Just because a living room is a space where you spend a lot of time doesn't mean a living room needs to be a place chockablock full of a lot of things. By paring down furniture, art, doodads and knick-knacks, living rooms can become a minimalist retreat ideal for lounging, socializing, or snoozing. Ahead are 25 minimalist living rooms done right. Even better? They aren't all mid-century modern.
Richie Jackson and Jordan Roth's apartment in Manhattan has a living room with a 1940s club chair by and a 1970s circular banquette upholstered in shearling and leather by . The artwork is by .
In a contemporary home in Palm Beach, the living area is situated around a rug that mimics the ripple pattern a stone makes when dropped in water.
In the living area of a New Zealand house the sofa is a custom design, and the fireplace by is set in a custom-made steel cabinet; the pendant light is by and the walls are sheathed in black-stained western red cedar.
In the living room of Vivia Horn’s Japanese-style retreat in Hunter, New York, the leather-and-plastic Italian sofas, cocktail table, and wool shag rug were purchased in the 1980s at Bloomingdale’s. The Japanese-style fire pit and tin range hood are custom, the floor lamp is from the '70s, the sisal carpet is by , the ceiling beams are Douglas fir, and a series of color lithographs from Japan are displayed along the pine wainscoting.
Architect Piet Boon and designer Jennifer Schmidt transformed a Washington, D.C. loft with a palette of grey, white, and wood in light tones. Textured accents, including grey velvet chairs, add interest to the open space.
A grey marble hearth flanked by cut-outs stacked with logs is the centerpiece for this white and gray masterpiece. Iron details anchor the otherwise airy room.
In a French-inspired Chicago penthouse living room,vibrant mustard yellow curtains in an Oscar de la Renta fabric for Lee Jofa pop against walls painted in Benjamin Moore’s Cement Gray. The custom sofa is upholstered in a Kravet fabric with pillows in a Jim Thompson silk. The 1970s chairs are from Revival, and the vintage cocktail table is from Martin La Brocante. A Crate & Barrel console and vintage chandelier by Hans-Agne Jakobsson complete the look.
In this room designed by Peter Som for The Inside, the minimal wall art isn't noticeable thanks to a bold striped club chair and a patterned room divider.
In the living room of this Uruguayan retreat, the custom daybed is from Lucila Del Campo, a shop in the nearby resort town of La Barra. The curtains are of a natural linen, and the walls and floor are hand-poured concrete.
In a Tribeca loft, Contrasting textures in the sofa (), the rug (), and the shearling chairs () created a layered feel, while the sleek cocktail table () modernized the area. The custom millwork, as seen throughout the home, is by and .
In Jeremiah Brent and Nate Berkus' Los Angeles home, a marble coffee table anchors two white sofas and a black chair. Wideplank wood floors in a honey oak tone provide a mellow base.
In a renovated spec house, the console is from Restoration Hardware, and the overhead light fixture is from Lambert & Fils. The custom limestone mantle was designed in house, and the low vintage coffee table was repainted. A speckled gray sofa from CB2 pairs well with vintage lounge chairs reupholstered in fabric from Holly Hunt.
A sitting area in the library of a minimalist Tuscan home overlooks the Maremma parkland; the Le Corbusier chairs are from Cassina, and the rug is by Golran.
In a Montana mountain lodge, steel-framed windows lend a modern edge to the wood-paneled living room, which overlooks the Rocky Mountains. The custom sofas are in a fabric, the custom settee is covered in a fabric, and the custom swivel chairs and 1930s English wing chair are in fabrics from . The walnut cocktail table is custom, and the 1950s Austrian floor lamps are from . A custom hooked rug by the has a pattern based on a topographical map of the home’s site.
In an NYC apartment owned by art collectors, a pair of 1960s chairs from John Salibello is in a , the custom sofas are covered in , and the Karl Springer cocktail table (foreground) is from ; the 1960s stainless steel chairs and cube are by Maria Pergay, the table lamps are by , and the curtains are of a silk-cotton blend; the artworks on the wall are by (from left) Richard Prince, Rudolf Stingel, George Condo, and Elizabeth Peyton.
A daybed made by a local artisan and a Rajasthani cocktail table furnish a lounge in the rural Jaipur home of a jewel scion.
The den of a minimalist beach house on Long Island has a vintage alpaca rug, an ottoman covered in a Kyle Bunting hair-on-hide leather and a photograph by Darren Almond. The walls and ceiling are painted in Benjamin Moore's Super White.
A contemporary farmhouse in the middle of L.A. is a little bit country and a lot modern. Inside the indoor-outdoor living area, custom concrete sofas are topped with pillows, the 1990 chair is Swedish, the 1953 Bigfoot cocktail table is by , and the wall is clad in reclaimed farmhouse boards.
The den of a sleek West Village apartment features a custom sofa based on a 1960s design and is covered in a . The 1970 French cocktail table is by , the nesting tables are based on a design, and the artwork is by Marilyn Minter.
In the living room of Kate and Rem Reynolds’s townhouse in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, the sofa from is upholstered in a fabric by , the design showroom Kate Reynolds co-owns. The chaise is by , the cocktail table is Danish, the Akari pendant light is by , tand he shades are of a fabric. The Moroccan rug is vintage.
In the living room of Meredith Melling and Zach Iscol's retreat on Martha's Vineyard, which was designed by Ariel Ashe and Reinaldo Leandro of Ashe + Leandro, the sofa by Restoration Hardware is covered in a Perennials linen, the Hans Wegner chairs are upholstered in a Brochier fabric, and the walnut cocktail table and stool are custom; the rug is a vintage Tuareg, the ceiling beams are Douglas fir, and the room is painted in Benjamin Moore's Super White.
Simple decor paired with memorable artwork can only result in the chicest of rooms. In the living area of Kris Ghesquière and Eva Claessens’s house in southeastern Uruguay, which they built on the remains of an 1810 roadside general store, the yellow lamb sculptures are by and the paintings and feather sculpture are by .
In a treehouse-style Mexican home, the family room's sofa and ottoman are by Ligne Roset, the Saarinen side table is by Knoll, and the chairs are by Hans Wegner. The Arco lamp is by Flos, the pillows and rug are custom designs, and the tapestry was created from a traditional Bhutanese man's robe.
Mid-century modern design is a stylish take on minimalism, as shown in this Palm Springs living room. There are vintage Barcelona chairs, back-to-back sofas by , an Arco lamp by and a floor lamp by . The wall is sheathed in Venetian plaster, the ceiling is cedar and the floors are poured-in place terrazzo.
Inside an industrialist loft in San Francisco, the living room’s bookcase is a custom design, the sculpture on the floor is by and the floors are polished concrete.
The great room of a cottage on the Swedish island of Hölö, designed by Stockholm-based architect Ninni Ryott for her family is full of simple Scandinavian decor. The custom sectional also serves as guest beds, and one of the storage units underneath is used as a cocktail table. The hemp rug is from , the fabric in the doorway is from and the sculpture fragments on the wall were discovered in the studio of the property's previous owner.
Designer Stephan Jones and San Francisco art dealer Francis Mill turn a former warehouse space into an apartment that is a surprisingly suitable backdrop for his varied collections. In this sitting area, the sofa inspired by has cushions covered in a , the steel cocktail and side tables are custom designs, the vintage floor lamp is , the paintings, from left, are by and .