textural minimalism: trend alert

One of my favorite pastimes is to find ways to like the minimalist trend. If you’ve been a homey homie for a while, you’ll know my aversion to ultra-minimalist, ultra-modern interior design. But when I can find a trend that gets me excited about minimalism, I latch onto it. The newest of these trends is textural minimalism.

what is textural minimalism?

The textural minimalism trend is all about putting the focus on the interesting textures used throughout the design, rather than on the actual stuff in the room. So even though there may not be a ton of accessories, different colors, and little knickknacks around, there is still a lot of depth and uniqueness to the design.

This is what really sets this sub-trend apart from the stale minimalism that we usually see. The textures add warmth, character, and homeyness. It looks intentionally bare, rather than looking like you just gave up on getting more stuff.

This texture can come from a variety of places. Most obviously, it could be the furniture. Furniture used in this trend is often very sculptural and organic-shaped, but monochromatic. But it could also be in art of accessories like vases or rugs. It could even be texture in the walls or flooring.

biophilia in textural minimalism

There is definitely a lot of overlap between textural minimalism and biophilic design. In a lot of the photos here, you’ll notice that the texture tends to mimic natural, organic textures. Not only does this make the design aesthetically pleasing to look at, but it actually has psychological benefits as well.

This trend, I think, is one of the bridges between minimalism and maximalism. It’s like the perfect porridge in goldilocks and the three bears. Not too busy, not too boring. So a maximalist and minimalist alike can be inspired by this trend.

It can even work for people who love color.

Another thing I love about this trend is how easy it makes it to switch things up if you want to make a change. It leaves a pretty blank slate to switch things in and out, but this blank slate is still really beautiful to look at.

Cream corduroy beanbag couch from Urban Outfitters
Corduroy and boucle are two staples of textural minimalism
Source: Urban Outfitters
textural minimalism design in a dining room with concrete walls and flooring and rattan dining chairs
Source: BubblessStore
Organic shaped furniture including wavy couch, circular textural coffee table and goofy shaped lamp
Source: CaffeLatte

get the look

So, if you’re looking to do a little Marie Kando-ing to your life but don’t want to sacrifice some flavor in your home, textural minimalism might be the trend for you.

Take a look at some staple pieces to try out below and click on furniture item name to shop the look:

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Want to know more about where interior design trends come from, who decides them, why some stick while others don’t, and how to apply them while maintaining your own personal style? Check out my complete guide blog post.

your guide to interior design trends

About me

Hey my name’s Hannah Michelle Lambert, the voice behind homey homies. I’m an LA-based designer, writer, and content strategist. I’m passionate about the intersection of productivity and creativity. I love talking about creative habits, technology, processes, and everything in between that helps me blend the Type A and Type B parts of my brain.

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