Fatima Ali Shaikh
Minimalism says no to clutter but definitely not to aesthetics and style.
If you’re a fan of this look or even just thinking of redesigning your space to reflect this aesthetic, here’s a sneak peek into some of our favourite minimalist living rooms.
1. Gorgeously serene
Spacious and brightly lit, you’ll love the way Lisa at Downshiftology has set up her living room, which she designed with the help of Havenly, an online interior design company.
She chose bright white for the colour this room’s feature piece: Her couch, and then contrasted it with a warm camel-coloured leather chair.
To give the room extra depth, she used double-layered rugs with different textures and neutral shades that complemented each other.
You can see that despite the long sofa, she opts for a sleek coffee table to give the living room its spacious, minimalist feel.
You’ll also notice that she goes for a simple, Scandinavian-style dining table that she complements that with grey velvet dining chairs. The decor on the table is kept minimal — three simple white vases — in keeping with her minimalist aesthetic.
If you look closely you’ll notice that Lisa uses plants to bring life to the room. And because most of her furniture and accessories are white and warm beige, they stand out even more.
2. Minimalism at its best
If you’re a parent with young kids, this is one of those minimalist living rooms you’re bound to love.
Dawn at The Minimal Mom has four kids age 5 and under. Her inspiration behind having a minimalist living room? Saving her sanity.
You can see that the only pieces of furniture she has in the fully-carpeted room are the sofas.
This spartan arrangement helps give the room that spacious, clutter-free look.
She’s opted for leather upholstery on her sofas which makes for great material to use if you have kids or pets in the house — they’re easy to wipe down and keep clean.
The focal point of the room is the free palette wood fireplace, which gives the room a gorgeous, warm and cozy feel.
The entryway to the living room begins with a palette wood baby gate that Dawn’s husband built himself, giving the space more character while transforming it into a safe space for the little ones.
3. Minimalism meets pretty
If you’re an IKEA enthusiast, you’ll love Jo at Neatntiny’s living room, which boasts a clean, modern, Scandinavian-inspired design.
Jo uses her IKEA Soderhamn sofa as the focal point of the room, but with a three-year-old and a dog in the house, her sofa really needed a makeover.
Instead of spending tons of money on buying a new sofa, Jo opted to renew her badly-stained seats with a set of slipcovers.
Because she’s working with a small space, Jo has stuck to white and soft hues to give the small space its lofty, spacious feel.
She’s opted for light grey walls and off-white linen covers for the sofa, while accessories in various shades of white also help make the room appear larger.
Since the couch is the star of the space, Jo’s used different cushion fabrics such as fur and leather to add more texture to the room, while stronger, contrasting colours such as camel and grey finish off the look beautifully.
4. Calm and inviting
Ashley at Cherished Bliss designed her living room to be simple, warm and serene, which is exactly what minimalist living rooms should feel like.
Her sofa is the focal point of the room, with smaller nesting tables that are kept mostly bare to give the room its uncluttered look, while a sleek floor lamp and wooden basket which add warmth and texture to the room.
Ashley also has three energetic young kids, so unsurprisingly, her sofa pillows are always on the floor. We can see why she’s minimised the number of pillows on her sofa and instead, has opted to have large pillows on the floor, where her kids can get comfy.
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