Minimalism has been a rising trend in recent years and it’s not hard to see why. Space has become much more desirable to counter the clutter that we face in our everyday lives — be it physical or psychological. After all, everyone wants to return to a cozy and weightless home after a long day of work.
There are plenty of things that define a minimalist space. In our blog, we will go through each with you and explain how you can incorporate these aspects into your home for a minimalistic touch.
Use of negative space
Minimalism isn’t necessarily about not buying anything — it’s about removing unnecessary pieces in your house that may clog up the space. It is not so much about what you own, but what you use. By eliminating the excess, it brings more of the architectural features into the spotlight and helps the room to appear more elegant and luxurious.
Bright & natural lighting
Reducing the amount of items you own isn’t the only way of making your room minimalistic — making the room appear more spacious than it actually is is another method of doing so. This is often done by having plenty of windows that let the light in, rather than keeping the room enclosed and seemingly covered up. Another trick in the book is to make use of glass or plastic furniture — anything that is translucent — to create the illusion that there is more free space than there actually is.
Light and neutral colours
Neutral shades define the minimalist trend greatly. Using subdued tones conjures up the feeling that there is less in your room — even if the only difference is the colour of the walls. Keep in mind that the colours used have to be consistent, which means that the furniture and decor in your room should also be in the same colour scheme as the walls. With less colours fighting to draw the attention of your eyes, your brain will view the space as less cluttered.
In line with the “less is more” philosophy, keeping your space free of heavy decor gives it that light and airy feel. On the other hand, not decorating your space at all might result in it feeling depersonalised or boring. Instead of going to either extreme ends, place only one or two statement pieces to really accentuate that simplicity. The minimalist trend gravitates towards furniture or decor made from purer materials. After all, natural materials are a luxury, and they always add a homey atmosphere to any space. Not only do we offer customised furniture for our clients, Blaine Robert Design has been appointed by Kraftangan Malaysia to promote the use of local crafts, so we are very passionate about using furniture and decor made from natural resources. Be sure to contact us if you have any enquiries regarding our services!
Minimalism, at its core, is all about making what little you display attractive. The “less is more” ideal is so sought after as there is a strong visual appeal to it. The less you add to a room, the more noticeable it becomes. Not to mention, a minimalist room requires less upkeep and maintenance. For the youth of our generation, who are often too busy to take care of an entire space, this is becoming increasingly appealing.
Remember, minimalism is often about keeping only the items that make a room functional. Therefore, simple shapes and colours are used to emphasise the essential nature of each item — nothing more, nothing less. This gives a room a comfortable yet refined atmosphere that one would enjoy soaking in.
The open-space concept that largely defines minimalism also has its health benefits. Having less clutter around the house also means less opportunities for dust and allergens to collect — especially with more furniture and decor being made from natural materials. Moreover, the uncluttered space makes a room look visually peaceful, calming, and relaxing. The use of lighter colours and more windows also adds to a brighter and more cheery atmosphere, lifting spirits up for anyone occupying that space.
The clean lines and compositions that are so apparent in the minimalist trend lends a sophisticated touch to the space. Such uncomplicated shapes, textures and colours give minimalism a timeless aesthetic and makes a room feel unburdened. It is no wonder minimalism is taking the world by storm, and could possibly be a trend — nay, a style — that is here to stay.