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The key to a minimalistic living room is simpler than you think


Take inspiration from these living room design ideas that will inspire you to become minimalistic.

Looking for an aesthetically clean and minimal design? Then you should consider adopting the minimalistic style as the theme of your home. And the easiest way to incorporate this style is to start with the living area. Here are eight minimalist living room ideas that embrace the minimalist living.

1. Use texture to add character

Use texture to add character to a minimalistic living room
Project: Li Villas

Afraid that your living room will end up looking stark, cold and boring when creating it in a minimalistic style? We recommend using clean textures, simple light fixtures and muted colour palettes to add character to the space. What more, it’ll give the room a calming effect as well.

2. Have plenty of open spaces

Have plenty of open spaces when creating a minimalistic living room
Project: Scandinavian Bungalow | When Simplicity Matters

When you have an open space at home, it’s indeed hard to refrain from over decorating. We are often tempted to use every nook and cranny of our home to the full potential. But minimalism is all about practising restraint and if you do, you’ll end up having a spacious and eye-catching space.

Read more: Modern living room ideas

3. Go dark or go home

Going dark can bring elegance to a minimalistic living room

Creating a minimalistic home design doesn’t mean that you always have to choose light colours. If white walls aren’t your cup of tea, go dark. But remember, if you’re painting your home or buying living room furniture pieces in a darker hue, opt for minimal decor. If that’s too much, consider painting a feature wall first before going all out. Or you can opt for the best of both worlds: black and white interior.

4. Set a focal point

Set a focal point when creating a minimalistic living room
Project: Kota Tinggi

When going for a minimalist interior, it’s essential to set a focal point for your room. In the example below, the living room designed to uses the TV wall as a focal point. Again, don’t overdo it. One focal point per room will suffice. As for the rest of the room, go for minimal furniture and decor to avoid crowding the space.

Read more: 6 minimalist home decor stores like MUJI

5. Be smart about your room layout

Be smart about your room layout when creating a minimalistic living room
Project: The Leafz Condominium

If you’re living in a home with limited square inches, it’s best to make use of the space you have. The key is to fill your small living room with the essentials like a white sofa, a floor lamp, a side table and a marble coffee table. Don’t crowd small space with unnecessary stuff. Window treatment is important too. Opt for sheer or natural coloured curtains to make your living room look bigger.

Read more: 5 room layout mistakes to avoid

6. Don’t be afraid to mix and match

Don't be afraid to mix and match when creating a minimalistic living room
Project: Tree In The Cage

Just because you’re opting for a minimalist design doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate other themes. A good match for a minimalist space is the Scandinavian style. The soft furnishing will help the space look less boring and more comfortable.

Read more: This Scandinavian-inspired bedroom is a real-life Pinterest board

7. Go for an accent wall

Go for an accent wall when creating a minimalistic living room. It works as a focal point too.
Project: HighPark Studio A1

Another way to elevate a minimalist interior is to make use of your wall. The wall is often overlooked when it comes to interior design. Paint a bold hue to make an accent wall. Alternatively, if budget allows, transform the wall into a bookshelf. Not only do you improve the design of your home, but you’ve also gained a storage space!

8. Practise restraint

Practice restraint when decorating your minimalistic living room.
Project: Haus At Saujana

Minimalistic living is not so much about how you style a room, but more about how you refrain from adding non-essential items. The living room in the example above perfectly encapsulates how a minimalist design scheme should look like. Clean lines, minimal tones and lots of natural light should be the way to go.

This article was originally published as The Key to a Minimalistic Living Room is Simpler Than You Think by written by Lydia Lohshini

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