6 essential design philosophies for minimalist interiors

Simplicity is relaxing and very alluring especially to those who appreciate the “no-frill” lifestyle.  Pragmatically organized interiors are thus decorated with the motto of “less-is more” utilizing just the right amount of furniture and a keeping to a fluid sense of wholesomeness.  Following three simple philosophies that define this style, a minimalist modern decor is can easily be realized.

Function is first – to avoid cluttering and over-furnishing any space, focus on defining the function of every space and every piece of furniture or object within its confines.

Penrose office desk by Tonelli

Penrose office desk by Tonelli

Scale and fluidity – furniture should be proportional to their surroundings, decor should be proportional to the furniture and the space around it.  The room should have a clear sense of dimensional balance and stylistic congruency.

Nuvola sectional sofa by Bonaldo

Nuvola sectional sofa by Bonaldo

Focus on quality – minimalism encourages fewer objects therefore it is natural to invest in higher quality elements with durable materials, innovative functionality and unique designs as they will be used more often and will draw more attention to themselves.

Aqua platform bed by Presotto

Aqua platform bed by Presotto

Understated details — when it comes to adding decorative touches to the room keep in mind the entire space and reinforce its simplicity with small but essential decorations that add stylistic intensity without screaming for attention.

Sol kitchen table by Bonaldo

Sol kitchen table by Bonaldo

Neutral color palette – Uncomplicated spaces are on the most part monochromatic, modeling neutral hues without flamboyant color combinations. Earth tones, shades of gray and various white hues are the most common preferences in minimalistic modern spaces.

Ray dining table by Cattelan Italia

Ray dining table by Cattelan Italia

Lighting is essential – with absence of clutter, every decorative element has an exaggerated presence and lighting is no different.  Light can visually magnify interiors, drawing effortless attention to the walls, floor and ceiling.

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