What is Minimalist Style Interior Design?

minimalism (noun) — ˈmɪnɪməˌlɪz(ə)m 
1. a movement in sculpture and painting which arose in the 1950s, characterized by the use of simple, massive forms.
2. an avant-garde movement in music characterized by the repetition of very short phrases which change gradually, producing a hypnotic effect
3. deliberate lack of decoration or adornment in style or design.

Luxury Loft Apartment - Abiel Corporate Housing

Luxury Loft Apartment at OneTree @ Outram, Abiel Corporate Housing.

The notion of minimalist style interior design is not completely without decorations, but everything is reduced down to a stage where you cannot extract anything to improve the design. The basic geometric shapes, components without ornaments, plain equipment and the consistency of structures and furniture can induce a sense of order and much required quality. The shifting in natural light in minimalist buildings reveals simple and neat areas. Usually, white surfaces on painted walls produces an effect that widens space and creates that visual effect of cleanliness. Nowadays, minimalist style interior design require minimalist themed furniture and renovation to bring out the effect. Minimalist kitchens are an excellent example of this, where intelligent use of space and hidden storage keeps the kitchen looking clean and neat.

At Abiel Corporate Housing, we dedicate our space and services to ensure that each guest will receive a soothing and welcoming stay into our apartments, and be inspired and comforted that we are “more than just home”.

Here’s what we recommend:

Stop following and start setting

Stop chasing after constant changes, bursts of random colours and dynamic, bright compositions and focus instead on exploring sharp, calm lines, clean spaces, natural colors and tones. Small is beautiful.

Standard Room Suite - Abiel Corporate Housing

Standard Room Suite at OneTree @ Outram, Abiel Corporate Housing

Embrace the symmetry

Based on science, our brains react very positively to symmetry. Now, it may seem silly to mention that removing everything in a room with a lamp left will make you happier, but there’s proof achieving balance in your interior can make you feel satisfied and content.

Homes with minimalist style interior design are generally simple and symmetrical in design and layout. Besides, clutter makes many people stressed to the max! At Abiel, our layout and configuration are designed to make sure that we are functional, yet simplistic, leaving out unnecessary clutter and décor.

Penthouse Suite at OneTree @ Outram, Abiel Corporate Housing

Penthouse Suite at OneTree @ Outram, Abiel Corporate Housing

It’s not all about owning lesser and lesser stuff

Minimalism isn’t a numbers game. It’s not about owning as little as possible or doing as little as possible. It’s about owning and doing exactly what you need or want to. So if you want to own 20 sweaters because you love every single one of them and wear them all, that’s great! But if your closet is a jam-packed mess that makes getting dressed a chore, that’s a different story.

It’s a common misconception that minimalism is above all about LESS, about subtracting whatever possible. But really, it’s only about subtracting the bad stuff, the stuff that drains your energy. And then, once you have made some room, it’s just as much about adding back in.

Loft Suite Apartment at OneTree @ Outram, Abiel Corporate Housing

Loft Suite Apartment at OneTree @ Outram, Abiel Corporate Housing

OneTree @ Outram is our latest addition to our building inventory, so check us out if you are interested in mixing functionality with minimalism! If you are interested to find out more about Abiel and our philosophy when we create each apartment and space, feel free to check out our different and unique rooms. We are also constantly learning and pushing our boundaries, so if you have a suggestion which could come in handy, email us at marketing@abiel.com.sg and we’re like to hear from you!