When Is Minimalist Too Minimal?

When Is Minimalist Too Minimal?

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Sarah Rae Smith
Jan 19, 2011

The idea of a stark children's room is rather calming. It feels clean and fresh like a snowy winter morning and pure like the laugh of your little one. But sometimes these sparse rooms can just feel, well — sparse.

This modern home is found in Isreal and is a beautiful mix of white walls and concrete floors and fixtures. It's quite stunning and feels like a great place to write a book and watch the sun rise, but despite the fun helicopter wall graphics, it still feels empty for a child.

Without pinups of artwork on the fridge or primary color toys littering the living room, would a space like this be refreshing or feel regretful? Although children will play with anything (including the box it came in) and accept their surroundings no matter what they are, do you feel this space would deprive them of anything, or just teach them great cleaning and minimalist habits?

Now as an adult I strive for a space of this nature, one where everything has its place and is tucked out of view and I can just enjoy existing, but do I love the warm, comforting memories of my cluttered youth (even if it makes me a little twitchy on an extended holiday visit). Feel free to share your thoughts on this space and others like it in the comments below.

(Image: Arch Daily)

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