Taiwanese interior design is well known for its elegant minimalism. Case in point, see this tranquil countryside hideaway and this marble-adorned city dwelling. It should come as no surprise then to see that our latest Taiwanese home tour is another lesson in how to do modern simplicity – and I simply love it. Keep reading to see more.
Set in the heart of Taiwan, Originality by Musen Design was designed for a young family of three. Of top priority was the creation of a warm family home with open spaces and lots of storage. As such, an open plan living, dining and kitchen space makes up the bulk of the home, complete with plenty of clever inbuilt storage features.
To get that modern simplicity look down to a tee, Musen Design cut out all trivial or flamboyant decorations. Instead, it’s the subtle mix of textures which draw the eye, along with a carefully curated mix of fine furniture.
Home Sweet Home
Notice the slight ceiling detail? In a nod to the typical image of a family home, it was designed to resemble a slanted rooftop. For Musen Design, this is the most interesting part of the whole project because of its feeling of plainness and childlike purity.
“The details play a fairly important role when it comes to the integrity of design” – Musen Design
In the kitchen, a newly-added island and solid wood dining table anchor the space, forming a square circulation layout. The long lines of this setup works to visibly elongate the room, making the kitchen both look and feel bigger.
When designing the kitchen island, Musen Design kept the stainless steel top thinner so as to make the overall aesthetic sleeker. The lower part of the island is reserved for storage.
Warmth and Elegance
Wallpaper may seem out of place in a modern contemporary home, but here it works to add depth to the room. Even in this design detail though, Musen Design have kept it simple, opting to set the wallpaper at half wall height.
Color Me Gone
Rather than turning to bright vibrant color, whimsical accents, such as the toy car and a playful teepee, make this space child-appropriate. In fact, this is a great idea for those parents wanting to design a nursery or kids room with longevity. By starting with a neutral base, you can simply switch up the accessories as and when your child grows older.
All too often when designing our home, we get so hung up on making a statement. Whether that’s through a striking feature wall or a larger than life design piece. With the Originality home, the raison d’etre is the complete opposite. Yet in doing so, Musen Design have perhaps made one of the boldest statements of all – that simplicity can be beautiful too.