Interior Design Trends
Interior Design Trends

Minimalism: The Interior Design Style that Says More with Less

“Regardless of how you view minimalist interior design, there’s more to this widely embraced concept than most of us think,” says Deen. “Minimalism not only looks great, it also has several benefits.”


Less is more. This is the simple mantra behind minimalism – one of our favorite interior design concepts. Minimalism is a style that “simultaneously showcases exceptional functional design while artistically creating a simplified way to live,” says Neila Deen, Freshome. “In a nutshell, it’s design that’s stripped down to its essential purpose and identity by eliminating everything unnecessary.” And it’s not always easy to pull off.

We are a society that loves things. So, it can be difficult to fully embrace an interior design style that puts an emphasis on quality and functionality over quality and flash. Minimalism is all about simple, clean design.

Taking a BIG Look at Minimalism

“Regardless of how you view minimalist interior design, there’s more to this widely embraced concept than most of us think,” says Deen. “Minimalism not only looks great, it also has several benefits.”

Your Home is Your Castle

Your home should be your escape from stress, not the reason for it. Unfortunately, many homes are so filled with clutter, which is a “surefire way to dampen any mood and increase stress,” says Deen. Just think of all the “stuff” laying around your home, clogging your drawers, and cramping your closets. Minimalistic design seeks to eliminate useless clutter and streamline interiors.

“Paring things down to the basics and ditching the superfluous can do wonders for your sanity,” says Sacha Strebe, MyDomaine, “not to mention it looks super sophisticated and sleek.”

Focusing on a Room’s Function

The key concept behind minimalism is the idea of functionality first. Everything in the room serves a distinct purpose, with no room for pointless clutter, “Ask yourself what can be eliminated, what can be stored out of sight, and what items aren’t essential,” says Strebe. “You really have to consider each piece carefully before it enters the room, but this also means the end result is more thoughtful and considered.” The end result is a crisp, clean interior that both looks great without feeling overwhelmed with needless furniture or accessories.

“This simplicity allows the focus to remain on the room’s purpose and function, and on the beauty of its carefully selected furnishings,” says Deen. “Having something streamlined and designated for one purpose — without all the bells and whistles and multi-functional purposes we have grown accustomed to — creates a neat, fluid and relaxing environment.”

Color is Okay

A common misconception is that minimalism goes hand in hand with a lack of color. “Just because classic minimalism tends to be color-averse, it doesn’t have to be bland or boring,” says Strebe. “In fact, minimalism at its finest is quite the opposite.”

When done properly, the subdued color palette of a minimalist interior can be incredibly powerful. “A calm palette or limited color choice makes a room feel serene and less chaotic,” says Deen.

But minimalism also doesn’t mean just sticking to black or white. “Pops of color, monochromatic hues of any color…work well in any minimalist space,” says Deen. However, these color combinations, like all things in minimalist design, should be kept to a minimum, which “further enhances the serene and balanced environment.” A great way to keep a minimalist color scheme fresh is to play around with textures.

“A minimalistic room with neutral tones can tend to feel cold or bland, but there’s one foolproof trick that remedies this every time: texture,” says Strebe. Texture allows you to add layers and dimension to your color pallette while still remaining true to your minimalist goals.

Window Treatments are a Minimalist’s Best Friend

“There is a real art to creating spaces that have no excess, but that exude warmth and beauty,” says Pangaea, Houzz Contributor. The right window treatments can do just that!

Window treatments are a must-have in any room, and are also an important aspect in any minimalist interior. Just think about it. Window treatments embody the best of minimalism. They are sleek and streamlined, designed to serve a specific purpose, and many come in monochromatic color schemes with varying textures sure to enhance your decor.

"When it comes to designing a room, we tend to think about larger elements like the sofa or the rug before turning our attention to window treatments, but they shouldn’t be overlooked."
— Miranda Silva, Architectural Digest

ROLLER SHADES

Available in a variety of colors, textures, and patterns to suit every deco, Next Day Blinds Roller Shades are a great decorating solution for any room. And with 76 different color options, from light filtering to solar and room darkening shades, you are sure to find a roller shade to match your specific design needs.

“The clean lines don’t distract from the view or other decor,” says Ashley Gensler, Loom Decor. “They tend to work well in spaces where function may come before form, like bathrooms or playrooms.”

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SOLAR SHADES

“Strip away heavy window coverings and replace with simple shades,” says Rose Kennedy, HGTV. Take Next Day Blinds Solar Shades as an example. Available in 1%, 3%, 4%, 5%, and 10% opacity, these barely-there window treatments allow filtered light to flood your interior without blocking your view. So, “it is not just a choice of light or no light,” explains Sharon Renshall, CEO and President, At A Glance Decor, “there are all the shades in between, so you can decide exactly how much sun you want.”

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HONEYCOMB SHADES

“Cellular Shades, also known as Honeycomb Shades, are one of the hottest new trends in window shades and are designed for light filtering or for the total blocking of sunlight,” writes interior design blogger Christie Craig of Houston Lifestyles & Homes magazine.

Our Honeycomb Shades are available in a large variety of colors, textures, and pleat sizes, ensuring a perfect fit for any decor. These window treatments are also available with several cordless lift options that are certified as “Best for Kids” through the Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) – a third-party certification program designed to help consumers and retailers identify window covering products that are certified as safe for homes with young children.

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CORDLESS

Cordless lift blinds and shades eliminate all cords and allows you to raise and lower your shade with the smooth operation of a continuous cord loop. Besides the added safety factor, the unique functionality of Next Day Blinds Cordless Blinds and Shades also streamlines the look of your window treatments – perfect for your minimalist decor.

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MOTORIZATION

Motorized window coverings are not only the perfect solution for large, tall or hard-to-reach windows–they provide a streamlined aesthetic that fits perfectly in a minimalist decor. Next Day Blinds is proud to offer Somfy® motorization products with our Honeycomb Shades, Roller Shades, Solar Shades, Savannah Shadings, Wood Wood Shades and Premium Wood Blinds. You can control our Somfy motoization products via remote control, the Somfy myLink™ app on your mobile device, or even voice command on your Amazon Alexa®

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