Minimalism is everywhere—Pinterest is saturated with sparse but stylish rooms, and stunningly sleek examples may have popped up on your Instagram feed as well.
Minimalist silhouettes are clean and smooth, and you won’t find clutter or excessive amounts of flourish. You likely won’t find something like a houndstooth couch or stacks on stacks of books in a minimalist living room, but you might see a bright color here and there or a few inconspicuous patterns being added in the form of a rug or throw pillows.
3. Just the Personalized Basics
4. Rustic Meets Minimalism
Minimalism sometimes gets a bad rap for looking sterile, but this style isn’t solely reserved for all-white, cold spaces. There are plenty of minimalist living rooms that feel cozy. Case in point: this Barcelona living room. If you mix textures and add a few natural touches to your room, the overall feel will be warm and welcoming, even if your room embraces blank space with just a few key furnishings and details.
This Montreal living room may be small, but it doesn’t look cluttered thanks to its minimalist design. Fun pillows and leafy plants keep it far from boring.
The unintrusive pop of color from the mobile hanging in this chic Valencia home is the perfect example of how to use brighter shades in accordance with minimalist principles. Warm-tone wood accents are also helpful in making this gray space feel a bit more homey without losing its simplicity.
8. Light-Soaked Minimalist Living Room
Look no further than this Culver City home for proof that you can use deep, dark colors and still give your room a minimalist vibe. The key is not overfilling your space with furniture and keeping shapes simple. This space features a gorgeous soapstone coffee table as a statement piece.
10. Ultra Tidy Minimalist Living Room
In larger spaces, a lot of people get intimidated by white space and try to decorate every square inch, but this Virginia home shows that that’s not necessary. The curvy shapes of the lamp, pillow, table, and chairs provide plenty of personality to this simple space.
11. Playing With Proportions
Manipulating negative space, as seen in this Dutch living room, proves how minimalism can be the furthest thing from boring. The interplay of the little fireplace, tiny cuckoo clock, small television, and framed posters creates tons of visual interest while also giving the living room a bit of an art gallery vibe.
(Image credit: Amber Interiors)
12. Texture-Heavy Minimalist Living Room
There is nothing boring in this space designed by LA-based firm Amber Interiors. Though seemingly simple, the space is full of intrigue thanks to its textures—everything from earthy leather and faux fur to nubby linen and live-edge wood.
Designer Eileen Kathryn Boyd is known for her more-is-more approach when it comes to color, but in this minimal space she played with subtlety and shape instead of a harmony of hues. The slight curve of the sofa and the sophisticated palette leave little else to want.
14. Cali-Cool Minimalist Living Room
Designer Jessica Helgerson’s clever implementation of circles throughout this room keep the eye in constant movement while its complementary textures beg to be touched.
15. Minimalism With Patterns
The contrast game is on point in this home designed by Brian Paquette. The richly tactile brick wall sets the stage for its softer counterparts like the plush sofa, soft wood coffee table and brushed brass accents, proving that a simple room can also feel quite layered and lively.
16. Minimalist Living Room With Bold Statement Pieces
The guys of Consort opted to keep a low-profile when fashioning this minimal living room. By keeping the various seating heights at about the same eye level, the space is inviting and the sight lines are open. A single oversize mirror is the only wall decor needed.
17. Ultra Airy Minimal Living Room
Here’s a way to make a white-walled room look far more purposeful: paint the moldings and any other architectural detail (like the fireplace in this room by Studio DB) a light gray to create just enough contrast to keep things interesting (and echo those color choices throughout the selected furnishings and decor). With just two simple hues, this design team made quite an impact.
18. Quiet Living Space With a Splash of Color
At first glance, this living room by Studio Lifestyle (who designed the home for actress Hilary Duff) doesn’t necessarily come off as “minimal” but look again, and you’ll see that there isn’t actually much going on in here. With just a few key furnishings and lighting, you can create quite the design story with minimal fluff.
19. Color-Blocked Living Room
When it came to creating this living space, designer Ashley Darryl kept it simple, but punched it up with thought-provoking art and a bit of color blocking. The white shell of the space provided the perfect stage for that killer blue velvet sofa and black, green and blue books create their own statement on the adjacent shelving unit.
Sometimes, a tone-on-tone room can be even more interesting than a space with a million things going on, like in this room designed by Brad Ford. His subtle neutral inflections keep your eye constantly engaged and primed for discovery.
21. Frosty Minimalist Living Room
For a space that has minimal colors, there’s so much to discuss! New York designer Sasha Bikoff brilliantly weaved a cool, almost icy palette that is still pretty inviting and filled with endless texture and sculptural wonders.
22. Minimalist Outdoor Living Room
When you’ve got a view like this, who needs more than a place to sit and take it all in? San Francisco designer Nicole Hollis clearly agrees, as she kept this room simple and unstuffy to let the vistas do the heavy aesthetic lifting.
23. Wood-Laden Living Room
24. Black and White Minimalist Space
Bennett Leifer shows off how cool it is to be square in this gorgeous Manhattan living room where angles are anything but boring. A touch of polished brass lends a cool ’70s vibe to the otherwise monochrome space.
25. Simple and Sharp Living Room
Pared down but perfect: Designer Benjamin Vandiver prove that it’s not the amount of stuff in a room, but the quality of pieces that make an impact.
26. Beautifully Beige Living Room
Tone on tone on tone was the course of action taken by the interiors team M. Elle to assemble this tranquil space. While full of a healthy helping of decor, the one-note palette keeps things simple on the eyes.
27. Living Room With a Splash of Greenery
The serene Utrecht apartment of Sarah and San is quit sparse, and maybe the most minimal of all the rooms in this list, but somehow—thanks to some greenery and textiles—it still feels warm and inviting.
28. Curved and Geometric Minimalist Living Room
What else does a living room really need, aside from a pair of oversize sofas to sink into at the end of a long day? According to this killer space designed by Leanne Ford, not much!
Additional reporting by Carolin Lehmann
Partial to all things yellow and afflicted with a serious popcorn addiction, Cara—a Brooklyn-based freelance writer, editor and stylist—has never met a vintage chair she didn’t like.