The minimalist style
The principle of this style is “less is more”.
As suggested by its name, this style is not a style aiming to impress through the opulence of its details, shapes or furniture. Although it is often seen as a style with deep roots in the austere period after the World War I, decorating in a minimalist style is actually a practice born from the principle “Less is more”.
The characteristics of the minimalist style in interior design
Probably the most obvious characteristic of this style is the simplicity, reflected both in the pieces of furniture and the shapes used. The decorations are lacking and the pieces of furniture need to be functional. Minimalism means reducing the shapes to a minimum, this is why in this style there is no extravagant furniture. This reduction of shapes is due to the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who also came up with the principle “less is more”. After World War I, this style became very popular thanks to the fact that the materials that were used were available (glass, stainless steel, cement).
What colors do we use?
In the minimalist style, we have at hand a range of colors that have varied along the years. If during the Stijl period (architectural movement in Netherland, in 1917, proposing an over-simplification and abstracting both in painting and architecture) we used only simple shapes such as rectangles or squares, vertical or horizontal lines and primary colors, nowadays we use a larger pallet of colors and a variety of shapes.
On the other hand, the neo-minimalists rather use the clear lines, simple shapes and different shades of the same color.
What should we remember?
The minimalist style appeared after the World War I, due to the availability of the necessary materials and due to the minimalist movement during the Stijl period. The pieces used in this style impress through simplicity, both of shapes and lines. The colors are not meant to stand out, and the decorations are missing. The minimalist style is a luxury style, and certainly not a style of austerity.
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