Minimalist Living Room Design Ideas

Minimalist living room design is for you if you want a design that is impactful and anything but boring. Why? Because minimalist design is all about restraint, so rather than looking at a space that is missing something, it’s more about the effect of what is left out of the design. Clutter-free surfaces, clean-lined furniture and color palettes that are soothing to the eye make this design style so visually pleasing. When designing a minimalist living room, striking a balance between sparsity and too much is key. This can be done by selecting furniture that isn’t just minimal in style but makes a statement as well. Due to the lack of decor by the nature of this design style, the furniture, contrast of materials and minimalist living room layout will make the biggest impact. Rather than focusing on what you’ll hang on the walls and display on shelves, think about your minimalist living room design ideas in terms of what neutrals you’ll use, the layout and flow of the space and how you can create impact with layers of lighting. You may have an image in your head of how a minimalist home or space would appear. For many, they picture a somewhat sterile space, all in white or grey, and with coldness or lack of personality in the design. Though there is a place for this very pure minimalist design taste, that is not the case when it comes to many’s individual homes. Minimalist design is more about the lack of extra frill and less about the actual furniture style itself. You can have a minimal rustic living room. Minimal in fact doesn’t mean modern at all, but modern furniture tends to fit well within this design style. If you love velvet sofas or weathered woods and bohemian flair, you can still have a minimalist look and minimalist living room. When looking at minimalist living room ideas, you should first consider how you’ll use the space. If the space is more for show or entertaining guests, then you can use furniture that is a bit more aesthetic and less for everyday use. Perhaps a low and comfy streamlined sectional is more ideal for your minimalist living room if it’s to be used by a household with kids. If you have pets, you may also opt for darker neutrals or higher contrast materials as obsessed to light neutrals. There is much to consider for any living room, but our curated design images are here to be a starting point for your design journey. We hope you enjoy our minimalist living room design inspiration!

Subtle Living Room with Drama

Subtle Living Room with Drama

A coordinating accent wall can add drama to any space. Matching perfectly with the dark sofas and black stripes in the rug, this painted wall helps to tone down the brightness of the crisp white walls and accents in the design. Don’t be afraid to go dark, especially in a sunny room like this.

The Shape of Things

The Shape of Things

Want an easy tip for making your space feel complete? Shapes and repetition can really bring a space together. For example, this room uses three simple geometric shapes to make it feel harmonious: The arch shape of the mirror, sofa back and lamps, the square shape of the credenza and chair, and the hexanol pattern in the wall art and rug.

Organic Modernism Trend: Living Room

Organic Modernism Trend: Living Room

We are here for the trending Organic Modern look, as it’s oh-so-cool. It’s pulled together, looks effortlessly chic, and usually includes a few splurge pieces!

Fresh Minimalism

Fresh Minimalism

This minimal living room brings the fresh vibes with pops of green! This gorgeous color makes an otherwise neutral room even more inviting and comfortable. Keeping the pops in the accessories like pillows and art makes it easy to switch out if your preferences change over time.

Accent Chair and Conversations

Accent Chair and Conversations

Armchairs that can change direction work great in a lot of spaces. Everyone will always feel like they're part of the conversation in this layout. With plenty of storage, the space will never seem cluttered or out of order.

Rest and Re-energize with Friends

Rest and Re-energize with Friends

Turn the fireplace into the main focal point. Center the sofa in front of the fireplace and enjoy the view with friends and family around the warmth of the fire. This space will always be perfect for lounging, relaxing, and resetting place for another day.

Open Flow Studio Apartment Living Room

Open Flow Studio Apartment Living Room

In this layout, the living space is tucked into the back nook of the apartment, where the bedroom was in the first design. This makes for a more cozy living area that truly feels like a space of its own. This layout also allowed us to use a larger sofa—a good thing to think about if you like to unwind with a TV show at night and want a full-size sofa rather than a loveseat or apartment-sized option.

The Perfect Reading Living Minimalist Room

The Perfect Reading Living Minimalist Room

Relax in the window and admire the view. Sit in any seat of your choosing, and you'll be relaxing in no time. Open up your favorite book and go on an adventure. Lounge around in front of the fireplace and let the day slip away.

Open Flow Studio Apartment Sofa

Open Flow Studio Apartment Sofa

As you can see, this living room is simple but stylish. The combination of white walls and a white sofa give this space a light feeling and don't add visual clutter. But the addition of the yellow blanket ladder adds a stylish, eclectic touch to the set-up—and utilizes vertical space for blanket storage!

All You Need Is Art

All You Need Is Art

A great piece of art is all you need in a minimal living room. Choose a piece that is simple yet inspires a great design. This large piece adds lines a modest graphic quality to your living room.

Cozy Minimalism

Cozy Minimalism

Minimalism doesn't mean a lack of comfort. For instance, this L-shaped sectional faces the fireplace, offering a perfect place to curl up with a book and enjoy the fireplace's ambiance.

Minimalist Entertaining Solutions

Minimalist Entertaining Solutions

Every open living/dining room could use a bar or beverage cabinet! This minimal space shows both! A bar cabinet like the one here is perfect for closed storage of things you may not use as often, while a rolling cart can move around the room if needed, providing drinks for all your guests when hosting an event or dinner party.

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