The living room might be your preferred place to gather with friends and family, and keeping it simple with your decor is the best way to emphasize that. Take a look at these 25 chic living areas that will convince you that minimalist is the way to go.
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 the living room of a Chicago apartment, the custom sofa, in a fabric, is by Dune, the 1950s chair (left) is in a fabric, and the custom armchair is covered in fabrics; the 1930s orange lacquer–and-shagreen sideboard is French, the 1950s Murano glass table lamp is by , the 1955 chandelier is by , the custom rug is by Beauvais, and the Venetian plaster walls are in ’s Stonington Gray.
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.
In the living room of fashion designer Erin Beatty and filmmaker Lex Sidon’s West Village duplex, which was designed by and Michael Woodcock of , white walls are met with relaxed yellows, blues, and greens. The leather sofa is by , the love seat is by , and the chairs are from .
In the neutral living room of a weekend home in Bridgehampton, New York, designed by , the Thebes-style caned stools are vintage, the cocktail table is by and the abaca rug is by . The ceiling is painted in , with beams in .
A West Village apartment owned by Erin Beatty makes Scandinavian minimalism feel fresh. The den’s sectional is by , the custom ottoman is upholstered in a fabric, the stool is by , and the shelving system is by . The statement rug, which grounds the room in colorful texture, is from . The painting is by .
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 a Manhattan apartment designed by , the sectional sofas by are covered in a mohair, and the pair of vintage armchairs are from .
It doesn't get more classic than a glam Gramercy Park apartment with chic interiors. This living room boils down that luxe look to a refined, neutral-toned space. The custom chair is covered in a velvet and the artwork is by .
In the living area of interior designer Kimille Taylor’s apartment on New York’s Upper West Side, this understated living space is brought to life with a few pops of unexpected color, like the cocktail table from and chairs that are covered in a purple cotton.
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 the living room of and Dan Holland’s Arts and Crafts bungalow in Oakland, California, the custom sofa is covered in a linen by , a pair of vintage chairs is upholstered in a tartan, the bust on the custom cocktail table is by and the rug is from Iran. The fireplace, repainted a high-gloss black, the bookcases and the oak flooring are all original to the house and the walls are painted in .
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.
A Greenwich Village apartment filled to the brim with collected treasures boasts a simple but layered look. The antique Swedish sofa and Baroque chair are upholstered in fabrics, the armchair is 18th-century French and a vintage Persian Soumak rug from Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar rests on a sea-grass rug from . Among the items on the wall are an antique water-buffalo skull, 19th-century French gouaches and a drawing by.
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.
In the quiet Hudson Valley home of designer Ernest de la Torre, it's all about textured minimalism. The sofa is by , the wooden chair carved in the style of came from a Paris flea market and the cocktail table by is from . The walls are sheathed in inlaid straw marquetry from Paris and the alpaca rug is by .
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 .