The minimalist home interior decor style is super popular right now because it looks so clean and fresh and is great for Singapore’s smaller HDB apartments. For new homeowners minimalism is a great choice since you can easily feature your favourite things while making a statement about your personal style, and it can be done on a budget too. But you don’t have to paint everything white--unless you want to, of course--to create the perfect minimalist interior. Here are some great home decor ideas that show how cool it is to be a minimalist at home.
1) Condo Contemporary
This beautifully decorated apartment looks exactly like it was designed for an Instagram Influencer! The mix of timber and marble flooring, the perfect millennial pink couch and the really cool hanging bar with stools in the centre of the living area all make for an ingenious design.
We love the fact that you can see the luxe home gym space from the lounge room too--it looks exactly like a high-end condo concept, don’t you think?
Having an elevated platform to hang out on creates a calm corner for reading or listening to music while hanging out with your partner and pet; and it creates some great extra storage as well.
The millennial pink accent colour in the kitchen is super cool, and ties in really well with the lounge area. The way it’s been placed on the wall means that if you change your mind and want a new trendy colour accent you can paint it over easily.
Bathroom spaces with clean lines are timeless and mean that you won’t need to update these areas too often - a great tip when you’re creating and investing in your first home.
Interior Designer: Edge Interior
2) Calming Cream
We’re totally in love with this calm cream home, it’s perfect for a busy couple who need to Netflix ‘n’ chill after work and play. The colour smoothly travels through the whole space making it seem even larger than it is, and the tone combines with the light wood and concrete to create a warm welcome.
The way the timber walls in the lounge area conceal the dining and kitchen areas is really clever as it hides away any mess from the main space and helps add to the calm atmosphere. We love the way the kitchen is laid out. The walls hide all the storage for your everyday needs in a truly elegant way, and even the washer is hidden at the far end of the kitchen bench, a really clever design idea.
A single artwork adds a lovely splash of colour to the otherwise calm cream bedroom space. By sticking to low-level furniture and hidden cupboards, the minimal lines make the area look much larger than you would expect.
There is a slightly industrial feel to the minimal bathroom space but the bright white tiles and the continuation of light coloured timber keep the vibe chill and relaxing.
Interior Design: Ace Space Design
3) Touch of Teal
Executive Apartment @ Tampines
Did you know that ‘monochrome’ doesn’t just mean all black or all white? It actually means ‘all one colour’. The terrific teal colour in this apartment is amazingly elegant and fresh, by using different depths of the shade it doesn’t become too overwhelming. The stronger shade of the couch is matched by the lighter version on the walls and minimal built-ins.
The design of the slightly raised platform helps to break up the large dining and lounge space, creating a special spot for hobbies or a kids area. The lighting on the edge is not only a cool feature, it will stop you from tripping too.
We love the way the kitchen picks up the teal colour in the glass backsplash and how the glass doors are able to hide away any untidiness at the end of a busy day. Open the doors and the dining area flows into the kitchen making more space when you need it.
The teal colour travels into the bedroom area too, with a great feature wall in the same tones and more white and grey to create a calming space for sleeping. The built-ins are great too creating designated spaces for study or doing your makeup.
Interior Designer: IDID Pte Ltd
4) Gracious Grey
This minimal interior has added elegance thanks to the use of various tones of grey and touches of timber. The subtle tones of grey are used to highlight the various architectural details like the feature wall around the television in the lounge room to make them stand out.
By running the same grey tiles throughout the apartment you can create a feeling of continuity and the image that the space is larger than it really is. This is clearly seen in the kitchen as the galley style runs all the way to the outside area.
Although the bedroom looks small, the grey mirrored doors of the wardrobes create the illusion of more space, especially with the brighter white and grey of the bathroom reflecting light into the area. Using mirrored surfaces in smaller areas is a great interior design tip to try.
How fabulous is this bathroom with the white and grey marble running up all the walls? Again, but sticking to one material, the design makes the space look a lot bigger than it really is, and by only using a few finishes you can also save on costs! Great for the first time homeowner.
Interior Designer: Zenith Arc Pte Ltd
5) Gorgeous Greenery
Just because you’re going for a minimalist interior style doesn’t mean you can’t have lots of lovely greenery in your home. This apartment combines clean minimal lines of tile and exposed concrete with lush plantings to soften the edges.
The lush lounge area looks almost like it’s outside thanks to the climbing wall of green plants, the low lines of the furniture and the addition of rough timber used as a coffee table. This is a great combination of natural materials used in a minimal style.
Although the bedroom area looks more industrial with its raw concrete details, the addition of pot plants and the use of more natural fabrics on the bed create a comfy space.
The kitchen area in this apartment was placed in exactly the right area to take advantage of the greenery outside the windows. This softens the look of polished concrete, plaster walls and the relatively low ceiling creating and elegant space.
Interior Designer: 0932
6) Tucked Away Timber
If you are looking for minimalist inspiration that has a Scandinavian vibe, look no further. This apartment has it in spades. The way that pale timber has been used as a feature throughout this home is light and refreshing. Although the space is relatively small, by creating a built-in banquet for the dining table, the lounge area doesn’t seem at all cluttered. The entire built-in creates storage space and a dedicated entryway in one go, a really clever idea.
Keeping the same feel, the gallery kitchen in this apartment has a feature wall of pale timber mixed with bright white tiles for a clean finish and to give the illusion of more space.
We really love how the master bedroom has maximized the space available by creating a platform bed with storage underneath, and to the side. Added to the floor-to-ceiling built-in wardrobes, this design is a great choice for a minimal look that’s also super functional.
Interior Designer: Yang's Inspiration Design
7) Artfully Accomplished
One of the easiest ways to add your own personality to a minimalist design is to invest in some artworks that you love. This streamlined apartment may have looked a bit too plain without the addition of large pieces of art on the walls.
We absolutely love the way the built-ins in the lounge operate as a moveable art gallery display area. The multiple moveable doors allow you to either see only art, watch television, or access storage, all in the same space. This is a great idea for new homeowners who want a clean ‘art gallery’ look but don’t have a huge amount of space to work with.
You can never have too much art when you have large white walls. The dining area is next to the lounge space but the use of a statement pendant light and more paintings creates an intimate corner for meals with friends and family.
Moving into the bedroom space, you can see how the lovely large painting has become a focal point in the room. We also love the way the bed has been raised up to create a platform for more storage, and how the platform allows for a clean sweep of floor from the lounge area. Using the same flooring throughout the space gives a feeling more space too.
Interior Designer: Neu Konceptz
8) Joyously Japanese
Do you love the minimalist aesthetic of Muji? Then you will love this elegant, simply furnished minimalist apartment that has a strongly Japanese architectural style. The use of raw polished concrete walls contrasted against beautiful pale timber makes this apartment look like a display area in Muji’s Tokyo flagship store.
We especially love the creation of the architectural timber ‘box’ that frames the large glass door that leads to the balcony; the way the light flows into the room is transformed by the sheer curtains and given texture by the timber battens.
This spare, elegant space is not wasted. Taking advantage of the area, the designer created a drop-down table that comes out of the wall to create a stunning dining area. This is such a Japanese technique, the ability to use simple materials and good design ideas to create more flexibility in small spaces.
Continuity continues into the bedroom area that uses the same type of timber for the bed’s headboard combined with similar sheer curtains to diffuse the light. The light timber flooring that’s been used throughout the whole apartment adds to the feel of modern minimalist Japanese style.
Interior Designer: 0932
Who wouldn’t want to live in one of these amazing minimal Singapore apartments?
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