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10 examples of minimalist interior decors

By: Karine Dutemple

10 examples of minimalist interior decors

By: Karine Dutemple

Design and home decorInspiration for your renovations10 examples of minimalist interior decors

Thinking of purge your material possessions to follow the minimalist trend and simplify your daily life? If that's what you want, we've got some home decor ideas to inspire you for your next renovation project and create a minimalist decor that lives up to your expectations!

10 minimalist decors to inspire you

1) Japanese-inspired minimalism

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This Japanese-inspired bedroom decor reveals a fine balance between curved and straight lines, which complement each other perfectly. A selection of light colours creates a soothing and relaxing decor, all enhanced by the abundance of natural light.

2) A simple setting for a well-deserved break

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This bench, which is often associated with break time, embodies simplicity because of its straight lines and its slender design. Plants add a touch of colour while not imposing themselves too intensely in this simple but relaxing decor. Once again, this minimalist decor puts luminosity in the spotlight and includes colours that are sober, classic and true emblems of elegance.

3) A clean decor that exudes simplicity

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This minimalist decor focuses on contrasts. This is evident with the presence of white bedding and a white carpet, which contrast with the darker hue of the flooring.

This opposition is also embodied in the straight lines and rounded shapes, which can be found respectively on the carpet as well as in the pompoms of the cover and the mirror adorning the wall. This mirror is also there to reflect the natural light which enters the room.

4) A kitchen where softness and raw materials work togethercuisine minimaliste_Pinterest_minimalist kitchen

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While we often think of choosing a smooth and glossy finish for cabinet doors. Here, we've got a raw and natural finish. All this provides soft sobriety to the room and the effect is accentuated by a limited number of decorative elements and the presence of pale colours. The room is stripped of wall art or trinkets, allowing the wood and countertops to steal the show.

Would you rather opt for a white kitchen? Take a look at our article Reno Inspiration: 10 examples of white kitchens with diverse styles.

5) A focus on vintage chic style

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This minimalist bathroom reminds us how much the mix of black and white deserves its reputation as a timeless classic.

The white and rectangular tiles work with the design of the windows while evoking, with a touch of modern style, a more vintage bathroom design. The pedestal sink is very elegant and provides a certain richness to the decor.

6) Comfort and simplicity with a modern twistsalon minimaliste_Pinterest_minimalist living room

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The star of this modern living room is this beautiful pastel couch and its footstool. The choice of velvet as a fabric is also wise because it brings a lot of warmth and softness to the room. The absence of elaborate designs and the almost total lack of decorative elements creates a decor that focuses on calm and contemplation.

7) A mix of textures that inspires relaxationchambre à coucher_Pinterest_bedroom

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Although white is often used in minimalist settings, a beautiful beige is the shade of choice here. This colour works along with a pale brown hue and several discreet textures and patterns to give life to this cozy, comfortable and warm room. The mirror at the head of the bed is both delightful and simple and highlights the advantageous height of the ceilings.

8) Wood and stone for a sober decor

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This beautiful kitchen evokes the softness of natural stone and largely renounces the presence of trinkets, wall art or appliances on the counter. This decor is mainly focused around natural elements and the predominance of a smooth finish, whether for the counter surface or for the few items found in the room, is calm and soothing.

9) Smooth finish, shine and brightness

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It takes very few elements to create a classic and stunning decor in this bathroom. The glossy finish of the white tiles adorning the wall and the immaculate look of the design make it the perfect image of the minimalist bathroom. Notice the predominance of rectangular and square shapes and the simplicity of the furniture, all of which help avoid a visually overloaded decor.

10) A kitchen without a wardrobe for a sleek design

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Often seen in minimalist kitchens is the absence of upper cabinets, which are instead replaced with simple shelves that are stacked with dishes. This gives the room a clean look and avoids cluttering the space with solid furniture. The modern decor in this kitchen is adorned with a slightly bright green colour, which complements the grey of the counter and the black of the cabinets under it.

Interested in the concept of open shelves? We have two articles for you:

Want to learn more about minimalist style? Check out our article Home Decor: A Guide to Minimalist Style.

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Characteristics and Benefits of Powdered Milk Paint Source: Canva Main characteristic: Unlimited shelf life when in powder form and can be stored in the fridge for 2 weeks after being mixed with water Possibility of creating your own colours by adding separately purchased pigments Ideal to restore antique furniture and woodwork, can also be used to paint walls and cabinets Control over the desired finish with the possibility of creating varying effects (antique, cracked, matte, stained, gloss, weathered, brush-stroked, patina, etc.) Made for primer-free use on porous surfaces (wood, gypsum, terracotta, cardboard, etc.) Can be applied to all materials as long as the surfaces have been sanded and an acrylic-based binder is added (glass, melamine, enamel, metal, oil, ceramic, plastic, etc.) Also made for outdoor use To obtain a washable, glossy, and protected surface, top it with a finishing coat (beeswax, hemp oil, or tung oil) Can’t be stripped, has to be sanded Significant benefits: Doesn’t have a potent smell Doesn’t chip or peel (unless done purposefully!) 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Interior Paint Colour Trends for 2023

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It is subtle, warm and restorative, suitable in commercial or residential spaces where mind and soul can relax and be refreshed.” Redend Point can be paired perfectly with the following colour palette: Pure White, Hushed Auburn, Malted Milk, Toile Red, Urbane Bronze, Carnelian, Cool Beige, and Foothills. Best Wall Colours According to Farrow & Ball Source: Canva Instead of settling for just one featured colour, Farrow & Ball showcases 11 new shades, each one mapping out the 2023 trends relevant to the company. This palette includes a tint similar to that of Sherwin-Williams’ Colour of the Year—Bamboozle No. 304 (an orangy red)—however, it mostly showcases various greens and blues. All are inspired by moments of joy and well-being, these versatile choices will add a certain depth, richness, and light to your walls and furniture. Are you looking for experts for your painting project? Fill in our form to be connected with top-rated contractors! 2023 Colour of the Year: Dulux and Sico Are On the Same Page Source: Canva Paint companies Sico and Dulux also announced this year’s colour trends respectively. Melt Water and Vining Ivy are practically identical: a sort of teal blue, rugged aqua turquoise. Their creators wish to convey what really matters: nature, tranquillity, and balance. With everything going on in this world, these characteristics and mindsets have been, according to them, especially sought-after by the general public for the past two years. Albeit dark and eloquent, both colours mainly evoke a sense of calmness and a feeling of freshness. These paints can also be paired with the new biophilic design trend where nature and raw materials like wood are showcased, along with the timeless Scandinavian aesthetic, which is defined by its refined lines and light hues. However, Sico predicts that some classics will still make a strong comeback to liven up your favourite living spaces, such as grey, some pastels, sage green, terracotta, and copper brown. Basically, dark and earthy tones predominantly. If these shades are doing nothing in terms of inspiring your new wall colour, how about as an accent colour for your backsplash, to add a hint of luxury to your kitchen island, or even to add a punch of colour to your front door? Behr’s Popular Wall Colours Source: Canva As for Behr, peace of mind is also a must-have in 2023, albeit in a more neutral colour palette. So for those who prefer a cozy, all-encompassing ambience, you’ll be happy to know that the Colour of the Year is Blank Canvas DC-003. A light, warm white with a hint of beige, its slogan perfectly encapsulates its founding intentions, “Find your center.” Interior designers recommend pairing Blank Canvas with: Vine Leaf (forest green), Vintage Pewter (a slightly darker beige), Midnight Blue (its name says it all), Gratifying Gray (beigy-grey), or Cracked Pepper (dark grey with a hint of blue). What About Benjamin Moore’s “Colour of the Year”? Source: Canva This year, Benjamin Moore is daring with a bright and dazzling colour! Raspberry Blush is in fact a blend of a nice pink-tinged coral that leaves no one indifferent. Whether it’s coated on all walls of a room, or little by little, here and there, it’ll make for a great choice. It’s a colour driven by art and music, who better to describe it than the company itself: Never a backdrop, Raspberry Blush is the definition of charismatic colour. This unapologetic shade of red-orange had us thinking: bold, bolder, boldest. This sentiment flows through the rest of the palette as we immerse ourselves in hues that make a statement. Inspired by an artist’s desire to communicate through colour, shape, and sound [...] To commemorate this year’s selection, Benjamin Moore enlisted electro-funk duo Chromeo to underscore the upbeat and optimistic tone of the palette and the dynamic role colour plays in self-expression—much like music. Want to know about the latest trends for selected areas in your home? Check out: Bathroom Design Trends And the 2023 kitchen design trends (French only) Want to move forward with your painting project? Try out our cost calculator for a cost estimate.

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