The 21st century is the era of the minimalist design aesthetic. If you had any doubt, just take a look at all the celebrities embracing it in droves. You might not want to go overboard and make your house solely white a la Kim. K though, because really that’s just terrible. Not just in terms of looking deathly boring, but also, who can ever actually live there?! Imagine the maintenance!
Minimalist design doesn’t mean your house should be devoid of life or colour. It simply means integrating aspects of minimalism in its features. This can extend from the very design, to other additions such as décor and window furnishings. And while the latter tends to be seen as a more functional element, it certainly adds to aesthetics too. So when it comes to the overall look, your window furnishings play a more important role that you’d imagine.
If you’re looking to transition to a minimalist theme, this would be a good place to start. We’ll be looking at some of the most popular window furnishing options that tick off both style and simplicity.
1. What is Minimalist Design?
In short, minimalist design is directly related to simplicity. Its roots can be traced back to around the 1950s, when more elaborate themes and designs were popular. In fact, you could say it was born out of a need for something completely opposite to embellishments. The main focus of this design is clear lines and clear contrasts, with straightforward shapes.
Think about it as working backwards. Strip it all down till you’ve done away with everything that’s unnecessary for the space. Coco Chanel once said to take one thing off before you leave the house; this is a similar concept, but exemplified. It can be applied wonderfully to every aspect of interior design, including window furnishings. So let’s find out which are the best options for a minimalist design theme.
2. Choosing Window Furnishings For Minimalism
When you’re ready to start making decisions about the right window furnishings for your minimalist home, consider the below:
Firstly, ensure your selection adheres to the basic rules of minimalism. In other words, anything that’s simple and clean-cut will do the trick. No extra frills/ fancies. You’ll find that our range includes an array of styles catering to this, so you won’t have to go far. Bear in mind the straightforward nature of minimalist aesthetic when on your search, but don’t be afraid to explore.
Then of course we need to consider functionality and practicality. After all, your window coverings aren’t just for show! They need to serve a purpose and be useful. Choosing looks over what they can do for your needs is not the way to go. Again, there are a variety of options that cater to your unique requirements so you can achieve that ideal balance.
And last but not least, you want options that complement the overall look of your home. This includes the design of your house, not just the colours and furniture. For instance, if you have intricate moulding and other ornate touches, forcing minimalism won’t work well. Work in harmony with what you have.
3. Roller Blinds
Now let’s move onto some of the options you can look at, starting with the classic roller blind.
These age-old, well-known and loved blinds are on top of the list when it comes to minimalist window furnishings. Not only do they tick off the box when it comes to looks, they’re also functional and come in variations. Choose from blockout, sunscreen, and light filtering for various light and privacy control levels, or their counterpart; double-roller blinds. These will give you the best of both worlds by housing two kinds of fabrics in the one bracket. Great for improving the look and practicality twice over!
A wide palette of colours and textures helps you find your perfect fit as well. For an extra touch of personality, opt for patterns such as in the kids’ room or kitchen. They can help break things up and keep it interesting.
4. Sheer Curtains
We know we spoke about clear-cut lines forming part of the minimalist aesthetic, but that’s not to say they’re hard/ straight lines. Clarity is more what you’re looking for, and this can even be found in sheer curtains. These beautiful flowing window furnishings add an other-wordly ambience and soften a room instantly. They also help diffuse light, which at different times of the day can make a space glow differently. Available in varying colours for something that stands out, or opt for classic white and off-white for instance.
Though stunning on their own of course, they’re also fantastic for creating textures by layering. They’re wonderful when paired with other blinds, and really suit the minimalist vision.
5. Panel Glide Blinds
If there’s one type of window furnishing that goes hand-in-hand with minimalism without even trying, it’s got to be panel glide blinds. Their sleek, streamlined and no-nonsense design is immediately eye-catching and functional, suiting all spaces. Plus, they have the added benefit of being suited for especially large and expansive areas. Think sliding doors and a wall of French windows for instance. Additionally, they also work as room dividers, if you’re thinking of something out-of-the-box.
The beauty of panel glide blinds is that while you can opt for the same colour on all panels, you can break this up. Some like to add patterns alternatingly for instance, or add perhaps just one panel with a motif. This completely depends on your taste and vision of course, but something worth considering for sure.
Window furnishings without a doubt play a major role in dictating the theme and feel of your home. They’re also a great way to show character and personality too. The lesson to take away today is that when it comes to minimalism, simplicity is what you need. Let it be your guide when making your choices. With this in mind, it’ll be easier for you to achieve your vision. If you get stuck, we’re right across from you and here to answer any questions you may have.. So don’t be afraid to reach out!