Minimalism, modernism and the art of decluttering

Spring beckons…and as the light floods our homes thoughts turn to spring cleaning and redecorating. But this year, the trend has hit us early, with the hit Netflix series “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo”. Many of us spent January clearing out our cupboards and decluttering our lives.

How can this ethos be applied to interior design?

The roots of the ‘less is more’ movement can be found in Modernism: a movement dedicated to clean lines, minimalism and light, airy interiors.

Famous modernist architects and designers such as Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius and Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe pioneered ideas such as ‘form follows function’, open plan spaces and use of modern materials.

Today, this style can be translated into the use of neutral or monochrome colour palettes, featuring lots of white, grey and black.

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Other popular modernist colours are muted tones such as olive greens and deep blues. Colour is often used in moderation and complements interiors with smooth lines and no fussy details, creating an air of space and calm.

The modernist colour palette encompasses many of the trends we see for interiors in 2019 and remains hugely influential. Deep tones such as Zeitgeist, Payne's Grey and Pullman Green are at the height of popularity at the moment, while greys such as Exposition Gris and Grisaille are the perfect neutrals to create the background for a scheme complemented by natural materials such as wood and leather.



So if you are ready to embrace 'less is more', have mastered the art of decluttering and now want your home to embody modernist style, order one of our 1829 Vintage Collection colourcards here, or shop our modernist colours and order a few sample pots.

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    1. Payne's Grey
      Payne's Grey


      A dark iron blue with hints of warm grey, this shade was used by 19th century painters as a warmer alternative to black. Inspiration for this colour was taken from the Modernist period. Use with our 1829 White Undercoat.

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