Tips to create a cozy minimalist design

Minimalism, as an interior design style, proposes living with the basics and stripping the rooms of most decorations, textures, and colors. Even though this concept might work for some people, it is just not realistic for others, especially those with large families.

And what if you want to achieve a functional space but don't like the idea of living with anything but essentials and no decoration.

Our home allows us to express our passions, style, and hobbies, so stripping them off everything will not work for those who want to tell about their lifestyle through their belongings, for those who want a clean and functional yet warm space with your personal touch. Cozy minimalism is the answer for you.

What is cozy minimalism?

Even though it might sound like an oxymoron, cozy minimalism makes a lot of sense. On the one hand, minimalism provides us with functionality, and cozy adds texture and aesthetics.

Before this style gained traction, there was the design proposal of more or a semi-maximalism where cramming rooms (even small ones) with heavy furniture pieces was a thing.

In most cases, with many intricate shapes and details, plenty of decorative pieces like paintings and knick-knacks, vibrant color palettes and textures, in search of visually filling the room, which is just too much.

As a response to that, minimalism became a trend where the essential aspect proposed using mostly white as the primary and only color.

Furniture with clean and thin lines, no support furniture, no decoration, and only the texture the chosen pieces would provide, fabric layering, for example, was not an option.

Cozy minimalism is a balance between these two extremes. That is why it is so popular among interior designers and people in general because it serves function with a visually appealing style.

Designing tips

Create your background

The first thing to do is to select the background, which is the color for the walls and ceiling. Ideally, you want this to be the favored color in minimalism, which is white. Why may you wonder? White, just like black, goes with everything, but unlike black, it has the plus that bounces light better, giving a false sensation of a bigger room.

A pure white is ok, but it is possible to use different shades of white, like daisy, cloud, smoke, pearl, or bone, a simple google search would show you plenty of white shades to use in different rooms, I suggest using cold shades of white on the study, while warmer tones like a pearl on living rooms or bedrooms.

Now we can move onto the furniture; the first focus should be the most significant piece in the room, the bed in the bedroom, the biggest sofa in the living room, or the table in the dining room, to create a cozy minimalist room you will build the aesthetic around said pieces.

The other furniture and decorative objects will play a supporting role to your main furniture instead of competing for the attention. Your primary furniture should be simple, with clean lines, without rich texture and colors.

Add layers of texture and color

Now its time add the coziness to the room, to achieve this you want to layer textures and colors, its much more straightforward than what it sounds, layer textures that contrast with each other.

When you start layering, always remember to tie them together, you can do by picking a similar color palette or pattern.

Curate your secondary furniture and decoration objects

The final part lies in the details, and these details can make or break the entire room look, these accessory pieces can also be functional but is not an issue if they are purely aesthetic.

When you choose these pieces, we must achieve a balanced look, and the room should be feel pulled together, and space shouldn't give a cluttered vibe, use your sense of style to guide you as you want the room to speak about your passions.

Don't know which pieces to choose? Here are some ideas:

Secondary furniture:

  • Side Table

  • Coffee Table

  • Accent Chair

  • Console

  • Wine Rack

  • Nightstand

  • Bench

  • Ottoman

  • Dresser

Decorative objects:

  • Plants

  • Paintings

  • Wall Art

  • Mirrors

  • Vases

  • Flowers

  • Glass Jars

  • Books

  • Magazines

  • Rugs

  • Curtains

  • Sculptures

  • Trays

  • Candles

  • Candle Holders

If you want to try ou this style, bookmark this post for future references.

Do you want to give cozy minimalism a try?


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