As covered in the previous article on Minimalist style interior design, this style of decoration is ideal for small  home Renovation Singapore projects, thanks to its “less is more” approach. Minimalist interior designing can be defined as the style with ‘minimal colour and just a few pieces of accents’.

Minimalism vs. Modernism

Often, people confuse minimalism with modern interior design when, in reality, it is so much more. Minimalism can be, in fact, considered as the cross between Modern and Retro. Interior designers often view the ‘world in general’ and ‘the inner space in particular’ when using concepts of Minimalism in interior decoration. To the layman, this can seem very confusing and a complex thing to understand. But to understand the principles of Minimalism, one must first internalize it and create a state of mind; after all, Minimalism is nothing if not a state of mind. The style of designing is ideal for homeowners who view their homes as an oasis of tranquillity in an otherwise chaos filled world.

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History of Minimalism

Minimalism has its roots in the post World War II era, where it was first applied to other forms of art. Today, the approach to Minimalist interior design maintains the same historical order, but is also a bit more relaxed.

Approach to minimalist style interior design

First and foremost, if you think that you must “strip down everything” while implementing Minimalist decoration ideas in your home; get that out of your mind.  What you must remember is that every object should serve a specific function.

Thus, during your home renovation, your designer might reduce dividing walls to create open floor spaces. Naturally, structural changes might not always be feasible, so if you already have openness in your interiors, you already have a head-start in this style of decoration. If not, do not worry! You can always implement Minimalist interior ideas by creating illusions using cleaner lines, open feel and by not wasting money or time on unnecessary adornments. That being said, the goal of minimalist interior designing is creating a space in accordance to the way one wants to live. Homeowners, who believe that simplicity is the key to a relaxed and tranquil life, will find minimalism in interior designing highly rewarding and appealing.

Colours in Minimalism

One has to get rid of the standard notions regarding power of colours. In this style of decoration, the designer will not use colours to create drama but use reflective palettes to allow natural light to do its work. Thus, you will find a predominant use of purist white with cool greens, teals, and corals. The whole idea in using these colours is to allow the light to better emphasize objects in the room, while making its architectural features more visible.

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Textures in Minimalism

The absence of textures is the highlight of this style of decoration. So, textures used will be sleek, smooth and soft to touch, window treatments will be nonexistent and flooring would be smooth and shiny. Kitchen cabinets will also be lacquered to superior high shine. Texture will only come into play if the function so requires.


Use pure simplicity and keep focus on absence of clutter when deciding upon ornamentation in this design. You do not need entire collections of hung artwork; rather one or two simple pieces with strong geometric shapes that are asymmetric in nature.

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Staying disciplined is essential when following the Minimalist lifestyle –so you do not end up with an overcrowded home.