Minimalism Interior

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Arch. Aurora Medina Professor Architectural Interiors (Lec.) Research Pica, Eliah Kim F.

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Minimalism InteriorMinimalist elegance has been a constant theme in interior design for decades. But this manner of living need not mean ascetic white walled rooms stripped of decoration and accented with rectilinear furniture and hard surfaces. Modern minimalist designs are not the old, harsh dcor of years ago. The new look for minimalist interior design is a softer look, more personal and easier to live with.Minimalism is a design concept that strips things down to their bare essentials a chair will just to be a chair, not a chair/ cup holder/ sculpture. Minimalism seeks to bring out the core of our interiors, enhancing their functionality while minimizing the unnecessary details and flourishes.The principle on which is based minimalism, proclaims the presence of perfectly constructed space, proportions and shapes, the precision parts as well as a significant influence exerted on the interior room lighting and color scheme, given that the presence of decoration to a minimum. The main emphasis is on minimalism in interior design conciseness, and lack of superfluous things and objects in the room. However, the minimum details should be compensated by using high quality materials that are smooth, glass and mirrored surfaces, an abundance of white color, which makes the room an illusion of lightness, weightlessness and the infinity of space. When using this style in interior design as a minimum set of furniture to fulfill its function, and decorative elements or absent, or present in very small quantities. The result is a space filled with light and air, which nicely reflect on life, to delve into their thoughts, relieve stress and tension, to assess the present convenience. The abundance of white, quiet and discreet environment, clear and correct the line - all this has a positive impact on the overall mood, health and psyche of people living and working in rooms decorated in a minimalist style.


Contemporary InteriorClean-lined is often howcontemporary interior designis described, and for good reason. This modern approach focuses first and foremost on function and avoids the excessive ornamentation evident in many other styles.Some people shy away from the contemporary design approach because they believe it to be too harsh or cold. This doesnt have to be the case. In fact, I think that when contemporaryinterior designis well planned it can promote a sense of serenity and non-fussy simplicity.Black, whites and other neutral tones tend to dominate the contemporary style scene, but you can leverage well-planned, accent features and accessories to provide dramatic punches of color. Large blocks of color placed against a neutral background can firmly establish a contemporary feel as evidenced in the bedroom image seen here.Sleek lines are very important in this style. Choose clean-lined, modern furnishings and accessories. Avoid furniturewith curved legs, for example, which suggests a more traditional style.Windowsin a contemporary interior setting often work well unadorned or at least edited in style. This approach emphasizes the architectural element, drawingattention to the shape and line of the window itself. If privacy is an issue for you, a good option might be natural, roll up blinds (like bamboo) mounted inside thewindow frame. These filter light and also introduce an element oftexture. Simpleroman shadescould also be a privacy option.Textureis a very important element incontemporary interior design style. Withouttextureyour space might end up looking flat and a bit boring.Textureprovides the perfect complement to the sleek, smooth surfaces of wood, metal and glass that tend to dominate this setting. A modern vase filled with coarse twigs, for example, can provide visual relief to the smooth surfaces around it. Additionally, a natural fiber, jute area rugwith woven blocks of color can add a textural element to a smooth floor.The appropriate combination of various design elements can establish a very ordered, yet interesting and refreshing environment - one that marks its place in a modern world.


Modern InteriorModern interior design is mean more than the minimalism with all the latest gadgetry. It is different from a lot of interior design styles in that is ever changing: Modern Today is not Modern Tomorrow. Modern interior design trends incorporate ideas and methods from other design styles as they come and go from fashion, as such it is often difficult for you to decorate a room in a modern style without making a choice of what modern styles you like or dislike yourself.When it comes to colours used in modern design there is always two constants, black and white. White is used excessively in modern designs, simply because it is never a colour that goes out of fashion and always gives a fresh and up to date feel. The same is true for black, although the amount of black used can vary widely.Currently however light pastel colours are heavily being used, especially as accent colours in a white room. This combination gives a grand illusion of space, making any room look larger and giving it greater depth. When combined with clever use of mirrors and other reflective pieces of furniture this can really combine to give a stunning look.To achieve a look of modernism is to borrow mostly upon minimalism, although modernism currently allows much more leeway than a true minimalistic design. Sometimes described as minimalism for real living, rather than for show. This approach means that you are not restricted by your design style, you merely use it to enhance the aesthetics of your home.It is also worth pointing out that contemporary is not the same as modern, even though they are sometimes confused or used to mean the same thing. Contemporary designs use elements from the past while yet still maintaining to give a present day feel. They do this by borrowing styles and pieces of furniture from the 60s and 70s that were meant to be ultra modern or even slightly futuristic which now fit in with some of todays modern styles.A true modern style will only use new and up to date design ideas to create its style, although this is normally ignored and contemporary elements are often brought into the design. This allows you to use a far greater variety of ideas such as acrylic furniture, which while not in todays modern styles do give a contemporary feel to any room.Interior design is about more than furniture and walls though, as soft furnishings often make or break a visual design. These small overlooked features are where you transform a design from just looking trendy to becoming a full on luxurious modern design, with even things like rugs, luxury bedding and cushions all following this modernist style.


Zen/Japanese Interior7 Principles of Japanese Interior DesignJapanese interior design is not easy to define. It encompasses both traditional Japanese design and modern. Japanese interior design also incorporates countless styles and design elements that are not easy to draw into a single definition. However, there are several principles that are common features of Japanese interior design:

1.Flexibility Efficient use of resources is a fundamental part of Japanese culture. Japanese rooms are typically multi-functional rooms that maximize space. For example, Japanese futon beds are folded and stored in the morning allowing the sleeping area to be reused during the day. Japanese room layouts are often reconfigurable. For example, Japanese interior walls may be composed of shoji screens that can be rolled back to join rooms. This ability to re-partition rooms for different uses during the day is essential in Japan where a highly urbanized society puts space at a premium.

2.Privacy Japanese society values privacy and seclusion. Traditional Japanese interiors incorporate features such as paper screens (shoji) that allow light into a room while offering privacy and seclusion.

3.Natural materials Both traditional and modern Japanese interiors tend to make use of natural materials such as fine woods, bamboo, silk, rice straw mats and paper.

4.Simplicity Japanese culture values simplicity and the space in a room is just as important as the design elements. Japanese rooms should have an uncluttered appearance and be decorated sparingly.5.Subdued colors Japanese interior design often uses the natural colors of materials such as wood, bamboo, paper and rice straw. Other colors introduced into the design tend to be subdued neutral palettes, incorporating blacks, off-whites, grays and browns.

6.Diffused light Japanese design generally uses diffused lighting techniques making use of natural sources of light that reach interior rooms though shoji screens. Artificial light sources are introduced that diffuse light with materials such as paper and natural fibers.

7.Traditional Japanese interior design elements Japanese design is also characterized by the use of certain traditional design elements that continue to be popular for modern Japanese rooms.


Mediterranean InteriorMediterranean Style Interior Design evokes the romance and cornucopia of smells, tastes, and colors that is the southern coast of Europe. The region's casual and friendly lifestyle is reflected in the relaxed design, rustic furniture and wall textures. It's a colorful and pleasing design style that brings a touch of the South of France (or Italy or Spain) to even the most northern home.Mediterranean Design ElementsMediterranean Style refers, roughly, to the design style of the south of France, Spain, and Italy. This region is known for its turquoise waters (hence, the cote d'azur), sparkling sunlit days, and vibrant produce and flowers. These elements are mirrored in Mediterranean Design.Unlike formal Parisian drawing room style or dark Florentine or Madrileno design, Mediterranean design is carefree and casual, emphasizing the colors and textures found in the surrounding landscape. Nature is apparent in the architectural elements and furnishings in Mediterranean style. Terra cotta tiles, rough-cut stone, and pine wood are all used liberally.The Colors of Mediterranean Style Interior DesignMediterranean colors are vibrant and earthy. Yellows, oranges, and deep reds mirror the spectacular seaside sunsets. Lavender, deep purple (aubergine), and cornflower yellow evoke the fields of flowers that cover the foothills, just up from the coast. Greens, from lush forest green to light mint green, reflect the lush countryside.Textures and FabricsThe textures of the Mediterranean are rough and earthy, just like the colors. Walls are customarily made of textured white plaster or stucco. Floors are covered with roughly finished tile or plain pine planking. Large, dark wooden ceiling beams are commonly used, in stark contrast to the white-washed stucco walls.Water is another common Mediterranean design element, and many European homes include a courtyard fountain or other water feature. North American homeowners can capture this feel with a ceramic wall fountain or lavebo.


Tropical InteriorA tropical-styled room incorporates ornamental carvings in island motifs, like pineapples and palm trees, furniture made from exotic woods and framed botanicals.Colors - This tropical palette is influenced by palm trees and sunny skies. Other palettes may include brighter hues reflecting the culture and history of the region. A Balinese interior will have deeper, richer colors, while a home in the Caribbean may contain lighter, brighter hues. Furniture and Finishes - Exotic hardwoods like teak, rosewood and koa are used for furniture. Natural materials like cane, seagrass, water hyacinth, banana leaf and rattan are woven to form chairs, sofas and tables and a myriad of accents.Fabrics - Look for prints that feature palm trees and their far-reaching fronds and tropical plants with vivid, beautiful blooms like hibiscus, anthurium, orchid and Bird of Paradise. For a more refined look incorporate Thai silks and floral-printed linen. Art and Accessories - Look to the beach for inspiration and find ways to incorporate them into the room. Tropical plants set in wicker planters, shells displayed in jars or shadow boxes and baskets, mats and rugs made of natural materials like rattan and seagrass will all infuse the room with a warm-weather attitude.


Moroccan InteriorMoroccan Interior Design is about color, texture, and fluid lines. This design style draws much of its inspiration from the Islamic design of the east and from the shapes and colors of the rolling sands of the desert. Wherever you find this style, its intricate beauty seduces.ColorsMoroccan design incorporates bold colors, such as fuchsia, royal blue, deep purple, and vibrant red, with the soothing neutral colors of the desert, such as sand, taupe, beige, and shades of white. Bold accent walls and fabrics are common in this design styleTexturesTexture is important in Moroccan design. Just some of the many textures of the interior design theme are rough stucco walls, smooth silken tapestries and ceramic tiles, and rugged carved wood chests and tables. Contrast is the goal here, as with a rough wooden table topped with a smoothly-polished brass tray.Structural Elements of Moroccan Interior DesignTraditional Moroccan homes are made of stucco with wooden beams and supports. The homes are commonly white-washed and gleam in the bright Saharan sunlight. Few right angles exist in Moroccan design. Doorways and windows are arched or shaped in the traditional Islamic key-hole design.Ceramic and mosaic tile also plays an important part in Moroccan design. These brightly patterned tiles are used to frame doors and windows, as table tops, and on accent pieces, such as mirrors, picture frames, and wall art.TextilesThe textiles of Moroccan interior design are those than drape and flow. Silks, gauze-like fabrics, and drapery sheers are commonly used to divide rooms, to frame windows, and to throw across furniture. These fabrics are typically in rich, bold colors, such as those discussed above. Textiles are also important as floor coverings, often seen in woven Kilim rugs


Gothic InteriorThe most important elements of Gothic interior design are fireplaces, pointed arches, wooden ceiling beams, stained glasses, etc. Flooring which is done as per the Gothic designs is hard and materials such as hardwood, stones, etc are used. To cover these hard floor surfaces, rugs with deep colors are used. It gives a castle-like appearance to the interiors.Modern Gothic Interior DesignIn the modern times, Gothic designs are used to give a dramatic and striking look to the interiors. Colors to be chosen for walls need to have deep hues. The most commonly used colors are ruby red, blue, gold, dark green and violet. The golden color is added for brightening the appearance. It is interspersed between other colors. The tapestries and wall hangings used have a rich/opulent look. Though it is common to paint the wall in black color as per the Gothic style, the idea needs to be give a second thought before it is applied. This color makes the appearance of the room much smaller. More number of paint coats are needed. This type of painting also reveals the tiny bumps and imperfections in the wall.Elements of a Gothic Interior Make it About Color:Most of us relate Gothic with the color of black, and although that has been one of the primary colors (or lack thereof), the fact is that the color scheme of a Gothic Interior Design can really go in any direction. The determining factor when using color is to make sure it is rich, dramatic, and moody: ruby reds, emerald greens, golden hues, velvety violets and extreme blues, will accomplish that nicely. Consider the Floor:Staying true to the original concept of Gothic, youd want to use stone or concrete; however, in todays terms of comfort, its a bit impractical. Go with a deep, rich toned hardwood and adorn it with ornate throw rugs that are immersed with depth defying bold colors. Pile on the Fabrics:A Gothic design is embedded with fabrics on everything from window coverings to furnishings to wall decor. Heavy, dramatic patterns in the right color combination that will fall from your windows and puddle at the floor. Use a complimentary, and equally rich fabric, for your furnitures upholstery as well as other accessories that contain a fabric element. Bring on the Romance:Pull in romantic touches to soften the rough edges of this decor a good place to start is with a stone fireplace. Adorn it with accessories in gold, sliver, and dark wood tones; candlesticks, photo frames and vases. Bring a floral element into the room by using fresh flowers or a blooming plant. Add reflective gold touches to catch the lit fire; mirrors will work beautifully. The Drama of Lighting:Wrought iron or gold is suggested for your light fixtures or table lamps. Adorn with tassels trimmed in gold or use dark, seductive patterns for lamp shades. The Gothic style of lighting is more about the mood it exudes rather than just the light itself. Think candles, dimmer switches on your light fixtures and of course, a well stoked fire in your fireplace.