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Get the Look: Warm Minimalism

This living room from Livingetc took me off guard because, while it's notably minimal, it still has a cozy, warm feeling unlike the sterile modern living rooms I'm used to seeing. The modern fireplace stove looks sleek and handsome, while the painted white floorboards give the living area a cottage-y feeling. I love how all of the furnishings sit low to the ground and relaxed, while the colored-glass vase appears to be the tallest item in the room. To learn how to get this warm minimalist look in your home,


The Furniture: Pick up a dark colored (navy, green, gray) sofa with clean, modern lines that's low to the ground, or cut the legs on an existing sofa loose to shorten it. Find a white coffee table with a funky shape that's also low to the ground, like the Cappellini one shown here. Choose a simple, contemporary, white side chair that also sits low to the ground; try a design classic like the Nelson Coconut Chair or the Fritz Hansen Space Lounge Chair. Use other white seating for empty corners and nooks in your home.

The Accents: Go for a tall, colorful, blown-glass vase to set on your funky coffee table. Set down some interesting reading the table as well, and lay a cowhide rug in natural brown on the floor below. Finish off the couch with a traditional, navy-striped accent pillow. Hang an old sign or a meaningful word printed onto canvas above a doorframe or on an empty wall. Pick up some roll-up roman shades in natural linen to shield some of the light. Replace your old fireplace with a sleek modern one.

Overall, restrain yourself from buying or displaying too much "stuff." Create a clean space by using a near-white palette with an uncomplicated color used on the couch and a punch of color in an accent. Find warmth on your throw rug and fireplace, rather than in bright colors.


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JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 7 years
I love this room. I love how it's so minimal. That's my style but I live in a small place and have tons of stuff so my house is the exact opposite. I love the armless chair and want that for my house.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Too much of a hospital feel for me...
emalove emalove 7 years
I need more me, color makes things feel cozier. This is a little too cold-looking for me.
Liss1 Liss1 7 years
I like it! :)
Liss1 Liss1 7 years
I like it! :)
RosaDilia RosaDilia 7 years
RosaDilia RosaDilia 7 years
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 7 years
It's okay. I need color, though.
omlove omlove 7 years
love it !
omlove omlove 7 years
love it !
azulskies azulskies 7 years
i absolutely love the wayfarer sign-- any clue where it's from?
shopsmycardio shopsmycardio 7 years
great, great tips. i so adore living etc. magazine....if only it wasn't $200 to get a subscription here in the US. so unfair!
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