The minimalist look is more than just a design philosophy, it is a way of life. Zen and tranquillity lie at the heart of this look – here are some hallmarks to give you a better understanding of this modern yet enduring style.
EXTERIOR HALLMARKS OF A MINIMALIST HOME
Hallmarks of the minimalist look include flat roofs and clean lines, with particular attention paid to proportion and balance. On the exterior, you'll find boxy shapes, uncomplicated cladding and pared back wall finishes that show restraint and a simplicity of colour, materials and detail.
There is an emphasis on balancing manmade design with the natural environment, with materials chosen strategically for visual interest and texture. For example, timber and brick might be used sparingly alongside Scyon™ Walls Cladding to introduce warmth and create an eye-catching feature.
HOW CAN JAMES HARDIE PRODUCTS HELP ACHIEVE THE LOOK?
If you'd like a fuss-free renovation that emphasises calmness and simplicity, this style might be right for you. Start with the exterior to set the tone for a modern, minimalist look that carries through to the interior of your home.
Axon™ Cladding laid vertically is ideal for creating the boxy-style facade synonymous with the minimalist look, while Stria™ Cladding provides a clean, flat finish and can be used both horizontally and vertically. Both Axon Cladding and Stria Cladding are made with a Scyon formulation, which means they are developed from a premium fibre cement which is both durable and holds paint for longer. Consider introducing timber accents to balance manmade materials with the natural environment, and also consider lighting, gates and fences that will both complement and add interest to a simplistic exterior.
INTERIOR HALLMARKS OF A MINIMALIST LOOK
Clean lines are carried through to the inside, with a focus on light-filled spaces void of complicated curves and fussy details. Minimalist homes typically feature open-plan living, with one room flowing seamlessly into the next. Natural light is important in minimalist interiors, where crisp window details frame views to the outdoors and allow for maximum sunlight.
Furnishings are practical and understated, keeping with a neutral palette to create a soothing space for relaxing. Indoor plants enhance a sense of peace and tranquillity, while soft textiles offer opportunities for subtle colour and texture. Decorating a minimalist home is all about focusing on pieces that are beautiful, practical and removing anything unnecessary – a handful of well-chosen items wins out over clutter and fussy details.
The minimalist look is a versatile style that suits just about any home and location. Simple and practical, it is perfect for any homeowner wanting to create a space free from distractions while inspiring a sense of calm.
Did you know?
Minimalist architecture has origins in the 1920s design movements De Stijl and Bauhaus. It is also heavily influenced by traditional Japanese architecture, where there is a strong appreciation for clean lines and simple, pared back objects.
An emphasis on unified indoor/outdoor living makes the minimalist look ideally suited to the Australian climate and lifestyle, and with the right materials it will prove to be a low maintenance look that will stand the test of time. Whether your home is in the country or city, on the coast or in a suburban street, a minimalist facade will blend seamlessly into its environment.
Now that you understand the hallmarks of the minimalist look, you can work with your builder or architect to create the exact design that's right for you.