Clean, straight lines, simplicity and the allure of quietness are the hallmarks of a true minimalist bathroom. Simplicity, however, doesn’t mean stark. There is a world of difference between minimalist and monastic, and this should be kept in mind at every stage of the bathroom creation or renovation.
Yes, there is restraint in the design but that restraint is more against the garish than against thoughtful motifs that can blend in well with the rest of the design. The idea is to avoid the usual design clutter and bring home the serenity that is so easily lost in the crowd of designer elements one has to choose from.
Modern minimalist designers owe a lot to architecture visionaries William Morris and Frank Lloyd Wright, who stressed the importance of simplicity and restraint in the face of the extremely ornate designs of their ages. Their avant garde thoughts and design ideas freed people from the cloying heaviness of what was considered typical and popular those days. Their minimalist philosophy paved the way to simpler and more serene lines of architecture. The focus was not on utilizing space as much as it was on creating functional space and leaving the rest free to create maximum impact.
A common refrain for minimalist bathrooms is their spa-style features. When you look at most bathroom designs and makeovers to the minimalist style, this seems to be true. It’s not too much of a stretch to compare the two since the spa demands a serene ambiance that is both aesthetically and intellectually pleasing.
Lots of open spaces, carefully chosen design elements — few and far in between and quite strategically placed — combine to beautifully illustrate the deep “less is more” concept for leading designers.
While minimalism works well for exteriors and is great for all interior spaces, the impact on bathrooms is perhaps the strongest. Most interior designers target some simple tips and tricks to bring about this impact on bathroom spaces — and at very affordable prices.
Some of these efforts include:
- Simple artistic styling with focus on functionality and space, graceful and symmetrical lines that look stylish and dignified
- Aiming for low-key luxury with single colors, accented by carefully chosen pieces
- Using glass to make the space feel larger, brighter and more open
- Using natural light to create a relaxing bathroom retreat
- Using natural materials such as stones, wood and tiles to blend in well with the exteriors, and bringing nature in at the same time
- Creating easy appeal with serene aesthetic features and strategic lighting
- Using a single distinctive decor piece as a focal point and bringing in quiet uniformity in the room
- Capturing a singular theme to project an ambience of timeless elegance
- Using soft, complementary colors to create a warm glow
- Creating balanced designs that are contemporary, cutting edge and that shine with crisp clarity
- Using flowing lines and sculptural curves to streamline tight spaces or make the most of larger bathrooms
- Adding visual features or bold geometric patterns in a corner, which will add a dash of style without being overwhelming
- Preventing the stark and the monastic from creeping in by using simple highlights and accents to break the monotony
The minimalist concept is not a new one, nor it is simply 50 years old. It may be a rage in Western culture now and quite intrinsic to all aspects of house and home, but the idea of a minimalist room has reigned in the Asian culture for centuries. It is particularly true of the Japanese, who believe in adorning the room with one masterpiece instead of cluttering it with many. An ideal room in the Japanese minimalist tradition was one with a priceless artifact in one corner that visitors could gaze at and admire, undisturbed by any other adornment in the room.
In many ways, minimalism is an extension of this wonderful concept, which has paved the way for clutter-free and graceful designs for modern homes. It also contains a slice of the Shaker style, which again created quite a storm by standing up against both the ornate and gothic. Many designers rightly refer to it as the “early minimalist style.” Shaker interiors have also made a strong comeback and have blended in with many minimalist designs for professionals who like to combine different simplistic styles to make a memorable impact.
There is a certain glamor in sleek, urban designs and clean lines that works well in small as well as big bathrooms. The ultramodern, minimalist designs have an underlying serenity in them that modern-day designers use to create a Zen-like atmosphere and to set up a tranquil oasis for a bathroom.
Archita Datta Majumdar has been writing for various industries for more than 14 years. She has contributed articles to The Economic Times, the leading financial daily of India, and she loves research, business analysis and knowledge management, which paves the way for a steep learning curve.
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