September 17, 2020

Puristic Interior Design

What is purism?

Let’s start with the terminology. Translated from the Latin language “purus” means – pure. Purism means striving for perfection, purity, and inviolability of established norms.

Purism became part of the design direction at the beginning of the 20th century. When people got tired of excesses and bizarre shapes, designers again returned to laconicism and geometry, over which fashion and time have no power. The design ideas they proposed began to attract people en masse, which made it possible for a puristic interior to emerge and develop further.

In the 20s of the last century, designers have developed armchairs, tables, and chairs on thin metal legs with a laconic design. Such furniture could be found in the homes of celebrities, and even now it is in demand. This feature has become a kind of hallmark of the genre.

A puristic setting close to minimalism and hi-tech. It is laconic and at the same time exudes charm.

Characteristic features of the style

The puristic style is characterized by the following features:

  • The predominance of natural materials.
  • It is permissible to use modern technologies, for example, LED lighting, novelties in the world of plumbing.
  • The interior is not drowning in small details.
  • The main materials are wood, leather, natural stone, plaster.
  • Dim, natural colors prevail – cream, beige, white, woody, and its shades, blue. Blotches of brighter colors in a minimum amount are acceptable.
  • The furniture is functional and laconic.
  • The lines are straight, geometric.
  • Not shiny surfaces and bulky structures.
  • The decor is completely or practically absent. However, paintings in a smooth wooden frame are acceptable.

How to arrange purism in the interior of the apartment

If minimalism is optimal for a small living space, then purism in interior design will reveal itself as much as possible if it is equipped in a spacious and bright room. Studios and dwellings with a minimum number of partitions are also suitable for its implementation.


It is advisable to use parquet and deck boards in natural colors as flooring. This applies primarily to sleeping rooms. In other rooms, there is a floor made of stone and marble. It is permissible to use ceramic tiles in typical colors and without a pattern. In the bedside area of ​​the bedroom and in the living room, a plain carpet with a minimum pile can be laid on the floor.


You can decorate the walls with stone, plaster, or wallpaper. The plaster should not flicker. This property is best used when implementing other styles. It is important that the colors are natural and dull, without pronounced contrasts. Combinations of two similar colors are appropriate. There are no patterns on the walls.

Finishing materials can be combined. For example, the lower part of the walls is finished with wood panels, and the upper part is plastered.


The ceiling surface is most often painted with light paint or plastered. There are options when designers make the ceiling the same color as the walls. But at the same time, one of the walls or a fragment is made of wood or other material.


As mentioned above, lighting can be modern, for example, hidden LED backlighting. In most cases, there is no central chandelier. Instead, spotlighting scatters light evenly. But if there is a central chandelier, then should be still additional lighting.


The furniture elements are functional. They are laconic, practical, with little or no decoration. Furniture legs are usually thin and metal. To find this kind of furniture is easier if you will search it online.

The amount of furniture is minimal. The rooms contain only everything you need, the central part is free. Small household items are hidden behind cabinet doors.

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Peter Hatch

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