November 13

Home Decor: Less is More

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

Minimalism is an art movement that began after the Second World War, and the concept of less is more is synonymous with elegant, restrained interiors that are streamlined and impactful.

When I design a space, I ensure that each piece of furniture, art, upholstery, or accessory serves a purpose in terms of both function and aesthetic value. I use restraint with the chosen design elements and utilize layouts and furniture that inhabit an area without overwhelming it. Here’s how I achieve the less-is-more look.

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MINIMALIST STYLE

When I think about furnishing interiors, I want the furniture to tell the homeowner’s story. Each piece is in the design for a reason. For example, in the project below, I used a striking light and dining table chairs in an otherwise tame design language. This dining room is spacious, breathable, and still creates a visual impact.

Similarly, in the spacious Denver living room below, each piece of furniture was carefully chosen to support each other. A large comfortable sofa complements a smaller, two-seat piece and sleek independent chairs. The mid-century modern console fits into the space seamlessly without intruding on the rest of the design, and the glass coffee table adds to the open vibe.

QUALITY OVER QUANTITY

Knowing how to display art is as important as knowing how to select and buy it. When I advise my clients on purchasing art, I help them understand that the artwork should enhance and add value to the overall look of the interiors. I’m very selective about how I use art in interiors. I don’t cover every inch of space with art. Instead, I look for the right pieces that will suit the room’s design and reflect the homeowner’s taste. In the room below, I chose one bright, colorful piece of art to create visual drama.

Art doesn’t always have to be paintings either. In the bathroom below, I used a decorative mirror, sidelights, and abstract shower mats to add a hint of the artistic to the minimal design.

FOCAL POINT

When I use a neutral palette in a modern design layout, I typically create one or two focal points to enliven the space. In this kitchen, a bright backsplash and, to a lesser extent, geometric metal pendants add drama to the clean-lined modern design.

I created a similar contrast in this living room with minimal hand-made wallpaper and the fireplace made with natural stone in different textures.

The fireplace is my favorite feature in this home. Find out why here:

Minimal interiors are a joy to live in as they’re calming, breathable, and the less-is-more look will also inspire you to declutter your life. The spaces we live in are an extension of our lives, and I’ll be happy to help you create a minimal, clean yet sophisticated look for your home.

Call me today at 720.735.7533 share your design needs and dreams.

Margarita Bravo Green Interior Designer

Margarita Bravo

Green Interior Designer & Decorator

Margarita is a green interior designer and decorator, remodeler, furniture curator, and creator of experiences based in Denver, Colorado. Margarita’s unique skill set has evolved from her strong educational background and European and Latin American sources of inspiration.

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