The Minimalist Choice

Opening up to Minimalist decorating

Minimalist decorating is often confused to be an approach adequately dealt with within the concepts of modern decorating and design. It is much more. Minimalism can be quite modern or it can be retro. What it is, is one manifestation of a total way of thinking. A way of viewing our world in general and then, our inner space in particular.

If you are like most people, you probably find yourself puzzling for a way to understand the values of Minimalist interior decorating. To acquire an appreciation of its point. Without living the lifestyle or possessing a pre-disposition for prescribing to the theories, it is a difficult thing to do. Where other decorating forms work to create a state of mind, Minimalism is a state of mind. An oasis of order

Born out of a post-World War II Minimalist movement in other art forms where a distillation to the essentials resulted in a “works-that-were because they existed” philosophy.

The new approach to Minimalism maintains order but, is more relaxed. This has resulted in a broadening of the appeal. This decorating form will always have a place among those who view their home as an oasis of order in a world of chaos and clutter.

Getting started

Minimalist interiors don’t necessarily mean everything is stripped down. It means everything serves a specific function. Aesthetically, you will notice emphasis placed on a building’s envelope by reducing dividing walls to create open floor plans. Not always are structural changes your option or desire but, if you have a space whose openness lends itself to Minimalist decorating you have a head start. If not, you will want to work toward creating a Minimalist illusion and feel by applying the main elements to what you have – an open feel, clean lines, order and wasting not on needless adornments.

Minimalist detractors might like to say you are creating a decorating wasteland but your goal is to create a space appropriate to the way you want to live. The result can be very rewarding personally and widely appealing; even to those detractors. It is a long known fact simple living leads to a more relaxed and tranquil life. After all, isn’t that a worthwhile accomplishment?

Use of color

Get rid of some of the standard notions usually applied to the use of color in decorating. In Minimalist decorating, there isn’t an attempt to create drama through the power of color. Wall colors are white based cool teals, greens and coral for example and a predominance of use of the purist of white. This highly reflective, neutral palette allows light to do its work. There is a space making effect when light plays upon smooth white walls. Architectural features are more visible and center stage is given over to better emphasize objects you’ll use in decoration.

Less texture

Consider this. One survey of condo buyers shows that those persons who chose texture to be their favorite decorating element,

the absence of textured relief was their favorite aspect of Minimalist decorating.

Texture is something that can block the way of Minimalist sophistication. Most fabrics are sleek and smooth yet soft to the touch. Fabric window treatments are non-existent; neither are windows trimmed out; favored are 90 degree plastered corner beads. Wood flooring is butt joined plank, flawlessly smooth and shiny. Base moldings are linear, used for the function of covering the wall to floor gap, not for the purpose of being noticed for its profile design. Kitchen cabinetry is lacquered to a super high shine and topped with polished granite.

Where texture does appear it is because function requires. Rectangular patterned area rugs and grainy leather upholstery come to mind.

Accessory use, form and function

Let the flow of space and light create much of your decoration without the confusion of ornamentation.
Pure simplicity is your conscience keeping the focus on an absence of clutter. Collections of hung artwork are not needed where one or two impressively perfect pieces will help not detract from the architecture of a particular room. Look for strong geometric shapes and asymmetry. Chrome used in furniture construction can be enhanced by the addition of a single, heavy, chrome ball form. Electronic equipment components selected for their quality and leading edge design can be set up to be artistic accessory pieces which exemplify the dual use or functional criteria.
Be selective and show a respect of space. The lines of your favorite piece of furniture when given enough space in which to value it, will multiply in decorating worth. Stay disciplined and those things you value won’t be lost in an overcrowded home.

You see! The space doesn’t have to be architect designed to achieve the desirable minimalist look.

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