The Bauhaus way to interior design!

The Bauhaus way of interior design has been a route often traveled and cherished in the field of interior design. Bauhaus interior design is a derivative of the architectural school movement of the similar namesake. Prevalent in the early 20th century, and quite popular even today, the bauhaus style of interior design is rather stunning. 

The very motto behind the bauhaus school was all about creating a work of art. Spaces and places were envisioned to be brought together in a symphonic manner, falling in place like a piece of art. All in all Bauhaus became not just an aesthetic, but a design school globally followed. It is renowned for its simplistic beauty and even has been credited to be the inspiration behind the apple’s gadgets design by the creator, Mr. Steve Jobs.

The Bauhaus interior design too has just that aim, to create an aesthetic and practically functional design, that celebrates art, creativity and positivity. Unlike what one would think of a style full of art, Bauhaus has the minimalism values at heart abiding to the age ol principle of less is more. Through simplicity, and impactful design, the Bauhaus style strives to create beauty from the simplest of objects and designs. 

Such an aesthetic is the perfect fit for a modern home, that is lively yet subdued in it’s own way. Here’s a roadmap of key features and ideas to help you take the bauhaus way to interior design: 



The first step to any design is the color scheme. Bauhaus interior designs' belief in simplicity shines through in its color scheme as well. Taking a relatively simple backdrop of soft and neutral colors such as white, cream, beige etc bauhaus style predominantly focuses on creating a serene and subtle backdrop.

The lighter colors help create a non intimidating surrounding. While keeping a soft background, the style relies heavily on primary colors to help create emphasis, drama and definition in a space. The primary colors namely red, green and blue are often used in the style. The purpose of using primary colors is to reduce things to their basic forms, even colors and highlight the beauty in simplicity.

Different hues of the primary colors can be utilized, however, the central focus is on these colors itself to give the space a bit of a differential quality. Since the style focused a lot on expression and creativity, bolder pops of the primary colors were rather popular.

For a similar approach, you could go for an all white or cream interior with flecks of the primary colors through an accent wall, window sills, furniture or even decor pieces. 



Bauhaus design finds beauty in the bare minimum. The most basic elements are put together to create a harmonious and gorgeous space. In its pursuit to create impactful designs with the most basic of features, geometrical motifs and figures have managed to become a huge part of the Bauhaus style’s identity.

As is, geometry is a rather crucial part of interior design. In the Bauhaus however it takes a more special place. The style believes in clean, neat and edgy features which fit perfectly in the geometrical genre. There are a lot of different ways to go about including the geometrical component in your interior design.

To begin with the simplest of things, you could add a wall mural/accent wall with geometrical motifs to your living spaces. You could also go for different shapes in a 3D build upon your walls or ceilings. Add lights to this pattern for a unique effect. Further, focusing on geometrical and defined furniture pieces may also prove to be rather helpful.

Be it a hexagonal coffee table or a square sofa, there are a lot of options to explore and even opportunities to create something of your own. The geometrical component can also be channeled through the fixtures and decor items you choose to reiterate the presence of bauhaus.

Be it a uniquely shaped chandelier or simple light fixtures, choosing the geometrical form over others can prove to be useful.



Bauhaus interior design has a special place for materials. Maintaining everything in its true and natural form, highlighting the natural beauty and textures is a rather important principle for bauhaus design. For materials used too, the focus lies in trying to highlight the natural texture and form of the materials to give the space an organic vibe to it.

Bauhaus design’s approach was essentially about accepting not just minimalism but also modernity and modern materials into design. The style therefore utilizes a lot of modern industrial materials including glass, steel, concrete, cellophane and even wood. The materials are not tampered with at all and used in their natural hues and textures.

The simple form of materials was not just viewed as a way to preserve natural beauty but also to make it easy to recreate for people from all walks of life. You too can incorporate a similar approach to be true to materials and true to bauhaus. This could mean picking exposed material features such as exposed steel, brick or concrete as a part of your interior design.

Similarly, opting for industrial material made furniture such as metal chairs, or live edged wooden tables paired with cellophane woven chairs. The attempt should be to preserve the natural grain and color of every material as far as possible to abide by the central motto of bauhaus design. 



Bauhaus design inspired a whole line and designs of furniture specific to its style and principles. These particular furniture forms and designs to this day are often added even to other designs for their aesthetic and practical appeal. Bauhaus furniture thus became a category of its own with designers creating pieces using the principles of the design school.

Adding such pieces to your home can help strengthen the presence of bauhaus design. Even if your theme is different, these furniture forms can work just fine for your home. In particular, there are some popular pieces of bauhaus furniture that you can look to add.

First and one of the most prominent ones is the wassily chair. Its design, inspired by a bicycle, has a simple form with a tubular metal frame in a simple outline of the chair. Paired with canvas or leather seating, the chair is simply beautiful and perfectly modern. Another option to go by is the Brno chair, which ditches the four legged chair design and goes for a curvy C shaped bottom of the chair to hold it up. With a similar simple metal frame paired with a cushioning seat of your choice, the Brno chair, or even tables can be a perfect pick for your home.

Apart from these two, Nesting tables that interlock, Barcelona chairs and couches, the iconic Cesca chairs or even simple wooden furniture with knitted cellophane backs are prominent and relevant picks for the bauhaus aesthetic and worth a try for just about any home for a unique and quirky touch. 



Art and creativity is very important to the spirit of Bauhaus. Being a school that focuses on simplicity, Bauhaus has a surprising love for art forms as a way to promote creativity and expression through design. Art works and elements are thus extremely important to the aesthetic.

Apart from the advocacy of Bauhaus for art, even in general, art pieces act as a way to add a bit of drama, grace, character, just about whatever you may want. Even if one wants to add a personal touch, DIY-ing art gives a perfect and simple opportunity to do so.

For the Bauhaus style in particular, you could look at artwork that has subtle or bold mentions of geometrical patterns and motifs. Bonus points if the motifs use the primary color scheme. Subsequently, you could look at abstract art in the primary color scheme, intricate mirrored frames, or simply even vintage bauhaus art and posters framed and posted onto walls as a celebration of the past.

You could also choose to custom make a wall mural which draws from different elements of Bauhaus design for a unique and personal approach. The broad focus must lie on geometric forms, bauhaus art, primary colors, and overall simplistic yet impactful means to include art. 

To sum up, the Bauhaus way to interior design is a rather stunning approach to take. Natural, simple, minimalist, the Bauhaus design style offers a rather stunning prospect for home owners of the modern era, especially if you are a simplistic at heart. Keep the above tips in mind to truly design your home, the Bauhaus way!


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