The minimalist style is an art movement that aims to use as few decorative elements as possible, giving priority to functionality and sobriety. Minimalism is a whole philosophy of life that encourages getting rid of accessories and living austerely.
The minimalist style emerged in the United States in the 1960’s under the motto “less is more”. However, it was soon influenced by Japanese design and was even confused with later trends such as wabi-sabi, which finds beauty in the imperfect.
Minimalism uses straight and simple lines. Among its most common materials are cement, glass, stone and steel.
Minimalist decoration uses a neutral colour palette: off-white, grey, brown and black tones are all perfect for this style.
In minimalist decoration there is little furniture, which is practical and very stylish. The value of good architecture is highlighted: with large windows, doors up to the ceiling, cantilever stairs and an impeccable lighting design. Anything unnecessary - curtains, cushions, ornaments - is removed. Light and textures are used to create a clean and tidy environment.
As Leonardo da Vinci, the first minimalist in history, said: “Simplicity is the real sophistication”.
Best-selling colour of the minimalist series
The most minimalist Silestone
Minimalist decoration finds in the Silestone Loft Collection its perfect companion. This urban collection makes a journey through five iconic neighbourhoods around the world where minimalist style is at its best. For their simplicity and good taste, our choices are Camden – a beautiful taupe colour – and Seaport – a grey full of nuances.
The Zen Collection, with a clear Japanese influence, is also an interesting option for our minimalist style. The colours Haiku (beige), Kensho (grey) and Unsui (brown) are perfect on their own or in combination with each other.
Silestone Iconic White and Blanco Zeus are a safe bet when it comes to conveying purity, light and space.
Industrial + Minimalist
The Dekton Industrial Collection also works very well with the minimalist style. After all, they are all trends from the first half of the 20th century that influence and feedback to each other.
From this collection we are fascinated by beige tones- Lunar and Nilium – and materials imitating cement – Soke and Orix. Remember that cement is a key material in this decorative style.
Minimalist style decorative tips
Ranging from cladding to worktops, washbasins to shower trays, Cosentino offers you a wide range of ideas to create a minimalist look in your living room, kitchen or bathroom:
- Devote time to the more architectural aspect of the project. Choose clean and simple lines in harmony with, and respectful of, the natural environment.
- Make use of large windows and glass panels to maximise light and space.
- Choose simple and neutral materials to create large vertical or horizontal monochromatic surfaces. Allow yourself to play with textures as the only concession to your minimalist decoration.
- Choose furniture wisely, avoiding anything superfluous. Go for furniture with great expressive power, in straight lines and without ornaments.
- Use only the necessary fabrics, always choosing those that are made of 100% natural fibres.
- Let vegetation be part of your indoor space by creating small gardens of Zen inspiration.
- In short, turn your home into a temple of peace, balance and well-being. And remember that minimalism does not mean having little, but having enough (and being happy with that).