Less is more or simply Minimalism , is a rejection of the extremely subjective designs and works of abstract expressionism. By distilling a design, down to its bare essentials, minimalism intends to showcase its true form. Unsurprisingly, spontaneity is the main feature of abstract expressionism , which forms a vital element of this design ideology.
Minimalism, in stark contrast, takes form, color, and space and reduces them to such simplicity to attain their essential nature. At this point, the philosophy goes, one can’t remove anything else from the design to improve it further in any way, shape or form. That’s when you know that true minimalism has been reached. Call it a form of Design Nirvana, where bliss in design is attained by removing all of the excesses !
Minimalist mainstays are broadly :
- 1. Simplicity in design to serve overall functions
- 2. Clean lines and compositions
- 3. Bright and natural lighting
- 4. Lighter and more neutral colors
- 5. Natural flooring (as well as nature themes like leaves, trees, etc.)
The Bare Essentials
Philosophically, minimalist architecture won’t use more materials than it has to, in arriving at the essence of what is being designed and built. From a blueprint, sensitive architects will reduce a design to exactly what it needs for just the bare minimum of required materials, elements and parameters.
It should be noted that minimalist architects don’t strive for the complete elimination of ornamentation, although it may seem like that. Instead, they reach a point in the planning and designing stages where they’re satisfied that they can’t improve on the project anymore by further subtraction—while still keeping the innate functionality of the structure intact.
A Respect for Space
If you look at minimalist architecture, you’ll note quite quickly that space is a quality of design that’s emphasized. Unsurprisingly, when you reduce structural designs to their simplest forms, you’re naturally allowing more space to remain. In fact, one of the most noticeable aspects of this style is the open-plan layouts and spatial arrangements.
Approach to interior design – Clutter is chaotic, so it’s expected that the minimalist approach to interior design stresses order and neatness. Free-of-clutter surfaces dominate minimalist interiors. While it’s difficult in practice to live up to this standard (messy countertops, coffee tables, dining room table, etc.), striving for clutter-free surfaces is a way one can approach minimalist living.
Do a room check every few weeks or so to ensure that no junk has started to creep up onto your surfaces ! To help make sure that surfaces are bare, assign a designated area to items that tend to become clutter.
The color in your room greatly affects your mood, according to studies. Colors on the spectrum of blue help you feel calmer while warmer colors such as red and yellow can give you feelings of comfort and warmth—yet also hostility and anger!
That’s why going with neutral or lighter colors is a safe bet. More subdued tones will inspire that feeling of calm while also sticking to that “less is more” philosophy. Anything from white, gray or even greige (a portmanteau of gray and beige) will do, but you can also explore undertones.
Beauty in Simplicity
In our world full of excesses and kitsch, this timeless design concept of minimalism is a breath of fresh air.