I often hear people say “less is more,” and a pet peeve of mine is when the phrase is used to mean cheaper is better. The theory of less is more isn’t about spending less. It is about achieving better design through simplicity. It is about getting the greatest impact through careful editing and restraint.
In my own design work I lean toward the minimal, not the monastic. I like spaces to be serene and uncluttered, but not cold and sterile. I like to let objects have some breathing room, the better to be appreciated. There is a real art to creating spaces that have no excess, but that exude warmth and beauty. I thought you might enjoy seeing designs that beautifully illustrate “less is more” at its best.