An Introduction to Korean Minimalism

An Introduction to Korean Minimalism

Inspired by the western trend of "healthy living," minimalism has experienced a significant rise in Korean culture. Unlike neighboring Japan's minimalistic trend being completely clutter-free, Korean minimalism presents itself more flexible and achievable, setting its bases in neutral tones and natural textures. Let's take a closer look at this very pleasing trend.

  • Neutral Color Schemes

One word to describe this trend is also perhaps its most important aspect: cohesive. The minimalist, clutter-less look is achieved by sticking to a single, cohesive color story, with neutral and nude colors taking center stage.

Unlike Japan's trend that finds its origins in the need for smaller living spaces and the lack of material things this lifestyle entails, Korea's minimalism focuses on creating a sense of unity with a sprinkle of brighter colors to add life to the carefully crafted compositions we see on social media.

  • Use of Textures

When thinking of minimalism, smooth, chrome-like decorations may come to mind. But South Korea has seen a rise in the popularity of more natural, "every day" textures and furniture.

Wood, leaves, leather, and other textiles are some of the most popular elements featured, as they help in the creation of a more natural and effortless look. Textiles, in particular, are attractive for the addition of color and patterns to otherwise completely neutral backgrounds.

Contrary to the famously sleek and smooth Western minimalism, the Korean trend has a more "lived in" air, giving the illusion of achievability and everyday life as it takes advantage of the vintage and rustic trends in interior decoration and architecture.

  • Organized Clutter

Korean minimalism has no issues with materialism, this being its main difference against its international counterparts. Those who choose this minimalist lifestyle do not have to say goodbye to 90% of their belongings, just learn how to organize them to look clean and orderly. This trend really is the epitome of the proverbial notion "a place for everything and everything in its place."

Yes, contrary to popular belief, clutter is not discouraged in this branch of living with less! Books, teacups, and all manner of trinkets collected over the years that were considered clutter become part of the decoration, adding to the feeling of a home that has been lived in and loved.

As minimalism sees a rise in popularity all across the world, the Korean branch of this trend rises as well. Thousands of Instagram users flock to these minimalist Korean accounts for inspiration, or to simply stare at the carefully curated photographs that exude a sense of homeliness difficult to find. With such stunning, achievable aesthetics, it's not difficult to see why so many choose this lifestyle!

What do you think of Korean minimalism? Let us know in the comments below if you are planning to add some of these into your everyday life.

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Written by Vale Papili