5 ways to get a minimalist living room

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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.

 

1. LIMIT YOUR CHOICES Decide on a natural 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.

 

2. HIDE OR PRIDE? Less is more.  Go through what you’ve got in the room. Put your messy stuff and things you don't love looking at away in closed storage so it’s out of sight behind clean, calm doors. Highlight your treasured things that fit with your chosen colors, materials and shapes. Show them off and make them a centerpiece focus to the room.

 

3. USE ACCESSIBLE STORAGE Keep your living room activity necessities stored nearby for those moments you need them but hidden when you don't. This works for sketching, reading, knitting, surfing, napping, anything. There are great natural boxes and baskets that work great for this.

 

4. GROUP OR GO SOLO Create focal points with contents inside 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.

 

5. CAMOUFLAGE & CONTAIN 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.

 

Here's to loving your living space!

spotlight, homeLiz Logan