Defining Minimalism

Most people are familiar with the concept of minimalism. Minimalism started as a movement in the 1960s and 1970s to protest capitalism and the largely Western belief that “more” brings happiness. Minimalists rejected mainstream living and instead embraced the simple, elegant, and functional. The idealism of minimalism is that fewer things and fewer material possessions allow the person to focus on true joy and serenity without distractions. Thanks to many pop culture books, podcasts and TV series, we are starting to see minimalism grow in popularity.

Minimalism in home design

In terms of interior design, minimalism has become a very popular and trendy style. Many furniture designers and interior designers alike have been influenced by the movement. Minimalist interiors step back from the non-essential and strip items down to their most basic functions. Everything in a minimalist space serves its purpose and does so simply, without the extra bells and whistles.
Minimalist design is often confused with modern design, as the two are very similar. While both styles involve using the bare essentials to create a simple, open, bright and uncluttered space. The simplicity, clean lines, and a monochromatic palette with colour are essential elements that differentiate the two.
Most minimalist spaces feature geometric, low profile furniture. The design is simple and often quite plain. The combination of this furniture is set to make a space feel larger and brighter and improve the flow of the space. Large and bulky furniture is a big “no” for this style. All unnecessary items should remain out of sight: cords, cables, books, remotes and small appliances can ruin a minimalist look.
Light and bright colours, generally neutrals like beige, white, cream, khaki, light grey and black (sparingly) are most often used for minimalist design. A monochromatic look creates a sense of calm and simplicity that is essential for this look.

Benefits of minimalist design

Many people who choose to follow the minimalist path report a sense of calm and peacefulness while in their homes. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow and Oprah have opted for basic interiors, as an escape from busy lives. Having less can certainly feel like a sacrifice at first but it can also give you the space and freedom to unwind.

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