Minimalist living room ideas – 10 simple schemes to spark joy

Minimalist living room ideas are everywhere on social media – and when it comes to interior design, less can mean more. With busy modern lives, homeowners are now more aware of their furniture choices and aim to find a balance between streamlined minimalism and luxurious comfort for their living room ideas

But what is a minimalist design, you ask? Minimalism itself is rooted in the principle of ridding your home of clutter. It is about harnessing the power of a ‘clean‘ space that features only a few meaningful – and cherished – items. This design philosophy also centers around a sustainable – and more efficient way of living.

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1. PAINT AND DECORATE IN A MUTED COLOR PALETTE

Minimalist living room with grey color scheme
(Image credit: Paul Raeside / Future)

Minimalist living rooms and small living room ideas go hand-in-hand, so it pays to keep your color choices simple.

The color palette and materials that are chosen can also have a huge impact on the overall design,’ says Simon Tcherniak, Senior Designer at Neville Johnson. ‘A minimalist combination of neutral, muted tones and rich wood finishes will display simplicity that will remain timeless even as the style of the home evolves.’

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2. STICK TO A MONOCHROME SCHEME

Minimalist living room with black and white decor
(Image credit: Davide Lovatti / Future)

When selecting a living room paint idea, think in black and white. A monochrome decorating scheme is a minimal choice that requires an element of bravery, as it requires careful editing and a strong design eye. This type of interior can also appear ‘flat’ if you don’t introduce texture and subtle tonal variety. But put together carefully, it’s a great way to enhance a minimalistic living room.

But tone and texture are important – remember that the most successful monochrome interiors combine movement and depth with tactile pieces to create a warm and inviting minimal scheme.

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3. CHANEL A MID-CENTURY MODERN AESTHETIC

Mid-century modern living room with Scandi influence
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With its timeless aesthetic and pared-back style, Mid-century modern living room ideas are enduringly popular with minimalist enthusiasts.

Characterized by clean straight lines and flowing organic curves, Mid-century style and minimalism complement each other beautifully. Simplicity in design and styling is key, along with a lack of ornamentation and a limited color palette.

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4. EXPERIMENT WITH TEXTURE IN A MINIMALIST SCHEME

Minimalist living room with white walls and velvet armchair
(Image credit: Davide Lovatti / Future)

If you think you can’t use texture in a minimalist living room, think again. Embrace warm minimalism by introducing luxurious furnishings coupled with streamlined furniture for a cozy feel that still feels contemporary.

The layering of materials, colors, and shapes all amount to give your interiors an overall texture which can define the look and feel of a space,’ says Martin Waller, co-founder of Andrew Martin. ‘Glossy surfaces like polished chrome, shiny marble, and smooth leather – all in tonal shades give a room a sleek, modern appearance.

Invite the sun inside on your terms. Our blackout window curtains are a denser alternative to your standard window curtain, blocking out most light and proudly featuring your favorite designs. Whether you live in a busy apartment or a peaceful neighborhood, it’s always nice to have the option to shut out the sun and relax inside by candlelight. Available in either single or double panel options.

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5. TAKE INSPIRATION FROM SCANDINAVIAN DESIGN PHILOSOPHY 

Minimalist living room with pastel furniture
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Wondering how to design a living room that is minimal yet warm? The soft minimalism and mixed colors of the Nordic design are perfect for creating chic, understated interiors. Scandinavian style has become something of a conventional design staple – ubiquitous, mass-produced, and endlessly reinterpreted. However, in its original form, the clean Nordic aesthetic never loses its appeal.

To stay true to Nordic fundamentals, choose beautifully crafted forms, natural materials, and a pure, pared-back color palette. The essence of the look lies in its clean lines, repeating shapes, and soft minimalism that aims to be crisp without feeling stark. Consider whether every element is essential and take away those that are not. 

Minimalism, it turns out, is not just about objects. It’s a mindset that helps you let go of the things that don’t matter, and no longer serve you.

Find somewhere soft to land. Our floor cushions are the super comfy and style-forward option for the boho side of us all. They’re UV coated to protect against fading and water-resistant so you can avoid scrambling to bring them inside whenever there’s a touch of weather. Grab a few to have on hand whenever seating is hard to come by or for a fun option for kids to use out in the yard.

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6. DECORATE A SMALL MINIMALIST LIVING ROOM TO PERFECTION

Mid-century modern living room with symmetry
(Image credit: Future / Anna Stathaki)

Most palettes feature white, greys, sky blues, and cream–muted basics that work well together and can carry a brighter accent color in moderation. Balance this with layers of wood and texture. Furniture and flooring in pale timbers, such as maple, add classic warmth. For a richer look, darker woods can be substituted. Alternatively, try using a grey oil to tone down the yellow in woods such as pine and oak. 

The pattern follows similar rules – minimalist style in a small living room calls for geometric abstraction, prints inspired by nature, and line illustrations, but it’s possible to incorporate more detailed motifs across fabric and wallpaper, as long as you stick to your original palette.

As experts in the field of sitting down, we thoughtfully crafted our Floor Pillows to be overstuffed, plush and firm. These cushions never lose their shape, and the high-quality print makes sure the design stays crisp and colorful.

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7. THINK ABOUT THE POSITION AND LOCATION OF YOUR LIVING ROOM

Minimalist living room with woodburner
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If your house is located somewhere cold, include a column-style wood burner, but tuck it into a corner. And don’t forget to emphasize the importance of light – a key feature in the minimalist movement. Simply designed fixtures with visible bulbs will be both practical and attractive.

From sideshow to show-stopper, our side tables will be a stunning modern accent to your space. Selecting from our wide array of artist’s designs printed with a satin finish on birch wood, you’ll take any room from zero to a hundred. Available in a square or round table top, and black or gold leg colors.

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8. DARE TO GO FOR A PURE WHITE SCHEME

Minimalist living room with white walls
(Image credit: JDP Interiors / Bess Friday)

Designed by Joyce Downing Pickens of JDP Interiors, this modern home in the Russian Hill neighborhood of San Francisco is a minimalist’s dream. 

If you can’t make up your mind – color-wise – there is absolutely nothing wrong with going for an all-white living room – and adding color and texture with your decorating choices, as Joyce has down here. 

There’s nothing cleaner or crisper than a pure white scheme, whether that’s a high gloss design or a traditional country one, it’s a look that lasts, no matter what the latest craze is.

It’s time to kick back. Our folding stools offer a lightweight, yet a style-forward way to get your lounge on. There’s no better way to experience the outdoors than with your feet kicked back and a cold drink in hand, add in your unique sense of style and you truly can have it all. The woven polyester top is spill and splash-resistant so you can take and use it anywhere you feel like lounging.

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9. EMBRACE JAPANESE SIMPLICITY AND ELEGANCE

Minimalist living room with Japandi style
(Image credit: Damian Russell / Future)

A mash-up of elegant Japanese minimalism and rustic Scandinavian simplicity, the Japandi living room trend is a hybrid trend bringing together the best elements of two much-loved styles. 

Go for the Japandi aesthetic if your home is your sanctuary and you take a less-is-more approach with uncluttered spaces, clean lines, and a calm, subdued color palette. At the same time, you want your living room to feel relaxed and comfortable, lived-in and homely, so finding a balance between minimal and cozy is key. This pared-back look will work in any setting. Plus, choosing quality over quantity will give small living rooms space to breathe,.

With our Wall Murals, you can cover an entire wall with a rad design – just line up the panels and stick them on. They’re easy to peel off too, leaving no sticky residue behind. With crisp, vibrant colors and images, this stunning wall decor lets you create an amazing permanent or temporary space. Available in two floor-to-ceiling sizes.

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10. BE SELECTIVE WITH STORAGE IN A MINIMALIST LIVING ROOM

Minimalist living room with wall hung storage
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Another element to consider is functional storage – it is important to be selective when choosing furniture. Storage is key to help create this pared-back look – a wall-hung unit will keep floor space open and clear. 

Working clever personalized storage into your living room will allow for a streamlined design, with the option of discrete open and closed storage,’ says Simon Tcherniak, Senior Designer at Neville Johnson. ‘This enables rooms to feel uncluttered so that statement finishes and architectural features can take center stage.’

Express your style all over your home with a feature-worthy rug. They’re made from a woven, polyester chenille for a soft and textured look. Plus, choosing from our wide array of designs, you’re sure to find just the rug to match your decor. Rugs are one of the best, attention-grabbing pieces to design a room around. Use the colors within the rug to help choose art prints, furniture fabric, and accent pillows.

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HOW DO YOU STYLE A MINIMALIST LIVING ROOM?

Minimalism used to mean stark, glossy furniture with a sleek, Mid-century vibe. Now, it’s warmer and earthier, with a blend of Scandinavian and Japanese accents.  

Take the clinical edge out of an all-white scheme by working in some rattan lighting, artisan-style vases, a chunky wool rug, and rustic raw wood furniture. Color comes in the form of neutrals inspired by natural earthy tones – brown, caramel, and dusty sienna.

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