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15 Calming Photos of Modern Minimalist Homes

Because less is more

Photography: Paolo Feliciano & Jilson Tiu (Main Photos)

Renovating your own home makes you think of a lot of things: wood and marble floors, wallpaper, chandeliers, decorative accessories, furniture, and so on. But what if you just decided to not put anything at all and let your house speak for itself?

Welcome to modern minimalism, then, where less decoration makes more sense. It’s like putting your décor on a diet, and starting a new home on a clean slate. Here are some of our favorite modern minimalist homes for inspo:

Industrial modern

This stunning home by ARQON has a balanced play of raw concrete, natural wood, metal, and glass on its façade. “By its very nature, industrial-inspired homes tend to be minimalist and straightforward, with neutral palettes of gray and earth tones on raw surfaces,” says the designer.

Light and dark tones in the raw concrete walls and dark furniture finishes add depth and drama to the interior.

READ: Style Rules This Minimalist Industrial Home

Midcentury flavor

Vertical slatted wood details, shadow gaps, and 1950s-inspired armchairs give a subtle, midcentury modern flavor to this sprawling family home.

READ: A Stunning 450sqm Modern Minimalist Home

Artsy modern

This 140sqm house of architect Piet Boer in South Africa seems larger than it is because of its horizontal footprint.

Outside, as well as inside, Piet keeps his home simple with white walls and natural surfaces, but adds color with artwork.

READ: A Tropical Family Home Filled With Art

Singaporean modernism

Architect Michael Cu Fua created a double-volume ceiling space at the entrance of this house in Singapore, and he admits that the client was skeptical at first, because this would have lessened the saleable area. “But when it was built, the drama is priceless,” Michael says.

Minimalism down south

Seasoned furniture designer and architect Bernie Sason created his own minimalist-modern home in Bacolod City. Here, the utmost restraint is utilized in coming up with these sleek but warm spaces.

There is an interplay of lines, as seen here in the outdoor terrace, where a minimalist trellis leads the eye to a narrow pond with a modernist fountain.

READ: A Minimalist Industrial Home In Bacolod

Space-age minimalism


It is rare to have a minimalist condo home, but Uo2 Architects created a home that is not only minimalist, but futuristic, as well. Here, the living area’s cement wall and ceiling were constructed in a way that leaves room for a white projector screen that rolls up out of view when not in use.

The designers made use of interior architecture in undulating ceiling and wall forms to suggest the space-age feel. Ultra-modern furniture was added to complete the look.

READ: An Ultra-Modern Condo With Space Age Touches

Modern picker

This modern house is unusual in the sense that instead of using sleek furniture, the couple opted for upcycled pieces (such as these wooden pallet sofas) and vintage picker finds.

The end result is a modern minimalist home with industrial touches that are full of character and texture.

READ: An Industrial-Style Home Filled With Vintage and Resurrected Finds

The true minimalist

Intrepid homeowners Calvin and Marga dreamt of living minimally in “a plain white cube.” And so they went off and had one built!

This house is extraordinary in the sense that the utmost restraint was practiced while furnishing it. Only the most basic furniture pieces were used, and almost all were in the strict palette of white and gray.

The only bright accents of color in the entire home can be seen in the Resty Tica artworks by the hallway of the master bedroom.  

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