Minimalist art, which thrives on simplicity in both content and form, was a movement that sought to remove any sign of personal expression. Minimalist works were meant to have a purely literal presence where you pretty much ‘see what you see’ without distractions.
However, if you’re keen to blur the boundaries, there are still ways to express yourself at home while keeping true to the minimalist style.
To demonstrate this, we’ve chosen the four classical elements – Fire, Water, Air, Earth – with the aim of giving each of them magical minimalist matches.
The element of fire is said to produce zeal, courage, creativity and daring. The colours of red, orange, gold and yellow combine to create a space where passion, sex, lust, energy, desire and strength come to life.
With this in mind, the colours of fire are perfect for seductively styled bedrooms, high energy living areas and creative spaces. The art selection below shows how minimalist art, despite its non-referential form can still be used to express a mood.
1. Feel the heat
2. From fire to ash
3. High energy
We love bringing a piece of the deep blue indoors, but not all of us want to display a seaside landscape or an ocean photograph. That’s where minimalism works best.
Using minimalism, you can still celebrate water and the colours blue, indigo, aqua, green and silver without fuss.
Water, as an element, channels understanding, trust, compassion, forgiveness and love. These three minimalist works of art below say all of that without being kitsch.
4. Blue waves
5. Beach days
6. Loving the options
Air is an all-knowing element that’s seemingly everywhere at once. Air signifies freedom, travel, lightness, optimism, joy and laughter. The colour of air is a hard one to pin down, but think yellows, sky blue and pastels.
If you are looking for new beginnings, here are some minimalist ideas inspired by air.
7. Forest of thought
8. New beginnings
9. Provoke thought
Earth as an element is all about stability, perseverance, punctuality, care and grounding. In contrast, minimalist art lets you throw caution to the wind, so while the earth element tells us to be cautious and responsible, it’s wonderful to blur those boundaries.
Drawing from nature and the earth colours of brown, black and green, we feature two stunning minimalist works below that add femininity and strength to these interiors.
Some say the earth element’s magical power is silence, but we think Mother Earth is louder than that.
10. Yellow dots
11. Fresh lines
So while minimalism may at first appear to be emotionless, it’s possible for it to say something. Start your search today.