2. Form in minimalist decorating
After pinpointing the furnishings a room needs, consider the form of each piece. Think of the basic shapes: squares and rectangles. Then think of the most common lines used in design: horizontal, vertical, diagonal, zigzag, and curved.
Followers of the De Stijl movement, which started in 1917 and is considered minimalism’s predecessor, limited itself to these forms for the sake of simplification and getting to the core essence of the art. While there’s no need to be this strict in your choice of forms, sticking to the basics will unify the room. Unity is needed to present the room as a whole and therefore minimized package. Lack abstract details will allow the eye to wander.
The master bedroom pictured may impress you as abstract—it’s anything but. Squares and rectangles dominate the room. The bed frame is composed of two square slabs that parallel each other. The bench, bed stand, and walls are all rectangular cut. The most adventurous forms are the bed stand’s zigzag legs and the curved shape of the planter.
The bedroom’s loyalty to minimalist decorating principles grants it more liberty to incorporate experimental décor, as depicted by the West African–inspired touches woven into the industrialist skeleton pictured above. The weaved texture accents rather than dominates because of the room’s strong foundations.