It used to be that the more intricate the design of the home and its furnishings were, the more wealth and prestige it had.

People regarded detailed wall patterns, rugs, and furniture carvings as being more desired that their simple counterparts. Today, this could not be further from the truth. Rooms filled with treasures have been replaced with open, empty spaces.

Carved wood table legs and arm rests have been replaced with sleek, solid pieces. Even lighting has made a transformation. Here are some of the ways you can achieve a minimalist look in any home.

Features and Designs

To begin, stop looking at lighting as though it is meant to decorate the room. While it will inadvertently achieve this, the minimalist look aims to be functional. For this reason, many minimalist lamps do not have much in the way of design. They likely do not have a beautiful lamp shade or intricate stand to speak of. It will be of a solid colour with a functional top.

Minimalist Interior DesignThe same goes for lighting that is built into the room, such as wall sconces or overhead lighting. These will be very simple looking. They may be of a single geometric shape that emits light and of a solid colour, usually in a neutral or dark tone.

Other times, the light fixture will not even be visible. To further enhance the minimalist look, you can hide the fixture all together to avoid taking up space. Put it behind a bookshelf or other piece of furniture, and have the light flood outward. Instead of having traditional wall light fixtures, have bulbs embedded into the ceiling that do not jut out to cause a distraction.

When it comes to lighting a room with a minimalist interior design, it also matters where the light is shining. Because the space will probably be more open than with other designs, less light is often needed. It can travel without being blocked and casting too many shadows. However, do not sacrifice light for looks in your house. You want to be able to function without straining your eyes. For a minimalist room, have the light directed at where it will be needed as opposed to flooding the whole room. A single spotlight over a reading chair with some track lighting over the couch can be enough.

Play with your options a little. You don’t want to go overboard, but you don’t want to limit how much you can use the rooms.

Achieving minimalist interior design is all about trial and error.

Achieving Minimalist Interior Design