Minimalist design is built around the relationship between natural lighting, eye-friendly colours and regular biometric shapes. Jarring colours are used only in minor details within a room. Common materials used in minimalist design are natural stone and wood, metal and glass. It is also common for items of furniture to server more than one purpose.
1 – Minimalist Furniture
When choosing furniture for projects of this nature, the focus is on natural wood, leather, glass and stainless steel. These materials give a room a sleek appearance. Focus on furniture items that are low-slung — the closer to the floor that the seats, tables or fireplaces are sat, the more appropriate they are for a minimalist room.
2 – The Walls and Floor
White is the most common colour for walls in minimalist design. This colour gives any room the appearance of being larger and enhances the effects of other design elements in the room. Neutral colours and natural stone colours are also appropriate. It is not advisable to use a varied colour scheme for a room as this can shrink the space and make a room feel more cluttered. Walls are often replaced with sliding or removable screens.
3 – Minimalist Lighting
Uplighter’s are appropriate for rooms with a minimalist feel. Bioethanol fires, in particular, add to the minimalist design of a room — both for the natural light they provide and for the sleek look that can be created for a room by using a bioethanol fire. Modern minimalist design is also focused on energy conversion, this makes these fireplaces even more appropriate for minimalist designs due to their ultra-high energy efficiency.
4 – The Windows
Window areas should be kept uncluttered to allow the maximum amount of natural light to enter the from during the day. White blinds allow for more privacy and wooden shutters are appropriate for their natural colours and straight edges. Many designers opt to enlarge window spaces as much as possible as this increases both the amount of light in the room and the feeling of space. Sliding windows are also a very popular element.
5 – Decorations and Accessories
Concealed storage spaces are also a key element. Open areas are kept as free from non-functional items as possible. As a result of this accessories are kept to a minimum or avoided entirely in strong minimalist designs. Candles are appropriate for rooms as they also provide natural light
When designing a room with a minimalist look, it is important to use natural colours, and to enhance the feeling of space and cleanliness. The design will look effortless and enhances feelings of calm and relaxation. Rooms designed using the principals of minimalism are also a joy to clean due to the lack of clutter and the low maintenance costs.