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The minimalist approach to furniture and decor is one I come back to time and time again.
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Whether or not you actually intend to live with the concept, I think most of us are drawn to the clean lines and quiet yet strong presence that minimalist pieces deliver without fuss—as the saying goes, “Clear space, clear mind.”
But don’t be fooled by the simplicity of minimalism: The most uncomplicated-looking designs usually have the most thought behind them.
— Denise from The Swelle Life
This is such a minimalist piece, but it has so much going on. This glass cube planter sits on one flat edge to appear as if it's floating, and the askew design forces you to think carefully about the composition of your living arrangement. Or you can just leave it empty and call it art.
For those who insist their pets don't mess with the sleek lines of their minimalist abodes, there is an alternative to the fluffy, furry bed that lies on the floor.
This version mounts on the wall, and while I'm not sure how your cat or dog gets up there (unless it's close to the floor), don't you think your little guy would make a neat wall hanging?
This is also a great way to get texture into your space, unless you've got a Mexican hairless.
On profile, a sofa doesn't get much more minimalist than this one fashioned from a solid wooden box. However, the combination of the wood grain and fabric in a sleek rectangular form make it a standout piece that will pop with a few thoughtfully chosen pieces.
Clear acrylic has a kind of magic about it. Its nearly invisible appearance can be worked into any room to add structure and dimension without visual weight.
This small table comes with a twist: its wood grain pattern gives it an unusual texture. Its size is ideal for making a tight or awkward space functional and interesting. Also, its open bottom allows you to stack multiple tables to create your own curio cabinet.
A minimalist room needs a bit of texture and warmth to keep it from feeling too stark and cold, and this can be achieved with a well-chosen rug.
I love the large pebble effect created by this felted merino area rug. It would feel great on bare feet, and it's an artisan piece that brings a touch of nature to the room.
This recycled wood and metal table has gone straight onto my wish list. The tabletop is stunning in striped panels of contrasting textures and shades of wood grain, and it doesn't need a thing on it to look its best.
It's a great piece for warming and livening up a space of minimalist whites.
This is such an intriguing lamp! Its knitted angora wool casing is soft and cozy, yet the long and narrow tube-like structure makes it anything but cuddly.
This is a great piece for a minimalist room that could benefit from just a touch of colour and softness. The lamp's fluid, flexible design will complement linear pieces and help balance the space.
The framed structure of this wonderfully minimalist table gives it dimension without any weight, making it ideal not just for minimalist decor, but also narrow spaces that need furnishing without bulk.
At just 10 inches wide, it will still hold all of those things you want to get rid of when you walk through the door, as well as a vase of flowers or a decorative dish.
This toilet is about as minimalist as you'd want it to be, but it's enough that it would have me looking around the bathroom in an effort to find what I was in there for.
It's perfect for a space that is more than a bathroom -- like a combination dressing room and relaxation room -- to keep the focus on the more appealing aspects. Plus, the soft-close seat means minimal noise as well, so there's no accidental slamming in the night.
A low Japanese-style platform bed is an ideal style for a room with high ceilings, maximizing the vertical space. There's something oddly enticing about a stark, minimalist look, and the built-in nightstands mean you can go as sparse with furniture as you want.
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