“Less is more!” – Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe adopted that motto to describe his aesthetic tactic of arranging the necessary components of a building to create an impression of extreme simplicity—he enlisted every element and detail to serve multiple visual and functional purposes.
But when it comes to interior design, what does minimalism stand for, what does it offer? Inspiration – yes. Modern view – sure. Space – of course! But mostly it offers you a tool to focus on what’s important – happiness, freedom, fulfillment.
Imdesign collected some fabulous minimalist living room ideas, so you can bring light, space and style into your home. Let’s dive in!
Minimalist living room ideas – a plush white couch – an absolute favorite!
In living rooms with high ceilings and a stunning view, the key to living room decor is all about minimizing obstructions to that view and height. As a result, one of the best designs for this type of setting is a minimalist aesthetic that focuses on framing the windows, emphasizing the height, and using clean lines in furniture throughout the room. To enhance the perception of space and fresh air, light colors should be used on the walls and the floors. Darker colors, natural wood tones, and earthy finishes maximize the effect and bring just the right amount of dramatic contrast to the living room design.
Stunning contemporary minimal living room in New York
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.
Dashing living room combines industrial and minimalist styles
Contemporary minimalist living room design – open floor plan, black and white interior
Minimalist home designs feature open floor plan spaces and very often the living room is combined with the kitchen or dining room area which are also designed in the same style. The design is concentrated on plain finishing materials. The flooring is wood, parquet but without fanciful patterns. Concrete floors and high gloss floor tiles are also popular as they comply with the principle of monochrome.
Less is more – a white fireorb – the fabulous accent in this minimalist living room
The minimalist living room designs are based on a limited choice of colors which is typical for the minimalist style. White is the most preferred color, but we see some muted natural shades – ivory, brown, beige, gray, black.
Leather furnishings adds luxury with class
Neutral colors are the base in minimalism and the interiors feature one or two basic colors. You can add bright colors, of course. They are introduced as accents – blue, red, olive, black, yellow and so on. For example, the main bright accent can be a sofa or a coffee table. Minimalist home designs are not the place for a pretentious central chandelier. The lighting concept features natural light, floor and table lamps with modern straight lines. Decoration and accessories are designed to fit perfectly into the environment. Wall decoration, if any, is often introduced as a black and white photograph or is used to add the color accent in the monochrome interior.
A couple of famous designs from Charles and Ray Eames make an appearance
Stylish Sydney home blends minimalism with a touch of industrial charm
Barcelona daybed steals the show in this minimal room
Colorful minimalism – a stunning living room design idea
Wall-art decoration at it’s finest!
After seeing all these minimalist modern living rooms, we would not wonder if you end up rearranging your own living area or purchasing some of the beautiful sleek lined furniture. To complete your minimalist modern interior design, look forward for other ideas here at Imdesign.