In today’s climate it’s not surprising minimalist interior designs are so popular. You can’t help being drawn to the calmness, balance and elegance that a minimalist design has to offer.
While traditionally minimalist colour schemes have been white and neutral, I have enjoyed watching the subtle introduction of colour into minimalist designs in recent years. In fact, I discovered part of me is a minimalist at heart too – a colourful one. Here are some minimalist designs that have inspired me.
Minimalism is the basis of traditional Japanese design, where spaces are stripped down to contain only the essential elements. Focus is on simplicity and balance to achieve a space that is calm and has a serenity to it. Importance is placed on lines, form, light and texture.
When it comes to colour, homes typically contain a neutral colour palette that includes colours inspired by nature. Sticking to two or three colours to keep the colour scheme simple.
Over the years we have seen colour and darker shades being welcomed in Nordic homes. I love this Scandinavian styled apartment, the open plan living space has clean lines and natural materials with a grey colour theme and bright yellow accents.
A beautiful grey-green feature wall adds personality to this modern minimalist look. The lack of clutter allows one to focus on the main function of the room and beauty of the selected furniture.
Scandinavian designs are simple and often inspired by the natural environment. A minimalist bathroom in a similar shade includes natural wood which gives it warmth and a bit of soul.
Green is the ideal colour for minimalist designs as it has balancing and calming qualities.
A beautiful art piece gives this minimalist room personality. This artwork is by Melbourne based artist Antoinette Ferwerda.
While an all white interior is often used in minimalist interiors due to its open, airy and simple qualities, the addition of colour retains the simple feel but makes the room more friendly and cheerful.
So once again there are no rules, minimalist spaces will provide balance and calm through simplified beauty. We can all benefit from living in a less chaotic and a more peaceful home. Adding a bit of colour will put your personality mark on your space as well as uplift it.