Minimalist Interior Design: The Bare Necessities

Interior Design

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of themes or types of designs for the inside of your home. Many shops are dedicated to these styles, from modern to contemporary, from Victorian to country.  Themes that cover, or accentuate, things like safaris, or Native American textiles, or the Far East, still have something in common: they all embellish with photographs, flowers, books, vases, and little statues.  All themes with the exception of one: minimalist interior design.

This type of interior design is appearing more and more in homes, here and around the world.  It has had some surges since it was coined in 1965, when stark white rooms with geometric designs appeared, but it has changed since then.   This type of home decoration says it all within the word of minimalist. In this type design, whether it is in works of art, or building architecture, or even interior design, it all comes down to the bare necessities.  Just to have what is needed to make the room useful, yet pleasing to the eye, but very uncluttered.  The walls are usually white and unadorned with framed pictures; instead, the walls are textured, or shadowed with lighting.  The furniture is sharp and angled, and low in number, but with a splash of color from a thick throw blanket, or pillows softens and can make the room comfortable.  This is a design is the absolute meaning of “less is more”.

For those that want a room that is decorated with color, texture or lighting, instead of knickknacks, curio cabinets, a 3 shelf bookcase and magazines, this is for you.  This design is a much softer, and more inviting today, than that of the near-sterile feeling it had in its beginning.  A house that has this design carried throughout it interior, or even if its just one room, can be just as warm or inviting as any other.  It can be almost a work of art in itself.