- Tim Kraemer
Interior Design: Modern versus Minimalist
Last month we compared different styles of home architecture and this month we are headed inside to compare different styles of interior design!
A look at Modern Design.
Modern design is focused on creating a simple, inviting and useful interior. Modern can be taken into subcategories such as mid-century modern, country modern and urban modern.
To create a modern design, generally the following elements should be included:
· Vibe: causal, lounge ready
· Materials: wood, brick, metal, glass, steel
· Colors: greens, oranges, earthy tones
· Fabrics: abstract and geometric designs
· Furniture: low streamlines seating, rounded or squared off edges, plain surfaces and hairpin legs
· Accessories: used to add a pop of color or element of style yet kept to a minimum throughout rooms
A look at Minimalist Design.
Minimalist design is focused on creating an ultra-simple, ultra-clean and practical interior. It takes modern design a step simpler. Minimalist can be thought of as “cold and uninviting” but with the right materials and design can be a simple, warm and inviting space.
To create a minimalist design, generally the following elements should be included:
· Vibe: simple and practical
· Materials: highlight architectural details such as wood, brick, glass or metal
· Colors: neutral and airy
· Fabrics: print less, neutral, textured
· Furniture: clean-cut and simple yet sturdy
· Accessories: kept to a minimum. Often dual use such as a stylish storage piece.
Both modern and minimalist interior designs focus on keeping things simple yet comfortable and practical. Would you choose either of these designs for your home?