There’s a reason why minimalism is having such a major moment in the design world (and beyond—thank you, Netflix and Marie Kondo)—when done right, it results in a clean, calming space without being boring. Minimalism calls for thoughtful curation and clutter-free spaces, both of which extend beyond the visual and actually result in more calming, livable, and nurturing environments. This is particularly appealing for a living room since it’s where you, you know, live. So we gathered twenty-three minimalist living room ideas to help you bring the style to life at home. Read on for tons of designer examples and decorating ideas for minimalist living rooms, both big and small—and tips on how to make them work in your own space.
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There’s no better feeling than closing the door on a long day. It’s safe to say most of us want to craft a home (or at least a studio apartment) that serves as a sanctuary—a place we can go to feel safe, cozy, and free to be ourselves. While this perception of the ideal home’s energy has stayed constant through the years, its aesthetic has shifted. Until recently, minimalist, pristine, perfectly manicured interiors have been aspirational. However, this year we’re noticing a new trend emerge: the rise of the autobiographical home.
While the underlying principles of minimalism—living with what you need and ditching the rest—will probably never go out of style (as evidenced by the continued popularity of simple living icons like of The Minimalists and Marie Kondo), minimalism as a design philosophy could be losing mass appeal. This mirrors an underlying shift in the wellness world, moving away from perfection and toward real, raw authenticity. Like perfectly primed Instagram photos, these days, impeccable homes can feel like a facade.