Whimsigoth is the aesthetic equivalent of an old cottage in the woods full of bobbles and trinkets. Minimialism, as the name implies is the complete opposite. A minimalist aesthetic generally means neutral colors, clean spaces, few distractions, little to no clutter, and a calm vibe. A minimalist aesthetic can refer to home design, personal style, or even how we choose to live our lives [1].

Nord, Project. “All You’ve Ever Wanted to Know about Minialism.” PROJECT NORD JOURNAL, PROJECT NORD JOURNAL, 8 Nov. 2019, journal.projectnord.com/blog/about-minimalism.

Furniture can be really overwhelming decor element if it’s brightly-colored or patterned. After paint color, opting for clean, neutral-colored furniture is one of the easiest ways to bring a minimalist aesthetic into your space [2].

Nda. “Minimalism: An Enduring Design Trend.” National Design Academy, 5 July 2018, www.nda.ac.uk/blog/minimalism-an-enduring-design-trend/.

Despite the obvious formality and sometimes severity, living spaces that adhere to the parameters of this well-known movement, continue to possess a particular contemporary nature, which evokes both a youthfulness and avant-garde nature [3].

There have been many theories over the years as to where it originates, some connecting it to an abstract reaction at the end of the industrial period.  However, the most commonly held view is that it is of Eastern influence, in particular, that of Japanese culture and aesthetic.  There are many aspects of minimalism that can be seen within the work of those connected to the Bauhaus School of Art and Design, significantly through the work of one of its Directors, Ludwig Mies van Rohe.  His design for the Barcelona Pavilion and the furniture designed to furnish it, are quiet often sighted by many, as the inspiration for numerous minimalist interiors[4].



The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, amp.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/jan/03/empty-promises-marie-kondo-craze-for-minimalism. Accessed 18 Feb. 2024.

A minimalist style is similarly defined by neutral, non-overwhelming colors, smaller pieces of jewelry, and a few items of clothing you really love.  If you’re looking to go minimalist with your personal style, start by clearing out your closet. Which items of clothing do you wear over and over again, and which ones are forever in the back of your closet, collecting dust? That’s a great starting point.   While a minimalist style will mean something different for everyone, if you want to take your minimalist style aesthetic to the next level, look for neutral-colored clothing and shoes, and keep your jewelry on the smaller side[5].

[Featured image] Minimalism Is Not, and Never Will Be, Dead | Inc.Com, www.inc.com/yazin-akkawi/minimalism-is-not-never-will-be-dead.html. Accessed 18 Feb. 2024.

[1-2, 5] Weingus, Leigh. “What Does It Mean to Have a Minimalist Aesthetic?” Silk + Sonder, Silk + Sonder, 5 May 2022, www.silkandsonder.com/blogs/news/what-does-it-mean-to-have-a-minimalist-aesthetic.

[3-4] Nda. “Minimalism: An Enduring Design Trend.” National Design Academy, 5 July 2018, www.nda.ac.uk/blog/minimalism-an-enduring-design-trend/.




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  • Efrosini, really great work here. I appreciate how comprehensive your overview of minimalism is; you’ve managed to fit a description of the aesthetic itself, a historical rundown, and a guide to creating your own minimalist style all in one post, and you’ve kept it concise and interesting. I would like to hear a bit more about the specific differences between minimalism and whimsigoth, and perhaps how you might approach a minimalist project yourself.

  • Juliette Goubeaud
    February 18, 2024 10:26 pm

    Great work on this! I can definitely see how the minimalist aesthetic is the opposite of whimsigoth. The only thing I’m wondering more is how might you might be able to incorporate something like whimsigoth into minimalist or if there could be aspects of minimalist that could incorporate a whimsigoth aesthetic?


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