The minimalist aesthetic has long been synonymous with crisp white interiors. But what if the white on white look is too stark and, well, white for your liking? Does that mean minimalist interior design is an instant no-go?
While white has certainly become a mainstay of minimalism, it’s by no means the only way to achieve simplicity in design. Case in point, these five decidedly minimalist spaces — all of which go beyond white. Keep scrolling for more!
Minimalist Interior Design Inspiration
Bruny Island Hideaway
Design: Maguire + Devine
Here, the less is more ethos remains a guiding force behind the design inspiration (on the client’s request, the only furniture allowed was a low table and mattress). However, unlike its sterile white counterpart, the abundance of soft pine in this home introduces an element of visual warmth and comfort.
Design: Wei Yi International Design Associates
Weathered timber and exposed cement collide in this tranquil minimalist hideaway designed by Wei Yi International Design Associates. As is to be expected with Taiwanese design, the overall look exudes simplicity, albeit with a quietly luxe twist.
In lieu of white, simple organic textures convey the raw, stripped back nature of minimal design. Here, we’re shown the virtue of straying from the all-white doctrine: layers of clashing materials yields delicious depth and dimension. What’s more, beyond simply eschewing white, this space goes as far as to incorporate color. Muted mustard and olive green ensures the palette remains warm and inviting.
Spoiler alert: the minimalist aesthetic can be achieved by way of any color your heart desires. Just make sure to stick to a monotone palette. The chic interiors of Arcgency’s renovated coal crane turned boutique hotel retreat, The Krane, shows us how it’s done.
The key to success when it comes to a monotone palette is range and variation. It may sound counter-intuitive, but you want to incorporate as many different shades of your chosen hue as possible. If not, you run the risk of having your space look flat and one dimensional. Here, there are in fact hundreds of different shades of black. Depending on lighting and the time of day, you can see many subtle nuances which help to bring the room to life.
New Cross Lofts
Design: Chan + Eayrs
Pastel tones of every variety are a good substitute for white. They’re great for adding a softer touch to minimalist interior design. To ensure your room still holds all the grit and raw edge of minimal spaces, make like Chan + Eayrs and anchor your pastel tones with complementary black and dark wood textures.
Design: Arjaan De Feyter
Restraint still reigns supreme, played out on an indulgent palette of timber and marble work. The focus here is on the materials — a celebration of tone and texture. Minimal furnishings and wall-to-wall storage results in a sleek, uncluttered overall aesthetic.