Minimalism might be a trend made popular by the modern day battle against consumerist clutter, but it is rooted in the long and influential history of minimalist design in architecture, interiors, art, graphics, fashion, and virtually every other facet of design. When it comes to home decor, while there is nothing wrong with conscious maximalism, a minimalist approach that focuses on a less-is-more aesthetic where everything has a purpose and rooms are focused on the essentials, is popular for reasons both big and small.

Having fewer possessions is easier on the wallet, kinder to the planet, and makes everyday life simpler and less overwhelming. Creating an unencumbered room that focuses on space, light, materials, shapes, and creating an effortless flow that makes it natural and instinctive to use is one way to quiet the noise of the outside world and build an oasis of calm and order over the things you can control.

While minimalist design can be applied to every room in the house—from the kitchen to the bathroom, or nursery—one of the easiest places to start is the living room, that collective gathering place whose purpose is to connect with friends and family, to relax and recharge, and that requires only a handful of key elements to become a functional and beautiful space that leaves room for all kinds of living.

Check out these stylish modern living rooms that approach minimalism in varying ways and degrees, from stark black-and-white interiors to pared down rooms that use color and decor in bold and concentrated ways, to inspire you to design a minimalist living room focused on what is most essential to you.

SOURCE: By KRISTIN HOHENADEL Updated on 02/01/23