Minimalist homes, with their soothing swathes of empty floor space and serene bare walls, are filling up our Pinterest boards and Instagram feeds these days. Saying good-bye to all of that clutter and investing in just a few beautifully made pieces is enticing, to say the least. But simplifying too much can leave a space feeling cold and inhospitable. Here are four secrets to designing a clean-lined space that’s still infused with meaning and character.
Less really is more
Keep the foundation of your rooms simple and pure, curating every piece in your space with intent. Look for warmth, texture, and muted or dramatic rich tones. Let form and texture lead. Subtlety is timeless.
Shop the world
Minimalism is flourishing the world over—explore the work of architects, designers, and brands from Italy to Australia. Our need to disconnect from technology is heavily influencing designers across the globe to edit and compose spaces with purpose. As a result, there is an amazing breadth of minimalist design within our grasp. Your space will have greater depth and deeper roots if you explore what’s beyond your own doorstep.
Our homes and offices are not static environments. They should be unique and fluid, suiting our most basic and demanding physical and emotional needs. Take time to observe your daily rituals, taking note of how you interact with your space, the objects you use most and those you could potentially eliminate. Crafting a space that’s functional as well as calm.
Storage should be secret
Minimalists may live with less, but that doesn’t mean forgoing the necessities. Carefully planned spaces can hold vast amounts of storage, freeing us from the weight of excess and allowing us room to contemplate.