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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.

A modern sofa in a warm, sand-coloured minimalist style living room.
A modern sofa in a warm, sand-coloured minimalist style living room.
An arrangement of a glass vase and flower, plate, storage box and fabrics in similar colours.

1. Limit your choices 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 colours and delicate materials soften things up, too.

2. Hide or pride? 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 colours, materials and shapes. Show them off and keep them out!

A work area in a minimalist living room with a desk, chair and supplies hidden in a storage cube.

3. Use on/off storage 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.

4. Group or go solo 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.

An organised, open shelving unit that holds storage boxes, books, magazines and decorative objects.
A close-up of an open storage box filled with chargers and cables.

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 colour or wrap them in similar paper. Use matching storage boxes to contain small objects and potential clutter.

We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.

Made by
Interior designer: Amanda Rodriguez
Photographer: Martin Cederblad
Writer: Marissa Frayer