Simplify, Simplify – A Minimalist’s Style Guide

In this post, we’ll look at how you can do less with more, using minimalist design principles to create a tranquil, airy interior space in your home.

Design in Focus


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The best way to avoid confusion is to choose one central focus. This can be a unique piece of furniture, a vivid artwork, or a bright area rug. If something will detract from this one priority component, it doesn’t belong in the same space. Shift it to another room where it can take center stage.

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Love Is the Answer


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Minimalist guru Marie Kondo echoes a principle that organization professionals have been repeating for decades: if something you own doesn’t “spark joy,” it’s time to say goodbye. A first step towards creating a minimalist space is to discard possessions you no longer truly enjoy. Do you have paintings that have faded into the background or a collection of fiestaware you haven’t added to for years? Consider donating or selling these former treasures.

Color Coding


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Ensure a unified design with a tight color palette. Choose one hue – coral red, sea green – and make sure that all colors in the room stay close to it. You can also choose neutrals to predominate so that a bright accent can stand out. A minimalist design trick for adding complexity is to use a limited color palette with a wide range of textures – consider a carved wooden bowl or a woven throw rug.

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Simple Lines, Simple Design


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Minimalism is about clean, straightforward shapes – picture the iconic lounge chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames, George Nakashima’s sleek wooden cabinets, or George Nelson’s “Marshmallow” sofa. Make sure that every piece is built on simple lines that flow easily. If you have an ornately carved table or a heavy brass lamp, consider trading it in for a midcentury piece that won’t clash with a minimalist theme.

Let Your Walls Flower


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Midcentury minimalist design flourished in an era of bold printmaking and abstract painting – think Andy Warhol’s iconic silkscreen portraits of Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, or Mark Rothko’s balanced color block compositions. Minimalist interior design dovetails especially well with a focus on dramatic artwork, so consider adding a large, brightly-colored painting or poster to your space.

Achieving simplicity can be deceptively complex – but as long as you remember the twin minimalist credos of unity and focus, you’ll be well on your way to crafting a distinctive minimalist-themed living space!

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