Style Highlight: Minimalism

July 8, 2024 - Michelle Murphy

Minimalism. So hot right now. And honestly, it has been for a while.

The minimalist style offers an antidote to our otherwise busy, overstuffed lives—a big reason why it’s having its moment. From the crisp, clean lines of Scandinavian design to the principles of Wabi Sabi and modern aesthetics, minimalism takes many forms—and is here to stay.

Sometimes, less is indeed more.

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The Minimalism Philosophy

Born from a post-World War II art movement that found its footing in mainstream culture in the 60s and 70s, the minimalist style cuts clutter to focus on what really matters. In a way, it’s somewhat of a design detox—finding beauty in simplicity.

Regardless of its application, at its core, minimalism is about being mindful, intentional, and valuing experiences over stuff. It focuses heavily on function, enjoying “ease”, and quality over quantity.

Key Elements of Minimalism

Let’s break it down.

Simple & Clean Lines

Forget frills and fluff—think straight, clean lines that keep things sleek and tidy. Minimalism lets space breathe and gives your eyes a place to rest.

Neutral Colour Palettes

No wild colour schemes here. Pure minimalism loves neutral tones—whites, greys, beiges—with the occasional splash of black. These colours create a calm, cohesive look that’s easy on the eyes and the mind.

Functional & Multi-Purpose Furniture

In a minimalist space, everything has a purpose (or two). Multi-functional furniture is a must, like a coffee table that doubles as storage or a sofa that turns into a bed. You want to maximize utility without sacrificing style.

Quality, Not Quantity

Minimalism means choosing fewer, better things. It’s investing in pieces that are well-made and timeless, rather than filling your space with trendy, disposable items.

Decluttered Spaces

The minimalist style doesn’t do clutter. Everything has its place, and what isn’t necessary is out the door. This doesn’t mean your home is bare though. It means having intentionality around each item to make sure it’s contributing to the overall harmony.

Natural Light

Minimalist spaces thrive on natural light. Big windows, sheer curtains, and strategically placed mirrors can help maximize the amount of sunlight in your home. It makes spaces feel larger, airier, and more welcoming.

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Combining Minimalism with Other Styles

Here’s how you can blend minimalism with other design aesthetics:

Balance Minimalism with Maximalism

It might sound contradictory, but minimalism and maximalism can happily coexist. Start with a minimalist base—clean lines, neutral colours—and add a few bold, statement pieces. The key is to keep the overall look balanced and not let the maximalist elements overwhelm the space.

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Modern Rustic Minimalism

Mix the sleek lines of minimalism with rustic elements like reclaimed wood, stone, and earthy colours. This blend brings a warm, lived-in feel to the clean simplicity of minimalism.

Industrial Minimalism

Combine the raw, edgy look of industrial design—exposed brick, metal, and concrete—with minimalist décor. The result is a cool, urban space that’s functional and stylish.

New to minimalism? No prob. Here are some tips to get you started:

Black and white minimal living room design

Embrace Less is More!

The minimalist style doesn’t mean you have to live with nothing. Instead, minimalism encourages conscious curating so that everything in your environment serves a purpose and makes you feel good.

Whether you’re keen to incorporate minimalist elements in your decor or ready to go full into the minimalist style, the result will no doubt be a calm, serene environment that you’re thrilled to call home.

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