Minimalism has long been the mantra for those who yearn for simple, basic spaces with clean lines, pared-down forms and no-frills design. Minimalism isn’t just a design style; ‘Less is more’ is a way of life that celebrates a simple, clutter-free existence. This can sometimes be at odds with traditional Indian design, where ornamentation and opulence are the norm. As a consequence, minimalist spaces are often perceived as cold, sterile and unwelcoming. However, it’s possible to fuse both of these aesthetics. With some tweaks and creative thinking, you can have a home that’s the perfect blend of modern minimalism and Indian sensibilities.
How We Can Make It Implemented:
1.Choose Earthy Neutral Schemes :
The all-white color theme by Building Designs is a staple of minimalist design. However, this is sometimes impractical in the Indian scenario, where the climate and dust can create maintenance issues .
2. Declutter :
Keep your furniture and decor down to essentials. Allow for bare walls and floors wherever possible. Avoid layering and wall-to-wall carpeting as much as possible. If your room feels too Spartan, use symmetrical arrangements to create a focal point. Studies have found that most people prefer symmetrical compositions, since they create a natural, obvious sense of balance. A pair of lights or small side tables in this space by SPASM completes the arrangement without adding too much clutter.
3. Use Color for focal Elements:
Color and vibrancy are synonymous with Indian design. You don’t have to completely do away with color for a minimalist home; the key is to use it as an accent. A simple way to do this is to pick dark colors or saturated neutrals for your walls and floors, and add color in your soft furnishings as done here in another space by SPASM. A colorful piece of traditional Indian art in a neutral setting is a great way to make a statement.
Indian-style interiors are usually complex, with a variety of colors and finishes. For a more minimalist approach, pick one or two low-key colors for your walls, floor and ceiling like it has been done here by Dipen Gada & Associates. You can then accessories with a careful selection of one or two decor elements like mirrors, paintings, wall hangings, decals, rugs, and so on.
5. Lose The Heavy Wooden Showcase:
Minimalism is all about doing away with excess, unnecessary furniture pieces. The large showcase or display unit here in this home designed by Benny Kuriakose is a staple in urban Indian homes and often takes up a lot of space. Wall niches are a more subtle alternative to display a small number of collectibles that you treasure.
6. Embrace Bare Walls:
Plain walls can seem dull in the Indian context, but when done right, this can create a wonderfully serene effect like in this room designed by Fulcrum Studio. Pick a single statement piece for a focal point and leave the rest of the walls bare. Choosing smaller sized figurines is also a good way to add character without overwhelming the room. If you’re using multiple pieces, space them apart to allow your walls to breathe.
7. Upgrade Your WoodenFurniture:
Wooden furniture is a hallmark of Indian interior design and is a must-have in almost every Indian home. Minimalism favours light furniture with clean-cut, contemporary lines. Instead of going with traditional Indian furniture (which is usually heavy, imposing and elaborately carved), choose streamlined wooden furniture with minimal or no decoration. This will bring in a sleek, minimalist spin to your interiors like it achieves here in this space by Architecture Brio