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6 Tricks To Achieve A Modern Minimalist House

The color palette and furniture play major roles

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Photography: Gautier Philippines

We know how much you all loved the stunning, 450sqm modern minimalist home we posted a few months back, and you probably want to know the secrets to creating your own. We also gave a few tips on how to create such a house (it all lies in simplicity, restraint, choice of materials, and flexibility), but there are more tricks.

An important thing to consider is the furnishing, because you can’t have a modern minimalist space with the wrong (meaning: too ornate, frilly, inappropriate) furniture! Here are the design details you should look for:

Choose something simple, streamlined, and black.


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Pick a furniture piece that has very little visual clutter in terms of form or color palette. This Livea sofa has no extraneous frills or ornamentations, just streamlined, curved forms and soft but tailored leather upholstery.

Go monochrome.



Another trick is to select pieces in different shades of the same color—this could be different colorways of gray, khaki, beige, or blue. This type of monochrome decoration creates a seamless look, as seen in the combination of this light gray Liberta corner sofa paired with a medium gray area Lucens rug, and a dark gray armchair. The only color accent here are the blue details from the patterned Colema rug to the right. 

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Inject just one (one!) bold color.


If you want to have some fun, add one bold color as an accent to a mostly monochrome room. Try red, teal, lime green, or an exuberant mustard-yellow, as seen on this Domino sofa.

Keep it sleek and low.


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If you’d notice in modern European homes, sofas, tables, and even consoles are kept incredibly low, with the height relegated to artwork or lighting. Low furnishings also help minimize visual clutter, and give a clean look. This incredibly simple and streamlined Preface TV unit fits the bill (and hides all the wires, too).

Get flexible and efficient pieces.



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One of key aspect of modern minimalist homes is the choice of quality furniture over quantity. This means picking one flexible, well-made and designed piece over multiple pieces of useless furniture. Your one piece could be a roomy and sturdy sofa, a coffee table with storage, or a Setis dining table with extendable leaves that could seat six or more when needed.

Try soft pastels for a fresh take on modern.


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If you’re more predisposed to feminine styles but don’t want to go the lace-and-carved-wood route, you could still have a modern (but sweet) home. Keep your furniture modern as usual, but add soft, pastel tints, as seen here in this customized Domino sofa, where you can add different sections and components at will. Try sophisticated pastel accents such as mauve, blush, light salmon, and dusty rose.

All furniture pieces here are from Gautier. Visit their showroom at the shops at Shangri-la at the Fort, Bonifacio Global City, follow them on Facebook, or click here

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