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Are you designing a minimalist living room and looking for inspiration? You’ve come to the right place. Spoak has all the interior design inspiration to get those creative juices flowing. Browse room designs, inspiration images and decor ideas or take our free room design tool for a spin below!

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YIELDDesigned by Spoak
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LIVING ROOM MOCK UPDesigned by Whitney Bell
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UntitledDesigned by Decore More
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Fireplace WallDesigned by Amy Hartman
Untitled designed by Andrea Romero
UntitledDesigned by Andrea Romero
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Living Room Purchases 9.14.23Designed by Bonnie Whitfield
New at CB2 designed by Olga Dragieva
New at CB2Designed by Olga Dragieva
Construction Deck- Fireplace designed by Elissa Hall
Construction Deck- FireplaceDesigned by Elissa Hall
Primary Bedroom designed by admin dymaxion
Primary BedroomDesigned by admin dymaxion
Living Room Mood Board designed by Kaleigh Gardiner
Living Room Mood BoardDesigned by Kaleigh Gardiner
1501 S dobson Hall 2 designed by Sabrina Hull Ward
1501 S dobson Hall 2Designed by Sabrina Hull Ward
Living V2 designed by Cheyenne Ely
Living V2Designed by Cheyenne Ely
Untitled designed by Yvette Neri
UntitledDesigned by Yvette Neri
Living Room designed by Brianna Carswell
Living RoomDesigned by Brianna Carswell
Bedroom Design 1 (copy 2) designed by Emily Borges
Bedroom Design 1 (copy 2)Designed by Emily Borges
Bedroom Design 1 (copy) designed by Emily Borges
Bedroom Design 1 (copy)Designed by Emily Borges
Living Window View 2 designed by Cheyenne Ely
Living Window View 2Designed by Cheyenne Ely
Untitled designed by Bruna Renovato
UntitledDesigned by Bruna Renovato
REVISED: Guest Bedroom (Window Wall) designed by Cheyenne Ely
REVISED: Guest Bedroom (Window Wall)Designed by Cheyenne Ely
Untitled designed by Alyssa Gross
UntitledDesigned by Alyssa Gross
Living Room Sofas designed by Marisa Atkinson
Living Room SofasDesigned by Marisa Atkinson
Neutral, soft, unbalanced designed by Elliot Adair
Neutral, soft, unbalancedDesigned by Elliot Adair
Home Theater 2 designed by Ari Moutal
Home Theater 2Designed by Ari Moutal

Design tips for decorating a minimalist style living room

Here’s how to achieve the minimalist aesthetic room of your dreams.

What’s the best way to design and decorate a minimalist living room?

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. But if you ask us, the living room gives it a run for its money since it’s likely the most used room in your house. From entertaining guests to lounging around reading a book to watching way too much TV (no judgment here), your main living space has to be both comfortable and functional. Open-concept living spaces may also include an eating area or a full dining room for easy living.

Whether you're in the process of a living room remodel or looking to makeover your existing one, these are the key elements to include in your design:

  • Paint or Wallpaper: Select a color or pattern that sets the desired mood for the living room and complements the minimalist style you want to achieve. We are partial to covering walls, ceilings, and trim in a uniform paint color to create a cohesive look. Or consider an accent wall to serve as a focal point.
  • Sofa, Couch, or Sectional: A staple of any living room, the sofa or couch provides a comfortable seating option for relaxation and socializing. The sofa should be the functional focal point of the room. When creating the furniture plan for your living room, start with the sofa as the largest piece of furniture and plan the rest of the room around it. If you have a small living room, you may want to select a sofa with a shallower depth or a L-shaped sectional to maximize your seating space. If you have a large living room, you may want to consider multiple couches to take advantage of your space.
  • Armchairs: These individual accent chairs offer additional seating and can be placed strategically around the living room to create cozy conversation areas. In addition to leaving space around furniture groupings, make sure to also leave space around each piece of furniture. This allows people to move freely using various routes within the living room. It's important to strike a balance between creating a cozy seating area and providing enough room for easy navigation.
  • Coffee Table: A central piece, the coffee table sits in front of the sofa and provides a surface for placing drinks, books, and other items. Pro tip: The recommended distance between a coffee table and the sofa in a living room is roughly 15-18”. This allows for enough space to move around comfortably and ensures that the coffee table is within easy reach from the seating area.
  • Side Tables and/or Ottomans: Placed next to sofas or armchairs, side tables offer a convenient surface for placing lamps, drinks, or other small items. Ottomans are even more versatile and can serve as a footrest, extra seating, or even a side table or coffee table when paired with a tray. Choose side tables or ottomans that are proportionate to the furniture they accompany. The height of the side table should be similar to or slightly lower than the armrest or seat height of the sofa or chair.
  • Console, Entertainment Center or TV Stand: This furniture piece typically houses the television and often includes additional storage for media devices, gaming consoles, or to display decorative items. Ensure that the size of the media console is proportionate to the size of the screen it will be supporting. Even if you don’t plan to include a TV in your living room (we support your decision for less screen time!), a freestanding console or built-in shelving unit is great for storage and organization. You can hide (or replace) your TV with a large piece of wall art.
  • Area Rug: It’s common to include an area rug in a living room for extra warmth and coziness. If possible, all furniture pieces should “live” on the rug in your living room. If your rug doesn’t really allow for that, then at least the front legs should be atop the rug. This ensures the furniture doesn’t look like it’s floating in the room.
  • Decorative Lighting: Combine task, ambient, and accent lighting for a layered lighting scheme. Typically in a living room, you’d want a flush surface mount light or chandelier on the ceiling and wall-mounted sconces or table lamps placed around the room for mood lighting.
  • Minimalist Decor Accessories: Decor in a living room can transform a living area into a vibrant tapestry of textures, colors, and forms, creating a welcoming and personalized environment that reflects your minimalist style. The strategic placement of books, vases, and candles on coffee tables or shelves infuses the room with character and warmth. Throw pillows and blankets introduce texture and color helping to make the space feel cozier. Wall art helps to ground the space and showcase your personal taste and interests. Mirrors can amplify light, making the room feel more expansive.
  • Curtains or Blinds: Window treatments not only help control the light and provide privacy but also serve to tie the room's design together. They offer an opportunity to inject color, texture, and pattern into the living space, making it more inviting and personalized. Whether flowing and sheer for a light, airy feel or rich and textured for a more luxurious look, curtains play a pivotal role in setting the tone and atmosphere of the living room.

Get creative and have fun with your minimalist living room makeover! If you need an extra hand, check out our step-by-step guide on How To Design a Living Room.

What materials and home decor should I use to achieve a minimalist living room design?

Minimalist interior design champions the"less is more" philosophy, prioritizing simplicity and clean lines (and absolutely no clutter! Minimalists make Marie Kondo proud.). This style emphasizes open spaces, minimal furnishings, where every piece of furniture and decor serves a specific purpose. Minimalism is not for the faint of heart. If you like to collect things, this style is maybe not for you.

When it comes to decorating a minimalist living room, practice restraint. Carefully select accents and decor that add a touch of personality without overwhelming the visual landscape to maintain the style's hallmark clarity and composure. Minimalist spaces typically feature a monochromatic color palette. Whites, grays, and other neutral tones are common colors used in minimalist design. Natural light is a key component of minimalist design, enhancing the sense of openness and tranquility.

Common minimalist decor elements include light, natural woods or sleek, modern metals. Oak is a popular choice for floors, walls, or furniture pieces. Prints and patterns are not very common in minimalist interiors. When they are incorporated, they tend to either feature crisp lines and geometric shapes or subtle organic movement.

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