INTERIOR TRENDS | The New Minimalist Style

by Elisabetta Rizzato

Discovering the New Minimalist Style and how Minimalism Trend changed over years


One of the most interesting aspects of researching about trends is, in my opinion, seeing how a different style can change across years. The way we design and furnish our homes, in fact, is the direct consequence of the times we are living, the social changes, historical facts, bringing with them a change of tastes and styles.

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A clear example of this can be found by observing how the minimalist style changed in the last years.





Today’s Minimalist style is different from the clean-lined perfection of the past years.

The way minimalism as a trend is changing goes hand-in-hand with the latest big changes we are experiencing. We already talked about the “new well-being” as one of the major post-covid design trends here, and about the future changes of interior design after covid. The crisis we are living is inevitably cutting what was not necessary, superfluous, meaningless, by giving to the less is more” concept even a more powerful meaning. 

Contemporary minimalism is not about the idealized absence of things, but about choosing things with a meaning, that matters to us and that can enhance our well-being, physically and mentally. 

But did you know how the minimalist style changed across the years? Let me share with you first some short historical notes to contextualize the trend.


 Minimalist Style

Historical Notes


  • The movement is often interpreted as a reaction against abstract expressionism and modernism. The term minimalism grew out of the New York-based Minimal Art movement of 1960s, which gave us the platonic-geometric work of Robert Morris, Sol LeWitt, Frank Stella, and others. Bu actually many Minimal artists created sculptures that were inspired by the clean forms of modernist design
  • Before minimalism was called minimalism, the Bauhaus School in Weimar in the 1920s was based on the concept to design with the least amount of material possible, for a number of practical reasons: less expensive manufacturing, greater portability, and easier cleaning
  • The famous quote “less is more” credits to the German-American master Ludwig Mies van der Rohe—although some say that was by his mentor, German designer Peter Behrens. Take his iconic Barcelona Chair as an example of beautiful minimalist design (1929)
  • It was in the 1990s that the “minimalist style” as we know it now became really popular, thanks to an entire generation of minimalist architects and designers. Think for example about Tadao Ando, Peter Zumthor, Naoto Fukasawa, Jasper Morrison, Maarten van Severen. 

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INTERIOR TRENDS | The New Minimalist Style


There are some concepts to keep in mind when talking about the minimalist style now. We can recap them here ( by simplifying them a lot) :

  • Less is more is still a key concept, by choosing few items with timeless design and fine craftsmanship
  • Instead of visual interest, the focus goes on tactility and materials
  • Embracing a Wabi-sabi philosophy, finding beauty in imperfection and in the decay due to the passing of time

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  • Clean and geometric lines replaced by a mix of primitive and sculptural shapes with more linear ones
  • Natural materials and local design, as a consequence of a new sensitivity around environmental issues and sustainability


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INTERIOR TRENDS | The New Minimalist Style

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Minimalism is a true philosophy, not a simple style to be copied and reproduced at home, to be embraced in all aspects of life. Anyway, we can find some aesthetic distinctive features in the interior design which can be a good source of inspiration. We can recap them here:

  • natural materials / cuoio / natural leather
  • unpolished finishes, raw woods 
  • soft and earthy colors inspired by nature
  • off whites color range to inspire calm and warmth
  • tobacco and browns
  • black accents
  • light pastels (ex celadon green, azure, sand)
  • forest green influenced by Scandinavian aesthetics 


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