Five Keys to Creating a Minimalist Design Aesthetic

Minimalist design has become one of the newest design crazes in recent years. As many people begin to evaluate the amount of possessions in their life, people are also evaluating the interior décor of their spaces as well. Minimalist design is by nature simplistic, subtle, and not over the top. If you would like to learn about the top five ways in order to create a minimalist design aesthetic in your home, keep reading.


1.Neutral color Palette (white, black, grey)

Minimalist bedroom with neutral color palette. Image credit: Andrew Standaert 

These colors are very simple both to the eye and psychologically. According to the psychology of color,  grey psychologically creates feelings of calm, classic, and quietness. The color white  psychologically can create feelings of clarity, simplicity, and lightness.  The color black psychologically can create feelings of elegance and sophistication. Less is definitely more in a minimalist interior and that applies to the choice of colors as well. If you want more of a bolder pop of colors, than stick with the three primary colors, red, blue, and yellow as accent colors. The choice for these specific colors is based on the De Stijl movement that emphasized not only the basic forms but also basic primary colors.

2. No clutter

Having less clutter will make it easier to find the day to day items that you use and it can also clear your mind. According to, researchers at Princeton University’s Neuroscience Institute discovered that when your environment is cluttered, “the chaos restricts your ability to focus. The clutter also limits your brain’s ability to process information.”

3. Simple furniture with clean lines (with no ornamentation)

Modern wooden dining table and Saarinen white chairs with simple clean lines

A minimalist interior does not have furniture with lots of ornamentation (such as the Louis the XIV chair or Victorian furniture). A minimalist interior contains modern furniture that is functional, comfortable, and has clean lines. Examples of minimal furniture pieces are the Noguchi table, the Ball chair, the Saarinen chair, and the Barcelona chair.

4. Minimal Artwork/Accessories

Minimalist living space with minimal artwork

For a minimalist design style, less is more! Instead of filling every wall surface and bookshelf with artwork and accessories, have only a few pieces throughout the whole living space.

5. Basic geometric forms

Simple neutral geometric pattern with an accent plant decor

Basic geometric forms (circle, square, triangle, etc.) helps to add to the overall simplicity of the minimalist design aesthetic. One way to add in geometric forms is to create a stencil in any shape, such as  the triangle shapes above, and paint it on the wall.

 How do you create a minimalist design aesthetic in your home? Is this something you could see yourself creating?


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