Principles of Minimalism to Keep in Mind for Your Oahu Home Design

If you’re looking for ideas when it comes to your Oahu home design, minimalism is a popular choice. However, figuring out how to create a truly minimalist look can be a challenge.

What is minimalism?

Minimalism is an approach to home and interior design that focuses on keeping spaces simple and uncluttered. This helps bring out the beauty of architecture, as opposed to causing the eye to focus on a furniture or design piece.  

When it comes to the color palette, minimalist spaces are usually monochromatic, with color being used as an accent item. Minimalist spaces tend to incorporate open floor plans, lots of light, and simple line furnishings. These result in a space that is soothing and inviting while also keeping the space timeless and classic.

If you’re planning to try minimalism in your home – whether it be for a single room or the whole house – there are some principles that you should keep in mind:

  1. Embrace Light

A great way to reduce the number of items in your home is by bringing in as much natural light as possible. This will allow you to create more space that would otherwise be taken up by lamps and light fixtures.

However, depending on where your room and home are located, natural light may not always be a feasible option. In these situations, consider opting for dual-purpose lighting fixtures that are both functional and beautiful. This will allow them to work as design elements that can complement the rest of your minimalist design.

  1. Allow Plenty of Open Space

One of the tenets of minimalism is cutting down on unnecessary items. When faced with an empty space to decorate, one of the most tempting options is to fill it up with furniture and décor pieces.

With minimalist design, avoid the attraction that filling up a space poses. Instead, allow for wide-open spaces, with only necessary pieces of furniture. When designing your room and home, opt for open floor plans that maximize the amount the space you have available to you. 

  1. Opt for Quality Fixtures

One of the best ways to decorate a space without cluttering it up too much is to choose décor elements that have another primary purpose. You can do this by investing in quality fixtures, like light fittings, storage units, and fireplaces. 

These can then double as design elements that accentuate the minimalist theme without adding extra items to the room.

  1. Choose Stand-Out Pieces of Furniture

Minimalist design usually tends to lean towards neutral, monochromatic colors for walls. In order to add color to the room, experiment with the furniture pieces that you choose.

Standout pieces of furniture will help add pops of color to your space. Use your furniture pieces to build a design story around it, allowing you to focus on color without splattering it all over your walls.

Both interior design and architecture work together to create a minimalist look within a home. If you’re planning to incorporate minimalism in your Oahu home design, contact R. Clary Builders at – we would love to answer any questions that you may have!