I have a bit of a split personality, design-wise: I'm drawn to simple shapes and I think minimal, Scandinavian-style interiors are just lovely, but on the hand, when I see a beautiful, saturated cobalt blue or emerald green, something in my brain is like, yessss. So an all-white home is not for me. My style runs towards what I'm going to call 'Colorful Minimalism': open, airy, mostly white but with little bits of color to make your brain (and your heart) happy.
Above: a bright white space with just a smidge of color. The minimal background means that those paintings really sing. From Interiormagasinet.
Here's the bedroom in the same apartment — the whites and pastels balance out that big, lively painting and make the room feel restful and calm.
Even a little bit of color will do the trick. Those colorful yarn skeins (and the...decorative pom poms? on the table) make the room. (I am guessing these folks do not have cats.) From Domino.
This room from Femina has a few more colorful items, but the overall effect is minimal, thanks to light floors and walls.
White walls (and floors!) are the perfect backdrop for colorful furnishings in this living room from Homelife.
A tiny bit of color is all it takes in this space from Klikk.
From Flodeau: Josef Frank strikes again. We don't mind at all.