per room with things you really use. This is more relaxing and ensures that you never lose anything.
6. Graphic art is king
No overly painted works of art, but graphic art is king in a minimalist interior. The use of geometric shapes brings rhythm to your interior and gives you the freedom to make your own mark.
7. Go for texture
Just because your interior is very outlined doesn't mean it shouldn't be cosy. That is why it is important to opt for texture. A fluffy cushion or a fluffy plaid: it's all allowed, but as the main rule states: only if you really need it.
Want to learn more about minimalism as an interior and lifestyle? Watch the series, documentary or TED-Talk below for more inspiration.