The minimalist interior design style continues to be one of the most popular styles used across the design world. It celebrates the concept of ‘less is more’, featuring toned-down decor and a serene ambience. The style creates a clean and chic interior while putting functionality at the forefront.
However, designing a minimalist space isn’t as easy as keeping the decor simple and pared-back. There’s a fine line between minimal and boring, and if you don’t take care of the details, your space may appear cold and uninviting.
Keep reading to learn how to create a minimalist home that isn’t boring, so you can opt for a pared-back design approach while still keeping things visually interesting!
Add a Punch of Personality
One of the most effective ways to keep your minimalist home from looking boring is by infusing elements of your personality and character. Use decor and accessories that resonate with who you are — items you will enjoy looking at after a long, hectic day at work.
You can do so by introducing a minimalist bookshelf to your interior and placing your decor pieces on it. From your favourite books to souvenirs collected from travels, there’s plenty of room to exercise creative freedom. You can also use artwork of your choice.
Tip: Retain the minimalism of the space by keeping the colour palette pared-down and opting for a simple approach for the rest of the interior.
Minimalist interiors largely focus on monochromatic colour palettes, but there’s always room to incorporate accents with occasional pops of hue. Consider doing so through the artwork, throw pillows, and lampshades, as these are easy to switch up as and when you wish.
Upgrading the colours of these also makes it easy to tailor your decor according to different seasons. Think blacks and blues in winter and bright pinks and greens for summer. However, incorporate them minimally to keep things simple and sleek.
Create a Focal Point
Creating a focal point provides a great way to add a punch of visual interest to the otherwise simple interior. Draw attention to a particular point of your minimalist design by opting for a statement piece. For example, consider placing a differently-coloured accent sofa to create interest. Using a statement piece of artwork will serve the purpose, too.
Be sure to create a single focal point in one room to prevent things from getting overwhelming.
Play Around with Lighting
Create interest in your minimalist home with the lighting. Begin by using sleek fixtures, such as a rod chandelier or metallic-finish pendant lights. These visually appealing pieces act as decor in themselves.
Additionally, by lighting the room the right way, you can create depth and height and draw attention to the most attractive areas of the room. Beyond artificial lighting, allow plenty of natural light to illuminate the space. This further brightens the space and creates a connection with nature — more on that in a minute.
Introduce Lots of Texture
Texture adds dimension to the interior. Smooth surfaces, such as metallic finishes, add a contemporary and sleek look to the space. On the other hand, rough textures, such as natural materials like rattan, create a rustic ambience in the home.
By using textures, you can positively impact the overall feel of the space and make the interior more inviting and interesting while retaining the minimalist look of the space.
Create a Connection with Nature
Finally, creating a connection with Mother Nature beautifies the space while benefiting your mental health in various ways. Using plants provides the opportunity to add a pop of green into the space while also diversifying textures. Natural light is another aspect of tying the space with Mother Nature, while elements such as wood, rattan, wicker, and stone further serve the purpose.
Embracing the simplicity and charm of minimalism comes with the challenge of potentially ridding your interior of its character. But with the tips and tricks given above, you can curate a space that is simple, sleek and sophisticated — and still visually interesting!
Can’t decide how to inject personality and accents into your minimalist space? Get in touch with one of our Interior Design Gurus who will have a look at your space over video chat and give you tips and advice personalised to your interior!