Minimal websites have grown to become really popular over the last few years. They allow you to focus on giving your visitors a fresh and clean feeling when navigating. The minimal web design style is influenced by the Scandinavian interior design style. You’ve surely seen pictures of Scandinavian living rooms all over the internet. By reducing the furniture and using mostly white or gray colors, light and serenity are free to enter the room. That’s exactly what minimal websites do as well. They’re focused on giving your visitors a calm feeling so that they can focus on the content you bring without being overwhelmed.

This is a second post in the post series where we’ll handle 4 different website styles and how to achieve them using Divi:

  1. Clean & Abstract
  2. Minimal
  3. Flat
  4. Bold & Colorful

Let’s get to it!

1. Less is More

The first thing you’ll need to keep in mind when creating a minimal website is trying to reduce the design elements you use on your website. Rather than using more, try to get the best out of the few elements you use.

You’d be surprised how much you can get out of your design by fine-tuning your design elements in a way that they become complementary. Using fewer elements on your website also allows you to keep an overview and deliver your message in a more consistent and clear way.

2. Margin and Padding are Your Best Friends

Minimal websites usually have a lot of whitespace. Whitespace on your pages and posts kind of allows visitors to breathe throughout their visit on your website. They give a sense of serenity and allow you to focus on the content you want to share.

The best way to add whitespace to your website is by using white and/or light gray background colors in combination with extra padding and/or margin. Don’t be afraid to play around with the different values to see what result comes forth from it.

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3. Use One Accent Color

If you want to keep your website as minimal as possible, then you should also avoid using too many different colors. Go as neutral as possible by using a lot of white and gray. Use darker colors for your written content. And to make your design a bit more edgy, choose one accent color. This color is usually going to be the same one you use in your logo.

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4. Either Images or Illustrations – Not Both

In general, it is recommended to choose between real-life images or illustrations when you build your website. Using both at the same time can really complicate your website and mix up different website styles, which is something you definitely want to avoid.

There’s one exception though. Feel free to use images in combination with icon illustrations in your Blurb Modules for instance. If they are minimal and support the content on your page, you’re good to go.

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5. Consider Using Text Modules Instead of Button Modules for CTAs

Have you ever tried using a Text Module instead of a Button Module? You definitely should. Although Button Modules provide you with most options you’re used to in the Visual Builder, it has the tendency to add borders to all sides of your button. With a Text Module, you can avoid that. You can simply make your copy clickable and add a bottom border as you can see in the print screen below.

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6. Dividers Can Help Balance Whitespace

If you want to add a modern touch to your website, you should definitely try using multiple dividers on your website and style them to match with the rest of your layout.

They tend to connect different design elements to one another and create a coherent result.

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7. Use Simple and Subtle Shapes

This is one of my favorite ones. Sometimes, we tend to neglect the features we’re used to the most, such as gradient backgrounds. Sure, using a background image has its charm but have you ever tried to use a radial gradient background in a subtle way? It allows your visitors to focus on your headlines and it helps you trigger action.

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8. Use Subtle Animations (If They’re Needed at All)

Last but not least, a minimal website usually gets even better when using subtle animations. And when we say subtle, we mean really subtle. You’d be surprised how smooth an effect can turn out to look by just reducing the Animation Intensity drastically. As long as the animation is subtle, you can add it to any element and it won’t affect the readability and user experience of your website.

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Preview

Now that we’ve gone through all techniques, let’s start putting them into practice. We’re going to recreate the following example step by step:

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Let’s Start Creating: Add a New Standard Section

Section Settings

Spacing

To create the example above, we’ll need two sections in total. Let’s start off by adding the first one to a new or existing page and adding the following Spacing to it:

  • Top & Bottom Padding: 50px

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Add a New Row

Column Structure

Continue by adding a new row containing one column.

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Column Gradient Background

Open this row’s settings and add the following column gradient background to it:

  • Color #1: #ffffff
  • Color #2: #efefef
  • Column Gradient Type: Radial
  • Column Radial Direction: Center
  • Column Start Position: 40%
  • Column End Position: 40%

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Sizing

Then, increase the width of the row by making the following changes to the Sizing settings:

  • Make This Row Fullwidth: Yes
  • Use Custom Gutter Width: Yes
  • Gutter Width: 2

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Spacing

Lastly, add the following Spacing to your row as well:

  • Top & Bottom Padding: 0px
  • Column Top & Bottom Padding: 250px
  • Column Left Padding: 150px (Desktop), 20px (Tablet), 0px (Phone)

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First Text Module

Text Settings

Once you’ve modified your row settings, you can start adding the modules you need. We’ll start with a short description Text Module using the following text settings:

  • Text Font Weight: Semi Bold
  • Text Font Style: Uppercase
  • Text Letter Spacing: 8px

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Animation

We’re adding very subtle animations to this layout as well, starting with this Text Module. Open the Animation settings and add the following animation:

  • Animation Style: Slide
  • Animation Direction: Right
  • Animation Intensity: 5%

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Second Text Module

H1 Text Settings

Right below the previous Text Module, go ahead and add an H1 Text Module containing the following H2 text settings:

  • Heading Font: Georgia
  • Heading Text Color: #666666
  • Heading Text Size: 78px (Desktop), 50px (Tablet), 40px (Phone)
  • Heading Letter Spacing: 3px

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Spacing

We’re going to create the space around this module by using the following Spacing settings:

  • Top & Bottom Margin: 100px
  • Left Margin: 100px (Desktop & Tablet), 20px (Phone)
  • Left Padding: 40px

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Border

We’ll also need a left border so go ahead and add a left border with the following settings:

  • Left Border Width: 6px
  • Left Border Color: #d67787

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Button Text Module

Add Link

Instead of using a Button Module, we’re using a Text Module that we’ll add a link to. Add your CTA and link within the Content box.

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Link Text Settings

Then, apply the following Link text settings to your Text Module:

  • Link Font Weight: Semi Bold
  • Link Font Style: Italic & Uppercase
  • Link Text Alignment: Left
  • Link Text Color: #666666
  • Link Letter Spacing: 8px

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Sizing

Since we’ll be using a bottom border, later on, we’ll reduce the Width of this Text Module as well:

  • Width: 46%
  • Module Alignment: Left

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Spacing

And to make sure the bottom border isn’t too close to our text, we’ll add ’10px’ bottom padding as well.

  • Bottom Padding: 10px

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Border

Now we can proceed with adding a bottom border using the following settings:

  • Bottom Border Width: 1px
  • Bottom Border Color: #666666

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Animation

We’re adding a subtle animation as well:

  • Animation Style: Slide
  • Animation Direction: Right
  • Animation Delay: 100ms
  • Animation Intensity: 5%

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Add Divider Module

Visibility

The last module we’ll need in this row is a Divider Module. Make sure you leave the ‘Show Divider’ option enabled.

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Color

We’re using the same color for this divider as we did for the left border of the title Text Module: ‘#d67787’.

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Sizing

Open the Sizing settings next and change the Divider Weight into ‘2px’.

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Spacing

We’ll push the Divider Module to the right using the following Spacing settings:

  • Left Margin: 200px
  • Right Margin: -100px

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Animation

Last but not least, we’ll include the following Animation:

  • Animation Style: Slide
  • Animation Direction: Left
  • Animation Delay: 150ms
  • Animation Intensity: 5%

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Add a Second Standard Section

Section Settings

Spacing

We’re done with the first section so we can now go ahead and add a new section right below the previous one. Open the section settings and add the following margin to it:

  • Top & Bottom Margin: 80px

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Add a New Row

Column Structure

Continue by adding a row with the following column structure:

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Sizing

Then, open the row settings and increase the width of your row using the following settings:

  • Make This Row Fullwidth: Yes
  • Use Custom Gutter Width: Yes
  • Gutter Width: 2

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Spacing

We’ll need to add some column 2 padding as well:

  • Column 2 Left Padding: 100px (Desktop), 0px (Tablet & Phone)

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Add Image Module to Column 1

Upload Image

We can now start adding modules to our two columns. Start by adding an Image Module to your first column and upload an image of choice.

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Spacing

We’ll increase the width of the Image Module by adding a negative right margin:

  • Right Margin: -100px

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Box Shadow

We’ll also use the following box shadow to create an extra design element on the page:

  • Box Shadow Horizontal Position: 100px
  • Box Shadow Vertical Position: 100px
  • Box Shadow Spread Strength: -14px
  • Shadow Color: #efefef

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Clone Button Text Module & Place Below Image Module

Locate & Clone Button Text Module

We’re going to reuse all three Text Modules of the first section starting with the button Text Module. Go ahead and clone it.

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Place Below Image

Then, place it right below the Image Module in the first column.

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Clone First Text Module in First Section & Place in Column 2

Locate & Clone Text Module

The next Text Module we’ll need is the one is the first one in our section. Go ahead and clone this one as well.

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Place in Column 2

Instead of placing it in the first column, drop it in the second one.

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Clone Title Text Module & Place in Column 2

Locate & Clone Text Module

Lastly, we’re going to reuse the title Text Module as well.

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Place in Column 2

After you’ve cloned it, place it in the second column of your new row.

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Change Content into H2

Change the content in your content box into H2.

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H2 Text Settings

Then, add the following settings to your H2 text settings:

  • Heading 2 Font: Georgia
  • Heading 2 Text Color: #666666
  • Heading 2 Text Size: 58px
  • Heading 2 Letter Spacing: 3px

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Add Description Text Module

Text Settings

Below the title Text Module, we’re going to add a description Text Module with the following text settings:

  • Text Font Weight: Light
  • Text Letter Spacing: 1px

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Sizing

Go ahead and change the Sizing of this Text Module:

  • Width: 70%
  • Module Alignment: Right

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Add Divider Module #1

Visibility

The next module we’ll need is a Divider Module. Make sure the Show Divider option is enabled.

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Color

Change the color of your divider into ‘#666666’.

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Spacing

Add some Spacing next:

  • Top Margin: 100px
  • Left Margin: 400px (Desktop), 300px (Tablet), 200px (Phone)
  • Right Margin: -100px

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Animation

And of course, we’re also going to use a subtle animation:

  • Animation Style: Slide
  • Animation Direction: Left
  • Animation Intensity: 5%

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Add Divider Module #2

Visibility

Last but not least, we’re going to add another Divider Module. Again, make sure the Show Divider option is enabled.

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Color

Change the color of your divider into ‘#d67787’.

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Sizing

Use ‘2px’ for the Divider Weight.

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Spacing

And add the following Spacing settings:

  • Left Margin: 200px (Desktop & Tablet), 150px (Phone)
  • Right Margin: -100px

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Animation

To finish off, add a subtle animation to your divider:

  • Animation Style: Slide
  • Animation Direction: Left
  • Animation Delay: 100ms
  • Animation Intensity: 5%

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Preview

Now that we’ve gone through all steps, let’s take a final look at the result on different screen sizes.

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Final Thoughts

In this post, we’ve shown you some great Divi techniques on how to create minimal websites. This is the second post of the series on how to make beautiful design styles happen using your creativity and some of Divi’s finest built-in options. In the next posts, we’ll share techniques on how to achieve more stunning design styles. If you have any questions or suggestions, make sure you leave a comment section below!

The post 8 Techniques for Creating Minimal Websites with Divi appeared first on Elegant Themes Blog.

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