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50 Minimalist Living Room Ideas For A Stunning Modern Home

Minimalism is essentially the art of being able to comfortably, conveniently and aesthetically live with less. While on the surface of it all, this task may look easy enough, in reality it is a lot easier said than done. In fact, a beautiful, functional home with a minimal theme is one of the hardest to design. It takes skill, restraint and a whole lot of discipline. For some of us who tend to bring home pretty much anything and everything, it is the single most difficult thing to do. Minimalist design is not about adding intricacies, it is about taking away layers!

Brilliant design that makes the inventive fireplace the focal point!

by Capoferro Design Build Group

A minimal living room is obviously where the journey starts. Despite opting for a style that oozes sophistication, elegance and crisp straight lines, there is still plenty you can do to add character and unique personality to your minimal living space. Here are 50 such gorgeous and captivating inspirations that combine form with function and class with comfort in an effortless manner. Dig in and enjoy the ride –

Breathtaking scenery outside becomes the canvas for the open living room!

by Gary Gladwish Architecture

Exquisite living room borrows from the famous Soho style!

by Tara Benet Design

Contemporary style with simple, minimal overtones
Fabulous minimal living room for a boutique hotel-style residence

by Bigtime Design

Modern minimalist living room in pristine white

by Lignum Elite

Smart combination of white decor with floating black shelves

by CONTENT Architecture

A masculine and minimal idea for the modern bachelor pad

by Chris Snook

Grey adds sleek sophistication to the room

by Matarozzi Pelsinger Builders

Mesmerizing minimal living room

Playing with the Undertones

Going for a minimal look does not mean you follow a cookie-cutter model of using black and white in an impersonal and almost sterile fashion. In fact, there is a very fine line between ravishing minimal interiors and boring monotony, and the hardest part about minimalism is the art of staying on the right side of that elusive line! This is precisely why we suggest you induce a little flavor into that contemporary minimal ambiance. There are several styles that go along with a minimal design scheme in an organic fashion.

Stunning contemporary minimal living room in New York

by Resolution: 4 Architecture

Dashing room combines industrial and minimalist styles

by World Architecture News

Minimal room with an oriental influence and a hidden table!

by Mark Brand Architecture

The most popular styles include the chic industrial minimal, the captivating Soho Style that has its roots in Manhattan, and of course, the inspired Oriental theme that is inherently minimal.

Flexible seating for the small, minimal living room

by Clifton Leung Design Workshop

Savvy rug ushers in a dash of color
Understated patterns add personality to the minimal living room

by Niki Papadopoulos

Colorful and ultra-modern inspiration for the small, futuristic home!

by Popp Littrell Architecture + Interiors

The trick is to ensure that you keep the living room largely minimal with these respective themes, only making their presence felt as subtle undertones. The lines still need to be clean and well-defined, and the intricate patterns must be avoided wherever possible. Minimalism in its truest form detests anything but the bare minimum! Live by this rule every time you are tempted to add a new decor piece to your minimalist-themed living room.

Bright pops of red accents in minimal living room

by House of Amelia

Eclectic minimal look for the modern home

by BiglarKinyan Design Partnership

Stylish Sydney home blends minimalism with a touch of industrial charm

by Capital Building

Mid-Century Modern Magic!

How often have you come across a brilliant minimal living room that seems to feature the gorgeous Arco Floor Lamp or the iconic coffee table from Isamu Noguchi at its heart? It is an undeniable fact that Mid-Century modern decor looks stunning in a contemporary, minimal space. The connection between the two is so natural and seamless, you wonder why the ’70s and the ’80s saw a change in design trends without continuing the popular style statement that began in the ’50s. From the comfy Eames Lounger to the stylish Swan chair, Mid-Century modern finds a whole new home in the minimal living room.

A couple of famous designs from Charles and Ray Eames make an appearance!
Neutral backdrop allows you to highlight colorful accents with ease

by Davidov Partners Architects

Barcelona daybed steals the show in this minimal room

by Stuart Silk Architects

Wall artwork that is in tune with the theme of the home

by Chris Pardo Design

Remember that a minimal living room need not be all about the simple lines, squares and boxes. A sensuous curve here and there can add to the appeal of the room immensely. This is where Mid-Century modern furnishings come in incredibly handy. They offer both visual and geometric contrast while keeping the design clean and coherent. You never move away from the minimal path and yet add plenty of charisma to the living room.

Contemporary room filled with Mid-Century modern delights

by Daniel Sheehan Photography

Tufted sofa combines comfort and style

by Randall Architects

Clear some leg room with the Eero Aarnio Bubble Chair

by Elad Gonen

Beautiful minimalist home in white

by Designer Premier

Wall-mounted shelves accentuate the clean and well-defined lines

by Product Bureau

Iconic Noguchi Coffee Table is at home in pretty much any setting!

by Garret Cord Werner Architects & Interior Designers

Creating a Focal Point

One of the great advantages of opting for a minimal living room is the simplicity with which you can elevate the focal point of the room. With the right lighting or even a pop of accent color or trim, the area or decor piece is instantly turned into the showstopper that turns heads and becomes a conversation-starter. With minimal rooms often sticking to just one or two neutral tones, the background becomes a perfect canvas on which you can highlight any object of your liking. In fact, you can even change these accents seasonally to keep up with the hottest trends.

Floating shelves are a natural choice for the minimal room
Minimal homes are all about creating plenty of visual space

by Elad Gonen

The Fireorb in white is a perfect fit in minimal homes!
Unusual coffee table coupled with a sleek fireplace

by Murray Homes

Fireplaces and coffee tables also make wonderful focal points in a minimal room. The natural radiance of the fire makes it an instant hit, while an unusual and eclectic coffee table is hard to miss. Nature lovers can also turn their attention towards indoor plants, while art lovers obviously will find the pristine white, gallery-style setting a godsend!

Wood adds warmth to the minimal setting

by John Maniscalco Architecture

Floating shelves are a natural choice for the minimal room
Gorgeous minimal room in black, white and grey

by Gaile Guevara

Beautiful and minimal fireplace draws your attention instantly

by Michelle Williams Photography

Wenge wood and limestone floors dominate the minimal space

by JWT Associates

Wall art is kept simple and minimal in this cool apartment living space

by Magdalena Keck Interior Design

Less IS More!

When expert interior designers tell you to take away whatever you can and keep only the decor you love, it is not just about economy of furnishings. In fact, a minimal look is all about the creation of space. Try and leave plenty of open space around each decor item to bring in a sense of uncluttered ambience and airiness. This obviously must be done while keeping the proportionality and visual appeal of the room. But minimal living rooms are as much about visual space as they are about real space. Acrylic and glass tables, suspended accessories and floating shelves help immensely in this regard.

A brilliant idea for a stunning, minimal look

by Ian Moore Architects

Floor vases that blend in with the chic, minimal approach
Leather furnishings add luxury with class!
Glass-top coffee tables look both posh and minimal

A minimal living room does not mean creating a space that is hard to live in and only offers a visual treat. At the end of the day, aesthetics devoid of comfort mean very little. This is exactly why we encourage you to find that right balance between minimalism and functionality. And the key to that obviously lies in staying disciplined with both your shopping and decorating choices…

Love the splashes of blue all around!

by Cornerstone Architects

Stylish room looks both organized and whimsical

by Lucy Call

The plush white couch is a favorite in minimal living rooms

by Patrick Heagney Photography

Sun-kissed color scheme looks captivating

by Cynthia Lynn Photography

A minimal backdrop lets the furniture shine through

by Roger Hirsch Architect

Keeping things simple and uncluttered

Sherry Nothingam

Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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