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Colour to Warm a Minimalist Interior

The minimalist trend shows no signs of fading and although pared-back palettes can be super chic, a pop of colour is guaranteed to add warmth and character to your space – especially with Autumn just around the corner. With so many colours and shades to choose from, it can be difficult to know how bold to go or what will work, but here are some great tips to help you navigate this somewhat tricky path.

Colour Pairings

It’s best to start off with the basics as the foundations of a room and what colours you choose to start with will entirely dictate your look. It’s a great idea to team a monochrome, minimalist interior with bold brights, try acid yellow for a look that’s punchy and on trend.

If you prefer something a little less daring, try pairing pink with neutrals and greys. An accent chair like this one from MADE is a great investment and perfect for adding a hint of colour to a bedroom or as an occasional chair in a living room.

Furniture

In a minimalist interior where the walls are white, you can afford to go bright with your sofa. Try this one found on FindDesign – the deep filled seats and elderberry wool make it a comfy option for a minimalist interior.

Velvet sofas can seem daunting, but they are surprisingly practical and offer a luxurious look that’s unrivalled. The Tivoli sofa has a slim silhouette and boxy frame and comes in various velvets. Check out the fern, bordeaux and indigo for autumnal colours.

An accent chair is the ideal way to add colour to your space without overpowering a look. Perfect for a minimalist interior where simplicity is key. Try this piece found on FindDesign, the signature shape and green upholstery is bound to make a statement in your home.

Storage is a necessity in any home and it could be a wonderful way of adding colour to a minimalist interior – a great way to do this is by having open shelves. This way you can store your prized possessions as a curated display, not only adding colour, but character and personality too. Try these solid sheesham ones from Maisons du monde,  the interesting layout has ample space for storage.

Accessories

Accessories are the number one way of bringing colour and warmth to a minimalist interior on a budget. Try the Mura cushions from habitat – the playful geometric pattern will add interest and is so on trend too.

In the bedroom try mixing up your throws and blankets, to bring texture and personality into a stark space.

 

Use Paint

There are so many ways you can use paint to jazz up a minimalist room. For a pop of colour, stick to focussed areas like this gorgeous window frame painted in bright blue.

Alternatively, you can go all in and paint a wall. If you’re daunted by this idea then opt for paler colours as darker schemes tend to overpower a space and are harder to match to.

Invest in Artwork

A curated art collection is a wonderful way of bringing colour into a minimalist interior. You could try adding a gallery wall to your living room, hallway or dining room to create a chic focal point in your room.

Go Green

Houseplants are an incredibly easy way of bringing colour and life into a minimalist interior. If you’re looking for something that’s easy to maintain try succulents, cacti or even a banana plant to bring a burst of green to your home. Air plants are one of the easiest plants to care for and look great in a ceramic pot.

A minimalist interior scheme doesn’t necessarily mean you have to compromise on personality and character. There are loads of tricks you can do that marry colour and minimalism – the key is to choose pieces and motifs that you love!

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  • Sarena is the founder of FindDesign, a curated platform for design-led contemporary furniture and homeware. Based in London, she's constantly searching for beautiful products, new designers and emerging trends, with a particular love for clean lines and minimalist aesthetics.

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