Traditionally, minimalist interiors have been characterized by an almost brutal absence of clutter and rejection of ornamentation. The design philosophy strives for simplicity to enhance wellbeing. It's a noble pursuit, but not a very Christmassy one. In fact, die-hard minimalists would likely recoil at the thought of bringing glittering baubles, inflatable Santas and tinsel into their homes. However, we’re seeing a new wave of ‘soft’ or ‘warm’ minimalism in interior design that is less monastic in its approach. The evolution of the trend is about having fewer but higher quality objects. There is more focus on using tactile, natural materials to create a sense of wellbeing, as well as colors seen in nature.
1. SIMPLICITY IS KEY
Minimalist Christmas decor looks for simple decorations in natural materials that can make a big impact. “Use objects that instantly evoke feelings of Christmas’s past,” says Daisy Brown
2. INVEST IN QUALITY PIECES
When it comes to lighting and styling your space, Daisy Brown recommends investing in quality, classic pieces that you can use for multiple occasions all year round. “When it comes to the all-important Christmas table, we love sheepskin accessories and large white platters with tall neutral candles,” she says, showing the crossover with Scandinavian Christmas decor. “We spruce these up with fresh greenery, rather than faux. It’s both better for the environment and the smell of real fir at Christmas is magical.”
3. ADD INTEREST THROUGH MATERIALS
A great way to add interest to a space without relying on ornamentation is to use contrasting ideas or materials. “Design is more interesting through unexpected pairings, for instance our Sculptural Side Table uses the warmth of walnut with the minimalist silhouette of a sculpture,” says Daisy Brown. “With warm minimalism you can create a home that truly reflects you and your taste. Unique styling can be achieved through the layering of raw natural textures with soft textiles such as velvet and sheepskin allowing people to express their individualism.”
4. KEEP TRIMMINGS NEUTRAL
Another trick to creating a more calming festive vibe is to find simple wrapping paper for your gifts that pairs with items in your home. “This is a simple and subtle way to stick to your interior aesthetic without feeling too busy or too clinical,” explains Daisy Brown. So minimalism can be cozy after all - and by encouraging us to cherish the things we love, it can actually be surprisingly festive.