The more noisy and complicated life is, the more people tend to look for simpler and more realistic things. That is one of the reasons why minimalist style is always loved in any field, from music, art, fashion to interior design. Instead of striving for materialism such as finding, and owning things that fit the current trend, as well as filling your living space with luxurious items that you might never even use, choosing minimalism will make your life lighter, more happiness, and open.
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”Leonardo da Vinci
What is minimalism?
The minimalist art movement flourished in the 1960s and early 1970s, showing diverse trends in art, especially in visual art and music. The minimalism bases on the purity and condensation of modernism combined with postmodernism offer a unique, elegant and attractive look.
In interior design, minimalism is geared towards using as few furnishings as possible, eliminating cumbersome, unnecessary details to focus on the clear lines, geometric shapes, and functions of the furniture. As known as the father of minimal architectural style, German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886 – 1969) is one of the masters of modern architecture. With the famous motto: “Less is more,” his architectural works laid the foundation for the development of later minimalist design styles. Besides, the minimalistic design has also been influenced by the Japanese traditional design style which features the harmonious combination of modern tendency with the core spirit value of Japanese culture. Many Japanese architects are successful and imprinted with a minimalist style in which typically is architect Tadao Ando. His designs are excellent works of art that are sophisticated blendings between architecture and nature so that bring a unique and creative personality.
The basic principles of minimalist design
Minimalist architecture has many similarities with Japanese culture and Zen, sharing the same purpose of creating an eclectic, concise, airy space, full of light, and expressing Zen. Therefore, the element of minimalism, nature, and emotion must be integrated subtly and effectively.
In a minimalist design, the overall space has to satisfy with access, visual and minimize interior decoration following the principle of “Less is more”. To achieve that, minimalism draws attention to the lines, textures hidden below, and the practical function of each particular furniture. All options are carefully calculated so that when combined all together to create a clear, coherent, and reasonable layout.
When it comes to colors, spaces in a minimalist style don’t use more than three colors in a 60:30:10 mixing ratio. 60% of which is the dominant color, 30% of tertiary color, and the remaining 10% are accent colors. The neutral color palette is the perfect choice for this type of design. To give a clear example, white is used as the dominant color, while beige creates an intermediate connection, eventually adding a touch of depth to the deep brown tone. However, you can combine your favorite colors as long as they follow the same tone and scale. Besides, natural colors also won the favor of many designers such as the color of wood, concrete color, brick color, ….
Lighting also plays a vital role in the overall design. To create a space of meditation, airy, and relaxing, it is necessary to take full advantage of and maximize the benefits of light both in aesthetic and functional value. The use of light, especially natural light, is focused on highlighting important areas, shapes of objects, and other interior décors, and because of this, designing open windows, curtains, or skylights are great ideas to get as much natural light as possible. In addition, artificial lighting also requires a thorough selection to bring illumination effects in accordance with the original orientation and the overall spirit of the design.
The charm of the minimal design
The appeal of minimalism has never diminished despite the constant change in current design trends. The modern, neat, minimalist in design always keep the hearts of many homeowners, including the most fastidious. Whether you choose this style to apply to your home or workplace, large or tight space, it can meet all your requirements.
A minimalist design can offer a lot of aids from aesthetics, mental health to economic benefits. The removal of unnecessary items reduces clutter, builds a sophisticated and tidy space so that creating a sense of spaciousness and comfort for users. Imagine you have a long and tiring day of work, instead of sitting in a messy office, a minimal workspace will help you increase your concentration and work efficiency. Or when you return home, a clean and tidy room will be a panacea for your spirits, won’t it? Gone are the days when people were racing with material things, the simpler they were, the more they showed their class. As a result, you do not need to invest too much in furniture, just choose the things you really need, which is compact, convenient, and multifunctional. And as a natural, when you limit the number of items you have to buy, you’ve saved yourself a decent budget, which can be used for more essential tasks.
No matter how many new styles appear, minimalism always gives itself a stable position and current value.