Decorating a room in the apartment minimalist does not mean abandoning furniture and decoration, but choosing a few things with a style whose shape and color harmoniously fit together. We have compiled a few tips on how to implement the minimalism style in the living room and still live comfortably.
What Is Minimalism?
Minimalism refers to the conscious restriction to doing what is necessary and thus having more clarity. The visual arts movement of the 1960s, which began as a resistance to gestural painting, soon spilled over into other areas of life and 20 years later came to architecture.
As an attitude to life, the minimalism movement has been increasingly in vogue for a few years now because its core message of “less is more” captures the spirit of the times. Many people feel the need to simplify their lives, not wanting to burden themselves with so many thoughts. They want to own fewer things and live in a smaller living space perfectly tailored to their individual needs. Around the minimalism movement, therefore, other ideas have been born, such as those of consistent decluttering, tidying up, the zero-waste movement, and living in a Tiny House.
Decorate the Living Room in a Minimalist Way: Here’s What To Consider
Straightforward design and achromatic, sober colors form the basis of a minimalist living room. Furniture and objects provide the desired coziness – a few individual pieces, but just the right ones that fit together perfectly, each of which serves a precise purpose and contributes to the overall picture of order. Clutter has no place in a minimalist living room. After all, the mind and thoughts should be distracted as little as possible in a living room following the minimalism movement to guarantee a high level of relaxation. How this is implemented in detail is slightly different in every living room. For some people, a very light room, with no color and few pieces of furniture that look very cool, is just what they need. For others, colors and pieces of furniture with storage are a must, even if they want to decorate a living room minimalist.
Furniture Without Frills
Therefore, simple, clear furniture is absolutely indispensable, without flourishes and ornaments as basic equipment. Furniture with oval, organic shapes goes well with this. On the other hand, bulky, expansive pieces of furniture do not belong in a minimalist living room. Multifunctional furniture is best suited for the reduced interior style, as it helps to equip the room with everything important without visually overcrowding it or placing too much furniture – for example, the classic stool with storage space or a coffee table that is at least partially adjustable in height and can be used as a desk with storage space.
Since a minimalist lifestyle has less small stuff than in other apartments, the topic of storage space also plays a less important role. However, there should still be enough storage space in a minimalist living room to accommodate everything important to you. Preferably, it would help if you focused more on cabinets with doors and less on shelves because shelves can quickly look messy. Display cabinets are recommended if they are furnished with much thought. In the case of the minimalist living room, this means: sorted by color.
Nevertheless, of course, the following applies: the furniture itself can be made of any material that you find beautiful and helps you express your style and personality, despite the minimalism idea: Wooden furniture brings not only storage space but also visual warmth to the room. Wood and glass combinations bring more lightness with a tendency to less storage space, and if you choose metal or metal and glass furniture, you add clean accents that emphasize the coolness of the room and the very modern look. As you can see, there can be different approaches and ideas, even for a minimalist living room.
The Furnishings Also Decorate
The furniture in a minimalist living room also serves as a decoration piece. All fabrics are predestined to do so. Start by choosing a rug. Monochrome and ideally made of wool fibers, sisal, or raffia, runners or rugs provide warmth underfoot while creating a cozy room. Curtains also easily serve the dual function of furnishing and decorating. For the minimalist living room, we recommend plain curtains that go all the way to the floor. The sofa cushions should be one color with the sofa itself and have no pattern.
Of course, lamps and lights fall into everyday decorative objects. Slim floor lamps or floor lamps provide a minimalist effect. Lampshades made of linen, rice paper, glass, or metal emphasize the no-frills interior style and still provide sufficient light. Fans of indirect lighting rely on LED strips.
Plants Are a Must
Plants fit into any interior style and room and provide a better indoor climate everywhere. Of course, in color and style, matching cachepots and vases. A bouquet of dried flowers and one or two potted plants do very well in a reduced-furnished living room as their colors usually match very well with the prevailing minimalism style.
These Colors Fit Into a Minimalist Living Room
Light walls create tranquility in the room, while a darker floor provides a pleasant contrast. For the wall design, it’s best to choose warm whites, pastels, or other more subdued colors, and light to dark brown or even black for the floor. However, you should not use more than three colors in a minimalistic living room – this means: The wall colors and the floor color automatically represent the possible color spectrum for furniture and decoration – but these colors can vary within their different hues. Meaning: every color you use can also be used in its gradations and thus provides an opportunity to rely on several color tones even in a minimalist living room.
Colorful Patterns in a Minimalist Living Room?
Yes, patterns and graphics are allowed even in a minimalist living room, as long as they have large-scale designs and are kept in calm colors that fit into the existing spectrum. Tip: Avoid small-scale, small-scale, and very colorful patterns – even and especially on pillows, rugs, or curtains. Unfortunately, this does not provide a livening-up splash of color but destroys the tidy overall picture and, thus, your carefully planned minimalist living room.
Minimalism, Yes; Barren and Dull, No!
Minimalism in the living room can quickly slip away and make the room look rather barren, cool, and dull instead of stylish and modern. As if the living room had not been completely furnished or as if furniture, decor, and personality were missing. To prevent this from happening, here are four tips to keep in mind when it comes to minimalism in the living room:
- Quality over quantity: minimalism in the living room necessarily involves the selection of high-quality furniture and materials. They provide, despite fewer objects in the room, a feel-good atmosphere.
- Go for natural products: Wood, wool, linen, clay, ceramics, cork, seaweed fibers, and leather – they all have a naturally warm aura and provide the coziness factor in the minimalist living room. Natural products with a positive warming effect also include plants. Minimalism is, after all, about reducing objects and not having no beautiful things anymore.
- No snow-white walls: Bright, even white, are expressly desired in minimalism. But pay attention to the shade of white. Snow white, crystal white, arctic white – all white tones that want to be whiter than white and possibly already slide into bluish are taboo. They would make the living room look sterile and deprive you of the opportunity to feel comfortable from the outset.
- Wall design with care: The walls in a minimalist living room should remain bare, so without pictures, photos, posters, and actually without pattern wallpaper. However, if you do not feel comfortable with this, hang an XXL picture in the middle. In no case, hang a small photo in the middle of the room’s long wall; that would make the minimalism style ridiculous—second option: wallpaper one wall with patterned wallpaper in a large-scale design but with muted colors.