Minimalists Interior Designs to Welcome Fall

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WORDS BY Gillian Grefe

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Published on September 17, 2019

Hey there, minimalist—we recognized you from your home’s clean lines and pared-back color scheme. You know as well as we do that achieving a minimalist look is deliberate and difficult: it’s a careful balance of “less is more” that never feels cold or sparse. But what if you want to embrace the season and add some autumnal elements to your space? How do you translate your minimal style into something cozy yet uncluttered? It’s easier than you might think: choose practical pieces that mix form with function for the ultimate multitasking, minimalist fall style. 

From the ultra-luxe throw that you’ll cuddle up to every single night to a refined take on jewel tones, keep reading to find out which fall decor pieces will complement your curated, discerning aesthetic.

Minimalist design style isn’t one for tons of throw pillows. But when the temperatures drop, you still want practical, luxurious items. A cashmere throw creates a tactile experience without cluttering up the couch. Try a warm, serene color like in this ivory throw or opt for something bold, like this vivid orange throw. Whatever you choose, fold it neatly on the back of the sofa when not in use.

Minimalist interior design often incorporates flat, high-shine surfaces. However, you can warm up a space by using natural wood—an ideal material for fall. Choose a side table or tray for functionality paired with lovely texture. For a purely decorative option, try this petrified wood sculpture

One important tenet of minimalist design is an abundance of light. But as the days get shorter in fall and winter, even the most naturally bright spaces can use some reinforcements. A simple, rectangular mirror bounces light and gives the illusion of spaciousness—another principle of minimalist interiors.

While quiet tones are a hallmark of minimalist design, you can incorporate bursts of bold color commonly found in nature. That means instead of blue and purple jewel tones, opt for rich oranges, reds, and greens instead. Of course, keep these colors limited: a simple accent such as a ceramic vase (or a glass one) goes a long way. 

Add a bit of greenery without the commitment. The bold, rounded shapes of the fiddle leaf fig—however popular—aren’t quite right for minimalist style. Instead, try a softer, wispier artificial palm

Not quite sure if your style is minimalist? Take our style quiz today to hone in on your personal design tastes.

Words by Sara Watson