HOW TO CREATE A SLEEK YET PRACTICAL MODERN MINIMALIST LIVING ROOM IN 6 SIMPLE STEPS

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Less is more when it comes to modern minimalist interior design and that goes for the modern minimalist living room too. Clutter-free, pared back living spaces containing only the essentials, fostering not only clarity of space but clarity of mind. Creating a sleek yet practical modern minimalist living room is surprisingly simple when you know how – follow our 6 simple steps below to help you on your way 😉

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1. Start with a neutral base in your modern minimalist living room

Think whites and beiges with lots of natural light, like in the beautiful minimal living room below by Source Architects.

6 SIMPLE STEPS TO CREATE YOUR OWN SLEEK MODERN MINIMALIST LIVING ROOM - Hey, Djangles. Bright and light modern minimalist living room by Source Architects, photograph by Tom Ferguson. heydjangles.com. #minimalistliving #minimalismImage: Source Architects, Photography: Tom Ferguson

Step 1 - start with a neutral base when creating your modern minimalist living room - Sheer curtains, neutral flooring and paint colors are a great start. Thinks whites, beiges, light grays and lots of natural light. 6 SIMPLE STEPS TO CREATE YOUR OWN SLEEK MODERN MINIMALIST LIVING ROOM - Hey, Djangles. Bright and light modern minimalist living. heydjangles.com. #minimalistliving #minimalism

1. West Elm Sheer Gray Curtains – $59-$99 | 2. West Elm Light Gray Area Rug – $399-$1,119 | 3. Concrete flooring    4. Benjamin Moore Paint – a) ‘Chantilly Lace’ b) ‘Calm’ c) ‘White Heron’

*Prices correct at time of publishing.

2. Quality over quantity

Invest in a few high quality statement pieces that will last a long time rather than lots of smaller ‘disposable’ or ‘fast fashion’ décor pieces. These will become the focal points of your modern minimalist living room. For example, a well made (yet practical) sofa or sectional, quality armchairs and/or side table. Less is always more with minimalist interior design. Purchase only what you need and only what will serve a meaningful purpose each and every day.

6 SIMPLE STEPS TO CREATE YOUR OWN SLEEK MODERN MINIMALIST LIVING ROOM - Hey, Djangles. Bright and light modern minimalist living room by Karolina Krac. heydjangles.com. #minimalistliving #minimalismImage: Karolina Krac via Behance

3. Invest in practical storage and lighting

Keep surfaces free of clutter by investing in functional storage pieces (dual-purpose and built-in storage is ideal – think storage ottomans and coffee tables, and enclosed built-in cabinetry like the cabinetry shown below from Mohav Design – Karolina Krac), all whilst keeping the space light and bright with carefully considered lighting.

6 SIMPLE STEPS TO CREATE YOUR OWN SLEEK MODERN MINIMALIST LIVING ROOM - Hey, Djangles. Bright and light modern minimalist living room with lots of built-in storage by Karolina Krac. heydjangles.com. #minimalistliving #minimalism

Image: Karolina Krac via Behance

4. Add visual interest with texture and differing tones

A woven accent chair, textured pendant light or fluffy rug for example – use texture strategically and thoughtfully without going overboard. The Chinese lanterns utilised in the below minimal living space by KUOO Architects add the perfect amount of texture and visual interest whilst the varying shades of gray add depth without feeling heavy.

6 SIMPLE STEPS TO CREATE YOUR OWN SLEEK MODERN MINIMALIST LIVING ROOM - Hey, Djangles. Bright and light modern minimalist living room by KUOO Architects. heydjangles.com. #minimalistinspo #minimalism

Image: KUOO ArchitectsStep 4 - Add visual interest with texture and differing tones. 6 SIMPLE STEPS TO CREATE YOUR OWN SLEEK MODERN MINIMALIST LIVING ROOM - Hey, Djangles. Neutral textural lighting options, white pendant lights, spherical pendant lights, rattan pendants, feather pendant light, neutral lighting, minimalist lighting. heydjangles.com. #minimalistinspo #minimalism

1. Overstock $248.99 | 2. Wayfair $89.99 | 3. Home Depot $65 | 4. Wayfair $378.99 | 5. Wayfair $133.99
6. Home Depot $131.66 | 7. Wayfair $229 | 8. Home Depot $125.96 | 9. Overstock $232.12| 10. Wayfair $134.40
11. Overstock $104

*Prices correct at time of publishing.

5. Add personality with understated patterns and artwork

Throw cushions or a rug with a subtle pattern or pop of color add interest and contrast, whilst artwork boasts impact and personality.

6 SIMPLE STEPS TO CREATE YOUR OWN SLEEK MODERN MINIMALIST LIVING ROOM - Hey, Djangles. Bright and light modern minimalist living room by Gabrielle Reinhardt/Berkeley Interiors, Photograph by Tess Kelly Photography. heydjangles.com. #minimalistliving #minimalismImage: Gabrielle Reinhardt / Berkeley Interiors via Houzz, Photography: Tess Kelly Photography

Step 5 - Add personality with understated patterns and artwork. 6 SIMPLE STEPS TO CREATE YOUR OWN SLEEK MODERN MINIMALIST LIVING ROOM - Hey, Djangles. Neutral patterned throw pillows, neutral cushion options, minimalist decor, understated patterns. heydjangles.com. #minimalistinspo #minimalism1. West Elm $39 | 2. West Elm $39 | 3. Target $26.99 | 4. Wayfair $34.99 | 5. Wayfair $25.99 | 6. World Market $19.99  7. Joss & Main $39.99 | 8. Wayfair $19.99 |  9. Joss & Main $21.46 | 10. Serena & Lily $88

*Prices correct at time of publishing.

6. Finally, keep décor to a minimum but don’t forget to include a bit of nature

Whether it be a beautiful Monstera plant, succulent or Fiddle leaf fig tree, floral arrangement or simply a vase of beautiful leafy stems, a small pop of nature can sometimes be all that is required to tie an entire look together (not to mention the benefits to your health and well-being!).

6 SIMPLE STEPS TO CREATE YOUR OWN SLEEK MODERN MINIMALIST LIVING ROOM - Hey, Djangles. Bright and light modern minimalist living room by Northbourne Architecture and Design. heydjangles.com. Monstera plant, woven armchair. #minimalistliving #minimalism

Image: Northbourne Architecture & Design

When creating your modern minimalist living room, don't forget to include a bit of nature! Common house plant names and varieties include Monstera, Fiddle-leaf fig, Philodendron, Rubber tree, Birds nest fern, Parlour Palm. Weeping fig, Sansevieria and Bird of Paradise. #houseplants #indoorplants 1. Monstera deliciosa (Swiss Cheese Plant) | 2.Ficus lyrata (Fiddle-leaf Fig) | 3.Philodendron | 4. Ficus elastica (Rubber plant) | 5. Asplenium nidus (Bird’s Nest Fern) | 6. Chamaedorea elegans (Parlour Palm) | 7. Ficus benjamina (Weeping Fig) | 8. Sansevieria (Snake Plant or Monther in Law Tongue) | 9. Passerine (Bird of Paradise).

Plant stock images via IKEA.

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