How to Make a Minimalist Space Warm and Inviting

Minimalism is a beloved design style known for its simplistic and understated features—but simple doesn't have to mean boring

Minimalism is a beloved design style known for its simplistic and understated features—but simple doesn’t have to mean boring

“A common misconception about minimalist design is that it’s cold or lacking personality and comfort,” says interior designer Annaliesse Kelly, founder of AK Design, “It’s actually about taking a ‘less is more’ approach and designing with just the essentials.”

Here’s how to design a minimalist home that is stylish and cozy…

1. Choose functional furnitureminimalist living roomKorch Media

When it comes to selecting furniture, Kelly says to go with function over fashion. Opt for pieces that have simple, clean lines and fewer toss cushions.

“Minimalism prioritizes the essentials and avoids extra decorative elements. Instead of trying to fill an empty corner, look for pieces that are timeless and feel ‘perfect’ and long-lasting, even if they take a bit longer to find.”

Kelly adds that a lot of minimalist design is still relevant many years later because it utilizes classic pieces that aren’t based on fleeting trends.

2. Add practical accessoriesminimalist kitchen with cabinetsKorch Media

While minimalism tends to steer clear of accessories, you can still utilize them; but to keep things minimalistic, these should be accessories that serve a purpose and a need.

“Instead of trying to fill a space, think about objects you would actually use. For instance, in a living room, a warm throw in winter is a great accessory that looks great and keeps your space cozy, but is still in keeping with the minimalist look.”

Another example is books, like decorative coffee table books or any others you will read in this space often.

3. Utilize just the right amount of lightminimalist light fixture over stairsKorch Media

A minimalist lighting plan is one that is subtle and discreet. Don’t be afraid to select elegant, chic light fixtures and sources. But to keep things minimal, choose pieces that aren’t too decorative or flashy.

The AK Design team are big fans of layering, which involves combining multiple design elements together in a way that looks cohesive and effortless. Layering is possible with minimalism, too.

Like with accessories, just make sure each light fixture or light source is discreet and does just what it’s supposed to and nothing extra. Table lamps are a great way to add a personal touch to a space without sacrificing minimalist design. They’re great because they act as a source of light and a chic design element.

Of course, one of the simplest and coziest ways to incorporate lighting in minimalist ways is to leverage natural light as much as possible.

4. Use monochromatic tones and natural texturesminimalist living room with staircase and womanKorch Media

Generally speaking, minimalist design favours soothing whites and monochromatic colours. Aim for tones that feel cohesive.

While minimalism might avoid patterned wallpaper or accent walls, textures are an area where you can really add warmth to a minimalist space. When it comes to adding textures in areas like accents, kitchen counters and other crucial parts of a home, try to use natural materials like metal, glass, stone or wood.minimalist staircaseKorch Media