Less is more - Minimalistic design

If you are lucky enough to be starting from a blank canvas, with no de-cluttering needed beforehand, then achieving the minimalistic look is pretty straightforward.  But you really need to scrape the room down to its bones before you begin, or those cornices, skirting board and architraves will detract from the look you want. The success of a minimalistic scheme depends on keeping it simple, keeping it light and airy and avoiding fussy patterns and too much detail.  Each piece of furniture placed in the room needs to be carefully purchased with thought given to how its shape, contours and colour will affect the balance of the scheme.

Lighting –  a room flooded with natural light is a bonus.  However, if you don’t have this luxury then choosing the right room lighting is essential.  Avoid stark overhead lighting which simply casts unwelcome shadows across the room.  Instead opt for uplighters and wall lights to offer a softer glow and restful waves of light.  Concrete based lights and fittings are particularly in trend at the moment.  Designers are using it to achieve industrial overtones, which work particularly well in loft apartments.

Colour – A spacious, minimalistic room with extended and expanded spaces needs a very simple colour palette.  Cool grey, white and cream create the illusion of space and white reflects the light brilliantly.  Use mirrors to add to this effect by cleverly making space appear larger and direct light around the room.

Furniture – when we think of minimalistic, we often conjure an image of long, modular sofas, with sleek lines and unfussy design.  Streamlining furniture, so that angular design is apparent throughout the room scheme, means that the room comes together in perfect harmony.