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The Clever Design Trick All Minimalists Should Know

The Clever Design Trick All Minimalists Should Know

And three other design tips you might have missed this month!

Written by –
Jess Ng
on September 27th 2018
Born and raised in the UK, Jess is NONAGON’s resident historian turned marketer turned writer, drawn to Hong Kong by the lure of dim sum breakfasts and bustling city life. A foodie who loves to cook, food occupies 70% of her brain 90% of the time. When not eating, Jess can typically be found buried in a book or obsessing over making NONAGON’s Instagram #feedgoals.

As much as I love the simplicity of an all white space, I’ve always thought that the white on white look was more suited to show homes and Instagram. Actually living in a stark white home has never had any appeal to me, leading me to dismiss the austere style from my personal design radar. But thanks to the recent revelation that the cozy white room does exist, I’m beginning to think otherwise. Keep reading to discover the clever design trick all minimalists should know, and three other design tips you might have missed this month.

Design Tip #1

Use natural accents to inject depth and warmth into a white space

Designing a White Cozy Room: White room with mid-century modern furnishings paired with natural leather and wood design accents |
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If you love the simplicity of all things white yet are somewhat less enthused by the idea of living in a stark white box, listen up – this first design tip is for you! As demonstrated by this contemporary Malibu beach house, natural accents are just the thing to inject warmth and depth into a white space. You see, natural accents, like rich leather and organic driftwood, are ideal for giving life to a minimal aesthetic. Their colors and textures work to balance out the airiness of the hue, grounding an all white room and ultimately making it all feel a little less austere.


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Design Tip #2

Don’t forget to include glass and metallic design accents when styling a dark space

Designing a Cozy White Room: Art Deco-inspired black marble kitchen with metallic and glass accents |
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For those looking to make a statement, a deep and striking color palette is guaranteed to bring the drama. Case in point, just take a look at this oceanfront penthouse filled with dark masculine hues. The only question is how can we make these colors work in a small apartment? Well simply put, the answer lies in lots of shiny metallic and clear glass accents. These reflective details are a great way of subtly bouncing light around a room, making a space feel much larger than it is, regardless of the color of its walls.


Don’t forget to check out this month’s ‘Who Wore It Better’ HERE.

Design Tip #3

For truly functional home storage, consider going bespoke

Designing a Cozy White Room: Bespoke wood storage 'Music Wall' |
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In the era of Ikea and DIY, you may think that bespoke home decor is reserved for expensive luxury homes. However, as we saw with the Music Wall by Studio North, that’s not necessarily the case. Bespoke furniture is surprisingly accessible, and while it is perhaps a little pricier than something off the shelf, I’d wager that it’s worth it – especially when it comes to storage. Just consider for a moment how much empty space you’re wasting because of awkward corners, clumsy alcoves and slanted ceilings. Bespoke storage puts an end to all that, allowing you to get on top of your storage game once and for all.


For more clever storage ideas, check out THIS sustainable family home.

Design Tip #4

Transform open shelves into a compact yet functional home office

Designing a Cozy White Room: Bright white home office with open shelves and warm natural wood accents |
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Having the flexibility to work from home is a modern luxury I love, but it can sometimes confuse the work life balance even further. That’s why I think it’s important for all ‘work at homers’ to have a designated office space. This way, at the end of the day you can still exercise a physical separation from work. A dedicated office room is the gold standard here, but there are ways of incorporating a work-space into other areas of your home, flex room style. Among my favorites is this use of open shelves to create a desk and shelf corner!


Need more convincing about the wonder of open shelves? Head HERE.

For more design tips you’re going to want to head on over to our ‘Tips & Guides’ page. Here you’ll discover everything from how to create a functional mudroom to how to bring mindfulness into your home, and much more!


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