Minimalism in design refers to stripping down all design elements to the bare necessities. This does not mean a bare or boring space; rather a minimalist interior would rather stick to the things that are really needed within that space and serves to give the home a more sophisticated, uncluttered look.
In Nigeria, people are often flamboyant with furniture and home designs as a display of wealth. However, more people are interested in the minimalist trend and the sense of clarity it brings to a home.
While many homes with minimalist designs look really simple and easily put together, a lot of work and thought actually does go into creating a truly worthy minimalist space.
Tips and Tricks
- The first thing you should know is that the aim of going minimalist is not to save cost. You might find out that you would need to spend more in order to get the sort of furniture and accessories that truly fit your space as opposed to getting a random off the rack item.
- The number one rule of minimalist design is the use of neutral colours. Because the aim of minimalist design is to keep things looking simple, sophisticated and uncluttered; you have to stick to neutral colours. Colours such as off white, cream and grey are the best for walls. You can also use the same for furniture or try out other colours such as beige, browns or cool toned blues. This helps everything to blend in seamlessly.
- Ensure that the space is tidy. You cannot have random books lying on the table or shakers and towels all over the dining. Ensure that everywhere is tidy and that any items that can create a hint of chaos is put out of the way.
Minimalism can be applied not just to your interior decoration but also your general home design and overall architecture. You can strip down ostentatious designs for a simple, symmetrical structure.
I generally love the serenity that a minimalist design can bring to a home, not to mention the sophistication that a clean simple space always exudes. I guess minimalism proves the saying true “Less is More”.