Applying a minimalist principle to your living space

Minimalist design is one of the most compelling design movements of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. From minimalist websites to minimalist cars, this popular design trait has seemed to have penetrated more fields than any other design trend. In interior design, minimalism continues to be a hugely popular style. Being greatly influenced by Japanese interiors, minimalist designers maintain modern objectives, with a fundamental emphasis on line and shape.

If you are tired of the clutter and ‘fussiness’ of your living space  you may want to think about taking a more minimalist approach to your décor. Don’t know where to begin? Take a look at the following ways you can apply a minimalist principle to your living space.

Uniform flooring

Fussy interiors start at the floor. To create a sense of visual continuity replace the current mismatched flooring with a uniform flooring material throughout your property. Having wooden flooring in one room, tiles in the next and carpets in another, will create visual jarring. Sticking to one type of material will immediately craft a more minimalist look.

If you are concerned uniform flooring will appear sterile and ‘boring’, place rugs in various rooms to break the flooring up. Solid patterned and coloured rugs will be more in-keeping with the minimalist design.

A colour contrast

When one thinks of minimalist interior design, pristine white colour schemes spring to mind. Whilst the simplicity and uniformity of a predominantly white interior crafts an unfussy and simple look, white is by no means the only colour minimalist designers can play around with.



Getting creative with colour will provide more contrast and make a high impact visual impression. For example, contrasting lighter tones of white, grey and beige with a touch of black in the furnishings or the occasional ‘pop’ of colour will generate greater depth and contrast. Injecting  more dramatic colours into a lighter colour scheme will devoid the room of ‘sterility’. By the same token, keep the palette simple to avoid creating colour vibration, which will hamper the calm environment you are striving to achieve.

Clean-lined furnishings

The style of furniture and furnishings will play a crucial role in your minimalist living space. Clean-lined furniture that boast geometric shapes and simple lines work best in this style of décor. Focus on sleek furniture and accessories, which are short on excess but at the same time bursting with creativity. Do not be afraid to weave some texture into the room in order to give it some warmth and feeling. Keep textures solid and avoid busy fabric patterns. The idea is to create a fresh, clean look.

Three quick minimalist tips. 

1. In a bedroom, a mattress that is barely off the ground and is void of a headboard will generate a minimalist vibe.

2. As flowers are often too fussy, cultivate cacti and succulents instead.

3. Avoid a cold looking room by placing brightly-coloured artwork on top of a white, glossy background.