An interior designer's guide to minimalist living

An interior designer's guide to minimalist living

“Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent” 
Joe Sporano

Great design should be embedded into our everyday lives and become a tool to enhance our environment and lifestyles. The key principle of minimalism is to remove what isn’t adding value to your life, to make room for things that are. Keeping things simple and practical doesn’t mean that beauty is left out of the equation, but rather, it shows a sense that everything in your home has a purpose and a function as it is aesthetically appealing.

Let the design of the room speak for itself

If your home features an amazing view or has great architectural features, scale back the clutter and let the focal point be the design of the space. Choose key pieces to complement the environment around you and keep it simple and clean.

The Nest master bedroom suite featuring timber ceiling and glass windows, designed by Shaun Lockyer, built by Kalka, photographed by Cathy Schusler.

The Nest, designed by Shaun Lockyer, built by Kalka, photographed by Cathy Schusler.

This master bedroom highlights the raw materials, natural lighting and relationship between the outdoors to indoors by using feature pieces and an earthy colour palette.

Choose consistent materials

Traditionally the minimalist principals feature a consistent colour palette and finish. This bathroom has been beautifully designed with large matte tiles seamlessly connecting the floor to ceiling, using the same palette of finishes to create an elegant and modern space.


Kalka Display Home in Rochedale. Photography by Cathy Schusler.

There is contrast created by showing a variation of textures using soft furnishings and a simple wooden stool that complements the room without overwhelming it. All items used are purposeful and marry form and function effortlessly.

Select a stand out piece

If you’re stuck with where to start, find a stand out piece of furniture or item you are drawn to and let it shine. It’s about building a story in your home without overwhelming the senses. De-cluttering might be a good opportunity to invest in a few high quality pieces that are timeless and will last.

The focal point of this room, designed by Breathe Architecture is the mustard cushion, which is paired with different linen and velvet cushions all in a neutral colour palette. The feature pendant light is a great way to add dimension to your bedroom- not only does it look amazing and effortless but it’s designed with purpose. Although there are minimal items, they all harmoniously work together which creates a strong look, you don’t need much to show how beautiful a space can be.

Australian Interior Design Awards - Halo House by Breathe Architecture

Halo House Bedroom by Breathe Architecture.