What is it about minimalism that always makes us a little weak in the knees? It doesn’t matter if it’s one of Philip Johnson’s iconic glass houses or a set from our favorite movie. Hence, there’s something about those clean lines, pared-down details, and neutral color palette. Thus, makes us feel like we’re in a stylish sanctuary.
But while there’s no doubt minimalism oozes luxury, the lack of colors, prints. And quirkiness can make the covetable style feel a little, well, lifeless.
Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way. Your home is a reflection of yourself and, regardless of the style. Thus, it should feel warm and welcoming to you and your guests.
If warming up a minimalist space feels like Mission: Impossible, relax. Hence, we asked a few design experts on how to do so like a pro.
“To warm up a minimalist palette, keep a monochromatic color palette and load up on varied textures. Incorporate warm natural grain wood and style with living things, like branches, flowers, and trees for a more inviting space.”
“Look at your appliances, and try to swap out cooler-toned materials like marble and nickel for warmer options like limestone and brass.” —Brittany Zwickl, principal partner at STUDIO LIFE.STYLE.
“Adding decorative accessories can instantly brighten and bring warmth to a space. Try incorporating pieces that are both functional and stylish, like a tapestry. Tapestries create depth and add visual appeal to a wall, but can also be used as a room divider for a small space. The best part is that they are easy to swap out when you are ready for something new.” —Allison Spampanato, SVP of product development at Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen
“Great art. When art is your statement piece in the room, you create a focal point that distracts one from focusing on the minimalist vibe. Use art to create a central, conversation piece.” —Alessandra Wood, interior design expert and vice president of style at Modsy.
“Add layers of subtle color and pattern to your space. You can use minimal and of-the-moment patterns like our terrazzo removable wallpapers, layered with other neutrals in the space.
Terrazzo has a slightly warmer tone, so it warms up space. Therefore, especially paired with camel and tan hues.” —Elizabeth Rees, founder of Chasing Paper.
“Textiles, textiles, textiles. I really love a lived-in minimal look and adding layers of functional comfort, if you will. Floor pillows for coziness, beautiful drapery for added warmth, layered bedding in the right materials.
Linens are lightweight and breezy where wool-blends can add some heaviness, paired together you get the best of both.” —Michelle Dopp, textile designer and founder of Fabric & Steel