Style 101: The Minimalist Look

Minimalism is more than a design style; it’s a way of life that focuses on the mantra “less is more.” When done well, the minimalist design aesthetic is sleek and sophisticated, with just enough items that bring a calming sense of Zen.

To create this look in your home, here are five characteristics to consider:

Minimalist Room

1. Balance and proportion

A minimalist room will have minimal furnishings, which means that balance is vital. Each piece of furniture should be in proportion with the room and with each other. Nothing should seem too big or too small. The overall feeling should be of harmony among your furnishings. In addition, arrange pillows, artwork and lamps in pairs or asymmetrically to one side.

2. Quality over quantity

Because you have minimal items, focus on selecting the best quality you can afford. In a living room, for example, the sofa will be the main focal point and it should be the center of the room. Choose one that is well-made pieces and unique. Minimalist Sideboard

 

3. Pay attention to the details

Because there are few furnishings, design details become more important. An embroidered pillow, nail-head trim on a chair, or sleek hardware will add unexpected texture and richness without adding clutter. And accessories, kept to a minimum, should be thoughtfully chosen for impact.

4. Neutral tones

While a bold splash of color can be introduced in artwork or a single accent, furnishings in a minimalist style room should be in neutral tones, such as black, white, gray or taupe. When you have too many colors, the room will look too busy; instead, stick to a more monochromatic tone that feels calming and sophisticated.

Minimalist Lamp

5. Lots of light

Let in as much natural light as you can by forgoing window treatments whenever possible. Also choose fixtures, such as statement pendants or dramatic floor lamps that serve double duty as a light source and art.


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