Minimalist Room Designs to Help Your Create a Calmer, More Satisfying Space

There’s something calming about a near-empty room. It’s uncluttered, quiet, reflective–and it encourages us, as viewers, to do the same.

I don’t have the willpower or organizational skills to commit to the minimalist lifestyle, but looking at pictures from people who can is deeply satisfying.

Minimalist Kitchens

Minimalist kitchens are popular because they always look clean, never look cluttered, and invoke a sense of quiet dignity. You can achieve this look by sticking to a neutral color palette and minimizing decor. Pay particular attention to areas of the kitchen that tend to get “loud” like the backsplash, curtains, and hardware.

Minimalist Home Offices

Minimalist style is perfect for home offices. Clutter, loud colors, and busy designs can be distracting and make it more difficult to focus on your work. Instead, opt for a home office design with clean lines, minimal clutter, and stark, soothing colors.

Minimalist Dining Areas

Whether you’re wolfing down a quick breakfast and plopping down at the dinner table after a grueling day at the office, it’s nice to feel relaxed during mealtime. Using simple, functional furniture is a great way to encourage your busy brain to focus on the things that truly matter during meal time, like the delicious meal before you or the lively conversation of your family members.

Minimalist Bar

Here at Remodelgramme, we’re of the opinion that no house is complete without a well-stocked bar. When the time comes to relax with a tumbler of your favorite bourbon or a cold glass of wine, you can appreciate the experience with a simple, well-organized bar.

Minimalist Living Rooms

Living rooms, like the name suggests, are a place where we can host a lively get-together, relax with a favorite movie, or even take a much-needed nap. That’s why it’s important that your living room is a practical space that accomodate all of these activities and more.

Minimalist Bedrooms

There’s a common misperception that minimalism has to be stark, uncomfortable, and brutally austere. But minimalism can be combined with cozy fabrics, soft colors, and warm accents–like the rose gold table lamp below–to create a simple, comfortable space.

Minimalist Decor

It’s okay to dress up a minimalist room with a few accessories or artistic features. The key when decorating in the minimalist style is “more is less.” If you’re struggling to keep a room from looking cluttered, remove a couple of your least favorite decorations to see if that improves the overall look. And remember, you can always stash your belongings–pots, pans, extra bedding, clothes–in drawers, cabinets, and furniture that doubles as storage to make the room look cleaner and less cluttered.

What is Minimalism?

There’s something undeniably intriguing about a near-empty room. All of the viewer’s attention zeroes in on the handful of objects the room has been allowed to contain. Why were those objects chosen? What purpose do they fulfill? Minimalism forces us to focus on what’s essential while leaving behind the clutter of life.

In minimalist interior design, the negative space–blank walls, empty corners, and vacant shelves–are just as important as the objects in the room. The empty spaces signal potential. What could fill those spaces? What activities could take place here? Your imagination and sense of curiosity are the only limits.

What does minimalist interior design look like?

If minimalism had an official motto, it would be “less is more.” Rooms are usually sparsely furnished and uncluttered. They also have an open, airy atmosphere thanks to open floor plans filled with natural light. The overall “mood” minimalism tries to accomplish is soothing and welcoming. You know that feeling when you look around your freshly cleaned house and sigh because it’s so clean? Just like that, but minus the sweat and exhaustion that comes after cleaning all day long!

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What colors are used for minimalist interior design?

Minimalist designs usually draw from a palette of light, monochromatic colors. It’s common to see shades of white, beige, and gray placed side-by-side to create a soft, mellow look.

Primary colors are used sparingly. They serve as fleeting accents and aren’t a dominant force in the minimalist landscape. Think of a sliver of blood-orange sun shining over the horizon instead of a full noon-time sun. That’s how primary colors should be used.

However, it’s also pretty common for minimalists to use no bright colors at all. Instead, you might see a darker shade of a pre-existing color in the room. Rather than bold dashes of green, blue, or orange, you might see a streak of stormy charcoal gray or dark brown.

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What does minimalist decor look like?

Decorations, artwork, and even furniture are few and far between. The objects you do select for your minimalist room should have a clear purpose. That’s why it’s common to see minimalist rooms dominated by functional objects like tables, chairs, sofas, and light fixtures. You can spice up the utilitarian vibe by including a few small accent pieces. Plants are a popular fixture in minimalist design because they add a pop of natural color and complement the soothing atmosphere. Plus, who doesn’t love plants?!

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It’s not all about the furniture or decor

It might sound counter-intuitive at first, but the goal of minimalist design is to get you to not pay attention to it. Think of it this way: without a focal point for your attention to land on, like a bright chandelier or bold piece of artwork, your attention wanders…elsewhere. Perhaps to the people you’re sharing the room with. Maybe a beautiful view outside the window. Or perhaps you’re meant to turn inward, reflecting on your own thoughts, slowing down and appreciating the moment. If you catch yourself doing any of those things, then the minimalist design was a success!

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With its mellow color palette and orderly arrangement, it’s easy to see why minimalism became so popular in an era of information overload. When the time comes to unplug and unwind, a neatly organized room with minimal distractions is the perfect backdrop.

Do you have a minimalist sanctuary in your home? Tell us all about it in the comments!