The ‘Less is More’ mantra has never been more relevant. Although we all respect the luxury of space, there’s always a secret craving for certain pieces of art or furniture. It is possible to enjoy the best of both worlds or as Designer Miles Redd puts it, ‘minimalism with a twist.’ In a 2016 design trends piece by Architectural Digest, he revealed the secret to achieving this simple chic look is restraint; that is, distilling art/designer objects to the things that speak to best. The minimal-plus look is, ironically, all in the detailing.
1. Work with what you have: Before you invest in a pricey piece of furniture, take a good look around the place. If your home is set in a period structure, play up the architecture. The same goes for spaces with exceptional views. Gut a wall to create an open kitchen, whilst making the most of a lush vantage point. Highlight an arched wooden window with complementary brass fittings or a lick of paint in a contrasting colour.
2. Go bold with the material palette: Rich contrasts are trendy and make a lasting impact. Think white plastic dining chairs set around a wooden table; marbled kitchen walls with black storage units and copper fittings; a slinky leather ottoman against a distressed-finish wall.
3. Time travel if you like: An authentic brass gramophone, a Remington typewriter, ceramic retro canisters, framed chintz wallpaper... Who can resist vintage charm? Scour your local flea market or your ancestral home for lost treasures – just remember to ask grandma before you help yourself to anything!
4. Graphic art for a splash of colour: Whether it’s on shower curtains, typographic posters or cushion covers, graphic art lends a playful contemporary vibe to any space. If you prefer something by an established artist, go for it – keep in mind, small doses of colour make a big impression. As an aside, colour needn’t be confined to art. Introduce it in the form of accent furniture, lighting fixtures or even miniature decor pieces neatly arranged along a slim-line shelf.
5. Try small vignettes for depth: Simple patterns like the ones in natural weaves, on foliage or basic striped linen will help being new dimension to a room without overcrowding it.