If you embarce a “less is more” outlook, if simplicity calms you down, if you’ve never really understood the appeal of knickknacks, ornate trim, oversized patterns or wild color schemes, then you’ll love the minimalist decorating style. Despite common misconception, minimalism doesn’t have to mean a bleak, lifeless room colored only in black and white – it simply means decorating for function and doing away with what’s unnecessary.
When a space doesn’t have a lot of actual items in it, you have to be even more strict with basic design rules like balance, proportion and harmony. Furniture should all be in proportion with itself — meaning nothing sticks out as too big or too small. The visual weight of a room should be balanced (meaning one side doesn’t feel too much “heavier” than any other side).