Must Minimalism Equal Pure White?

Must Minimalism Equal Pure White?

Mark Chamberlain
Jan 31, 2012

Help me to understand this: as per last week's New York Times Style section, perfectionism in interiors equals minimalism, and without stating it outright, therefore somehow also equals all white interiors. How can that be?

The article describes several perfectionists that have created pure, blank slates of interiors in which to live, devoid of furniture, cable wires and book jackets. They're all invariably painted white (though one does show colored tiles). The first thing that went through my head was this old battleaxe--cloud or cave? If I could paint my entire apartment only one color, I'd probably choose black over white. Or Aubergine, or Espresso Bean, or Midnight Underwater Blue. Why does minimalism always equal all white?

I suppose, if we're discussing optics or color theory, that white is the absence of all other colors, or the presence of all other colors, depending on your color theory. I start to wonder if a perfect, minimalist room might also be Sea Foam Green, or black.

So, just for fun, let's make a list of our own pure, perfect minimalist rooms in our favorite colors. I've gotten the ball rolling in Photoshop, but please add links to your own projects.

(Images: 1: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times, 2-6: Tints of Tony's photo by Mark Chamberlain)

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