Minimalist living rooms can be not only stylish but also convenient. Since living room is a high-traffic area minimalist design can become convenient as no details and clutter get in the way, there is no clutter in the first place.
Essential Parts of Minimalist Living Rooms
Focal Points – Minimalist living rooms should have focal points of course. It can be a sofa, window or a chandelier. There can be several focal points that would tie the rest of the decor and also won’t leave the room looking empty. Every detail in a minimalist decor should be a central attention.
Minimum Furniture – Minimum of furniture will help keep the living room clean and open. One spacious sofa and a lounge chair may suffice for a living room set if it is enough for inhabitants. Choose a coffee table or an ottoman with hidden storage to keep magazines, remote controls and other small things.
Disguised Storage – Use disguised storage to keep things out of the view and prevent clutter because minimalism doesn’t require many details. The TV stand can provide space for storage; slim wall-colored cabinets will not stand out against the background and therefore draw attention.
Minimalist Living Rooms’ Decoration
Here are some characteristics of minimalist living room to strive for:
- Choose furnishings that are simple in construction, ornamentation and look. Use only pieces that you really need in the room – footstools, occasional tables, plant stands and spare chairs can be left out.
- Go with a sofa and easy chairs that are plain – a rectangular transitional style or a simple Chippendale (curved backs with straight legs). Skip the toss pillows or use just a couple of unembellished ones – forget the fringe, lace and flounces.
- Keep the coffee and end tables understated, too. Consider Parsons styles; simple cubes of wood, laminate and clear acrylic; or glass- and stone-topped metal tables.
- Be sparing with the floor coverings and wall treatments. A simple area rug such as sisal or a Berber style over a hard-surface floor is fine (but don’t layer over wall-to-wall carpet).
- Keep the walls one color – a soothing neutral is popular for the minimalist look.
- Choose lamps and shades that are of simple design (nix the Tiffany styles and faceted crystal). Lamp bases of plain ceramic or wrought iron, and contemporary, spare brass designs tend to work well.
- Add ambient lighting from recessed fixtures such as cans, and indirect lighting. You won’t see ornate chandeliers and fussy shades over faux-candle lights in minimalism.
- Hang the windows simply or leave them bare. Tab-top curtains on a simple wrought-iron rod, plantation shutters or 2-inch-wide wood blinds, and Roman shades are all options.
The most important rule to design minimalist living rooms is to use only the minimum necessary, to use only one, two or maximum colors in designing the room and also to stick to the simple things. No floral patterns, different shaped, stripes or some other crazy or very crowded things.