Today, many homeowners are going for simplicity when it comes to their design elements. In this article, we will take a look at several interior design trends for the minimalist homeowner.
1. Plywood Cabinets
Plywood is fast becoming one of the go-to design trends for interior designers, due to its ability to blend in with your home’s subtle looks.
Considering that pre-finished modern plywood comes with a number of “consistently inconsistent” veneers, you can add a minimalist look without drawing the eye in a nearly endless variety of pigments and stains.
The most obvious usage of plywood has been for cabinets in minimal kitchens.
Instead of exposed seams, plywood offers the ability to create a cohesive look that’s both minimal and functional.
Many modern usages of plywood cabinets employ the material’s ability to be curved, which can blend into your kitchens other elements easily.
One way of instantly getting a minimalist chic feel for your home’s interior is by incorporating plants and other types of greenery into your home.
Of course, you’ll want to choose greenery that is low-maintenance and requires infrequent watering, like cactus, aloe, and so forth.
You can allow the shape of your room dictate where a subtle splash of green fits into the room, whether an arrangement is placed on a wall shelf, mantel, or elegantly situated on a table.
Or, you can use glass terrariums for a minimalist touch, where they function as works of art on a table, hung from the ceiling, or as growing entities on your wall.
Some plants that can occupy large open spaces include the dracaena and the fiddle fig tree (ficus lyrate), which can fill empty corners, spaces between sofas, at the ends of corridors, and so forth in a minimalist manner.
Of course, you’ll want to ensure that these plants have a decent amount of sunlight to grow.
3. Large Windows
Sometimes, the best addition to your home’s interior decor isn’t a physical object, but the inclusion of the Earth’s most readily abundant resource, sunlight.
By having large windows, you can let in natural sunlight to illuminate your home during the day that can highlight the other naturally minimal elements of your home (ie. hardwood flooring).
Coupled with strategically-placed lights in darker spots of the room (i.e. by furniture, in corners, etc.), your home can gain a curated look that museums and art galleries typically exploit to great effect.
Of course, you’ll want to use large windows that regularly face the sun and enhance your home’s experience.
For instance, adding a large window that faces east in your home can make waking up more enjoyable, whereas having a west-facing window for dinner enables your family to enjoy the setting sun.
4. Light Neutral Colors
Part of minimalist interior design isn’t so much drawing attention as it is setting an ambiance.
Using light neutral colors, like beiges and greys, enhances the other pieces of your home that are meant to draw attention.
Light neutral colors can be used for your furniture, paint choice, or paneling with the emphasis on bringing out each room’s character.