5 ways to get a minimalist living room

Dreaming about a calm living room while you’re staring at the reality of clutter? Maybe it’s time for a little minimalism. We don’t mean getting rid of all your things—just scaling back on feeling stressed. Check out how to get an airy room with harmony and personality.

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Decide on a base colour and 2 or 3 accents. Stay close to this palette with furniture, paint and decorations. The same applies to materials and shapes. Choose a few and stick to them so nothing sticks out! Warm colors and delicate materials soften things up, too.

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Go through what you’ve got in the room. Messy stuff and things you don’t love looking at? Put it all away in closed storage so it’s out of sight behind clean, calm doors. Then pick out your treasured things that fit with your chosen colors, materials and shapes. Show them off and keep them out!


Keep your living room activity necessities stored nearby for “on” time and hidden in “off” time. This works for sketching, reading, knitting, surfing, napping, anything. Here, we put art supplies in an open cabinet that’s turned around for tidyness during “off” hours.

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Create focal points with what’s in the room—from smaller decorations to big furniture. Grouping things together makes the room centered, not scattered. Work with solitaires, too. Don’t be afraid of one piece of art or fabric on a wall. Solitaires add balance and air.


With any open shelves, make everything blend in as much as you can so it doesn’t distract from the room’s harmony. Stack books according to size and color or wrap them in similar paper. Use matching storage boxes to contain small objects and potential clutter.

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