Some of the key features of this trend include:
- A subdued colour palette
- Minimal décor
- Functional furniture
- Understated elegance
- Clean lines
Simplicity is everything
Embracing the minimalist style is actually a great way to make a small space appear bigger than it really is, and cutting back on unnecessary furniture and homeware. Simplicity is everything with this look, so it’s important to get rid of as much clutter as possible and invest in good-looking, clever storage options.
To get the look, start with white walls. If you want a fresh, crisp look, opt for a white with blue undertones. If you prefer a warmer shade, go for one with yellow undertones instead. Consider how much natural light your home gets before committing to the shade of white that best suits your desired outcome. If you choose to add a little something more to your walls, consider glossy or textured tiles.
While the classic minimalist style is not big on bold shades, it’s definitely an option to inject some colour into your space if you like. Choose hues that blend well with your neutral palette — earthy tones like browns and tan, as well as blues and greens generally work very well. It’s a good idea to limit yourself to just three key colours in a room to keep your palette truly minimal, always with easy-to-use neutrals like white, cream, grey or black.
Inject Some Personality
To really embrace the minimalist look, you’ll want to keep your design simple. That doesn’t mean that you can’t keep things interesting though. Texture is a great way to add some visual interest — plush rugs are a nice touch, while glass, chrome, wood and stone can also be used in the furnishings and details. Add some warmth to your space with textiles and fabrics, like the odd throw or blanket, in your chosen colour palette.
While less is more when it comes to style accessories, there’s no reason to add some personality to your home with the occasional collectible. Carefully chosen pieces and artworks will make your space unique and personal without compromising on style.
Choose furniture that’s functional, with clean lines and clever storage. You want to create a sense of order and calm in a minimalist space, so keep your surfaces clutter-free — this includes your kitchen counters. Rather, store all appliances and ingredients in your cabinets to create an ordered space.
Get the Look
For flooring, stick to a natural colour. Our Macchiato collection is a good option — it provides a natural fine grain stone look, and is available in four soft colours, including cream and grey. The large format is perfect for open space living areas, while the smaller variation can be used for bathroom floors and walls. Extend the indoors to the outside areas keeping the look streamlined using the corresponding colour in R11 grip finish.
To add a bit of texture to your minimal space, you might consider our Cemento collection. Its a collection of porcelain floor and wall tiles in cement colours ranging from light to dark. The subtle lineal Cassero finish provides a layer of texture whilst maintaining overall simplicity. Complete the minimalist look by mixing the smooth Rasato finish in the same colour. The rectangle Mosaics and Strip Listello decorative pieces are also a good option for creating a bathroom feature wall or a kitchen back splash.