Post by Stacey Walker. Stacey mostly works behind the scenes for Greenbrook Design, managing day to day operations, marketing, sourcing product and keeping the showroom beautifully designed. Stacey also does interior design & home styling for a select number of clients. Find out more about Stacey here.
The bare essentials. That is how some would describe a minimalist style, one void of color and personality. A house designed with this style will only have the necessities needed to function, but that is not the case. While it is true that the minimalist style does not have a lot of the extra fluff and sparkle other styles possess it is still a beautiful choice for those who are looking to create a space with simplicity. Let’s unpack this style to see if it is right for your home.
What is a minimalist style?
What began as an art movement of the 1960’s gradually migrated into the world of design. Clean lines, open floor plans, natural light, and simple accessories such as one art piece or delicate vase. The minimal style is minimal, it trades out the trendy for the timeless by eliminating the extra. You won’t find clutter, loads of color, or big patterns. Instead you will see natural light paired with a quiet monochromatic palette. Walls are adorned with only a few pieces of art and furniture that serves a practical purpose. White, beige, and gray are the main colors used with a minimal design style since they invoke a simple palette and calm effect.
Is it right for you?
Some may hear the description of a minimalist style and think it is too boring for their taste. While it is true that this style is more simplistic, it has its own beauty and charm. That being said, how do you know if this style is for you? Can you relate to most of these things on the list?
Do you have a less is more approach to life?
The focus of the space is not the decor but the view?
Natural light is essential in the design.
A simple color palette is what you prefer.
Be sure to talk with your designer about your design preferences and what the vision is for your space. This will help them create a space that is a reflection of you and what is important for your lifestyle.
Design with a minimalist style.
If you choose this style what is considered essential to the design, what elements are key to the design, and what needs to be avoided?
Remember minimal is the key: while this seems obvious it can be tempting to add a little extra color there or hang one more art piece, but a minimalist design thrives on simple form and function.
Be ready to declutter: clutter is the opposite of the minimalist idea, take stock of what’s in each room and think about ways you can remove, reduce, or store what’s already there.
Neutral colors are king: subdued and toned-down shades are important to this style as they invoke a clean space and are meant to highlight what is important in the space.
Don’t forget about form and function: this is an important element to the design as it allows you to use the space as well as enjoy it. Pick furniture that is not just functional but comfortable.
Above all else, the most important thing to keep in mind is that this is your home. While you are encouraged to gather inspirational photos don’t forget that this is your home and meant to reflect you so talk to your designer about ways to incorporate a few things that say home to you. Here are a few other design tips.
Ready to start?
The minimalist style has several benefits including a calming effect in the atmosphere. If you feel this is the right one for you or would like to discuss it with one of our knowledgeable designers just give us a call or send us a message. With over 20 years of experience, we are ready to help you start creating a space that is just right for you.