Traditional minimalism can no longer meet the needs and design preferences of modern life. It has a problem. It needed an update, even though its sleek lines and well-laid-out rooms will always have a place.
That’s why updated minimalism emerged. It aims to fix the shortcomings of minimalism and repackage a decades-old design philosophy for a modern era. Updated minimalist interior design has many differences from traditional minimalism. But it still values simplicity and a clutter-free aesthetic.
In this post, we will explain what the “update” in updated minimalist interior design means, the satisfying optical illusions it can create, and the history of this design evolution.
History of Updated Minimalist Interior Design
Traditional minimalism was born out of necessity. It was a response to the excesses and complexity of dining room sets and design styles of the time. The need for something cold, something distant yet simple was big.
With the advent of several technological advancements and a world that feels evermore interconnected and yet desolate, an update was needed. Yes, the simplicity and clutter-free environments of traditional minimalism are still heavily sought after but people now yearn for warmth and emotional connection.
Updated Minimalism’s Advent
It’s no wonder why those two characteristics are key defining traits of updated minimalism. As such, just as traditional minimalism was born out of necessity so too was updated minimalism.
Sophisticated and at times even seductive, updated minimalism employs a diverse set of materials.
Natural woods and textured materials are commonplace. This is most apparent in furniture like the Lloyd Flanders Elevation Dining Armchair, which employs woven light gray rope into its build. The same can be said for the teak arm accents of the Lloyd Flanders Elevation 42" Oval Cocktail Table.
Updated minimalism and its role in minimalist interior design aims to create a harmonious blend of:
- Clean aesthetics
- Contemporary elements
- Warm color palettes
When combined into the right configurations, updated minimalist interior design can help clear the mind and even create optical illusions.
Optical Illusions and Mindful Living of Updated Minimalist Interior Design
Just as the experienced painter can take mere smudges of varying colors and use them to create a beautiful landscape on a canvas, so too can a keen eye take disparate luxury outdoor furniture pieces and create a room that invokes something within its inhabitants.
While updated minimalist interior design still adheres to the roots of simplicity that traditional minimalism grew out of, it’s not as dogmatic. There is still much room for personalization and character to shine through. This is most apparent in the optical illusions that minimalism is capable of pulling off.
The warm and diverse color palettes of updated minimalism allow you to create an illusion of optical depth. You can make a room feel as if there are more layers to it by introducing subtle contrasts in color and textures using furniture.
The best way to describe optical depth is how it affects our perception. Certain items can appear farther away than they really are, the inverse is also true. This visual effect can make a big room feel intimate and a small room feel expansive.
For example, the muted color palette and height of the Lloyd Flanders Elevation Sofa work well with natural lighting. When placed in the right spot, the interplay of light and the shadows the sofa creates results in a rich optical depth.
The International Caravan Ashbury Stradivarius Coffee Table has enough contrasting colors and materials in its build to create a similar effect all on its own. It can be combined with its base table counterpart, the International Caravan Ashbury Pedestal Base Table, to further aggrandize this effect.
Mental health has finally been receiving the attention and importance that it deserves. Updated minimalist interior design can play a big part in soothing and relaxing your mind. Remember that the core essence of traditional minimalism is still alive and well within updated minimalism.
That core essence is the goal of creating clutter-free environments and spaces that foster a sense of calm and balance. Furniture with functional designs is a big part of this because they offer a practical use and as a result, they have a purpose for belonging.
A great example of this would be the International Caravan Ashbury One-Drawer/One-Door Lamp Table or many pieces common to interior eco-design. In short, updated minimalist interior design can have a big effect on how we perceive a room, which in turn can benefit our mental states.
Defining Characteristics of Updated Minimalist Interior Design
Many of the styles and setups that are commonplace in outdoor minimalist design are also a staple of minimalist interior design. Clean lines are essential for pulling off updated minimalism. It is true that varied textures and materials can be incorporated, but the majority of a piece should still be composed of clean lines.
A good example would be the Source Furniture Aria Armless Lounge Chair. Its powder-coated aluminum frame features the sleek and straight look that we’ve come to expect from minimalist furniture but subtle touches like its decorative Duraweave strap add a touch of updated minimalism to it.
Other defining characteristics of updated minimalism include:
The Best Updated Minimalist Interior Design in 2024
You can create a space that relieves stress and calms your mind with updated minimalist interior design. You can also use subtle design and lighting tricks to make a room feel bigger or more intimate. But you need the right furniture for the job.