Less is More: Minimalist Style in Interior Design

By Jorge Chávez
Jan. 11, 2021

“Less is more” is the motto that defines minimalism, a trend that is encompassed by the concepts of simplicity and purity. Created for those who believe that elegance is found in basic and simple things, this style advocates monochromatic and balanced settings, perfect for creating spaces that project peace and tranquility.

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So, how to achieve this in Puerto Vallarta and/or Riviera Nayarit, where there are numerous condominiums acquired for vacations and/or seasonal rentals that have sufficient furniture but may receive a large family from time to time? You would think that accommodating many people comfortably would mean having various beds, long tables and a lot of chairs, as well as a large living room, kitchen and counters.

To get a general idea of how to enjoy minimalism in a property in our destination, the Vallarta Real Estate Guide editorial team visited architect Guillermo Soto Vásquez, CEO of the firm Lifeint Design, who kindly shared some details to consider when looking to implement this style in the decor.

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“The geometric order of the shapes, furniture and objects is an important part of minimalism’s characteristics. Simplifying things by abandoning what we don’t need can do wonders for our mood, also creating super-elegant interiors,” explains Soto.

Our expert adds, “This process is not as simple as it seems. In all cases, especially when we require a lot of furniture to increase the space’s capacity, we must make neutral colors our general framework, seeking serenity and balance without falling into monotony by choosing contrasting shapes, colors and elements as unique protagonists by prioritizing their quality within the whole.”

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Guillermo Soto, CEO of Lifeint Design.

In a minimalist interior or architectural structure, there should not be too many elements, only those that are really important according to the design concept previously chosen, as well as the proposed geometric interplay. Placing the ideal object in the ideal place requires careful consideration so as not to sully what originally should be clean.

The previous concepts have much more value when it comes to spaces where the possible guests represent a significant number. “The recommendation is that the geometry of each object, piece of furniture and piece of art be united by the same communicating vessel, to the point of achieving such integration that the amount of furniture ceases to be a problem and they become comfortable objects that are easy to use and have light shapes and colors. The simple but modern design, with straight lines and a well defined character for the space and lighting, achieves spectacular results that range between providing a sober and sophisticated setting that embraces us with great peace.”

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Soto points out that in a successful minimalist interior, decor adds to the functional base as a kind of personal touch in the midst of a highly refined space. “The textures are very important, and, although one normally might think of a ‘restrictive uniformity,’ I would recommend playing wisely with textiles, porcelain, wood, clay and wicker due to their feel to the touch, even if they are within the same neutral color range.”

Regardless of the conditions or dimensions of the setting, minimalism always focuses on the search for the sensation of large and bright open spaces. “The integration of exterior and interior spaces enriches the general atmosphere. Our Banderas Bay, which is surrounded by mountains with lush vegetation and offers dreamy sunsets, should be an important part of the interior for the inspiration of the comfort required both inside and outside. This brings us closer to enjoying all the sensations the environment offers us.”

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In closing, the CEO of Lifeint Design notes, “It is an art to be able to create understated spaces that exude warmth and beauty. When the ‘less is more’ approach to minimalist design is correctly applied, it does not necessarily mean boring spaces, but rather, it results in a beautiful, warm, rich and attractive ambiance for both residents and visitors to the property.”