Minimalist Designs That Prove Simplicity Is Beautiful
Consumerism is everywhere. The idea that people need to continuously buy the latest and greatest junk to be happy is omnipresent, and sometimes, people can lose sight of the simple things in life.
Other times, though, new designs can be a stunning reminder of why there truly is beauty in simplicity. From interior design to tattoos, a minimalist approach is where it's at. Here are some minimalist designs to inspire your next project.
A Touch of Nature
When people think of minimalism, especially when it comes to interior design and living spaces, they automatically assume that it must be clean, crisp and boring. However, a minimalist look doesn't have to be vanilla.
This minimalist living room gives off a professional vibe. It's easy to imagine that a businessperson lives here and comes home after a long day of smashing goals at the office to relax in this, elegantly styled space.
A Pop of Red
Whoever said minimalism couldn't be beautiful was misinformed. The all-white everything that makes up the bedspread, walls, decor and even the carpet of this cozy bedroom gives this room a sense of unity without sacrificing comfort.
The industrial loft is the must-have apartment of the future. It doesn't have to adhere to the rules of traditional bedroom design, and so it is free to pursue minimalism to the fullest extent.
Nothing says "you want to cook here" like a fresh countertop and built-in stove. The combination of the white and black give the room some much-needed contrast that doesn't break up the design in the same way as some black and white interiors.
A Red Room
People often imagine minimalist designs in grayscale, but this red kitchen combines vibrant colors and sleek design for a look that’s simple but definitely not boring. The handleless cabinets keep the clean design throughout, and the black appliances blend in perfectly with the countertops.
The Boss Will See You Now
This office that looks like it belongs on the top floor is easy on the eyes, to say the least. The bright, open window design and sprawling city view play off the simple white furniture perfectly, and the extra seating is functional without cluttering the small space.
The home office is another great space to use minimalist design to make putting in the man-hours at home that much more appealing. This particular design combines a black built-in bookshelf and white cabinets with a sleek, black desk to make the design flow through the room effortlessly.
Pages of Elegance
Getting the clutter out of your mind and down onto the page has never been more visually appealing. These minimalist journals achieve their look by using a basic, symmetrical design.
Pretty in Pink
Another set of beautiful notebooks created by Plush Design Studio takes a subtle approach by imprinting the word 'journal' across the front without using any heavy inks or wild colors to make it stand out from the blank cover it sits on.
Book covers are generally designed to grab the attention of the reader from across the room, so much so that the cover art is often the first thing that makes a potential reader pick up the book in the first place.
This book cover takes things in the entirely opposite direction with its coal cover and basic font. The size and color of the lettering stand out perfectly against the contrasted backdrop, and the stark design gives off a sense of mystery when it comes to the book’s content.
When it comes to architecture, humanity has truly accomplished some marvelous feats. From the Sistine Chapel to the Taj Mahal, there are no limits to the designs people can impose on the buildings of the world. This particular style of stacked blocks makes up a home that is truly minimalist and truly amazing.
Glass to the Sky
A staircase made of what appears to be all glass might not seem like a good idea, but these visually appealing stairways to heaven manage to make it work. With nothing but glass paneling, these steps are far more fun to look at than the typical fire escape.
Sometimes business cards can get a little busy. After all, businesses have to put a whole bunch of information on there so that new and prospective clients know what it is they do and how to get a hold of them.
There is something to be said for having plants in the home. They're supposed to help with air quality and also introduce a bit of greenery no matter where you live. Even if you reside in a condo in a concrete jungle, having plants can get you back to nature.
For the minimalist who wants to bring a sense of the entire garden indoors, these elegant yet conservatively-styled potter plants are the perfect go-to choice. They come in a variety of sizes for any plant, and their matching style goes perfectly with the lush green color of houseplants.
Hungry for More
There's almost nothing worse than going into a restaurant only to be given a novel of a menu to flip through while starving for something to eat. Too many options on a menu can be overwhelming, and when the menu design is cluttered with pictures and small, differing fonts, it gets even worse.
Eat Your Heart Out
This particular menu is from a wedding, but that doesn't make it any less appealing to the true minimalist. The style is sweet and simple, and it doesn't waste too much paper with it's slimmed-down, vertical design.
One of the coolest ways to express yourself is to get a tattoo. Some people like full sleeves or impressive back pieces, but not all tattoos have to be large and intricately detailed to stand out from the rest. Small tattoos that aren't all that complicated are seriously beautiful in their own right.
For the person looking to hide their tattoo in plain sight, this type of minimal tattoo can go a long way. The placement on the finger means this tattoo flits in and out of visibility based on the owner’s whim.
Heart on Your Sleeve
The giant tattoos of the past still look great when done well, but the tattoo of the future is the finely lined minimalist tattoo. From abstract shapes to words across the spine, line-only tattoos have a flare that doesn’t grow old.
Not all minimalist tattoos have to be small and dainty, and this perfectly placed leaf tattoo is a great example of how less can be more without being tiny. From the placement around the wrist to the fine lines that create the leaves, this is one handsome tattoo.
Faith in Hand
Getting back to true fundamentalist basics, this small but fierce cross tattoo gives the minimalist look a whole new meaning. The meaning of the tattoo is no doubt a big part of the wearer's life, but the tattoo itself is extremely small.
Hand in Hand
Watches have become a somewhat dated part of one’s fashion repertoire because of the availability of smartphones and other devices. However, that very attribute imbues them with a certain sense of classic style.
Keeping Up With the Times
The watch is a versatile piece of jewelry and has the ability to take any outfit from casual to casual-chic if it's the right piece and style. When it comes down to the basics, this modernistic watch is a great example of when minimalist design works better than the flash.
This watch is almost the exact inverse of the previous one in terms of its coloration, yet it maintains the same style. The black background has an elegant appearance yet also draws the eye to the numbers on the watch’s face.
Golden hoops have always made for a fetching, Gretchen Wieners-approved look, but something has to be said about this stunning pair of earrings. They come in a smaller size which keeps the style understated, while the gold wrap is perfect for the low-key fashionista in all of us.
Two Hearts Become One
A necklace can be a tasteful part of a special outfit or subtle addition to everyday clothes. In this case, the wearer has some flexibility. The two hearts aren’t so bold as to be overpowering, yet the diamonds and contrast between the two hearts make for an elegant touch nonetheless.
Subtle in Silver
Last but not least is the ring, the most elegant piece of jewelry one can wear. The ring often symbolizes many things, most notably being in love and marriage, but wearing a ring has become a fashion statement all its own.