A Minimalist at Heart?

Tired of the clutter? Want to reduce the ‘noise’ so you bring focus back into you life? Looking to create spaces that embody tranquility? Well, maybe a lesson on minimalism is just the thing you need!


Fundamental principles of minimalism are based on sharp lines, solid surfaces, low furniture, and pastel shades – with few embellishments and ‘unnecessary’ accessories. Designers who prefer minimalism refuse dividing squares and stand for visual combining of planes of a designed space. To help you incorporate minimalist design principles into your next interior design project at home, in the office or other healthcare spaces, we are busting three top myths about too-often misunderstood design philosophy:

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1. Less is more, but how?

Minimalism in interior design means spacious rooms with few furnishings and zealously trailered detailing that is blended for subtle, but unmissable visual lure. But that does not mean you have to forgo the trimmings – in fact, you might have to mind them even a little more than when working with other design scheme. When visual distractions are few, any little extra superfluities will likely distract the occupant. To best create the desired sense of tranquility and focus in your minimalist spaces, it is important to take the time to reduce the visual noise and tuck away the finishing touches. Reduce pleats, use streamline upholstery and avoid laying materials on soft surfaces and drapery. As old wisdom teaches us – out of sight, out of mind!


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2. Grey on grey on grey?

Many misconceptions about the minimalism movement in interior design will have you believing that grey or sad-old beige are the only palate choices. The truth however, is that there are no limits to the colour choices and ranges that can be successfully integrated, to create a perfectly harmonious visual effect. But you will have to be very careful, for the best effect. It will be important to commit to the colour scheme you choose and reduce competition for the occupants’ attention wherever possible. And when unsure, consider the pastel version of the colours you have in mind – you will likely find that it is just the right answer.


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3. Yes, but will it be comfortable?

Absolutely! Minimalist doesn’t mean empty. In fact, you might find that a minimalist space is even more relaxing and centring for your senses, than any other spaces. In a minimalist space, visual noise is reduced drastically, spaces are opened up for a tidy mindset, and sensory focus is regained for the task at hand. And just because you are attempting to achieve a minimalist aesthetic, does not mean that you need to forgo comfort and personalized comforts. The favourite comfy chair can be tailor-upholstered to blend where necessary, space dividers can be seamlessly finished for visual continuity, and even window dressings can be custom-fit to control light for the perfect harmony of style and energy savings.

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