When looking at design trends, the word minimalist appears quite often. For many, this style comes with many uncertainties, as most people are unsure of what to incorporate in order to achieve the look. A quick assumption of ‘minimalist’ may include thoughts of a lack of decor, very little furniture, and an overall sleek design concept. However, the minimalist design trend has much to offer – in fact the true definition of the style shatters the stereotypes that have developed over time.

Minimalism has become an increasingly popular design style, with more and more designers adapting to the concepts it emulates: a beautiful combination of simplicity and luxury, as well as modern coziness. While you may question how to achieve simple luxury, it is possible! Designers have dubbed this style ‘warm minimalism’, and the result creates a multitude of incredible room possibilities.  Here are some tips for how to achieve this look in your own home:

  • Use simple, natural colors. One of the best ways to begin any room transformation is with a color palette that reflects the style of your choice. When it comes to the beautiful simplicity of minimalism, Morristown, NJ painters recommend a clean, neutral palette. While there is nothing quite ‘simple’ about it, minimalism works to create a relaxing atmosphere. This can be achieved with rich, natural color schemes. Hues of white, beige, tan, and medium brown all fit this category and can be introduced throughout a room, either on the walls or within the furniture. If you are working with light colored walls, build tans and browns into furniture and accents like rugs and tables. These pieces serve as focal points and spreading them out will draw attention to every part of the room.
  • Incorporate unique textures. Once you have settled on your color choices, you can play with the decor in the space. Seek out pieces of furniture that will add elegance to your room: smooth leather and textured slipcovers are popular choices. In addition, accessories with texture and personality add to the inviting, eye-catching concept you are trying to achieve. Thick-patterned rugs, woven storage baskets, knit pillows, and blankets are great choices, as they steer away from the textural ‘norms’ without compromising comfort or style.
  • ‘Edge’ away from edges. Bold angles and sharp edges can  take away from the open and inviting atmosphere of a minimalist design. The furniture used in your space should be ‘soft’, meaning each piece should have rounded edges, as opposed to a piece with sharp edges, which can feel intimidating. Chairs with rolled arms, tables with rounded corners and similar accessories balance out a room by taking away from the strict linear layout.

Minimalism is a trend that may seem difficult to accomplish, but it has many beautiful qualities that can be achieved through simple additions. Rich textures, natural colors and soft furniture choices combine to enhance the comfort level of a room and embrace the minimalist lifestyle. For more minimalist design tips, contact Diana Apgar, a Mason, OH interior decorator.