Defining the decades: Modern minimalist homes

The mentality of minimalist architecture and decor is simply intended to create calm, serene homes and spaces. It is believed that the trend emerged from the Cubist-inspired movements of De Stijl and Bauhaus, during the 20th Century when architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe proclaimed, "Less is more."

The concept behind minimalism is decluttering and removing everything non-essential from space, making them predictable and uncomplicated. Condensing the content and form of a design to its bare essentials is said to reveal the ‘true essence' of its architecture.

Many minimalist houses have simple, efficient layouts creating volumes of space. Open-plan living, minimal interior walls, and modest storage areas, along with an emphasis on viewpoints and daylight flooding into the home are some of the defining characteristics of this style.

Modernist homes include:

  • Sharp, rational outlines
  • Geometric shapes
  • Flat roofs
  • Smooth surfaces

See a few examples here:

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Sydney Street, Chelsea

An impressive split level two bedroom apartment in a beautifully designed boutique block right in the heart of Chelsea. The apartment is finished to an exquisite standard, with generous rooms throughout.

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Meadow Bank, Primrose Hill

A beautifully refurbished and very stylish family house, quietly tucked away in the highly regarded Meadowbank development in Primrose Hill.