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Minimalist Interior Design 101: How to Get the Look in Any Room

When you think of minimalist interior design, images of spare white-box rooms might immediately come to mind. But to understand the evolution of minimalist style, you’ll have to look back to the 1920s and 1930s. It was during that time when a German design school introduced the Bauhaus style, which was characterized by spare, simple decor.

From there, the style developed over the decades to include functional furniture and clean-lined objects and geometric shapes, often placed within sparse and spacious settings that featured no more than two basic colors. For a while, that became the most recognizable approach to minimalist interiors. But that’s no longer the case!

Minimalist interiors today are anything but overly stark. They range from cozy and livable spaces that are layered with woven textures and streamlined and comfy sofas and chairs to rooms that are anchored in a strong color palette and iconic mid-century designs. It makes sense and simply goes to show how the pared-down minimalist look works with virtually any style designs.

Can’t imagine how minimalism can work for you and your home? Don’t worry. We’ve rounded up some of our top minimalist interior design ideas that perfectly showcase the pared-down look to help inspire your own design. Read on to see the spaces and get our design tips!

Minimalist Living Rooms

Minimalist living spaces are just as big on comfort as they are design-forward. You’ll find they’re often anchored by modern seating, stylish investment pieces, and smart, airy layouts, which give them simple and cozy appeal.

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The Style: Industrial Minimal

This airy space with angular metal furnishings and accents has an unmistakable industrial influence. There’s a simplicity to the industrial minimal look, from the shapes to the layout, that make this space comfy while still having room to breathe.

The Key Elements: Slender modern seating and table, a high-pile area rug, metal light fixtures, which all add up to a balanced and clean-lined look that’s minimal with an industrial edge.

The Color Palette: Greens mixed, contrasting neutrals, and pops of black and white, which lend a simple and sophisticated vibe.

Why We Love This Look: This conversation area is playful and functional without feeling too subtle or too bold, thanks to the slender designs. And when it comes to livability, between all the seating and the plush rug, the room is comfy and soothing while still remaining stylish.

minimalist interior designThe Style: Minimalist-Maximalist

This fabulous living-room with its luxe use of velvet and style-forward furnishings is for those of you who love having a few iconic and of-the-moment design pieces. The best part is that this space is as loungey and comfy as it is captivating.

The Key Elements: Sculptural furniture, unique accent pieces, sumptuous textures, luxurious materials (velvets, hide, marble), all with distinctive shapes.

The Color Palette: Jewel tones meet neutrals, which is a bold approach to color that works especially well if you have furniture with simple lines and shapes.

Why We Love This Look: This is just the look and style if you love a luxurious space that’s also simple and chic. This gives you an elegant lounge for casual entertaining as well as a seating area where you can catch up on your favorite magazines on the weekends.

The Style: Contemporary Minimalist

Soft lines and an unfettered casual vibe make this space both cozy and contemporary. The key though is the spare layout, which provides minimalist appeal while still being warm and inviting.

The Key Elements: Deep comfy seating, storage coffee table (perfect for easy clean up after family game night), subtly patterned rugs, neutral textured pillows, simple art in light wood frames, pared-down and minimal styling.

The Color Palette: Soft neutrals and light wood tones give this space a relaxing appeal that’s beautifully calming and contemporary.

Why We Love This Look: Just because a space is minimal doesn’t mean it isn’t functional. This room is big on comfort with a massive sectional and plenty of storage space to match—which are pieces that are livable and none too precious.

Minimalist Bedrooms

Relaxing and tranquil, airy and uncomplicated, the minimalist bedroom is a modern haven. These spaces have fewer, more captivating furnishings, resulting in a space that’s light-filled and calming.

minimalist interior designThe Style: Refined Minimalist

Less is more is definitely the mantra for this style. There’s also a touch of industrial cool that comes with the look. For a refined minimalist bedroom, a statement-making bed frame is all you need to add gravitas to your space while making sure it still feels relaxed and airy.

The Key Elements: A striking bed (four-poster, canopy, or one with a stylish headboard), spacious bench, industrial light fixture, streamlined nightstands, all in a moody palette.

The Color Palette: Black and white is your foundation, then layer in accents in their natural textures and finishes. Soft gray touches (pillows, blankets, rug) work well here to add coziness.

Why We Love This Look: With a spare layout and a highly curated selection of bold furniture pieces, this bedroom style is both functional and sophisticated. There’s lots of under-bed and bedside storage, and it’s great for someone who loves a modern bedroom that’s livable and easy to maintain.

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Because mid-century modern design is known for its considered clean lines, it’s the perfect go-to style if you’re after a minimalist bedroom. Just make sure you work in those warm earthy colors, wood tones, and subtle colors to play up a light but warm vibe.

The Key Elements: A bed frame and headboard with clean lines, slim leather bench, simple light fixtures, wooden side tables, modern and abstract wall art, natural-fiber rug, crisp white bedding.

The Color Palette: Natural tones of materials paired with the brightest whites will give you a foundation to add in playful hints of unique color, like yellow, coral, and blue.

Why We Love This Look: Minimalist spaces are far from serious and sparse, and this bedroom proves that. It has all the warmth and charm of retro mid-century modern spaces, but it also pared-back just enough to feel casual and relaxing. Plus it’s got practical end tables and feels super livable with the padded headboard and bench that provide maximum streamlined comfort.

The Style: Casual-Chic Minimalist

The pared-back styling of this casual and minimal bedroom room is at once cool and laid-back. With spare furnishings and subtle pops of brass and glass accents, it’s a look that’s simple and practical.

The Key Elements: Metal bed frame, nightstands with open bases, neutral patterned rug, glass pendants, ocean-inspired art, minimal styling, tried-and-true blue-and-white color palette.

The Color Palette: The two-tone navy and white color scheme is a classic color combo that establishes an overall relaxing vibe in the room. It makes for a great base for layering on gold accents and other nautical and ocean-themed art.

Why We Love This Look: The bedroom is highly functional with a symmetrical layout here plenty of bedside storage and extra under-bed space. Hanging pendants that serve as nightlights also save space. The minimal accents and styling also plays-up an easy, livable vibe that goes perfectly with the overall minimal-nautical theme.

Minimalist Dining Rooms

When it comes to designing a minimalist dining room, streamlined furnishings and a few statement pieces are the way to go. Think chairs with clean lines and a striking chandelier.

The Style: Mid-Century Modern Minimalist

The mid-century dining table and chrome-base chairs are the centerpieces of this warm and minimalist dining room. The clean lines and warm wood tone make the sage green walls and captivating bubble chandelier pop, while the art and rug add in some color and texture.

The Key Elements: Mid-century modern dining table, contemporary dining chairs, sculptural chandelier, abstract wall art with soft colors, light-toned patterned rug, a bold but also soothing palette of green and gray.

The Color Palette: The green-gray palette is an elegant minimalist color combo in that it doesn’t need much color otherwise. The green further brightens the white doors and trims and the gray does the same to the neutral rug.

Why We Love This Look: As much as it is bold, this dining room is also highly functional with its large table and padded chairs can accommodate large groups for long meals. It’s also livable and approachable in that it nothing feels too precious.

The Style: Traditional-Chic Minimalist

This room proves that just because a room has minimal styling doesn’t mean it can’t still feel traditional. That’s at the core of our traditional-chic minimalist look, which is all about working in classic pieces with a few boldly modern designs.

The Key Elements: Minimalist furniture (streamlined white upholstered chairs, modern wood table), captivating linear light fixture, classic table lamps, contemporary abstract art, traditional rug, tall plants, a white and off-white palette.

The Color Palette: White, gray, and natural hues combine to create a warm and airy effect. Greenery also adds to the light and cozy atmosphere.

Why We Love This Look: With its symmetrical and somewhat formal layout, this dining room is minimal, practical, and inviting. It conveys a deep sense of comfort and livability in that it’s chic and formal enough for fancy dinners but also doesn’t feel stuffy or overly dressed up.

minimalist interior designThe Style: Minimalist Meets Rustic

This minimalist meets rustic look might be a little closer to what you typically imagine minimalist rooms to be. It’s got spare white walls, light textures, and just a few essential pieces and rustic and organic accents that give it tons of warmth. The bright and simple aesthetic, it’s easy to see why it’s one of our Modsy customers’ favorite styles!

The Key Elements: Modern dining table, mid-century-style chairs, contemporary pendant lights, sculptural black-and-white vessels and accents, tall greenery and plants, vintage or neutral woven rug, high-contrast palette.

The Color Palette: Black and white with a touch of deep wood tone are all you need here. Have a few graphic accents, then simply layer in a few striking plants for a bit of vibrancy.

Why We Love This Look: The natural textures in this room add warmth and texture to the minimal layout, making it functional, relaxed, and approachable. This is the best example of how minimalism can be cozy with just a few rustic touches.

Minimalist Entryways

Minimalism works seamlessly in any entryway in any home. It simply comes down to creating an airy and inviting space using bold modern designs that are both stylish and practical.

The Style: Minimalist-Maximalist

This passageway entry is a true hallmark of the Minimalist-Maximalist design trend with its striking wall color and eye-catching furniture and art. It all adds up to a space that’s as inviting as it is statement-making.

The Key Elements: Modern designs with strong forms (a painted mid-century cabinet, a design-forward chair), oversized abstract art, sculptural accents (cool metal vessels, vintage showpieces), contemporary sconces, neutral and lightly patterned rug, a captivating monochrome palette.

The Color Palette: Think monochrome, like this soothing gray-green, which works perfectly with notes of brass and black.

Why We Love This Look: The deep color of the walls helps to make this open pass-through space feel a lot warmer and it also provides a unique backdrop for the equally distinct furniture and accents. The layout and arrangement of the sculptural pieces also make this a highly functional and livable space, with the large storage console and side chair at the ready. Form meets function dreams come true!

The Style: Minimalist Meets Contemporary

If you’re after a pristine and calming entry, the minimalist meets contemporary look might be for you. It has curvilinear shapes, a soft neutral palette, and an instantly inviting vibe, making for a perfect way to set the tone to the rest of your home.

The Key Elements: Contemporary designs with minimalist forms, light woods, and upholstery, crisp white accents (a stool, bowls, vessels, vases), modern art (think drawings, photographs), and an overarching neutral palette of white and soft gray tones.

The Color Palette: Shades of white paired with airy gray tones and light woods.

Why We Love This Look: Clean-lined and comfy, the minimalist forms and contemporary color palette immediately set visitors at ease in this entryway. It’s also stylishly arranged for functionality and livability, while pared-down accessories that set a delightful first impression.

Minimalist Home Offices

Don’t make more work out of work. Keep a simple and tidy home office with a boldly minimalist design approach. In our book, that means a light, airy workspace organized with streamlined furnishings, a bright neutral palette, and lots of stylish and inspiring finishing touches.

The Style: Organic Modernism

Warm earth tones, natural materials, and modernist designs lend a homey and calming vibe to this workspace filled with attention-grabbing pieces.

The Key Elements: A striking modernist desk, mid-century-style chair, low-slung leather sofa, woven patterned rug, oversized floor lamp, natural and rustic accents, a minimalist palette of neutrals and earth tones.

The Color Palette: Rich earth tones and creamy neutrals that truly let the bold silhouettes and shapes of the furniture and accents shine.

Why We Love This Look: Balancing a soft and minimal design approach with a functional layout, this workspace sums up our Organic Modernism style. Along with the spacious desk and sumptuous sofa, this makes for a livable home office that’s both a therapeutic retreat and a haven of productivity.

The Style: Minimalist Meets Classic

Think of this as a collector’s pared-down approach to minimalism. That’s our idea of the minimalist meets classic look. It’s bold but simple, curated but airy, all of which makes this style an easy look to pull off in big and small spaces alike. Take this hallway office, which blends both traditional and modern pieces to create a practical yet perfectly tailored office corner.

The Key Elements: Spindle chair, rustic-industrial wood desk, steel display cabinet, light-hued classic rug, streamlined table lamp, modern painting, minimalist vessels and accents, a palette of bright whites, bold blacks, and natural tones.

The Color Palette: Pared-back black and white as the foundation allows you to meld styles seamlessly, from rustic to industrial to minimalist.

Why We Love This Look: Minimalist pieces are right at home in this classic office nook. The furnishings are curated and functional, the palette is simple but bold, and together it all feels comfortable and approachable.

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10 Minimalist Bedroom Ideas that Prove Less is Sometimes Way More

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When it comes to interior design, do you love a more pared-back look? Something free of trinkets and frills? Then a home with minimalist style might be right for you.

What even is minimalist interior design? Minimalist design was conceptualized by the Bauhaus, a German design school in the 1920s and 30s. It’s a design style that’s guided by the idea that “less is more” and adheres to the principle that form follows function. Essentially, minimalist style results in spaces that are, above all else, functional and with few added frills. But that doesn’t mean they’re totally utilitarian. In fact, minimalist rooms can be quite elegant, as you’ll see later in this post.

For disciples of the minimalist movement, there’s a belief that minimalism facilitates a better lifestyle by stripping away the unnecessary and leaving you only with what you need—including plenty of breathing room and more brain space for creativity.

minimalist living roomWhat Do Minimalist Designs Look Like?

So, what does this actually look like? Minimalist interiors are generally void of or very light on decorative objects and have minimal furniture. What furniture is present tends to have geometric forms for visual interest and feature simplified versions of expected forms; upholstered pieces tend to be minimally stuffed. Walls and surfaces usually have smooth and natural finishes, and color palettes, overall, tend to be pretty limited.

While you can pull off a minimalist style in any part of your home, one room that we particularly love a minimalist look is in a bedroom. This is a space where lack of visual clutter can promote relaxation in a very tangible way. Because, what is a bedroom for if not unwinding after a long day (or starting the day with a clean slate)?

So, if you’re interested in creating a minimalist bedroom, keep reading. The biggest step for most people will be to simplify. This involves highly curating the space and including only the essential furniture. Beyond furniture, you’ll want to only display what is most important. The intended result? A space that offers a clean, relaxing vibe with no clutter!

minimalist bedroomMinimalist Bedroom Designs

Want to get some minimalist bedroom ideas and make this look your own? Below, you’ll find ten examples of minimalist bedrooms. Each of these rooms show you ways to blend minimalism with other styles, for a look that perfectly suits your vibe—along with room decor ideas to help bring your own minimalist bedroom to life.

Why did we mix minimalist style with other design styles? Because few people want a purely minimal space—in fact, it can be impractical. But there are so many stunning ways to integrate minimalist design with other looks for a room that reflects your style and is both beautiful and functional.

minimalist bedroom designThe Look: Classic Minimalism

This simple bedroom is about as minimal as they come. It includes only what a person actually needs, is all about the clean lines, and no added frills or ornamentation.

The Key Elements

For a truly minimalist look, we love the idea of using only one major piece of furniture in the whole bedroom. Enter: this streamlined bed frame with super functional built-in nightstands. One piece, and this room is almost complete. A grayscale color palette keeps things neutral and simple white bedding looks crisp and refined.

Though, for some visual interest, we incorporated subtle patterns in the art, pillows, and rug. This adds dimension and visual texture to the space. The matching lamps are geometric and add a sculptural element to the space. These types of additions keep the space a little more dynamic. And the large plant adds a pop of life and—along with the rich wood tones of the bed—keeps the room from feeling too cold!

It’s perfect if you…

Want to fully embrace minimalism and create as simple of a bedroom as possible.

The Look: Contemporary Minimalism

This bedroom is a transitional twist on minimal design. Purely minimal spaces can have a harsh vibe or feel impractical for everyday life—so we love that this minimal bedroom has a more livable feeling to it.

The Key Elements

The bed is the focal point of the room, with its sculptural, streamlined form and simple white linens. The brass details add a little pop of color and personality—but, ultimately, form follows function in this piece. With a bench and larger nightstands, this space features more furniture than a purely minimal space, and that’s part of what makes it feel more inviting and livable. Beyond the furniture, there are pops of art and accessories. The styling is minimal, but it gives this minimalist bedroom a more personal touch with some definite elegance!

It’s perfect if you…

Like the minimalist aesthetic but don’t want to live in a purely minimal space.

The Look: Modern Minimalism

Some personality shines through in this modern and minimal bedroom. With some fun pops of color and the playful artwork, this room really sings (and swims!).

The Key Elements

The true statement piece of this minimalist bedroom is the platform bed frame. Minimal in design, it’s free of frills, favoring sharp lines instead. But with its brass finish, it’s far from boring or straightforward. The blue accent wall complements and contrasts with the bright gold of the bed and adds depth to the space.

And the bubble pendants not only save space on the nightstands, but they beautifully add function with minimal forms. Finally, a patterned black and white rug ground the room with texture, helping break up the high contrast of the space and make it a little more inviting.

It’s perfect if you…

Prefer minimal forms but aren’t afraid of a little color and texture.

The Look: Mod Visionary

This minimalist bedroom features a style we like to call “mod visionary.” Essentially, it combines the mid-century modern aesthetic with minimal styling for a bedroom that is truly a retreat.

The Key Elements

To bring this style to life, we opted for warm, natural wood tones, primary colors, geometric forms, and bedroom furniture with tapered legs. We kept the color palette more muted—though we did add subtle pops of blue in the pillows, art, and side chair to compliment the neutral colors.

While the styling is still sparse, pieces like the floor mirror and mid-century-inspired pendant light, along with the natural textures found in the leather bench and jute rug, add warmth and dimension.

It’s perfect if you…

Love mid-century shapes with a minimal approach to styling.

minimalist modern bedroomThe Look: Moody Minimalism

The darker color palette of this minimalist bedroom gives this space an edgier vibe—but it still manages to be neutral and minimal.

The Key Elements

Overall, this room features a bit more of an eclectic approach to minimalist style. It features pops of personality with bold decor choices—like the wall art, or the sculptural and organic shapes of the plants. However, the platform bed and bench have decidedly sleek forms, while the tables and lamps have a more geometric influence. There are very few objects in this space, but each one is an understated statement.

It’s perfect if you…

Prefer a bedroom that’s bold and moody.

The Look: Glam Minimalism

You may think that minimalism and glam can’t go together. But just take a look at this minimal chic bedroom and you might start changing your mind. When mixed in the right way, these two seemingly opposite styles work quite well together. You’ll notice the bold choices in materials, shapes, and patterns—that’s all glam. But the minimalist design elements come in with the approach to form, styling, and color palette.

The Key Elements

How did we bring this look to life? Velvet and gold accents add luxe touches to this look—but you’ll notice that they’re rendered in sleek shapes and minimal designs. (Like the upholstered platform bed and the sleek but sculptural bench.)

Pops of pattern add a playfulness to this bedroom while the mid-century modern-inspired dresser and nightstand ground the look. The muted palette is punctuated with pink and warm woods, for a look that’s high-contrast but still neutral.

It’s perfect if you…

Love a little drama and glam but believe that a truly chic look is achieved with less.

The Look: Industrial Minimalism

Industrial style and minimalism are two styles that agree very nicely. This look comes to life through a minimalist approach to shape, function, and color but an industrial approach to materials.

The Key Elements

Raw woods and mixed metals add a rugged flair and show some history—bringing this look to life. Specifically, we see this in the platform bed, which features exposed metal and rough-looking wood. Sculptural forms abound, from the oversized round mirror to the table lamps and the decorative objects on the dresser.

But everything has a no-frills, non-fussy approach. The muted, neutral color palette—with crisp whites, dark woods, and a splash of gray—helps give this minimalist bedroom a spare, crisp, and clean vibe.

It’s perfect if you…

Like the depth and ruggedness of industrial materials but want a bedroom that’s still a minimalist retreat.

The Look: Mid-century Modern Minimalism

Here’s another mid-century take on minimalism, but with a little less “mod.” It features a bold approach to color, which is something that doesn’t usually work with minimal designs. But it certainly works here!

The Key Elements

What makes this space so unique is its very thoughtful approach to colors—used in just a few places but creating major impact. Blue and orange are complementary colors, but the colors aren’t just tossed around. Rather, they’re very intentionally placed in pieces that visually draw the whole room together. You’ll also notice that the shapes of individual pieces are tailored and streamlined for a very sleek look throughout.

It’s perfect if you…

Love minimalism but can’t give up color!

The Look: Refined Connoisseur

If you love classic, formal details and ornamentation, with just a touch of frill—but you also love clean, spare rooms—then this is the style for you! Refined connoisseur is an unlikely combination, but it certainly delivers. It embodies the relaxing quality of minimalist designs—with a bit of added flair.

The Key Elements

What brings this style to life is the combination of classic patterns and shapes with spare and clean styling. However, even the classic forms are more pared-down versions—like the lamps, the headboard, and the nightstands. They have classic shapes but are presented with more restrained, minimal styling. The muted color palette helps instill calm and drives home the minimalist vibe. What results is an elegant space that’s timeless yet modern.

It’s perfect if you…

Gravitate toward the formality of classic design but still love a spare, clean look.

The Look: Bold Minimalism

This room is a bold, graphic take on minimalism. It features a high-contrast, black and white color palette and bold geometric patterns that are certainly at home in minimalist designs—but with an unexpected combination of both traditional and ultra-modern elements.

The Key Elements

You’ll notice the traditional design elements in the spindle bed frame. This adds an approachable warmth to an otherwise very graphic space. However, the simplicity of the design and the black finish still feels pared down and sleek and plays up the geometric vibe. The ultra-modern moments show up in the mix of materials—lucite and metal—which you can see in the lamp and luggage stools. Meanwhile, the abstract art ties in the black and white palette while creating some visual impact.

It’s perfect if you…

Want to design a kids room or guest bedroom that’s bold and unexpected.

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My Modsy Story: How I Designed the Grown-Up Apartment Of My Dreams

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After moving cross-country, Omar was ready to trade in his big box store furniture for a grown-up apartment design.

Homeowner: Omar M, Marketing & Business Development

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Room: Entire Apartment

His Style: Modern Minimalist

The Backstory

I was ready for a new start in Los Angeles after spending 5 years in NYC. My new space is a lot larger than my old apartment so not only did I need more furniture, I also wanted to update my style to create a space that was welcoming, mature, and great for hosting. On top of that, I also wanted to make sure that the apartment design maximized my space and highlighted my new view.

The Design Dilemma

I really hate shopping and can’t visualize ideas in my home so all the furniture I had came from the same store. It looked like something out of a catalog – but in a bad way.

So when I moved it all into my new space, the rooms felt so bland. They were functional but didn’t have a lot of personality. I was totally overwhelmed with no clue how or where to start with a design I’d actually enjoy.

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I knew I needed help but I’d never worked with an interior designer or online design service before. So when I saw an ad for Modsy on Instagram I’ll admit, at first I was skeptical. I wasn’t sure that a complete stranger could bring my “vision” to life. And how could they when I didn’t even know what my vision was myself?

I was also nervous because the apartment was new to both me and the designer so I wasn’t convinced that everything would fit and/or look like how it did in the 3D designs.

apartment design modsyHow Modsy’s Designs Helped Omar

All of my worries were completely put to rest when I saw my Modsy designs for the first time. I was amazed! The 3D designs really impressed me, especially the living room/home office and dining room.

I loved all of the options presented! And my designer was patient, flexible, and honest and I really liked working with her.

apartment design modsyThe Real Results

My apartment looks amazing now. All of the rooms look great and they mirror my final designs to a tee. I ended up purchasing pretty much everything through Modsy, and the process was super seamless and efficient.apartment design modsy

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Moving across the country is stressful but Modsy made the ordering and delivery process really easy. I didn’t have to take any extra steps and I also checked a few items and confirmed that Modsy definitely gave me the best price on all of them.

My new rooms feel so comfortable and mature and it’s a perfect space for hosting – it’s finally the grown-up space I’ve been wanting!

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