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The Conscious Minimalist

The Conscious Minimalist
30 October 2018
by Durrows

by Kelsey Davis
Photo credit: Peny Hsieh Interiors 

Minimalism is a popular trend in design and decorating. It is about paring things down to get to what is absolutely essential. This gives the space a feeling of order and clarity. It is a design philosophy that the greatest impact can be achieved through careful use and editing of design elements. The ultimate goal in minimalist design is serenity, not cold sterility. In fact, when done well, it is possible for a minimalist space to exude warmth and be inviting. Here are some of the latest trends that can help you to attain serenity in your minimalist design.

Create Visual Interest Through Color and Texture

Just because you do not clutter a space with a collection of furniture, fixtures and art, does not mean it has to be dull. One way to create visual interest in a space, even when you are going for a more sparse appearance, is to mix up the textures of the materials. Colors tend to be simple such as a monochromatic or neutral palate, but when you achieve that palate with a variety of materials that each contribute a different texture, the look is a bit more interesting.

When you set one well chosen, colorful against the back drop of neutrals, that one color will pop. Because the rest of the space is not inundated with other colors, that one bright spot– whether it be a furnishing, pillows, vase of flowers or stripe of color on the wall– will draw the eye.

Choose Statement Pieces

A statement piece is a piece that stands out. It might be a brightly colored chair or couch. It might be a piece of artwork. It could be a rug. Whatever it is, it is a piece that commands attention. Maybe you build your design around that piece or maybe you set it into the space for contrast. However you use it, it will be what people notice the most when entering the space.

Use High Quality Materials

Just because you have chosen a minimalist design does not mean that you have to have a minimalist budget. On the contrary, high quality materials will stand out when made part of an austere landscape. When the rest of the landscape isn’t cluttered, the elements that are present are allowed to breathe. Use real wood, stone and metals, not particle board and faux brick.

Focus on Only What You Need

Editing is one of the most important parts of minimalist design. You aren’t simply getting rid of things, you are curating the space. Choose what is absolutely essential, use high quality materials and get rid of anything that is unnecessary. For example, you may need cabinets, but do you really need hardware on those cabinets? Hardware can interrupt the clean lines of an otherwise flawless symmetry in your cabinet design.

Light and Space

Light and space are materials that can be just as important as furnishings and fixtures. No matter what design philosophy you adhere to, having a well lit space makes it warm and inviting. Giving each item some space allows it to breathe and gives it more weight.

Uncomplicated Items

Minimalist design tends toward the solid rather than the print. It prefers clean lines to ornate decoration and flourishes. When you choose pieces to populate your deign, choose simple, uncomplicated pieces. Pieces should be honest in their intention. A vase is a vase. It does not require ornamentation. A dresser has drawers where it holds things. There is no need to dress it up with filigree or give it a busy silhouette. Let each piece be honest in its intention and purpose.

Minimalism is a design philosophy that has existed for a long time and shows no signs of going anywhere soon. Indeed, its clean lines and uncluttered spaces are attractive in an increasingly complicated and chaotic world because it promotes a sense of order and tranquility. These suggestions can help you create your own peaceful sanctuary from the rush of the modern world.


About the author:

Kelsey is the editor at LuxAuthority and is trying to balance both her budget and her credit card balance. She likes to live lavish and treat herself when the opportunity allows it. She loves the newest tech, old cars and the smell of rich mahogany and leather bound books as well!

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