I feel like recently, minimalism has taken on this very nude-pine-white-accent aesthetic. And I’m here for it visually! I understand that a minimalist living room looks gorgeous in all white and that color can make a room look smaller. But practically speaking as someone who shares her 350ish square feet with her husband and two dogs, I miss color. Tim and I have spent the past 4 years slowly going smaller and smaller in our living space which means I’ve had to get creative in how I keep our decor from getting stale or boring.
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Decorating A Minimalist Living Room
Here is the thing I’ve learned through years of downsizing and pairing down: your layout and space dictates more about your decor than you realize. So, you have to be flexible. Our color scheme is very white and grey and I’d be lying if I said I don’t sometimes get the itch to redecorate.
I’ve found the perfect solution to my desire to keep my minimalist lifestyle consumerism in check without feeling like I’ve deprived myself of having a “pretty home” with 1-2 throw pillows for some pops of color!
The simplest way to refresh a room is with throw pillows and when space is a concern, 1 or 2 will certainly do! Here are some things to keep in mind when picking throw pillows for a minimalist living room.
Minimalist Decorating Tips
Here are some things to keep in mind when decorating as a minimalist or going for the minimalist aesthetic. I’ve also linked all the images below so if you click on them, they will take you to the purchase site for the items.
Pick the right size.
Scale and size matter! You want to create a space that looks and feels bigger than it actually is. If you are putting the throw pillows on your couch, make sure it doesn’t feel too heavy. Most sofas look best with 2-4 pillows depending on size.
You can also mix and match sizes to help balance out the feel by pairing a larger pillow with a smaller sized one like these Pieced Woven Cotton Pillow Cream Pillows. An oversized square pillow pairs well with a rectangular pillow or a round throw pillow to create variety without being too visually heavy.
Avoid materials like foam that are cheaper but loose their shape. Look at something with a down alternative that will give your pillows a less rigid look.
Choose removable for less waste.
A big part of minimalist living in being conscious of consumerism and waste. When looking at pillows, look for those that have removable covers so that you can wash them easily. This will also allow you to reuse the inserts if you chose to change the covers when refreshing the room.
Mix and Match.
Pillows should go together but not be exactly the same. They should coordinate so that they tie together but contrast with the sofa or chair you are putting them on. I like to stick to one color pallete and keep the pillows tied together with hues. I also look for contrasting cords and backing colors to tie the color scheme together. It gives you a little variety without looking too “matchy-matchy.” I also mix and match sizes, shapes, and patterns.
You can also mix in neutral-colored pillows for an extra element of variety. Another easy way to add variety to your throw pillows is with different textures.
Get thrifty and shop second hand.
If you’re mixing and matching sizes, patterns, and colors you can find some awesome pieces at local second hand shops. I always take a picture of what pillow I am trying to match so that I can be on the look out for something that will compliment the look I am going for.
A few pillows can really change the decor of a minimalist living room. Don’t be scared to add a little bit of color and have fun!