A minimalist living room can be anything you want it to be, but some things fit better into a minimalist lifestyle than others.
In general, design yourself a room that has only essential furniture, very few if any knickknacks or art objects and simple, pleasing, soothing colors — and you have yourself a beautiful minimalist space. There’s no way you can go wrong if you stick to that advice.
From there, allow your minimalist living room to reflect your personal tastes.
Be sure to take into consideration how the room is used. Will you be entertaining there? Do children play in the room? Should it have a television? What’s the maximum number of people who will ever need to sit down in it? Can occasional guests use chairs pulled in from other rooms?
Minimalist Living Room Tips
Here are some other tips for creating a minimalist living room you can be proud of — and one that fits into a complete minimalist interior design plan.
1. Remember that other than some chairs, everything else is optional. Include only the things in the room that you think are necessary for your enjoyment of it.
2. Focus on thoughtful design. Analyze every item you plan to put in the room to determine if it is essential. If it isn’t, it would probably be best to leave it out.
3. Choose simply constructed pieces. Fancy adornments don’t really fit into minimalist living. Solid-color fabrics are preferable to patterns in the minds of most minimalists.
4. Forget throws and pillows. If a throw is desirable for snuggling on a cold night or if a pillow makes a chair more comfortable, include it. But don’t include these items only as decoration. Unnecessary embellishments aren’t exactly minimalist.
5. Keep the floor covering plain, perhaps even neutral. That’s a good design tip anyway because it makes it easier to change the room’s furnishing later. One simple throw rug can do miracles to brighten and pull together a minimalist room that looks under-decorated.
6. Avoid using lamps for decoration. Add lamps only if needed for light, then choose simple, classic, understated styles.
7. Treat windows simply. Wooden blinds or Roman shades are a great choice. Solid curtains or ones with a simple geometric pattern can also be effective.
8. Decorate the walls judiciously. A minimalist living room is no place for lots of wall hangings. Choose only one or two pieces, if any, and use them to complement the room, to help make a high ceiling feel lower or to make the room seem more put together. Don’t add wall hangings just because people usually do.
9. Don’t forget about comfort. Some minimalist furnishings are simply uncomfortable. Choose pieces in which you enjoy sitting and you’ll be glad to keep them for years. Let others decorate with uncomfortable-but-stylish showpieces, but your goal should always be livability.
The most important things to consider when designing a minimalist living room are your own likes and dislikes as well as the preferences of your family. Your living room should be comfortable, fun, stylish and usable every day.
In addition, your home should reflect your personality.
Designing a minimalist living room that’s the perfect focal point for your home is easy when you go with your instincts and take into consideration these pieces of advice.
In fact, you might be so pleased with your living room that you’ll soon be ready to tackle a minimalist interior design plan for your whole home.