Less is more, functional, clean lines, white on white on white—all could be the basic definition of minimalism—or are you actually describing modernism? Or maybe even contemporary design?
Though they all have shared traits, they’re definitely not interchangeable. You wouldn’t be the first person to get them confused, so we’re setting the record straight once and for all on what minimalism actually is.
While abstract expressionism resulted in an almost chaotic design style thanks to its emotional intensity, minimalism sought to pare down to an essential nature and remove all excess, creating harmony from simplicity. The term was first used in the early 1960’s.
Cut out as many “extras” as you can, because minimalism is all about what is strictly functional. No trendy accent tables or chairs that are totally uncomfortable to actually sit in. If you aren’t going to use it and it isn’t absolutely necessary, it’s gone.
“The main feature of minimalism is designing with form and function always being top of mind. A piece should provide a real function,” says Liz Bachman, interior stylist and the blogger behind Grey & Scout. Prioritizing space is key here.