Minimalism in interior design often alludes to crisp white surfaces, few decorations and simple, practical furniture. Luxury, on the other hand, is usually associated with decadence,
indulgence and a wealth of objects to attract the eye. As each approach to design progresses, their strict boundaries become looser and more open to interpretation. Although initially two very disparate interior design aesthetics, it is possible to merge the pair into something sleek and indulgent, yet practical. Here are a few simple ways you can introduce these two design concepts into your home without fear of clashing.
An easy and subtle way of combining luxury and minimalism is to opt for special materials for everyday items. A kitchen countertop is merely a sensible necessity for appliances and food until it is made of wood or polished concrete. Suddenly the worlds of decadence and restraint start to converge. Choosing a material based on its properties allows you to find a place or piece of furniture where it will serve you best, such as this beautiful stressless e200 sofa where the leather is both comfortable and attractive. Look for ways of incorporating the functions of a high-quality material into becoming a feature, such as hardwood floors or silk wallpaper.
Two: The art of effortlessness
Luxurious homes can sometimes appear ostentatious and over the top, whereas minimalist interiors can be intimidating for their stark emptiness in comparison. By mixing the two, you can create an atmosphere of elegant ease and effortless style. Choose objects that serve a purpose as well as being decorative. The hidden depth to these items creates visual interest as everything, both ornament and appliance, is equally beautiful and useful. Exposed copper pipes can provide your home with heat as well as become an intricate piece of wall art. Mirrors have the magical ability to add to the appearance of space in any room. Small details like this should be overlooked by guests but help to make your home feel as if everything is catered for. Being able to provide what you need before you need it will make your home feel both purposeful and luxurious.
Three: Find a feature
When you decorate your home, it is already an activity about you and your style. However, sometimes your tastes can get carried away and leave you with a mismatched collection of confusing bits of furniture and artwork that work well on their own, but not at all together. Instead of taking the zoomed-in approach to decorating, opt for taking the broader perspective. What is one piece in this room that must stay, no matter what? Once you’ve identified it, work the rest of the room around it. This makes decorating much more deliberate and streamlined. Perhaps you have an elaborate and striking bathtub – make sure that the rest of your bathroom fixtures serve to highlight this feature instead of clash with it. Luxury alone would dictate that you find matching taps and showerheads, however minimalism would suggest you cut back on the rest of the room in order to let there be a natural focus.