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KOCHI: Monochrome, simplicity and no frills are the few terms that come to mind when you think of minimalism. But the “less is more” concept is not just about putting a few pieces of furniture in front of a white background.

According to experts, the serenity and simplicity of minimalist interiors is achieved when there is a balance between the essential, aesthetics, natural materials and light. Architects speak of a visible increase in the minimalist trend among young builders. Architect Avin Jose of JP Ventures, Tripunithura, has noted that some clients prefer to bring outdoor landscapes into their homes.

“Natural materials such as glass and stone are used to connect interiors with exteriors. Big openings that let in enough natural light and ventilation are also in there,” he says. According to Avin, people avoid unnecessary dividers and walls. Instead, they strive for a more open feel. “Post lockdown, customers have started asking for open spaces to work out and spend time with their family,” he adds.

Another trend is the use of natural materials. Warm, minimal spaces that combine biophilic designs also increase residents’ connection with nature. Designs that incorporate raw materials like stone, glass, wood, and textured surfaces are now part of minimal home decor, says Vishnu Raj, an interior designer from Kakkanad.

“Even the courtyards are given a similar touch by using bamboo and using Kadappa stones for the flooring,” he says. Three or four neutral shades are used for curtains, walls and furniture.
“The use of different shades of color is also trendy. For example, in a seating area, multiple shades of one color are used on each piece of furniture. Surprisingly, people like easy-to-install furniture. Even GI whistles are used instead of heavy wood.”

Another minimalist trend making the rounds among young consumers is bohemian style, which gives importance to accessories with modern designs and neutral color palettes like grey, white, black and wood tones.

The concept is also reflected in small apartments with multifunctional rooms. “A multifunctional room can combine office space and a small bed for rest. Another example is the open kitchens that connect to the dining room,” adds Avin Jose.

However, minimalism isn’t for everyone, says Binoy KP, an architect from Kozhikode.
“In Kerala, it has become a hit among the younger crowds in Kochi and Kozhikode. However, in Thiruvananthapuram and Malappuram, minimalism is still an emerging concept,” he says.


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