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Ask the Designer: The Rise of the Minimalist

Posted on February 16, 2018

Ask the Designer The Rise of the Minimalist Kitchen ImageWelcome back to another edition of our “Ask the Designer” series, where we talk with StreetSide Development’s head designer, Lisa Kaiser, about the best ways to incorporate current design trends into your new home design. 

In this edition, we talk about the Minimalist trend and how you can easily create a home that looks fantastic without spending a lot of time deciding which materials are best for you. If you haven’t considered the benefits of a Minimalist look and Scandinavian style, you’re in for a big treat.

What if I don’t want to make a lot of decisions when it comes to choosing a style for my home?

You’re in luck! "Neutral” is on trend, has lasting power, and can be dressed up or down to suit your personal style. 

Choosing a few simple elements like flat panel or classic shaker cabinetry will give you flexibility and longevity of style because you won’t have to worry about your choices falling out of style. White tile is a smart neutral accent choice, giving you the freedom to accessorize, furnish, and restyle at your whim! Some modern ways to use white is to pick white tiles with different patterns like hexagons and a simple adjustment of the grout colour (the lines between the tile) can add some visual interest. Delorean Grey is a trend-topping colour that pairs perfectly with your sleek white tile choice.

Ask the Designer The Rise of the Minimalist Livingroom ImageWhat is Minimalistic style?

This might be a good go-to choice for those who don't want to make a lot of decisions. Minimalistic style offers simple clean lines with a tone-on-tone look and often includes statement pieces of furniture or art. 

This style also celebrates natural finishes. A perfectly minimalist kitchen, for example, has natural wood tone flat panel cabinets, white quartz counters, and white backsplash tile that brings focus to the beautiful linear lines of rift-cut wood. Furnishings should be comfortable and low, while simple art pieces and broadleaf houseplants add interest. Think Scandinavian decor. In Calgary, it's also readily available, budget-friendly and en-vogue, making this style easy to fall head-over-heels for!

What are some of the benefits of these design styles?

When you’re building your home, you have the opportunity to select the colours and materials throughout. The light and natural colours associated with these looks are available in all of StreetSide’s locations, but it’s particularly popular with the homes at The Loop in Evanston. Minimalistic style is a look all on its own, but if you ever change your mind, the neutral colours provide an easy backdrop for you to incorporate another interior design style, like the Modern Farmhouse look.

You also won’t have to spend a lot of money to create a complete look. The major feature of this style is not having a lot of furniture and clutter throughout the space. If you do want to buy some new furniture, you simply have to head to Ikea for some inspiration and affordable options.

Finally, the light colours are perfect for brightening up the space. That’s definitely something you want to take into consideration when you think about Calgary’s long winters. Dark coloured accent walls look great in the design magazines, but they can feel dreary in the winter.

Where can I see this look in action?

Think the Minimalist style sounds like the right choice for you? You won’t know for sure until you see what it looks like. Fortunately, a quick look around the show homes in The Loop will allow you to see just how beautiful it can be. Check out how the design choices take advantage of sleek lines and monochromatic or tone-on-tone looks. You can then talk to an Area Manager about how you can get started designing the home of your dreams.

Ask the Designer The Rise of the Minimalist Lisa ImageA Little About Lisa...

Born and raised in Alberta, Lisa has lived most of her life in Calgary where she’s built a strong career as an interior designer. She’s well-travelled, having been all over the U.S. as well as Italy, Malta, England, France, Belgium, and Eastern Canada.

A self-proclaimed zookeeper, Lisa and her husband have two young children and a few animal friends. For this reason, she likes to keep her personal design style practical and relaxed, using statement pieces to express her creativity and anchor a space. She also believes the kitchen is the heart of the home which is why she’s dedicated herself to over ten years of kitchen design. 

From budget-conscious to lavish high-end projects, Lisa has led thousands of kitchen, bath, bar, entertainment, and great room ventures - making the extraordinary attainable through team and vendor collaboration.

If you’d like to hear more of Lisa's thoughts on the latest design trends in Calgary, check out our previous posts on interior design and exterior design.

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