Minimalist interior design is at the heart of “just enough” and “sparse” so that it is the ultimate example of how good restraint can reap great rewards. Strict editing of accents, color, furniture choices, and walls, picking just the right fabrics to go with the rooms, and keeping bare surfaces free and open will ensure that your minimalist living room design is as impactful and interesting as anything else you could dream up. The problem is that most people only get to experience the bare minimum of what makes a home beautiful. What they see is not really what matters; it is only the perspective that you have chosen to see things from. To get beyond the constraints of your current “just enough”, here are some great tips for creating a minimalist living room:
Go with pillows that do not take focus away from the sofa or the focal point of the room. You might think that this is obvious, but too many homeowners get wrapped up in having enough furniture and too many accents that they forget about pillows. Pillows do not need to be big and expensive if they do not add to the space you want to highlight. Soft cotton cushions work well in a minimalist living room because they are not too busy, nor do they take attention away from the sofa or any other central focal point. Just remember that the pillows should complement rather than overwhelm, especially if you choose solid color themes.
Another way to keep from making your living space too busy is by choosing neutral colors like white, ivory, beige, black, and gray. You can complement these neutral pieces with any color of the sofa, throw pillow, coffee table cloth, or curtain in the color that you choose. You can also use accent pillows on the sofa or on accent chairs. The sofa, if it has one, should be the focal point of the room and it does not need to be the most expensive sofa that you could find. As long as it matches up with the rest of the pieces and it looks nice and comfortable, you will be able to make the most out of the neutral pieces you have.
Another tip for decorating in a minimalist living space is to avoid having too many different textures in the room. This seems like a strange notion because people love different textures when they are decorating. However, there are very few situations in which having different textures can be a good thing. One example is having leather couches over a fabric sofa. In many cases, the fabric may be easier to clean than the leather, and there may not be as many benefits to having different textures.
As a general rule, you should try to limit your clutter to three different pieces of furniture: the sofa, the chairs, and the bed. You should also keep in mind that most modern sofas that you see are built with a low curve in the back which allows you to place the footrests and armrests closer to the floor. This combination of low curve and close placement of the pieces of furniture will allow you to create a cozy yet open living room feel.
Having small, functional pieces of furniture like a coffee table or accent table is a good idea. These are small, functional items that you will not be using all of the time. At the same time, they will provide a great place for you to set down your drink and your mugs if you plan to have guests over. It is important to remember that these pieces of furniture are meant to enhance your living space rather than act as the center of attention. As long as they are placed in such a way as to not take up too much space, they will go a long way in making your living space inviting and fun to live in.
If you are not sure how to go about implementing a minimalist style in your home decorating, you can find plenty of tips and tricks online. There are many sites dedicated to helping people design their own homes and their own personal sofas. A quick search on Google will pull up many different minimalist style inspiration pieces. As long as you stay away from the tacky designs and stick to pieces that are elegant and useful, you will be able to make your living space as beautiful as you would like it to be.
Finally, the last element of a minimalist living is color scheme. Stick to the same basic color scheme as you did with the sofa and any other pieces of furniture that you choose. Avoid mixing and matching because you will be taking away from the minimalist effect that you are striving for.