What Is Minimalist Style?
The style is gaining traction as society becomes more and more stressed. Benchmarks include clean lines, lack of clutter and a color palette devoted to one or two colors (and no more). Overall, the idea is simple: live simply, remove unneeded objects and enjoy a calmer, more focused life.
Minimalist Style Interior Design
Even more minimalist design ideas, minimalist furniture ideas and minimalist home decor ideas.
The minimalist nightstand
Modern minimalist decor states that life shoud be uncomplicated. The best way to live out this mantra is in the bedroom, where sleep should come easily and waking up should feel peaceful. Start with a quality nightstand; look for clean lines, simple, spacious drawers and a smooth, solid-color finish.
The minimalist coffee table
It's where your guests will gather 'round, so make it a hub of calm and simplicity. Opt for serene tabletop decor for a coffee table, such as a stained glass vase with a floral stem, or an abstract figurine. As for the table itself, try wood, metal or glass with straight edges and smooth surfaces.
The minimalist couch
Go small or go home, because smaller means less space to be taken up (and more space means more air to roam in and live simply). Try a loveseat instead of a couch, and if you need a couch, look for smaller options that seat two (instead of the more common three).
The minimalist dining table
The minimalist dining table is all-practical. It's there to serve food, keep guests comfortable and provide a place to rest glassware, vases and even tired arms. Quality over quantity is ideal. If a budget is forcing you to make a decision between size and material, opt for the smaller design in a more luxe material, such as pine or oak wood.
The minimalist bar stool
A drink after work doesn't have to be in a pub or bar, it can be right at home with a friend or two – given you've got the furniture for it! Minimalist styles are easy to buy and setup, take up little space and make comfortable seating. Try backless designs or wooden designs (or both).
The minimalist end table
End tables make great companions to sofas, and, if you're truly all-in on the minimalist bandwagon, can even replace a coffee table! They're small, so shouldn't be overcrowded with decor: opt for one decorative touch and leave the rest of an end table's surface empty for simplicity.
The minimalist bench
Speaking of replacements, a bench replaces a sofa in minimalist style, every time. This is the perfect option for small apartments with not a lot of space. (Opt for a bench with a backrest for comfort.) Since benches are small and angular in framework by definition, you don't have to worry about whether yours is "minimalist enough" – the very fact that it's a bench means it will surely fit in with a minimalist decorating style!
The minimalist daybed
The minimalist daybed will feature track arms (straight arms, without curves or rolling), a clean backrest (without tufting or ruching) and straight legs (without tapering). Try it in a solid hue, preferably neutral!
The minimalist bar cart
The minimalist bar cart should be simple, so that the focus is on the drinks! Keep glass wine bottles and more on a metal, unpainted surface. Super-minimalist styles won't come with wheels, but act as more of a stationary bar than cart, altogether.
The minimalist sideboard
Although you may want your dining room to feel as open and spacious as possible, so that you can live simply and breathe in unobstructed air, the reality is that you'll probably find you need storage. The solution is the minimalist sideboard, which doesn't take up much space, gives you the storage you need and fits in with an overall "simple living" mentality.
The minimalist kitchen island
Like the sideboard, the idea of the kitchen island may not exactly be a minimalist-lover's dream, since it takes up more floor space than you may want to part with. If you need the storage, though, you're going to have to come to terms with owning one, so look for small, portable designs with clever organization cells to keep the vibe as simple as possible.
The minimalist ottoman
Like in our bench section above, we declare that ottomans are, by very nature, minimalist. They're easy to move, come in basic shapes and can be used for any purpose you can imagine. If you want to create a minimalist house decor aesthetic, go with an ottoman (any ottoman, because every ottoman is minimalist by design)!
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