When we talk about minimalism in interior design, including a minimalist apartment, we should dive back to the early 20 century, when the minimalism got its first foothold.
In the early 1920s, the sumptuous and intricate designs of earlier eras (the Edwardian or Victorian, for examples) were gradually substituted by the newer designs which were simpler and straightforward –and functional. The birth of modern minimalism.
After the WWII, minimalism got its firmer ground with the International movement (hence the cubical tall minimalistic buildings all around the world) and the Midcentury designs which it influences still can be seen up to this day’s home interior.
The term minimalism itself is relatively new, coined in the 60s. Now we see minimalism as a style which loves simple and functional lines. In term of home interiors, it loves black-white color schemes and the use of industrial materials. Like to find minimalist apartment ideas? Here are some of the coolest.
1. White minimalist apartment in grunge atmosphere
Sometimes you just don’t want to follow rules for your own apartment. You don’t want it to conform to any other interior styles, let alone the mainstream one.
As you want it to be as comfortable as you want it to be, as a kind of lair. So, if it looks a little messy, that’s part of your personal statements, like this homey grungy small apartment.
At first, this white apartment might look messy, but after a while, you find it simple and effective (and even visually enchanting) to be a home, a simple home –not a pretentious apartment.
2. An Efficient Apartment should have effective room layouts
Having an apartment means that you need to be able to organize it, so you won’t have to feel cramped. For the reasons, many apartment interiors have open layouts.
The layouts enable you to have unhindered view of the overall apartment interior spaces. As for the room separation, you could use tables or rugs (just to name some) as the marker.
In this example, the kitchen areas are separated by dining table and the huge TV stand. So, from the living room area you won’t see the stove, sinks, fridges or any other kitchen stuff.
3. Modern minimalist apartment in 50s touches
Just like any landed homes, you always can have your apartment be done in certain styles or themes, from the most sumptuous classic themes up to the most refreshing contemporary minimalist styles.
Now we bring you to a corner of Italy, to one of the finest apartment in Carrara. This apartment should work well for you, if you love the modern minimalist themes.
Along with the modern tones, this apartment is also full of 50s’ iconic furniture, like the big sofa with their tapered legs, and the Eames’ Eifel dining chairs.
4. A Cozy minimalist small apartment
Having a small apartment doesn’t mean that you should live in a cramped and miserable life. To avoid the disaster, the key is finding the right interior layout.
Minimalist theme is a reasonable approach for your problem. If you want to have it snug and cozy, pick the Scandinavian variant.
The result is this compact and comfortable minimalist apartment. You have all the apartment features in a limited spaces, but you still can breathe as the apartment looks spacious, neat and organized.
5. Green apartment accessories: potted plants
Having an apartment in minimalist styles might, sometimes, gives you a cold and ‘detached’ feelings. You just cannot in tune with the rigid lines often accompanying the minimalism in the house interior.
To reduce or even get rid of the feelings you can balance them with something natural. For this, you might need the indoor plants.
Not only as accessories, these indoor plants also help to maintain the air quality of the indoor area. It also helps to inject characters into the room.
6. Simple and functional room partition with shelves
You might want a little privacy which an open layout apartment won’t give you enough of it. Considering the reasons, you need to install room partitions, whether it’ll be a portable or fixed one.
If you don’t want to have a fixed partition (such as brick wall partition or the like), you should find the portable one, so that you can remove it easily in case you don’t want it anymore.
In this example, the living room and bedroom is divided by a partition which also serves as book shelves. It doesn’t look heavy and even add minimalist atmosphere into the living room.
7. Warm wooden floor for your Scandinavian apartment
If you want something minimalist wrapped in natural properties, then you need to try Scandinavian styles.
That’s the main difference between a minimalist style and the Scandinavian. The first often uses glasses, metals and any other man-made materials. Meanwhile, the latter loves to use natural materials.
This apartment is a good example of a Scandinavian apartment. It warms with natural materials, from the floor up to the beams. Resulting an inviting and pleasant living space.
8. A luxurious minimalist apartment design
You should go into a sumptuous and heavy interior setup to have a luxurious apartment interior. A luxurious look also doesn’t depend on furniture with exorbitant prices.
It’s all about organizing your apartment interior into an efficient way, and fill it with quality materials, things that durable and timeless both in value or aesthetic.
For example, take a look at this apartment’s design. Seeing this apartment setup, now you might have had new insight that you even can have classy and luxurious apartment even with only a handful furniture. The key is quality materials and an exceptional room design.
9. Room separation with countertops
For the reason of space, contemporary apartments often have no wall partitions. In place of them, you might find the alternative in the form of portable room dividers or certain features in the apartments.
A common feature you often see as the divider are the countertops. They’re common features in apartments, you can find them on top of kitchen tables or kitchen islands.
Kitchen Island and their countertops are often used as marking area to separate the kitchens and living room areas. They give seamless transition from one to another places –and won’t make a small apartment look cramped.
10. Black-themed minimalist Small apartment
Neutral colors, mainly white, might be handy to make the interior of small apartment look bigger. But, there always exceptions.
You can always have black-themed apartment, whether it’s big or small one. All you need to do is a good color balancing in mind.
Use a lightest colors as the background color (white in this example), then layer it with shades of blacks and make the stuff with bold black colors as the centerpiece, the showstoppers. Add natural colors to balance them all (wood colors in the example). And your setup is completed.
11. Floor options for your apartments
One of the most often neglected spots in the apartments, floors are actually are assets to make the whole apartments look impressive. They infuse part of the apartments’ soul.
Now you have many choices of floorings. You can have the natural floorings like woods, marble, or granite. But also can find the more affordable choices like tiles.
Modern tile-making technologies now can replicate the natural patterns easily. But, still, if you want to have the warmth of the nature inside your minimalist apartment, natural-sourced materials are still the best –like this wooden floor.
12. Minimalist fresh and colorful apartment
Cheer up the apartment with pops of color. Yes, neutral colors are safe ways to make your apartments feel cozy. But if you want something energizing, try to add a splash of color into it.
Some of you might feel how bland this white is if this apartment has only white in it. Then goes the black, just a bit of it, as a balance.
Next, the natural color comes, the wooden floor. And then you may experiment with vibrant colors with the furniture: red, blue, soft pink or else. The result is a most refreshing apartment.
13. The feel of farmhouse atmosphere in your apartments
Some styles are so cute you want to replicate them in your apartments. Take the farmhouse style for an example. This style is so popular among the urban folks, probably from its pleasant nostalgic vibes it generates.
Though small, this kitchen apartment is able to put farmhouse aura into it –And you already can feel the cozy air in it.
The most iconic feature, the farmhouse sink’s so stand out it bring your memory back into pleasant days in your country homes years ago.
14. Minimalist vintage apartment to escape from hectic life
Don’t want to replicate only parts of the old sweet themes you love most? This apartment shows you how to go back in time but still enable you to retain the modern conveniences.
Seeing this apartment you might feel the vintage touches all over the place, from the color themes, lamp fixtures, up to furniture. They’re all bring the vintage atmosphere back into the contemporary living area.
But here you still can retain the clean modern minimalist lines, so you won’t lost track of time –which you still live here at the present.
15. Snug wooden apartment to inspire
Here again, the advantage of wooden structures are highlighted to the utmost. This small apartment, wood materials dominate the room layout –from the beams, walls, down to the floors.
If you want to find a peaceful haven, this apartment theme might worth to consider. Wood materials are the best in giving you natural warmth needed in facing the daily often cold world.
To balance the woods domination, put colors into it. In this apartment you put a plush blue couch and classic rug side by side with the dining table.
16. A minimalist apartment, pleasant and inviting
Talking on an apartment accessories, you have several options of them. In fact, as the meaning of accessories are so fluid, you may find them in surprising number –depend on how you view a thing or things as accessories or not.
In short, you may find apartment features which also serve as accessories. But you also find an accessory which only can be used as an accessory, like wall tapestry.
This apartments has several functional accessories, like lamp fixtures, indoor plants, the ottomans, and the rug. The painting is an example of purely interior accessory.
17. A shelf to add small apartment living room’s dynamic
You don’t want your apartments look flat, so you need to add features for a more dynamic look. Installing a shelf helps you fill the needs.
In a small apartment living room like this illustration, a shelf is a handy additional storage area where you put any of your favorite and presentable items.
To highlight the minimalism of the room and to keep the room tidy, the floating type of shelf is worth to try. And here’s the stunning result.
18. Fluffy minimalist Parisian apartment
This time we’ll take you to a wander around into a Parisian apartment. After several list of lean and simple-lined apartment interior designs, now we’d like to introduce you this fluffy minimalism.
The rigid lines of minimalism here has been counterbalanced by several fluidly-designed furniture, by the chic and classy fluffy couches and the table.
To add the warmth atmosphere, neutral rug are spread on the floor. The minimalist fireplace hood complete the setup.
19. A Simple efficient bachelor apartment design
As a single, you probably only want basic features in your apartments. Though so, you need to keep it from being a messy place.
This minimalist apartment design might inspire you, if you happen to have a messy bachelor apartment. This small apartment has all the basic stuff for a single –and it looks neat and organized.
The key here is the effective room’s arrangement which maximize the use of shelving structure and minimalist style.
20. Unique countertops for your chic apartment
A kitchen island as a room statement? If you go into regular islands, you end up to have conventional room partition often seen in the interior design webs or magazines.
This example wants to take you further than just having a regular kitchen islands. You need to update it with a more unique one.
Unlike the other kitchen islands, this island only consisted of a slab of roughly-finished countertop, supported by a side boards and a big support structure. It looks awesome in its rough look, and even suitable to be your room’ statement.
21. Black and white minimalist luxurious apartment
Black and white is a timeless theme. You may find it in every fabric of life. In the interior designs, you might have known well the chequered patterns of the floor.
This time we’d like you to meet this luxurious minimalist black-white apartment. You might remember to Nordic styles, as they also are well-known with black-white theme.
But this apartment is purely minimalist, with all the industrial materials fused into the room, like the charcoal black panels, metal lamp fixtures and the like. All are lending their qualities for all the luxury look in this apartment.
22. Transitional tiles for the room’s partition
You might need a more natural and fluid ways to un-obstructively dividing the floor areas of your apartment, so here we bring one of the solution for you.
It includes two different type of floorings. The first will be the main supporting floorings; while the second will be the ‘dividing’ floorings.
In this example, the main flooring is the wood floor. To separate the kitchen areas and living room, hexagonal tiles used with the bordering area are scattered randomly, to make uneven but artistic dividing area.
23. White Nordic industrial apartment
We have briefly talked about Nordic style, now we move in and take a little tour into this chic minimalistic apartment.
Just like the regular Nordic style, this apartment use black and white color themes, imbued with other neutral colors from natural sources, the wood colors.
Here the piece-de-resistance is the brown modern Womb chair, supported with tapered wooden legs. It infuses warmth into the room along with the green leafy plants.
24. Cute minimalist kitchen for a studio apartment
This kitchen setup is so compact you need it for your updated studio apartment.
In general, there’re three kitchen types (according the layout respective to the wall next to it): the wall kitchen, the L-shaped kitchen, and the U-shaped kitchen.
This kitchen is a wall kitchen, as it hugs the wall –both the sink and cooking areas. You usually meet this kitchen in small apartment or studio apartment like this. It’s easy to maintain and won’t eat your spaces.
25. Small minimalist green apartment
Is it possible to go green in a small apartment? Of course. Going green isn’t about room sizes, it’s about your personal intentions.
This small minimalist apartment, for example, can use any available space in it for greenery and still look spacious and elegant.
You have dozen of indoor plants to picks, just find one or two which suit well for your needs. As for the media, you might need planter boxes, plant containers, or even hanging plant pots.
26. A cool minimalist hipster apartment
This idea should meet your high standard of uniqueness of things, including your living spaces. Here you meet a hipster apartment.
Just like the name implied, this hipster apartment is so unique it different from the regular apartment floor plans listed here.
The metallic cubical at the center of this apartment isn’t empty structure, it hold the bathroom. The bedroom itself is hidden above on kitchen area. In short, if you want a quirky apartment this kind of hipster apartment is yours.
27. Minimalist contemporary apartment
Still looking for another unique apartment? If so, this apartment with puzzle wall should be yours.
Instead covering the wall with paints or wallpapers, this apartment use awesome puzzle-like boards. The combination of yellow and neutral colors of the boards make this apartment look fresh and playful.
Splashes of yellow color here offer cute balance to the white-gray tone of the apartment. The clear white floor and ceiling helps to keep the overall look calm, not overwhelmed by the vibrant yellow color.
28. Minimalist apartment with indoor plants
Here again, you have a small apartment full of indoor plants. Yes, if you want to stay in touch with the nature, you need to have one or two plants in your apartment.
Still don’t have the plant options? If you want the easy one, you might need to find simple and low maintenance plants like succulents or cacti.
The other plants might offer you lush and leafy greenness like pothos, jade or rubber plants. Like the flower plants? Try geranium, begonia, or poinsettia. The choices are wide.
There’re so many minimalist apartment designs out there that unfortunately cannot listed here. But, we hope, all the carefully picked designs here may represent all the themes you’d like to find so far –whether it’s about the color or accessories.
Here we also listed small apartment ideas with all the features, from its floor, shelf, and even to the countertops. That’s it. Have a nice day.