Minimalism, despite its stylish portfolio, is known to be cold and androgynous in concept and design. Minimalism, along with other colourful words like eclectic and eccentric, were a few terms casually thrown around during some of the lifestyle talks at the recent HOMEMAKERS Virtual Event. Some experts claim that minimalism is here to stay, while others believe it is something of the past. For them, the home should be a warm, eclectic space.
Essentially, you can have both. Designers are pulling off warm minimalist spaces by incorporating heavy textures and colours inspired by elements with a wild variation.
Designing your space carefully and accurately is important when you are dealing with two very different décor styles. Decide early on which furniture pieces you want in the space and consider where they will go. Furniture with clean lines is perfect for rooms that have loud carpets, big, abstract artworks and accessories with tons of texture. These warm elements keep a room feeling inviting and comfortable.
When you are considering your warmer influences make sure they challenge your aesthetic limits. Bring in unexpected finds as this is one interior design style that’s all about sophistication and creating a space that looks like no one else’s.
You want to bring your A game to the mixing and matching table as contrasting elements are a big part of eclectic decorating styles. Be open to new ideas and changing things up – a lot! In our home it takes a while to get the “sweet spot” when you are trying to make heavy “artworked” walls and slick Bauhaus-inspired furniture work. Keep an open mind about the possibilities and don’t rush decisions. Once everything is in the room it will be easier to see what works and what doesn’t.
Keep accessories like throws, rugs and art objects around. This way you’ll have a much easier time switching pieces around to find balance.
Colour and Texture
Monochromes and metals go hand-in-hand with the minimalist school of thought. For warmer spaces, start incorporating consistent colours and textures, like leather, faux furs – and anything woven will also work well. Midcentury-inspired chairs paired with traditional, wooden tables look stylish and add just enough of their give–and–take to create a harmonious space.
Remain consistent in the colours and textures that you choose. Try grouping pieces and accents together that easily cosy up an all-white room, for example. Minimalist spaces with eclectic elements should be expressive, but not loud.
Take your time with any pairings you are still not sure about. When all your elements are paired successfully, the room will be modern and inviting with well-crafted furniture, interesting textures and artworks. The perfect space to call home.
by Marion Nowak
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