One of the main tenets of minimalist design is maintaining a clean and simple environment, driven by practicality, functionality and feeling. Whilst minimalism may encourage simplicity, this is not to say that it eschews detail and quality.
There a many factors to consider when designing a minimalist TV room, including colour, texture, lighting and storage | Designed by Rodolfo Dordoni for © Minotti London
Minimalism is about doing more with less, where functionality takes centre stage over grandeur. Multifunctional furniture, clean lines and a restrained colour palette are just a few minimalist TV room ideas that will create a subtle and understated space while still being well designed.
Minimalism doesn’t have to be boring, one can thoughtfully curate the space so that it retains a sense of character and reflects personal style. Besides the aesthetic, a minimalist space makes it easier to arrange furniture and accessories according to its functions and patterns.
6 Minimalist TV Room Ideas
In modern living, a TV room is a space that people tend to spend a lot of their downtime in. A minimalist TV room design will help reduce stress, be low maintenance and provide a personal sanctuary where one can relax and unwind.
In this design guide by Minotti London, we’ll discuss six minimalist TV room ideas.
Keep the Colour Palette Neutral
Minimalism doesn’t have to be all black and white, but when choosing colour the key is to stay within one tone and keep the colour neutral for the whole room.
A neutral palette of warmer hues – such as cream, off-white and beige tones – will create a sense of welcome rather than the cold, sterile feel that some all-white spaces can bring about. Soft neutral colours and light wood tones are calming and contemporary and will make the TV room feel homely without compromising simplicity.
A monochrome scheme requires a degree of bravery, as it needs careful editing and a strong design eye. It can also appear flat if one doesn’t introduce texture and subtle tonal variety. The best monochrome spaces combine movement and depth with tactile pieces to create a warm and inviting minimalist scheme.
Embrace Texture Over Pattern
Notice how, despite the lack of colour, this living room has plenty of visual interest created by the textures of the walls, the floor, the rug, sofa and even the ceiling | Designed by Rodolfo Dordoni for © Minotti London
When only working with a handful of design elements, in the case of minimalism, it’s important that every item adds both functional and aesthetic value. Creating visual interest doesn’t have to come from colour and patterns.
Embrace warm minimalism by introducing elegant furnishings coupled with streamlined furniture for a cosy yet contemporary feel. One may also play with contrasting materials such as wool and linen, sheepskin and rattan, or cotton and velvet, to create definition without fussy patterns.
The texture is all about visual weight or ensuring that a piece looks as it feels, such as a rug that looks as plush as it actually is. One can create an elegantly understated minimalist space by mixing and matching different textures within the same natural colour scheme.
Use Smart Storage Solutions
As minimalism centres around the ideology of keeping clutter to a minimum, finding clever storage solutions is key.
Technology is of course an important factor in a TV room, but this comes with wires, routers and remote controls. To keep these hidden from view, incorporate dedicated spaces within TV room storage; for example, insets in the backs of shelves and cupboards will allow cables to run behind fittings.
A fitted wall of storage that incorporates the TV and its accoutrements is an ideal solution to keeping unsightly wires and accessories covered, marrying practical function and minimalist style.
Carefully Consider Furnishings
As the sofa is likely to be the biggest furniture piece in a TV room, the design is key as it will dominate the space. Choose a neutral colour that ties in with the rest of the scheme, to balance the look.
Furniture with clean lines and simple shapes will create a feeling of space and ease. Whether a streamlined sofa or a sleek TV console, simple shapes won’t detract from the rest of the minimalist interior. Arrange the furniture in a clean-cut way that easily creates zones and looks neat and tidy.
Statement furniture, such as an impressive modular sofa or a large piece of modern wall art will add visual appeal and a focal point to a TV room even when it isn’t on.
Take Inspiration from Nature
Warm colours and natural textures, such as the wood in the photo above, work to ensure that a minimalist space stays warm and welcoming | Designed by Rodolfo Dordoni for © Minotti London
Minimalist designs can be at risk of appearing clinical and cold, if not properly balanced. Introducing natural textures, such as those found in hardwood furniture and flooring, will create warmth and an aesthetic well suited to a TV room.
Warm, neutral hues combined with soft fabrics, organic shapes and natural materials such as wood, leather, wool and stone will create a timeless and stylish minimalist look. Anything from wooden picture frames, console tables, and trays down to the choice of sofa leg will help evoke a sense of calm.
Rugs made from sheepskin, jute or sisal bring in textures of nature, whilst keeping within the neutral tones of minimalism. Natural materials carry some imperfections, and this patina makes them even more beautiful; it gives a warm and welcoming atmosphere to a minimalist TV room.
Be Strategic with Lighting
Lighting is an important component when designing a minimalist TV room, and one should choose fixtures strategically to respect the overall scheme. For instance, recessed spotlights are flush with the ceiling, so don’t impact on minimalist design.
TV room lighting needs to create a relaxing atmosphere, so one can become immersed in the entertainment. Be sure to use dimmable lights, so they can brighten up the room when required and be dimmed when watching TV.
Ambient lighting is perfect for creating the right mood to enjoy movie watching. Usually the primary source of light, it gives off a warm glow to make the TV room seem welcoming. Positioning bias lighting behind the screen is a popular choice in minimalist TV rooms, and provides ambient light without shining directly into the viewer’s eyes.
Minimalist TV Room Ideas
From the colour to the furniture, the key to creating a minimalist TV room is finding the balance between streamlined minimalism and luxurious comfort. As discussed in this guide, one should consider the following:
- Keep the colour palette neutral
- Embrace texture over pattern
- Use smart storage solutions
- Carefully consider furnishings
- Take inspiration from nature
- Be strategic with lighting
By incorporating these ideas into a minimalist TV room scheme, one can create a space that feels comfortable and relaxed, whilst maintaining a high level of design and style.