We've said it before, and we'll say it again: less is more when it comes to decorating your living space. While bold and busy schemes may have their appeal, simple, Scandi-inspired interiors make for more comfortable and relaxed living in the long term. And minimalist doesn't have to mean boring: you can thoughtfully curate your space so that it still retains a sense of character and reflects your own personal style. Curious to know how? Read on for a few simple yet effective decorating ideas that will bring the minimalist living room of your dreams to life.
Tips for a minimalist living room
Embrace texture over pattern
Visual interest doesn't have to come in the form of bright colours and clashing patterns. In fact, you can create an elegantly understated space by mixing and matching different textures in similar colour schemes. Play with contrasting materials – wool and linen, sheepskin and rattan, cotton and velvet: you get the idea.
Choose furniture with clean lines and simple shapes
Create a feeling of space and ease by opting for homewares and furniture items that are fuss-free in form and won't detract from the rest of your interiors. Simple shapes work best for minimalist interiors – whether it's a plain round mirror, a streamlined sofa or a sleek rectangular light fitting. Focus on quality of construction over extraneous aesthetic details.
Favour neutral hues
A minimalist living room doesn't necessary mean everything has to be bright and white. A neutral colour palette of warmer hues – think cream, off-white and beige tones with occasional accents – will create a sense of calm, rather than that cold, sterile feel that some all-white spaces can bring about.
Create focal points
Your space doesn't have to be completely sparse for it to be minimalist. A few focal points will create interest and inject just the right amount of character into a room, while complementing the rest of your interiors. A striking clock, interesting artwork or beautiful vase should do the trick.
Remove unnecessary clutter
This one should be a no-brainer: by its very nature, a minimalist living room should be free of mess and disorder. Embrace your inner Marie Kondo and minimise accessories, prioritising only what brings you joy. A few coffee table books here, a scented candle there, maybe a few house plants.
Take inspiration from nature
Take your styling cues from the natural world and bring a bit of the outside in, with rich textures, natural materials, organic shapes and earthy hues. The incorporation of materials like wood, bamboo and wool will instantly create a more serene space.
Homewares for a minimalist living room
Hem Lift shelf 6 by Staffan Holm
Staffan Holm's Lift Shelf, designed for Swedish furniture powerhouse Hem, is a flexible and functional storage solution that's ideal for accommodating any books, plants or accessories you want to showcase. Inspired by industrial scissor lifts, its metal cross-shaped modular form is economical and attractive.
Nordic Knots Dunes Rug
This perfectly understated rug from Nordic Knots is straight from a minimalist's dream. Woven from a thick and heavy New Zealand wool and boasting an elegant cream hue, it's a timeless living room addition that's luxurious yet understated.
GANTLights [C1] Oak Pendant Light
This sleek, minimalist pendant light from Berlin-based lighting specialists GANTLights combines natural oak wood with rough concrete for an intriguing blend of textures that will subtly transform a space. Its sleek and simple look will complement any interior scheme.
Tappan Martinet & Texereau Print
French artist duo Martinet & Texereau convey the simple beauty of the everyday in this black and white print, which was created as part of a series inspired by the pair's exploration of Californian suburbs and architecture. Available through Tappan, the black and white print is undeniably classic and will make an excellent focal point against a bare wall.
Beyond Object Silo Wall Clock
This striking wall clock from Beyond Object epitomises the brand's ethos of minimalism-meets-imagination. Its angular hour and minute hands play on mathematical tangential relations and triangular forms, making for an impressive kinetic sculpture that alters its shape through time.
Industville Urban Round Wall Mirror
This simple circular wall mirror from Industville will create a sense of space, light and style in any room. Designed in line with Industville's signature vintage-meets-modern aesthetic, it's available in three versatile finishes; Brass, Pewter and Copper.