Parminder Pal Singh, founder, LOCO Design shares with Nichola Pais cues on balancing minimalism with luxury
Minimalist décor continues to trend…
I feel minimalism never leaves the ‘now’, its aesthetic rigour and beauty remain relevant. We live in an age where our consumer choices impact our surroundings literally – choice purchases and visually cleaner spaces are very much on trend on a number of fronts.
The minimalist style has also evolved across a number of decades; it has become softer. We now see softer finishes and materials as part of this style. Minimal is now a style with breadth – from industrial rigour to crafted luxury, it is now a style with room for personality.
Why is it preferable in today’s hectic times?
Everyone values space; our homes are places of layered uses, an expression of who we are, of display, where we create moments of distinction through trinkets and objects which have a personal value. Minimalism and the ‘less is more’ logic is about placing value on what matters. Contemporary life is full – in visual content and experience. Within that we seek havens of ‘less’.
We seek objects that bring delight to daily living in furniture, designs, materials, etc..
Our personal connection to pieces of furniture depends on many attributes. Character, aesthetic, function and aesthetic nuances all contribute. Ultimately what brings us delight is very personal – it may be the feel of a cushion, or the curve on a seat or the emotion of a colour. As human beings we are responsive to the emotion that a space, an objet transmits. We see, we feel, we smell – the feel and smell of carved handrail, for example, is an experience where more than one sense is triggered. Delight is not solely visual, it comprises of many senses all working together – it’s a connection with this that keeps design alive.
How can one achieve minimalist yet luxurious interiors?
We can employ several ways to achieve this…
- Accent colors: A feature or accent colour adds focus and can be a way to soften a neutral background.
- Light walls:Neutral walls offer a way in which to visually open up a space. Lighter hues can be softened through the use of subtle texture.
- Natural light: Natural light creates atmosphere. Spaces, through the use of light, can create a calm atmosphere.
- Muted, neutral tones: A muted palette gives a warm tone to layer. These tones can work well for minimal spaces as they create tonal warmth.
- Multi-functional furniture: Furniture such as tables, that have the potential to be used in multiple ways, are a means to create a leaner layout with great flow of space.
- Hidden storage: Integrated storage is a great way of creating a clean lined space. Fitted storage, whether fixed wardrobes, integrated into niches or setbacks or within furniture are all useful ways in which to get spaces to function with greater flow and ease.
- Simple detailing:Using a clean language in spatial detailing is key to keeping a clean flow. Cove details to doorways and skirting details all pull a spatial identity together.
- Organise: Organising one’s personal spaces is different for us all. One rule is have a home or a place where all belongings go.
- Monochrome: A monochromatic interior can be a stylistic way to create a minimal language, connecting interior architecture, soft furnishings and objet.
- A low horizontal eyeline: Creating low horizontal eyelines through furniture and decor helps create the desired effect.