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28 January 2022

9 Minimalist Furniture Ideas for Small Living Spaces

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Dave Hut - Content Editor

Minimalism is making a comeback in 2022, but not as you know it! The clinical whites and monochrome palettes often associated with this style have been replaced by a softer approach that combines a clutter-free home with unparalleled comfort.

Warm minimalism embraces muted colours and earthy materials like wood to transform living areas into cosy, unfussy sanctuaries. It embodies the same underlining principles of traditional minimalism yet feels homier, emphasising clean lines, soft furnishings and recycled accessories.

If you want to renovate small rooms, this on-trend design scheme ticks all the boxes. Not only does it maximise space by stressing less is more, but it uses clever focal points to delight the eyes and distract from shadowy corners.

Keep reading as we explore nine minimalist furniture ideas to transform your home decor. Plus, we’ll also recommend some high-quality pieces from our collection that encapsulate the Danish mantra of hygge – a recipe for happiness that promotes gratitude, self-care and togetherness.

Minimalist living room furniture ideas

1.    Introduce furniture in simple colours

After a few stressful years of spending lots of time indoors, most of us could do with a little more colour in our lives! Warm minimalism includes plenty of soul-soothing neutrals like champagne, truffle and brown to add visual intrigue without overwhelming the senses.

Golden oak furniture is especially inviting, drawing from nature to represent new beginnings and fresh starts. Alongside looking sublime in any setting, the hearty wood tones lend depth to small living spaces. Alternatively, light oak furniture complements grey and white schemes for an ultra-modern aesthetic.

Whichever you choose, the rustic grain patterns bring the outside in to cultivate a sense of undisturbed calm. You could even enhance the ambience with a few strategically placed indoor plants and hanging baskets.

2.    Create an intimate reading nook with a Scandi style table

There’s nothing better than unwinding with a good book after a long day at work, and this Scandi style oak lamp table promises to cast a soft glow across the pages as daylight draws closer. 

As well as being a sleek surface to place lamps, candles and much-needed cups of tea, it’s compact enough to fit snugly by your reading chair without comprising floor space. What’s more, there’s a deep drawer to keep your living room free from loose knick-knacks and stray magazines.

Practicality aside, the elegantly tapered legs and curved edges are a contemporary take on traditional Nordic design. Unlike razor-sharp minimalist pieces, the rounded body seamlessly blends into open plan concepts without demanding centre stage.

Minimalist bedroom furniture ideas

3.    Store soft furnishings in a blanket box

If you’re searching for minimalist storage solutions to organise your bedroom, then look no further than a trusty blanket box. Inside, there’s ample room for duvets, pillows, sheets and other bedroom essentials. Best of all, it doubles up as a children’s toy box – wave goodbye to Lego related injuries!

The sturdy Hamptons style blanket box also doubles as a charming bench seat. Simply accessorise the striking silhouette with colourful cushions and luxurious throws for an understated Georgian finish.

4.    Choose multipurpose furniture to maximise space

The easiest way to adopt minimalism is choosing multipurpose furniture that maximises space without sacrificing style. The most famous example is the humble sofa bed – a seat by day and crib by night.

If you don’t have room for a separate mirror, chair and drawers, how about combining all three in a stunning dressing table? It’s a one-stop-shop for all your preening needs, with generously-sized compartments for potions, lotions and jewellery.

The champagne dressing table set boasts warm neutrals to promote a more restful night’s sleep and comes with an upholstered stool for convenience. Thanks to the adjustable three-way mirror that captures your best angles, getting ready for a night on the town is easy.

Minimalist kitchen furniture ideas

5.    Brighten kitchens with a light wood table and chairs

Modest kitchens benefit from light wood tones that give the illusion of more space. Combining light materials with clever positioning can also trick our perspective, making walls seem longer and ceilings higher. Our top tip? If possible, place furniture against walls so it doesn’t interrupt the flow of breakfast traffic.

A small, stripped-back, light oak dining table fits nicely into minimalist kitchens due to its humble size. Comfortably seating two to four people, it’s ideal for couples and small families who like to spend quality time together. For added comfort, why not treat yourself to the matching light oak dining chairs? You’ll look forward to every meal when supported by a plush padded seat and ergonomic back.

6.    Swap traditional eating areas for a freestanding breakfast bar

Like dressing tables, breakfast bars are multipurpose pieces of furniture that guarantee to put an end to your kitchen woes. You can prepare everything from cereal to indulgent Sunday lunches on the heat-resistant acacia wood countertops. Plus, there are several ingenious space-saving features, including built-in shelves and a hidden chopping board that neatly slides away.

For minimalist vibes, you’re sure to adore our Florence breakfast bars in truffle and white. Both have a wealth of storage for crockery and kitchen accessories alongside legroom to accommodate two bar stools.

Minimalist dining furniture ideas

7.    Use dining benches instead of chairs

Too many chairs can make your dining room feel claustrophobic, which is where neutral white, truffle or dove grey dining benches step in to help. Although you don’t see them as often as traditional seats, benches vs dining chairs are more suitable for tight areas.

After eating and sharing stories about the day’s adventures, you can tuck them away underneath the table to free up floor space. They’re also ideal for large families because there’s always room to shuffle up and fit one more!

8.    Eliminate clutter with a chic sideboard

Whether you’re looking to store glassware, records or cherished trinkets, a golden oak sideboard is an excellent option to combat mess. This fashionable two-door design instantly adds warmth and character to bedrooms, living rooms and hallways. 

The sideboard comes complete with a lacquer matte finish, highlighting the soft grains in the wood while minimising glare. Its exposed, tapered legs instantly brighten gloomy spaces, making rooms feel more open. The cherry on top? It arrives fully assembled and ready for use.

Minimalist bathroom storage ideas

9.    Go vertical with a space-saving tallboy

Bathrooms are usually the smallest rooms in a home, making traditional storage options problematic. That’s why we love space-saving tallboys – the narrow structure fits snugly into tight, otherwise unused corners.

A soft white tallboy with wicker-style baskets is sure to impress the trickiest house guests. The combination of pinewood, brass studs and leather studs is charming but laid-back enough for minimalist interiors. Most importantly, the baskets are woven from a washable, wipe clean material, so you can effortlessly get rid of water marks and soap suds.

Find minimalist furniture for small spaces at

Minimalist furniture for small living spaces doesn’t have to be bland. Instead, choose from our cosier options that brighten rooms with warm neutrals, earthy materials and uncomplicated structures.

If you need more inspiration, browse our Edvard Olsen range in full on our website. Our experts have designed each piece with beautifully proportioned angles in mind. Handcrafted from solid oak, this exquisite living and dining room furniture collection is both beautiful and practical, featuring intricate details and ample storage space to organise clutter.

If you have any questions or want to know more about our products, give us a call us on 01989 763343 or email [email protected]. A member of our friendly team will get back to you as soon as possible.

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