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A Visual Guide to Minimalist Interior Design

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February 24, 2023
Kallista Design

Minimalism is more than a design choice; it's a commitment to a life free of clutter and excess ornamentation, one that seeks beauty in restraint. But reducing embellishments in the home doesn’t mean sacrificing your personal sense of style. In fact, it’s possible to create a unique and compelling space while adhering to the core principles of minimalist interior design.  Keep reading to learn about the essential characteristics of minimalist home design, with visual examples to inspire your redesign or remodel.  

What Is a Minimalist Design?

The minimalist style is quiet yet confident, with simple forms, neutral color palettes, and plenty of natural light. A minimalist aesthetic focuses on carefully chosen and curated items for the purpose of enhancing modern appeal and maximizing the efficiency of a space.   Now, let’s explore the fundamentals of minimalist interior design styles.

Maintain Cleanliness and Simplicity

white minimalist bathroom with sleek matte black faucets
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One of the main goals of minimalism is to enhance the aesthetic appeal of a space by establishing a continuous visual flow. Simple forms and clean lines create a distraction-free design, allowing the eye to travel smoothly from one area to another. Thoughtful organization and storage are of utmost importance in modern minimalistic interior designs, as these spaces must be free of distracting clutter.

Rely On Neutral Colors

white bathroom with chrome wall-mounted faucet and whtie vessel bowl sink
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You can achieve an effective minimalist design by utilizing muted neutral colors, such as whites, beiges, grays, and creams. To add dimension and visual interest, employ subtle patterns and texture variations. Mosaic tiles or textured fixtures are some subtle ways to embellish a minimal interior.  

Let the Light Shine

kitchen with large window
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A bright artificial light source or abundant sunlight is also important to minimalist interior design. Light can be reflected from white or pale neutral walls and ceilings, making the space appear larger and airy.  

Keep Décor Thoughtful

gray minimalist bathroom
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Minimalism requires limited décor, which means all items in your space must be functional and of particular significance. Purely decorative items and over-the-top adornments have no place in a minimalist interior. There should be a sense of cohesiveness in your space, with each piece matching in form, style, and color.   Add touches of flair and personal style with a few houseplants or personal trinkets. You can also choose decorative fixtures to serve both functional and stylistic purposes, such as a luxury faucet with crystal handles.

Minimalist Interior Design for the Bathroom

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You can incorporate minimalist style into every type of bathroom in your house, including the master bathroom, guest bathroom, or family bathroom. Choose tiles with small grout lines and only use a few colors and materials to achieve a simple interior.  

For a cohesive look, use fixtures with simple adornments and color-matched finishes. You can also achieve a continuous flow by using the same material for surfaces, such as Nero Marquina marble running across the counter, up the wall, into the shower, and around the bathtub.  

Minimalist Interior Design for the Kitchen

white kitchen with chrome faucets
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As one of the most active rooms, it is important to pay particular attention to kitchen design and use it to anchor the rest of the home. Try to use one or two colors across cabinets, counters, hardware, faucets, tiles, and appliances.

Opt for lighter or darker shades of the same color to create depth while remaining simple. You’ll also need storage options, such as overhead cabinets or an island with drawers, to keep items off the countertops and out of sight.

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Minimalist Interior Design for the Living Room

minimalist living room

Minimalism doesn’t need to be boring. In fact, the living room is one of the best areas to include visually compelling pieces that still serve functional purposes. For example, an artful light fixture can provide ample light while offering stylistic flair.

white minimalist living room

Ground the space and create depth by contrasting the floor and walls in two different colors. Consider wood floors and white walls for an impactful yet understated juxtaposition. Utilize thoughtful wall art, tables, and light fixtures for subtle yet effective decoration.

living room with orange couch

In lieu of a fully monochrome living room, consider adding touches of color. An orange couch and assorted houseplants breathe life into this minimalist living space.

Minimalist Interior Design for the Bedroom

dark bedroom with minimalist floating cabinets
Credit: @robern

The minimalist bedroom should offer a clean, simple interior while maintaining a sense of warmth. Consider varying shades of gray and taupe to toe the line between sleekness and comfort. For visual interest, consider utilizing striped pillows and a cushioned headboard that matches the ottoman.  

bedroom with wood cabinet and rectangle mirror with thick lighted frame
Credit: @robern

In this serene bedroom, gray subway tile walls, wood tones, a thick-framed lighted mirror, and a wide storage cabinet create an inviting sanctuary perfect for rest.

Minimalist Interior Design Solutions

Explore the following photos and products for more modern minimalist design inspiration.

Grid Collection for a Minimalist Style Bathroom

minmalist bathroom with black geometric faucet with cube handles
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The KALLISTA Grid Collection explores the beauty of spare, restrained forms. This luxury sink faucet employs 3-D printing to achieve a unique design that defies the standard requirements to house internal components.

bathroom with geometric console sink

A multi-layer, laser-fired and cooling process creates a faucet with an open form and discreet interior water channels. The understated cube-shaped handles are open, geometric forms that comfortably conform to the hand, achieved by an investment cast process.

Juxtapose Collection for a Minimalist Style Kitchen

white kitchen with stainless steel faucets
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The KALLISTA Juxtapose Collection by renowned designer Mick De Giulio is a sophisticated take on performance kitchen design. Modern in approach with a palette of inspired singular and mixed metal PVD finish combinations, Juxtapose luxury kitchen products feature slim profiles and chic details combined with the latest in spray technology for the ultimate in functionality, performance, and reliability.  

white kitchen with matte black faucet featuring gold accents
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Whether looking for a reflective chrome or matte black kitchen faucet, the Juxtapose Collection has sophisticated offerings for your modern kitchen design.

Robern Vanities and Medicine Cabinets for Optimal Storage

bathroom with open medicine cabinets
Credit: @robern

Robern belongs to the Kohler Decorative Products Group along with KALLISTA. By fusing beauty with functionality, Robern’s bathroom vanities and medicine cabinets can transform a space into a breathtaking minimalist masterpiece.

open vanity drawer revealing hairbrushes, lotion, and small towels
Credit: @robern

Keep your space clutter-free with Robern accessories like glass storage bins.

Bring Your Minimalist Ideas to Life

Now that you know the guidelines of minimalist style, you can put them into practice to create a clean, open, and beautiful space.  

Need help selecting the right products for your minimalist home? Find a KALLISTA showroom or request a virtual consultation with a product expert.  

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