"Minimalist interior design is all about beautiful stream-lined style.”

Minimalist interior design is perhaps as much of an aesthetic approach as an actual style itself.  As its name suggests, a key element of minimalism is decorative restraint.  It rejects the embellishments of classical and traditional style.   

Minimalist interior design tends to have very modern overtones because of its emphasis on the basic fundamentals of line and shape.  It has been greatly influenced by Japanese style among others.

When designed well, a minimalist interior can have an amazing Zen-like serenity that is more visually appealing than its overly decorative competition.

Minimalist Interior Design Techniques

So how might you apply minimalist interior design principles to your living space?


When it comes to color, a minimalist space looks great with a white scheme that is contrasted with a touch of black in the furnishings or an occasional pop of color.  

If you like more dramatic color, keep the palette simple to avoid color vibration which will hinder a calm atmosphere and the overall look you are trying to achieve.

Wall Decor

Your wall surfaces should have visual breathing space.  Avoid cluttering them excessively with wall art.  Choose your pieces wisely and consider their placement carefully so they contribute to a sense of balance in the space.


A uniform flooring material throughout your home will help create a sense of visual continuity that enhances the feeling of calm restraint.   A mish-mash of flooring types will tend to break up the flow from room to room in a way that’s visually jarring.

Layer area rugs on your flooring if you wish.  Gravitate toward options that are either solid in appearance or feature a geometric pattern such as a chevron.


Opt for clean-lined furnishings that showcase simple lines and geometric shapes. Now is not the time to bring in the overstuffed, rolled-arm recliner and arched back sofa hand-me-downs.  Avoid busy fabric patterns at all cost.  You want a fresh, clean look.

Arrange your furnishings with a degree of openness around them so there is a feeling of airiness. This is also a great opportunity to implement some Feng Shui interior design techniques.

Window Treatments

Choose basic sheers or simple shades if you feel window coverings are at all necessary.  Otherwise, the shape of the exposed window itself plays nicely into the minimalist aesthetic.

Edit, edit, edit!  Minimize decorative accessories and focus on what’s functional. Be sure to keep your space clutter free.  This won’t cost a penny, but it will go a long way in supporting your minimalist aesthetic.

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