As a practising minimalist, admittedly, I’ve grappled with the trendiness of the movement. But even still, it’s easy to see why minimalist living has become mainstream.
Trends encourage people to place even higher importance on making their space more natural, comfortable and rejuvenating. Most people are familiar with minimalism, stripping things down to their most basic form. It can be applied to anything from art and lifestyles to architecture and interior design.
Minimalist interior design is similar to modern interior design and involves using the bare essentials to create a simple and uncluttered space. It’s characterised by simplicity, clean lines, and a monochromatic palette with colour used as an accent. It usually combines an open floor plan, lots of light, and functional furniture, and it focuses on the shape, colour and texture of just a handful of essential elements.
While minimalism may be adopted at different rates and to varying degrees by individuals worldwide, it’s worth investigating why minimalism is still gaining so much popularity and how it might benefit us in different ways. Have you considered incorporating minimalism into your lifestyle?
Peace of mind, clarity, and focus are all purported benefits of a minimalist lifestyle. In what feels like an ever-changing and chaotic world and with increased awareness of the importance of mental health, minimalism is becoming a desirable and highly sought-after lifestyle and mindset.
Whether because of circumstantial necessity, coincidence, or perhaps a testament to its efficacy, it’s remarkable that a philosophical and aesthetic approach first popularized in the 1960s is still experiencing such a substantial rate of adoption around the world 70 years later.
Since the 1960s, minimalism has profoundly impacted art and pop culture. The infamous artwork of Andy Warhol, for example, exemplifies the mundane and the superficial aspects of life in a now-iconic art style whose influence can be seen in more recent works of art.
Beyond fine art, minimalism as an aesthetic has taken hold of the interior design industry. It moves away from unnecessary embellishments and embraces clean lines, neutral colour schemes, and furniture; it serves as a blank canvas for whatever decorations and objects are unique to you.
For example, minimalist trends nowadays focus on everything and anything to do with being natural and neutral. Gone are the days when straight, rigid lines were our top priority. This year’s trends welcome soft angulating squiggles and organic curved shapes into our homes.
Through furniture, artwork and ceramics, we can see this trend everywhere. Inspired by the art deco movement, they are now being reimagined with a modern twist. If inviting curving furniture into the home seems less likely, hanging artwork or adding a touch of ceramic that embraces soft shapes and textures can provide a more abstract feel.
Textures are essential to give space, depth, contrast, and visual richness. Softer and more relaxed morphology in decorative objects and furniture tend to transform objects into interesting forms that reflect the human body.
Hues that imitate the sensation of being immersed in nature not only promote internal peace but will focus on bringing in the tranquillity of being indoors. Colours to look out for could be beige, brown, burnt umber, terra cotta, warm taupe, sand, nudes, buffs and a touch of grey.
They are more commonly found on accent walls, chairs, sofas, ottomans and cushions. Warm neutrals are great for making our space feel cosy and safe. They serve as a perfect backdrop for all focused and inspired trends by nature and composure.
The idea of Zen has a lot to do with manifestations and meditations, which evoke a sense of relaxation. This is done through a very minimalistic approach. This, of course, has sparked from the Japandi-trend. Japandi is a hybrid style that combines traditional Japanese elements with Scandinavian design elements. The central concept behind Japandi is the idea that we must ‘accept imperfection’. Items don’t have to match in terms of texture or colour but rather complement each other.
So why is minimalism still a trend? Well, due to our traumatising 2021 year and the ever-growing realisation that we need to help the planet, interior designs are minimalist, clean and offer a compelling look that protects the room without darkening. Additionally, it offers a sophisticated luxury aesthetic.
And besides, for centuries, those who controlled land and property have been historically the wealthiest members of our society. Real estate is still one of the safest investments one can make because the value of properties very rarely goes down, and even then, it’s only for short periods.
You can rest assured that the value of your property doesn’t get devalued as more buildings rise.