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Neutral Minimalism

Neutral minimalism inspiration

Darren PalmerDarren has a broad portfolio, having studied fine art & graphic design, originally working in advertising and owning his own graphic design company. After succumbing to his true passion, Darren now operates his own interior design studio and has been a judge on numerous seasons of The Block.

Simple, neutral and minimalist interior spaces contain fewer items and visual elements. This natural minimalism takes on interior styling and provides less opportunity for drama within a space than more boldly coloured, patterned and detailed styling that can at times be harder to create.

Minimalist interiors embody the maxim, less is more, with some of the world’s top designers striving to master the art of simplicity. Browse work of Axel Vervoordt and Vincent Van Duyson, both designers providing the ultimate reference for inspired, subtle, layered and interesting minimalist interiors.

A neutral palette is the go-to for those that are concerned with taking risks within their space and overdoing interior styling with bold and edgy design. However, a well refined and resolved neutral, minimalist interior scheme can also be adventurous in its approach to simplicity. There is an art form to layering light coloured timbers, walls, furniture and soft furnishings.

Scale and texture play a huge role in making minimalist, neutral interiors work. Oversized sofas with clean, simple and contemporary lines work well. Using accents of black or white in the form of metal framed furniture or statement lighting gives the right contrast in the otherwise tonal palettes.

Get the look in your own home by focusing on the type, form and scale of important items, such as your sofa and coffee table. Give your decoration the Chanel treatment by reviewing your work and then removing a few items.

Experiment with raw textures in timber floors and engage with the idea of using timber in walls or ceiling treatments. Layering in the same tones and types of timber works really well for this look with the most important rule being to keep your colour palette simple, refined and neutral in tone. Use greys, whites, beiges, charcoals and blacks to achieve this effect.

Neutral minimalism styling

Get the Carpet Court Look

1. Palazzo Timber in Limed Grey Oak

2. Belle Laminate in Summit Oak White

3. Alex Vervoordt’s Architecture - Provence Home

4. Thin Frame Lounge Chair by Lawson Fenning