This is the ultimate style for the Modern (and quiet frankly OCD) Gentleman. Very common in Scandinavia and is sometimes referred to by the same name, think Ikea. Clean, contemporary furniture and an attention to detail that borders on the obsessive, perfect for the man who wants his home to be as uncluttered as his lifestyle. The Minimalist style celebrates modernity, contemporary materials and clean lines. Spaces are principally open and as organised as an operating room.
Structure and Services
The Minimalist style has mastered the art of making the working parts of the building disappear. Brickwork is hidden behind flawlessly plastered walls, window frames are seamless with thin profiles, and clean lines are maintained with carefully considered shadow lines. Structural elements can, however, be used as points of interest and create a feature in an otherwise stark environment. This works well with an exposed and/or painted brickwork wall, rough concrete or painted steel columns.
More clean lines extend to the floors of the Minimalist style. Perfectly laid timber, shimmering seamless resin and beautifully polished concrete characterise and accentuate the pristine nature of the style. There is no room for stresses, cracks or imperfections of any kind. It is common to have a single floor finish throughout the open plan spaces, which can extend into the bedrooms too, if not, an understated carpet can warm the space.
A limited palette is most common in this style. Walls and ceilings are often brilliant white unadorned with embellishments and mouldings. Fittings can add an element of colour, even if often neutral, to the plain environment. Timber and block colours warm and brighten spaces and add life to the often bare style.
Once again the clean line dominates and the shadow line reigns. Sharp edges, flush materials and single block colours ensure the cleanliness of the style and ease of cleaning for the occupants. There is nothing standard here, bespoke custom fittings to keep the theme and uncluttered nature.
Stainless steel is a perfect fit for the clinical Minimalist aesthetic. The Kitchen, with its specific purpose and function, needs to be clean. So what better style than the one with the almost operating room like precision. White cabinets are standard in most cases but a full black Kitchen can bring a level of class that is difficult to match. For the more vibrant and bold colour and timber can be added to inject a feature element into the design.
A bathroom is a purpose driven room, there to provide specific functions. This doesn’t mean it can’t look great. Minimal bathrooms are only about the bare essentials and the style lends itself perfectly to the cleanliness required for any bathroom. Again clean lines, blocked single colours and flush finish to materials are apparent. The space is often open with a modern freestanding bath, single glass partition shower and monolithic vanity counter. Timber, tiles and paint can be used to brighten things up if required. In the example below the designer has gone for all black with timber bench and floor for the shower. Personally I love it, it seems like the place Darth Vader takes his daily and dreams of taking over the galaxy.
Like the Industrial style, a Minimal home can often be cold. The bareness retains heat like an igloo in the Sahara. Furniture can be used effectively to warm a space, as well as add some colour. Timber legged “Scandinavian” style furniture is a great addition to the style. This creates warmth, via the timber and comfort from the cushions. Some designers choose to carry the clean lines into the furniture. Personally I believe it is imperative to add a sense of comfort and luxury to an otherwise cold environment.
Almost a total opposite to the Traditional style Minimal is for the man with a modern, refined and methodical approach to life. A design style as tailored as a bespoke suit and as refined as a single malt, perfect for the determined Gent with the world at his fingertips.
Design can often seem daunting, you may be concerned with, where to start, how much it costs and what you want your place to look like. I’m here to tell you the process isn’t that difficult, especially if you have someone doing the legwork for you.
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