More or less characterised by its foundational maxim ‘less is more’, minimalism’s reach extends into all manner of realms: architecture, art, furniture, interior design… even low-impact lifestyles.
The virtues of clean lines, utility and physical and mental breathing space combine to create simple elegant spaces.
In a minimalist interior, the absence of unnecessary bits and pieces can really make the heart grow fonder, and it’s a look often associated with white on white. But how do you make that work in winter when you want more ‘comfortable and calming’ than ‘cold and clinical’?
Try these expert tips for creating warm minimalist spaces for winter:
The ultimate in pared back, with clear connotations of cleanliness, white is the cornerstone of classic minimalist décor schemes, and hallmark hues such as grey-based Resene Black White are a pleasingly cool prospect in the height of summer. What to do in cool climates, south-facing spaces or those with little natural light? Opt for a white with warm undertones instead – it’ll achieve the effect you’re after without seeming stark.
There are many variations of white, from popular Resene paints such as Resene Rice Cake, with a warm, yellow bbase, or a crossover white, such as those with a green base that reads warm or cool according to factors such as the light and other colours in the room; serene Resene Half Thorndon Cream, pale bone Resene Half Titania, limed stone Resene Quarter Ash and creamy off-white Resene Cararra all fall into this category. You could also select a white with neutral undertones, such as umber white Resene Wan White. You’ll find these paints and more minimalist contenders in the Resene Whites & Neutrals fandeck. For extra assistance, ask a Resene expert at your local Resene ColorShop.
- Another tip for creating minimal spaces, is to use single shades in smaller rooms, such as the bathroom. Bathe your bathroom walls in a colour like Resene Cornflower, dialling up the interest and heat with mosaic tiles and aged-brass highlights. A tonal palette also creates a minimalist effect; get this look by selecting a base shade, then hues lighter and darker than it, such as warm French beige Resene Canterbury Clay and its Half, Quarter and Eighth counterparts.
- The trick when taking a more colourful tack with paint is to reduce your fittings, fixtures, furniture and frivolities to a bare – you guessed it – minimum. Anything you do introduce into a minimalist space should be visually cohesive.
Wallpaper is another understated way to add texture. Check out the Resene Anaglypta 2020 Wallpaper Collection, which offers a striking arrange of tactile options you can paint with your preferred Resene colour.
Incorporate furniture, soft furnishings and decorative objects in textural materials, such as on-trend bouclé, velvet, wool, linen and ceramics; blond timber also works well with white for a Scandinavian vibe. Avoid introducing prints and patterns unless they’re graphic, uncomplicated and the hero of the room – a striking large-scale artwork, for instance.
Move away from the cold glass, angular forms and straight lines of too-cool-for-school minimalism and embrace organic shapes and simple furniture that’s also inviting and comfortable. Items that do double duty can be helpful in reducing everyday excess – stools that are both seating and side tables; a lidded coffee table or ottoman you can stash stuff in; built-in storage below a window seat; a bedside table with built-in electrical jacks so your wall can stay plug-free; or a ledge behind your bed that’s both headboard and shelf, eliminating the need for a nightstand. Visit op shops for pieces you can customise with paint. Resene testpots make upcyling second-hand finds from chairs to lamps inexpensive and easy to achieve as a fun weekend creative project.
For extra assistance, ask a Resene expert at your local Resene ColorShop, submit a query online at www.resene.co.nz/colourexpert or book a Resene colour consultation, www.resene.co.nz/colourconsultation. Then use Resene testpots or A4 drawdown paint swatches to trial your colour choices at home in all lights.