Castlery | Aug 1, 2023
Minimalism is a common and popular practice seen across many homes that revolve around simplicity and functionality. Minimalist furniture and interior designs offer a timeless aesthetic that promotes tranquility and balance in your living spaces.
In this comprehensive guide, our in-house interior stylist, Adrika, dives deeper into this interior design style. She delves into the principles and techniques, enabling you to craft elegant, clutter-free spaces that exude sophistication and calmness.
“The concept of minimalist design has been around for centuries – first appearing in cultures such as Zen Buddhism – which embraced simplicity and harmony,” says Adrika. It centres around the concept of "less is more," focusing on simplicity, functionality, and purpose.
In the 20th century, it became a popular concept in the modern world. As technology boomed and more products became available on the market, minimalism became a response to the intensity of urban life.
At its core, minimalist interior design aims to create serene and clutter-free environments that promote tranquility and balance. By eliminating unnecessary items and focusing on essential pieces, minimalist spaces exude a sense of calmness and sophistication.
This design philosophy embraces the idea that a well-thought-out, unpretentious environment can foster a greater appreciation for the beauty of simplicity. “Minimalism has always been at the core of modern design styles influencing and being influenced by styles such as mid-century modern and Scandinavian designs.”
“Oftentimes, I hear people saying that this style is only reserved for people residing in the countryside,” shares Adrika. “While an actual farmhouse might feel worlds away from an inner-city apartment, it doesn’t mean you can’t bring this aesthetic into your home!”
The modern farmhouse design is favored by many because it enables their homes to feel like an escape. It evokes a sense of nostalgia and romanticises rural living, reminding people of simpler times spent in the countryside.
Even in the bustling city, they can come home to a cozy space that reminds them of the quietness of the countryside.
“And, this style still incorporates touches of modernity, so you won’t exactly be living life like in the 1700s,” she remarks.
“Bringing together a minimalist space is actually not an easy task!” Adrika shares. “Being able to take away what is unnecessary in a space so that there is only the necessary requires constraint.”
But, there are some key characteristics that make a space undeniably minimalistic:
Whether it's the sleek edges of a modern sofa or the simple silhouette of a minimalist pendant light, clean lines contribute to the uncluttered and sophisticated look of minimalist spaces.
“Furniture with clean lines that are off the floor work best in this style,” she shares. Furniture that appears to float or hover above the floor creates a sense of lightness and open space that is characteristic of minimalist designs.
Adrika also mentions that with furniture that are raised off the ground, there is a clear delineation between the furniture and the floor. This separation enhances the flow of the room, making it easier for the eye to move through the space, creating a sense of openness.
To help you visualize how the minimalist interior will look like, we’ve used Castlery’s room designer tool with our products - the Adams Chaise Sectional Sofa with Ottoman, Colette Swivel Armchair, Cupid Coffee Table, and Lorenzo Wool Area Rug:
Castlery’s room designer tool can help you visualize the room of your dreams!
“Multi-functional furniture serves as a cornerstone of minimalism, as it allows for efficient use of space while minimising the need for excess pieces,” says Adrika. “Furniture is chosen not only for its aesthetic appeal but also for its practicality and versatility.”
Some examples of multi-functional furniture include sofa beds, extendable dining tables, and nested coffee tables. Each piece serves a distinct function without adding unnecessary bulk or visual complexity, contributing to the uncluttered and serene ambiance that defines the minimalist design.
As mentioned, minimalist spaces favor a more restrained and focused approach to colour, often incorporating a monochromatic colour palette.
Neutral colours work exceptionally well in minimalist interiors - think whites, beiges, soft browns, and muted earthy tones. These colours are commonly used to create a serene atmosphere and provide a calming backdrop for other design elements to stand out.
You can then introduce depth by using shades and tints of your primary colour. Tints are created by adding white to the base colour, while shades are achieved by adding black.
“This subtle variation adds dimension to your interior without deviating from the monochromatic theme.”
Adrika shares some colour combinations that will work well in the minimalist interior design style:
“But, it’s important not to go overboard with the colours,” she remarks. Using too many colours can create visual clutter and disrupt the calmness and unity that minimalism aims to achieve.
“Follow a monochromatic colour scheme starting with the bulky items, like your sofa or dining table. Work around these pieces and then add pops of colour around them to create a cohesive and balanced space.”
“Keep the ethos that ‘less is more’ at the top of your mind. With so many options in the market, it can be easy to allow yourself to be swayed into bringing more and more items into the space.”
Minimalism is all about careful consideration of what you allow into your home. Eliminate excess and unnecessary elements from your home - this involves decluttering and paring down belongings to only those that are essential or truly meaningful.
Also, rather than filling a room with numerous pieces of furniture and decorations, minimalist design directs attention to a few carefully chosen essential elements. Each piece should be purposeful and complement the overall design, allowing it to shine as a focal point.
This key principle in minimalist interior design encourages you to embrace and highlight the inherent features and design elements of their living space.
“The base foundation of your home plays a huge role in the overall scheme - the furniture is there to let the core design of the space speak, rather than cover it.”
Celebrate the existing features in your home such as exposed beams, concrete walls, large windows, or vaulted ceilings. Instead of covering up or detracting from these elements, minimalist design works with them, allowing them to shine and become prominent design focal points.
The Ethan Chaise Sectional Sofa creates a striking contrast with white walls - the classic black and white aesthetic.
By mastering the art of minimalist interior design, you can transform your living spaces into havens of serenity and sophistication.
Embrace simplicity, prioritise quality, and remain mindful of your furniture choices and placement. Embrace the elegance of minimalist design, and your home will become a timeless expression of your refined taste and appreciation for the beauty of simplicity.
If you need more help with achieving a minimalist interior design for your home, book a styling consultation with us at our showroom to enjoy personalised space planning and advice from our in-house Interior Stylist.