Today, people have a higher appreciation of how their everyday environment affects them. Space can have an intense psychological effect on us, and it all comes down to how different design elements make us feel. The rise of minimalism and modern furniture in the interior design world shows that people have better psychological responses to calm, clean settings.
We have seen an increase in the use of minimalistic principles within homes, office spaces and even restaurants. It is said that the core of modern interior design principles bases itself on the notion that ‘less is more’. And minimalism is the most on-trend design tool used to emphasise style and functionality. Let’s figure out why:
What is Minimalism?
Minimalism is often still dismissed as some ‘fad’ that is only accessible to a particular class of people. Despite its primary association as a lifestyle trend, it is also a tool that one can use to access the freedom we often feel evades us in our everyday lives.
The problem does not lie in owning possessions but rather the meanings we assign to them. People often put too much value on material possessions, sometimes at the expense of their well being. Minimalism assists us in freeing ourselves from the ‘consumer culture’ upon which we have built our lives.
Minimalism in interior design allows the design of spaces we occupy to be more in touch with our state of mind. The principle allows for the removal of unnecessary items and emphasises functionality. This trend transcends into every aspect of life and helps people get rid of distractions to see the beauty in what we value most.
Environmental Concerns and Global Awareness
When you’re constantly feeling like the world is ending, you tend to reflect on how your actions impact the environment. People are becoming more aware of how they can improve global issues such as pollution and climate change.
We are beginning to understand that less consumption means less use of the earth’s natural resources. When you stop accumulating temporary objects, you reduce your waste and your contribution to the earth’s pollution. Minimalists have gone as far as keeping their homes and office spaces plastic-free and purchasing eco-friendly furniture items.
Minimalism is often known for its artistic value, but eco-conscious consumers have increasingly appreciated its sustainable aspect in recent years. People care more about the environment than ever before, and minimalism is the perfect lifestyle to embrace to minimise waste production.
Minimalism is Modernism
Minimalism has become the core aesthetic for 21st-century modernity. Cleanliness, light-filled spaces and simple detailing characterise this design principle. It assists in designing spaces that are straight-forward and that highlight the beauty of raw elements. In addition, you see an increased use of modern furniture defined by clean, straight-cut edges and neutral colours.
Minimalistic designs are often uncomplicated, and if there is decoration, they take the form of essential items within that space. A cutting board doesn’t do much for a kitchen space when other kitchen utensils surround it. However, when you remove all those items and have it stand alone, it becomes the centrepiece. And this centrepiece defines that space.
The simplest elements can create an aesthetic and minimalism assists in showing us that. The merge of style and functionality often meet through the use of this design principle. And this mergence has become the very definition of modern interior style.
Less Stress, More Freedom
As our world continues to change and grow, we may find that these changes can cause stress and distractions. Everything is so fast-paced. Even when we’re relaxing, we face extreme pressure to let the world know on social media.
Minimalism offers something that is currently in high demand by society: freedom. Our possessions often enslave us because of the value we have put on them. We have to realise at some point that these values are not real and take up a lot of our time. Minimalists realise that unnecessary possessions are just distractions that usually cause stress.
Advertisers continue to make us believe that our next purchase will give us the satisfaction we’ve been looking for. Minimalism allows us to turn away from consumer culture and pursue other things that could make us happy. More people are becoming aware that there is more to life than possessions.
We could say the world is in the midsts of some kind of ‘awakening’. Millennials potentially have the most powerful influence over society right now. With their open-minded nature, this generation has created a path to new ways of thinking and living.
Millennials are more open to living different lifestyles to those lived by their parents and grandparents. We have found numerous ways to live outside of conforming to a ‘9-5’ job by making money online, freelancing and starting our own businesses.
Minimalism helps today’s society prioritise their goals without being held by unnecessary items. The world is beginning to realise that we do not need to surround ourselves with worldly things to experience the world. We are now more focused on pursuing relationships, careers and significance of life.
The continuous changes in society have far-reaching impact on all sections of the design world. People are making an effort, informing themselves and becoming more aware of their otherwise “normal” habits and actions. Although consumer culture still has a significant influence on the majority of society, many are starting to pursue happiness elsewhere. Minimalism has drawn attention to how much time we waste with accumulating temporary items.
Interior design has become an industry that makes decisions based on the way the human mind works. In fact, the design process take into account and strategically uses the effects of different elements, colours and space on the human mind. Minimalism has taken over the design world because of its influence over all areas of life.
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