5 Misconceptions Of A Minimalist Home Clarified

adm_oom Interior Design Ideas 14 Jan 2022

5 Misconceptions Of A Minimalist Home Clarified


Minimalism has grown in popularity in recent years. From being spotted in Instagrammable cafes to the hottest restaurants, minimalism is one of the most well-known renovation design ideas in Singapore. Despite its popularity, it is also one of the world’s most misunderstood design styles.


When someone mentions wanting a minimalist home, we often picture plain and bare, unadorned spaces with a sparse selection of colours. The truth is, minimalism is far from being sterile and soulless. In this article, we will clarify some of the most common misconceptions about the style to help homeowners better understand it and get more renovation design ideas.


1. The colours used must be monochromatic

Monochromatic Colors Scheme for Renovation Design


Many people believe that a minimalist home can only have neutral colours like black, white, or beige. That, however, is not the case. A home with only one or two colours will appear plain and uninspiring.


Other more vibrant colours, such as blue, pink, or yellow, can be used in minimalist homes. The placement of these colours, on the other hand, must be deliberate and not haphazard. Adding a splash of colour in certain areas of your home is important to add contrast and visual interest, but too much of it can ruin the interior.


2. I can only use one pattern, one texture, or none at all

A minimalist home can contain textures and patterns because a home would look too flat and cold without them. Spruce things up at home by adding rattan furniture, fur rugs, knitted throws, or other textures you desire. But take note not to go overboard with textures as that will only distort the visual weight. 

Patterns can also be used in a minimalist home. Some renovation design ideas include laying your floor tiles in a herringbone design and installing fluted panels. Aside from that, you can decorate your home with patterned furniture or artwork.


Herringbone Floor Tile for Renovation Design


3. I can only choose simple and plain furniture

There are many different types of furniture pieces available, and it would be such a shame if you couldn’t purchase them for your own home. The good news is that minimalist homes don’t have to be filled with simple and plain furniture. As long as it is functional, or of high quality, and has a clean and sleek appearance, then it will work well in any minimalist home. 


You can consider getting designer furniture, accent pieces and unique geometric designs as long as they don’t contain distracting features that can detract from the minimalist vibe. 


4. There will be lots of unutilised space

People believe that minimalist homes must have a lot of empty space and that you can’t just throw in a piece of furniture whenever you want. That is not correct. Minimalist homes do prefer spacious and airy interiors, but this can be achieved through visual illusion and space-saving hacks; simply engage an interior designer from a reputable company. If you need to add an armchair to a corner of your room, go ahead and do so; you don’t have to limit your purchases just to make your home look empty and spacious.


Floor Plan Ideas of Interior Designer


5. I cannot decorate with ornaments

Although living minimally means living simply, with only items that serve a purpose, you can still decorate your home with ornaments such as sculptures, unique lamps, or artwork. They only serve as decoration but they can add so much warmth and visual interest to your home, making it a cosy place to relax in.


Minimalist Interior Design Style


Ultimately, the best interior design is one that makes you feel the most at ease. Instead of restricting yourself to the “rules” set up by society, pick and choose what you love best about the minimalist design style and incorporate it into your home, along with other design elements you fancy. 

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