Interior Design Styles Explained: #6 Minimalist

Apr 13, 2018

Welcome to the sixth edition of our “Interior Styles Explained” series! Today we’ll be exploring the ever-popular Minimalist Design. This style is all about achieving better design through restraint. This is a design style that strives for simplicity through clean, open spaces, which allow the architecture, furniture, and the materials in the room to breathe. Follow along to see how the peaceful quality of Minimalist Design can be incorporated into your home.




The basis of Minimalist Design came exclusively from Classic Japanese Design, but began to gain traction in the late 60’s and 70’s. It become very popular again because these interiors are very light and free, often acting as a balance from the chaos of day-to-day life. It has even become a lifestyle as well as a design choice for people who desire order and organization in their lives. It is especially popular among businessmen and women, as well as creative people who value the combination of simplicity, sophistication, beauty and practicality.




Minimalist Interior Design strives for spacious rooms with the bare minimum of furniture and accessories. Be very particular when furnishing, as this is a style that demands only the essentials: no careless additions in these spaces! Decorating is about putting all of your thought and energy into just a few really great treasures for the space. Simple details like the style of a picture frame, the kind of cord on a lamp, and the finish on the floor all become noticeable beacons when your room is un-cluttered and pared down.





Classically, Minimalist spaces have furniture with streamlined shapes that are upholstered with neutral colours (preferably leather). Aim for shiny surfaces and straight lines that look amazing in this interior with details of stainless steel or chrome to really make these pieces pop! Once again, make sure to keep the amount of accessories minimal and essential. Strive to have floors made of materials that are easy to clean and take care of such as wood, linoleum or stone tile.

White is usually the main color for Minimalist Interior Design, however you can opt for neutral colours such as beige, grey, and light-green as an alternative. These colours should be the basis for your walls, floor, and furniture. These tame colours allow you to use accents with any bright colour you would like, but it must only be that one colour. Bright red is traditional and usually the most popular choice for highlighting details on a white background, although this is purely a matter of taste. Very often these spaces feature a large picture or some other large detail on the wall to draw the eye and help keep it from looking too empty.


As the world becomes more noisy and jarring, perhaps a design alternative is the best way to fight against the disorder. With a Minimalist touch, your home can be simplified, calm, and serene. Be sure to stay tuned for the next edition to learn more about our other favourite interior design styles. If you would like to learn more about how you can achieve this look, or more about Marlin Spring, please visit us here.