by Steve Van Derodar

| Photo from Pinterest via Steve Derodar. Shakin Stevens House was conceived as a functional and light-filled home extending into nature by Matt Gibson Architecture + Design, located in Melbourne, Australia.

These days, it is not uncommon to see properties characterized by a sleek finish, clean lines, and minimal architectural features. Both the geometric precision and a sense of balance captivate the eye. It highlights the fundamental components to achieve harmony, calmness, and style. It makes a profound impression by prioritizing quality over quantity, simplicity over excess, and purposeful design over ornamentation. Thanks to “Minimalism.”

Minimalism as a design concept is an aesthetic and lifestyle philosophy that emphasizes simplicity, functionality, and removing unnecessary elements to achieve a clean and uncluttered look. It embodies a lifestyle philosophy that values intentional living and mindfulness. Minimalist principles aim to create visually appealing and functionally efficient spaces.

Key characteristics and principles associated with Minimalism as a design concept are numerous; however, from the featured photo above, we can identify a few important ones with a strong focus on simplicity. It involves paring down designs to their essential elements, eliminating unnecessary embellishments, and emphasizing clean lines and geometric shapes. Extraneous decorations and unneeded items are removed, leaving only the essential elements required for functionality and aesthetics.

Notice the neutral color palette, including whites, grays, browns, and earth tones. Using a limited color range contributes to a sense of calmness and simplicity. Every element in a design should have a purpose, and the overall design should serve its intended function without unnecessary ornamentation. The Straight, clean lines and simple geometric shapes are fundamental to minimalist design. This contributes to a sense of order and precision in the visual composition. To achieve balance and proportion, each element is carefully considered with the overall composition, resulting in a visually harmonious and well-balanced design.

Minimalist spaces often incorporate ample natural light and an open layout, contributing to a sense of spaciousness and airiness. In addition, minimalist designs frequently showcase high-quality materials. Whether in architecture or furniture design, the emphasis is on the intrinsic beauty and durability of materials like wood, metal, glass, and stone.

The Real estate term “Negative space,” or the space around and between elements, is intentionally utilized in minimalist design. This helps to draw attention to the essential elements and contributes to a sense of tranquility. They also avoid unnecessary decorations. Instead, any decorative elements are intentional and contribute to the overall functionality and aesthetic of the design.

Isn’t it evident that minimalist designs often have a timeless quality? Minimalist design can remain relevant and appealing over time by avoiding trends and focusing on enduring principles. Its meticulous attention to detail, no matter how small, is considered and contributes to the overall coherence of the design.

“Properties with timeless, minimalist designs may have increased resale value. Minimalist styles tend to transcend trends, making the property attractive to buyers with varying tastes over the years Increasing Resale Value.”

Perhaps you are wondering why minimalist designs can enhance perceived value. Evident of the clean lines, open spaces, and neutral color palettes, their aesthetic appeal is often associated with a sense of sophistication and quality, making properties more attractive to a wide range of potential buyers.

Homes with a minimalist design can appeal to a broader audience. Simplicity allows potential buyers to envision the space as a blank canvas for their preferences. This can lead to faster sales as the property may resonate with more buyers.

Properties with timeless, minimalist designs may have increased resale value. Minimalist styles tend to transcend trends, making the property attractive to buyers with varying tastes and increasing Resale Value over the years.

The Japanese culture may be big on Minimalism as Zen concepts of simplicity transmit the ideas of freedom and the essence of living. Simplicity is not only an aesthetic value but also a moral perception that looks into the nature of truth and reveals the inner qualities and essence of materials and objects. Surprisingly, traveling to Switzerland last year has allowed me to notice numerous properties adapting to minimalist principles; it’s no wonder that the future is about simplification with utmost functionality.

I believe that Minimalism may increasingly be associated with mindful living practices. The design of spaces could focus on promoting mental well-being, mindfulness, and a sense of connection to one’s environment.

The satisfaction derived from a well-designed minimalist house/living space is multifaceted and extends beyond mere aesthetics. It encompasses various aspects of lifestyle, well-being, and intentional living. It’s about finding contentment in the essentials, appreciating the beauty of simplicity, and creating a home that reflects your unique lifestyle.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stevenson’s experience in Philippine Real Estate spans over 15 years. He has been involved in horizontal, vertical, vacation, and commercial properties. He has worked as an International Property Specialist for markets in Asia, Europe, and North America with Ayala Land, Federal Land, and Century Properties. Through PhilHouseHunters, he offers real estate investment opportunities, marketing, and consultancy with a critical focus on Metro Manila and Mega Cebu areas. Visit Email at

In New York City, Stevenson is affiliated with Elegran Forbes Global Properties as a Real Estate Advisor and licensed Real Estate Salesperson. Forbes Global Properties is a global network of elite real estate professionals, including brokers, developers, and agents, who specialize in luxury properties. Through Forbes Global Properties, members can connect with affluent buyers and sellers across the globe and showcase their high-end properties on a global stage. Email him at

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