Warm and Pleasant Minimalism

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With each passing year, I have fewer things. Fewer clothes in the closet, fewer makeup and skincare products, fewer books and CDs. I find myself buying fewer toys for the kids and watching less TV with Liran. I’m not abstaining and unfortunately not saving… I’m just trying to ensure that what I have is more precise for me.

The homes I design don’t always feature this minimalism. Sometimes my clients specifically ask to leave room for decorative items. One of them explained to me that for him, these are exactly the things that bring life and warmth to the home, and I completely agree with him… but for me, a lively home is a home where kids can play happily in the living room and jump on the sofa, not necessarily a home with a million knick-knacks in every corner.

Minimalism is definitely not for everyone, some people will feel a bit cold and alienated in minimalist spaces, like in a museum… but there are also quite a few people who need it sensory-wise or simply love the cleanliness and lightness of this style.

Minimalist spaces can be warmer and give a sense of richness rather than emptiness. Here are some points to consider when trying to design such a space:

  • Pay attention to what you choose to hide – Exposed appliances and cookware give the impression of an active kitchen but add to the visual clutter that the kitchen already has. Formica fronts without handles that open by touch, integrated refrigerator, and dishwasher can help create a clean look and allow those who enter to focus on what is pleasing to the eye. I chose to use stovetops with only the burners protruding above the work surface, with the plate itself beneath the work surface.
  • Use natural materials and rich textures – There is no doubt that there is nothing like a parquet floor (for that matter, successful laminate can also do the job), but even if you have a grey concrete-toned floor, you can choose wooden furniture to create a warm atmosphere. Chevron or herringbone texture on the floor, Carrara marble with veins, or just a knitted wool blanket will add depth and interest to the space.
  • Don’t settle for grey monochromaticity, add color! I also love the monochromatic trend, entire spaces where everything is on the black-grey-white scale. But don’t be confused, these spaces are not minimalist in their content, and they have many items. You don’t have to use strong shades; all pastels and colors ‘taken from nature’ can do the job.
  • Don’t forget that a minimalist space is not an empty space – It’s worth making sure that what you choose to put in your space is particularly interesting and aesthetic. Pictures by artists who speak to you, beautiful and useful household items, think about how enjoyable it could be to be at home if you surround yourself only with things you love… but of course, don’t overdo it 😉

So this is me and my minimalism, thanks to which it’s easy for me to choose clothes in the morning, and certainly easier to keep a clean and tidy house when it contains fewer things… we really don’t need a lot to be happy 🙂

Wishing us a smooth and airy return to routine…