Concept of Minimalism
Over the years our home and our surroundings have been a focal point for many. We have sought after the most talented of designers to help construct our perfect environment within our home. These designers have been tasked with the most important of jobs – taking their clients vision and creating it into reality. There are many aesthetics that a designer can go by and many ways they can recreate their vision to best transcribe their client’s desires. However, one design aesthetic that has caught the imagination of many is that of minimalism.
Minimalism is a passion, a way of life, and a visual element. It has been described in many ways over the years but put simply, it’s the art of taking what we know and drawing on what we need. Most, if not all designers have at one point or another been made to focus on a true minimalist canvas and by doing so have looked at their surroundings, taken note of the general ‘mess’ and pared-down the space to it’s true nature.
Some consider minimalist design, especially within interior design, to be cold and stark of feature. Some consider the aesthetic to be void of comfort. However, minimalist interior design isn’t about making a room more spacious but rather how to make a space more inviting, trusting and more inclusive of others. The sleek and simple aesthetic is by far more detailed that what is first thought. By taking away the layers we can start to see the level of detail that is required to design a space that not only consists of elegance but shines a spot light on quality.
The Making of Minimalism
Minimalism originated in the 20th century when a need came about to separate and strip down the more overly detailed, traditional and classical elements in design. The concept was to remove all that was unnecessary and focus on what was required with functionality and quality at the forefront. Simplicity and “less is more” was key.
This style of design wasn’t just limited to interior decoration. You only need to look around you to see the effects it has had on our environment, our homes, and our way of life. Minimalism has made its way into our favourite brands, our electronics - a clear example would be our beloved iPhone - and the architecture around us seem to all take elements from minimalist design.
The concept and thinking behind “less is more” originated from the German-American architect Mies van der Rohe who embraced minimalism before many. The architect utilised open spaces, clean lines, crisp materials and strategically placed shapes to create a level of order that many at that time had not done before.
The Behaviours Of Form and Function
The intersection of form and functionality is at the heart of minimalist design, especially within interior design. An example of form and functionality can be seen within a simple floating wall located in the centre of the master bedroom that not only doubles as a storage closet but also as a piece of visual art.
Colour also plays an important part in any well-designed space. The balance of light greys and flat tonal layers creates the hallmark foundation that can be complimented by an injection of colour, hues or texture. All of which help eliminate the flatness that can quite easily be contrived due to the nature of this particular aesthetic.
Minimalism at Home
Minimalism at its core has also helped create happiness for many. By removing clutter people have experienced an increase in happiness that has helped support a healthier lifestyle. This is especially prevalent within the Scandinavian countries as they value quality over quantity - something we believe is very important.
Streamlined pieces can also help create more space within your home creating more room to experiment with and enjoy. They can also create a more relaxed, calmer environment by the removal of unnecessary objects and alternative features.
All of this can be supported by a calming colour palette making the room feel inviting and relaxing for all those to enjoy.
Here are a few tips that you can you use to create a more minimalist space within your home:
Declutter Your Home – If you haven’t used it in the last six months the likelihood of you having to use it in the future is pretty slim. Why not consider selling it or donating it to your local charity to help clear up some of that unwanted clutter?
Function is Key – Look around you and look for that piece of artwork or soft-furnishing that distracts your eye. More than likely it’s not functional to the room and space around you. Don’t force it, let function direct the journey.
Choose Your Colour Scheme – Eliminate unwanted colours from the mix to help simplify your colour palette. Choose two or three colours that work in unison and help maximise the space and aesthetics. You could also amplify a single colour by introducing different textures and materials.
Balance Your Furniture – Try creating more space by removing pieces that may be too big such as a coffee table or side table. Why not remove that piece of furniture sitting in the corner of the room that doesn’t see the light of day? Remember it’s about balance.
Photographer and founder of Digital Habitus and John & Douglas, a passionate advocate for minimalist design and digital marketing.