Interior designing can be a fun and exciting project as you can transform a room or house by completely changing the colours, furniture types and layout. The world is your oyster when it comes to how you want to design the inside of your home, as you can go any route you choose. With so many options out there, the possibilities are endless.


When it comes to selecting an overall style for your interior design, there are usually two routes that people go; minimalist and maximalist. Each of these are on different ends of the design spectrum, as one focuses on the less-is-more approach and the other on the more-is-more approach. There is a middle ground between these that interior designers can opt for and that is midimalist design.

This guide will take an exploration through the middle ground of decor and why it is becoming more of a common choice for interior designers.

What is Midimalism?

Before we can explore the meaning of midimalism, we first need to have a clearer understanding of what minimalist and maximalist design is. Minimalism primarily focuses on having more open space and living freely, as minimalist design will usually have sleek lines with carefully chosen furniture to compliment it. Less is more with minimalism, as they prefer a home environment that is not overcome by clutter.

On the other hand, maximalism ramps up the level of decor with the inclusion of more furniture, as well as extra decorations like plants and ornaments. Maximalist designers will usually include more juxtaposing bold colours to make a statement inside their home. The inclusion of more unique types of furniture and artwork is also a key feature of a maximalist home.

Midimalism falls between these two. They tend to love the idea of including more decorations and personal pieces around the home while also maintaining a spacious feel. The term midimalist covers a variety of designs, as it blurs the lines between minimalist and maximalist, so it can’t be defined as one specific type of style. However, the term is becoming more popular among interior designers who don’t fall on either side of the minimalism vs maximalism debate.

How to Design like a Midimalist

Although there is no strict way to define a midimalist, as it can fall anywhere between the wide ends of the design spectrum, there are key midimalism techniques that you can choose if you want to keep a neutral home. Let’s take a look at some of these design methods:

Neutral Wall Paint

Interior designers that are looking for a midimalist feel to their homes should look to use neutral-coloured paint for their walls. Having this neutral base tone around a room can allow for brighter accent colours to be used for different types of furniture. You can also use more patterns in your furniture if your walls are a neutral colour, helping stay between the mini and maximalist styles.

Having a neutral wall colour can also give you the chance to have more intrigue and bold artwork hung up around your room. It makes for a great meet-in-the-middle option.

Balance Walls and Floors

The large areas of your home should be taken full advantage of if you want to have a midimalist aesthetic. The walls and floor play such an important role in interior design, so you need to ensure that you find a good balance between the two. Having one of these elements in a neutral tone and the other in a bolder colour can create an even balance that makes a room feel more inviting and interesting.

If you have a neutral wooden or bamboo floor, you can use contrasting rug colours to give a room a unique feel without going too overboard. This can keep the clean minimalist look while also incorporating traits of a maximalist design style.

Statement Furniture

Although statement furniture is more associated with maximalism design, having one key piece of statement furniture in a room surrounded by simpler furniture can create a perfect balance. This creates one main focal point of a room that will instantly attract any visitors coming into your home, which is why you should opt for a bright bed or vibrant coach while also balancing out the rest of the room.

The colour of this statement piece of furniture should contrast with the rest of the room if you want to achieve a midimalist vibe. Having a ruby-red coloured piece of furniture in a beige room can be very striking.

Cushion Contrasting

Alternatively, if you are opting for minimalist types of furniture, such as a solid cream couch or bed sheets, you can use cushions to create a perfect midimalist balance. Incorporating cushion covers that have a bold colour or unique pattern can make a piece of furniture come alive and add a lot to the aesthetic of a room.

If you lean more on the traditional side of interior design, you should use an even amount of cushions that will add to the symmetry of a room. However, if you are more eccentric, you can have an odd number of cushions to create a more unique look.

Use Artwork Carefully

Minimalists will usually shy away from incorporating artwork into their interior design, but most midimalists will not have this issue. Finding the right balance of how much artwork and what style of artwork to use inside a home will depend on what kind of midimalist you are, as you fall closer to either side of the spectrum. Artwork can be grouped alongside personal decorations to create a unique feel, but simultaneously making sure it’s not overdone is very important.

Starting by using smaller pieces of artwork around the home can make you more open to including more pieces as time goes on. At the end of the day, it’s completely up to the designer to decide how much art they want inside their home.