Minimalism has been around for a while now and has been a persistent staple in good interior design for a long time. Unlike other fads that have come and gone, it seems that minimalism is here to stay, so what is it that makes it so popular and so trendy currently? Let’s discuss the subject and remind ourselves why it’s a good guide for any dĂ©cor.

Why Minimalism Became Popular

There are many forces that conspired to make minimalism more popular. While the 80s and early 90s were about ‘excess’ in many ways (just look at the haircuts), you could see the decades that followed as a reaction/backlash against that.

Minimalism is also very functional however and makes good use of even scant resources. The simple question is: why use more when you can do the same with less? This sort of efficiency also has a connection with technology and engineering and could even be linked to web design. Web designers quickly realised that achieving more with less would be more impactful as it would avoid sensory overload while reducing loading times. The iPhone’s design is famously highly minimal, and it could be that some of this minimalism spilled over into interior design. Modern depictions of the future always look highly minimalist, so it could be that minimalism has grown to feel more modern.

You could also look at the drive for us to be more efficient and eco-friendly as playing a role here. Minimalism by its very nature will reduce waste as it is more efficient, and this is in keeping with a more eco-conscious philosophy.

The Practical Side

But what makes minimalism so resilient to change and so persistently effective is the fact that it is so practical.

In a financial crisis when resources are at their lowest, minimalism is a design style that can still be used and still look great. At the same time using a minimal design around the home will automatically create a lot less work because you won’t have to move lots of objects out of the way to wipe down a surface. Even moving home becomes a lot easier with a minimal design.

On top of all this, having a more minimalist approach to interior design means you can easily increase the average quality of what’s on display. If you currently have twenty ornaments on a desk, then people looking at those items are going to see the ‘average’ of those items at a glance. If you were to reduce the items by half, leaving only your very favourite, then that average would raise with each item you removed.

Finally, looking at minimalistic and natural things has a tendency to help us feel more relaxed and at ease as our senses aren’t ‘overloaded’ with stimuli. This is also why we like a more plain wood floor over a busy looking carpet pattern. Not to mention that having fewer items means there is less to go out of style. Because the appearance is less ‘in your face’ there is less chance of it looking dated. Minimalism is thus timeless…

Author Bio: Warren Brown is a freelance blogger and an ace creative write with

many years of experience writing for top blogs. Warren has written on a myriad of topics and has written several posts for us.