The power of sim­plic­ity

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There is some­thing spe­cial when some­one gifts you a sin­gle rose. A rose that can stand alone is pow­er­ful. The same goes for in­te­ri­ors. When de­sign­ing a liv­ing space, it is cru­cial to iden­tify func­tion­al­ity while min­i­miz­ing un­nec­es­sary de­tails that clut­ter the space. Min­i­mal­ism en­hances the char­ac­ter of your home while push­ing de­sired in­ter­est to the de­tails of the es­sen­tial in­te­rior ar­chi­tec­ture. In­cor­po­rat­ing minimalistic de­sign can re­duce stress, in­crease clean­li­ness, and el­e­vate your mood.

When walk­ing into a clut­tered room, some peo­ple might feel over­whelmed and anx­ious. The same feel­ing might arise when en­ter­ing a room that is too small, too dark, or too bright. Min­i­mal­ism seeks the bal­ance be­tween per­fect light­ing, tidi­ness, and spa­cious­ness.

To up­date a liv­ing space, iden­tify the nec­es­sary el­e­ments of the room. A liv­ing room, for ex­am­ple, is a place where peo­ple like to gather and re­lax, so the light­ing should be nat­u­ral but con­trolled. In­vite peo­ple to sit down and so­cial­ize with a neu­tral-col­ored mod­ern sofa and stylish lounge chairs. Keep the wall color calm with an off-white color and pos­si­bly pick one wall to be painted with an ac­cent color or to dis­play vi­brant art. Sim­pli­fy­ing fur­ni­ture to the nec­es­sary items needed for com­fort will up­date any liv­ing space and help keep the space clean.

The best part about minimalistic de­sign is the ev­er­last­ing feel­ing of clean­li­ness. Bulky fur­ni­ture and beds cov­ered in thick bed­ding with mul­ti­ple lay­ers of pil­lows might feel comfy but it takes a lot of main­te­nance. In­cor­po­rat­ing clean lines into an in­te­rior up­dates the en­vi­ron­ment but also results in less ac­cu­mu­la­tion of dust and of items to clean. Keep coun­ter­tops clear of clut­ter and stick to the rule of three when dis­play­ing pho­tographs, mem­o­ra­bilia, or art. Only hav­ing one frame to dust, one plant to water, or one car­pet to vacuum makes any space easier to main­tain and will im­prove the mood of the user dras­ti­cally.

The ex­cit­ing part of minimalistic de­sign is the se­lected use of color to draw at­ten­tion to a space’s unique in­te­rior features. Adding color to a spi­ral stair­case or paint­ing the stairs lead­ing to a fa­vorite roomin a house will ex­cite peo­ple and guide them to a de­sired lo­ca­tion. Another ben­e­fit of se­lec­tive color choice is the ef­fect on peo­ple’s emo­tions. Warm col­ors usu­ally evoke ex­cite­ment, while cool col­ors pro­mote tran­quil­ity and re­lax­ation. In a bed­room it is smart to keep the walls neu­tral so peo­ple can fall asleep quickly, whereas red ac­cent tiles might brighten up a kitchen if used cor­rectly.

Over­all, cre­at­ing a con­tem­po­rary space with the use of minimalistic de­sign can ben­e­fit the user emo­tion­ally and phys­i­cally. Con­sciously de­sign­ing an en­vi­ron­ment to elicit a de­sired emo­tion will change the way peo­ple re­act in the liv­ing space and will keep ev­ery­one func­tion­ing at the high­est pos­si­ble level and en­joy­ing their space.

Lisa Samuel ASID, IIDA, is a Santa Fe na­tive and prin­ci­pal of Samuel De­sign Group, lo­cated in the heart of down­town Santa Fe. She is an award-win­ning in­te­rior de­signer known for cre­at­ing unique in­te­ri­ors im­bued with warmth and el­e­gance. Lisa (info@ samuelde­sign­group.com) is pas­sion­ate about good de­sign that sup­ports well-be­ing.

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