Minimalism is a style in interior design that is easy to recognize by the symbolism of objects, the elegance of simple lines, and the feeling of a special Zen. But minimalism is not just laconic furniture and neutral colors. It also includes such important details as seamless finishes, integrated storage systems, panoramic windows and built-in heating.
Having Asian origins, minimalism still looks somewhat oriental. There is a sense of spaciousness, an abundance of natural light and air, there is a desire to give these revered natural elements as much space as possible in the interior.
Natural wood, stone are often used in the decoration here, as well as modern options - porcelain stoneware for the floor and wall panels for wood, stone and concrete. Monochromatic walls in lightened natural shades are the backdrop for a few and dotted decor.
If you want to decorate an apartment or house in a minimalist style, keep in mind that a uniform color scheme and a feeling of emptiness are very important here. The tandem of these two elements, on the one hand, creates a pacifying mood, on the other hand, it teaches you to live in the satori style, when everyday interior details bring more joy than spectacular art objects or contrasting techniques.
Thus, dishes, textiles, plants and functional decor are selected here with great care and with a vision of the big picture. Refusal of unnecessary items allows you to create the feeling that there is always a place for something new in the interior, freedom of thought, the scope of creativity. The rooms seem larger, saying, "I am just a white canvas, and today you can start life from scratch."
Sometimes a rough texture is used in the interior - brick, concrete, stone and their imitations. At the same time, such elements (for example, an accent wall, a kitchen apron, etc.) are not accented with color, but create a contrast only on the relief.
The combination of light finishes with panoramic glazing looks especially impressive in such an interior. Medium-sized windows can be emphasized by techniques in the design of walls and ceilings, as well as redevelopment with an increase in the glazing area, joining a loggia.
In the interior in the style of minimalism, there is almost always a taboo on ornaments and drawings. A rare exception is the natural pattern of marble, herringbone parquet, geometric wall decoration with moldings.
Despite the fact that the minimalism style is considered to be purely functional, it has aesthetics. It is created not only due to the decor, as in most other styles, but also due to pleasant-looking transitions in half-tones, pleasant tactile sensations from furniture (all facades, fabrics are chosen with a special bias), built-in design lighting of various types.
For example, the rough surface of the matte snow-white facades of the kitchen set conveys the feeling of the delicate texture of wood.
Less is more - “Less is more” is a modern philosophy especially popular in Southern California and Los Angeles. In particular, she says that it is more important to bet on quality rather than quantity and to correctly set both life and interior priorities, always choosing the best possible for yourself.
Author of the text: interior designer Julia Stern.