Now more than ever, clean, minimalist living spaces without any clutter to speak of are a must-have in the home. But how does one create such a space while still keeping a collection of necessary possessions close at hand? Here are some great ways to bring a modern, minimalist feel to your living room.
Get Rid of Unnecessary Items
The natural first step, of course, is to first take an inventory of what’s in your living room and decide what needs to go. Are old books that you may not have even particularly liked cluttering your bookshelves? Is your magazine rack growing more and more full of outdated catalogs and newspapers? Or maybe some office supplies have found their way to a side table where they now hold permanent residence. With spring almost here, there’s no better time than now to say goodbye to what has been cramping your living space. As the late English textile designer William Morris put it, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
Swap In Furniture Items with Hidden Storage
As we mentioned in our post about creating a relaxing sleep space, furniture items with unexpected storage spaces are great because they reduce clutter while allowing you to hold onto convenience. We have a selection of coffee tables as well as ottomans that are perfect for checking off this tick box.
When In Doubt, Less Is More
Don’t feel like you need to a fill a space for the sake of, well, filling it. You may be surprised to find, for example, that a wall you’ve been considering decorating is remarkably refreshing as a clean slate, or that your side table feels just right with the surface open so that you can set anything down there at a whim.
Decorate with Items You Use
Why spend extra money on living room accents when the items you use daily could be just as beautiful in those spaces? Your coffee table, for example, might look perfect with the latest magazine you’ve been perusing sitting on top of it. Here is where it might be a good idea to invest in a lamp that not only fills your need to ambient light but also adds a touch of beauty to your living room. Browse our selection of lamps for some great inspiration.
Have a Place for Everything
On a similar note, be sure that anything that you use in your living has a place where it can reside when not in use. This also means leaving some storage space open in the likely event that a new item will come into your home soon and need a resting place in your living room.