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The minimalist interior style explained

On 19, Jan 2016 | No Comments | In Interior inspiration | By

Do you remember our articles about industrial and Scandinavian interior styles? Well, this time, it’s minimalism’s turn. Simplicity is the strength of this design style. Under the motto “less is more”, anything not required is removed. Discover what makes a minimalist interior so special and how you can apply it yourself.

A little bit of history

The minimalist interior style as we know it today only became popular at the end of the 20th century. It has its origins in Japanese interior design. In Japanese homes, “Ma” is a very important element. Ma can be translated as “emptiness” or “silence”. This principle is based on a balance between the available space and the furniture. It is actually believed that clutter-free, clear rooms can have a soothing effect on the body.

Typical characteristics of a minimalist interior

We have boiled minimalism down to its essentials. These elements kept coming back:

Clean lines

Minimalism is synonymous with a modern interior. In contrast to the rural look, there are no distinctive decorations to brighten up the whole. Clean lines and simple forms characterise this interior style, which is what makes minimalism a very pure design philosophy.

minimalist kitchen

No mess

When you look at examples of minimalist interiors, one thing is clear: clutter is out of the question. Old newspapers, slippers, blankets, etc.; they’re nowhere to be seen. Furthermore, there are very few decorative pieces because too many accessories can be a distraction. So try to store as much stuff as possible in cabinets, preferably with the doors closed to hide everything from view.

Pure colour palette

The colour palette also stands out. A minimalist interior consists mainly of white tints. Black is a popular contrast colour. Occasionally, colourful furniture and accessories can be used to reduce the sterile appearance.

Lots of light

Light is abundant in minimalism. This not only applies to natural light – curtains are often omitted – but artificial light as well. White walls and ceilings reflect this light throughout the space, making each room feel larger.

Open spaces

Interiors with a minimalist appearance usually have an open layout. You will find open spaces, open kitchens and loads of space. This gives the house more breathing space.

Choice of materials

In terms of materials, we often see poured floors and cabinets with a shiny white/black finish. Wooden accents are occasionally added to provide a little extra warmth. The result looks pure, sometimes a little futuristic, but always soothing.

Why do people opt for a minimalist interior?

Are you a fan of minimalism? This design style has many advantages:

  • Because of its simplicity, luminosity and the absence of clutter, you can find your zen.
  • Because few things are required, a minimalist interior is relatively budget-friendly (unless you opt for a designer chair that costs several thousand euros, of course).
  • The rooms are easy to clean.
  • The furniture comes into its own.
  • The bright colours and openness create a greater sense of space.

Our lighting suggestions

We would not be a lighting expert if we didn’t give you any lighting tips. These are our suggestions for a minimalist interior:

Indirect lighting

Unobtrusiveness is a keyword in minimalism. And what could be more discrete than indirect lighting? LED strips are invisible during the day, but they come to life when it gets dark. Indirect lighting also creates a nice accent to the straight lines of a ceiling, kitchen, entertainment centre and the like.

Minimalist interior design by Filip Deslee

Recessed spotlights

Another good way to illuminate a room is to use recessed spotlights. These spotlights are also common for a minimalist design style. Round or square, single or double, adjustable or fixed, big or small, there is a lot of choice when it comes to recessed spotlights.

Recessed spotlights in a kitchen

Minimalist bathroom by Filip Deslee

Flos String Light

With the Flos String Light, you add emphasis to the straight lines of your minimalist interior. The cable of this pendant lamp is, in fact, 12 meters long, which makes the String Light a real eye-catcher.

flos string light

Flos Spun Light

Another highlight from Flos is the Spun Light. The flowing lines of this floor lamp just radiate minimalism. It is available in four colours: white, black, mud and aluminium.

flos spun light

Fontana Arte Yumi

Looking for a floor lamp with sleek lines? Then the Fontana Arte Yumi is definitely for you. It has a very light and airy appearance, which makes the Yumi ideal for a minimalist interior.

fontana arte yumi

Luceplan Ascent

It is surprising how beautiful simple shapes can be. This Luceplan Ascent consists of a circular lamp shade, a slender guide and a square base, nothing more. The result is a stylish table lamp that stands out due to its unique operating mechanism; you can increase the intensity of the light by sliding the cap towards the top.

luceplan ascent

Wever & Ducré Wiro

Wiro is one of the most striking pendant lamps by Weaver & Ducré. This lamp is made from wire and is simultaneously light and robust in appearance. The black model will look very nice in a contrasting white minimalist interior.

wever & ducré wiro hanging lamp

Flos IC Lights

The IC Lights from Flos are a winner in the making. A simple shape, a slender body topped by a luminous sphere; IC Lights are perfectly balanced. They are definitely a winner in a minimalist interior.

Flos IC Lights


If you think less is more, the minimalist interior style is the way to go. Simplicity, openness and light are the important keywords. It’s definitely not for the untidy.

 

 

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