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Mastering the Minimalist Aesthetic: Top Interior Designers’ Guide to the Must-have Pieces & How to Style Them

Tap a pristine minimalist aesthetic in your home with these clean, artfully curated, and serene designs to instantly upgrade to your personal space.
Gretty Garcia Aug 11, 2020
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The minimalist aesthetic is still going strong in the interior design world, thanks to chic Scandi-style interiors showcased by our favorite influencers and style mavens. It’s an approach that focuses on the precision of essentials to tap a fresh contemporary space. However, when channeling the best minimalist aesthetic, pared-down does not equate to less-thoughtfully designed. Below, we feature three chic displays of well-executed minimalist aesthetic ideas to instantly upgrade your space.

Incorporate Unexpected Elements

It’s no secret that, like any art, home design is rooted in a certain visual harmony and synchronicity. When curating a space that reflects minimalist aesthetic codes, it is important to integrate harmonious texture plays into an interior space. Lava stones are igneous rocks that form from erupting Earth magma during the process of cooling and hardening. These rich formations have played an important stylistic role in the world of design for the past few years, as they incorporate a dynamic tonal texture iterated through a dramatic and dark color palette. Lava stone designs are as complex as any others, but they possess a unique look that beautifully complements and adds subtle dimension to any minimalist space. 

“This grouping of sculptures is so intentional in placement and choice of materials, coordinating with the subject of the art print. Combined with the strong finishes surrounding the accessories the effect is minimal and strong.”

Juxtapose Warm And Cool Tones

When speaking of this space, interior designer Sandra Weingort notes: “[This is a] downtown New York City pied-à-terre, a recently completed project I am very proud of. I was incredibly fortunate to find a client who truly loved my work and trusted me fully, whose collaboration spirit elevated everything, and who shared the same passion for design, art, and for his home as I did. It was one of those projects you want forever.” The crux of this room focuses on the juxtaposition between warm and cool tones. The light wood that anchors the chair, the bottom lining of the couch, and a host of other accouterments that beautifully dovetail in with the lighter cushions and large, white artwork for a subtle, yet compelling, overall look. 

“We often think of minimalist design as ‘cold,’ by using warm wood finishes and toned-down blues the result is just the opposite. The accessories’ placement in this image are precise and well balanced with varying heights and shapes.”

Use A Less Is More Approach

This design tactic is more in line with traditional minimalist aesthetic norms and design implementations. When you relegate objet d’art pieces to one space, and maintain the use of clean lines throughout the area, this look is guaranteed to add an important point of interest into your minimalist design. The lack of clutter and intentional placement of everything from small accessories to large works of art helps to elegantly elevate this room in a way that still maintains an air of laidback ease.

“By placing accessories on only one surface in this room the sense of minimalism is accomplished. Neutral finishes, combining materials, and a few pieces result in no sense of clutter…simply elegant.”

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Gretty Garcia
Gretty Garcia handles features and special projects at Editorialist, and covers all things from exciting new releases to profiles on prolific figures across multiple industries. After studying at Harvard College, she began working at Editorialist and is now simultaneously pursuing her master’s degree from the Columbia School of Journalism. When she’s not covering this season’s must-have accessories, she’s adding to her book collection or listening to culture podcasts.
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