Principles of Minimalist Design

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Minimalism in interior design has become quite popular among homeowners and even those who are renting, for many different reasons. Whether it’s for practical or aesthetic purposes, the minimalist look has definitely made its mark in many rooms of a modern home.

You don’t need to hire a professional to come up with a minimalist look for your place. All you need to do is follow some simple rules, and to stick with these basic principles when designing spaces in your house.

Less is always more.

Philippe Starck Style Victoria Ghost Chairs from InStyleModern

Philippe Starck Style Victoria Ghost Chairs from InStyleModern

Philippe Starck Style Victoria Ghost Chairs from InStyleModern

This is perhaps the most basic principle of minimalist home design: less is more. The trick is to practice restraint in designing a space and not overwhelm it with loud, oversized furniture pieces and accessories. The minimalist look works great for both large and small living spaces, but the latter will especially benefit from the “less is more” rule. InStyleModern offers Philippe Starck Style Victoria Ghost Chairs which are molded from transparent plastic so they don’t block visual flow with colors and patterns, and can be placed anywhere in a home.

Select quality pieces of furniture and accessories.

Minimalism also places special emphasis on quality pieces made with the best materials. They do not have to be luxurious, but sturdy and beautifully finished natural wood, smooth chrome, and beautifully treated fabrics make their own statements without having to rely on other decorative accents. So be on the lookout for the best quality furniture and accessories that your budget will allow when planning an interior design project.

Go for neutral tones and solid or muted patterns.

White, off white, cream, grey, black, and others from the neutral palette are preferable in a minimalist theme. Loud and bright colors vie for attention and could clash with other colors in rugs, artwork, throw cushions, and other elements in a room. For major furniture pieces such as tables, chairs, sofas, and drapes, go for neutral tones and with plain or muted patterns. Avoid busy designs so that you can keep a Zen vibe going at all times.

Choose just one accent piece.


Kiss Chair from InStyleModern

Kiss Chair from InStyleModern

Minimalism doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, sticking to its basic principles in neutrality, restraint, and muted-ness allows a designer to hand pick a favorite accent piece: one that will really stand out from the subdued palette! For instance, the Kiss Chair from InStyleModern is playful, fully functional, has a bold and bright color, yet will go well with an all-natural color scheme and makes its own statement without trying too hard.

Keep lines clean and uncluttered.

Another rule of thumb when going for the minimalist look and feel is to select furniture pieces and accessories that are not fussy, overwhelming, or ostentatious. Go for sofas, tables, chairs, and lighting fixtures that have clean lines and flowing curves. Slender silhouettes and austere lines are trademarks of a minimalist home, so forget about squashy armchairs, multi-tiered chandelier, or frilly drapes.

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