Our living room was definitely one of our favorite rooms to decorate, since we knew we would use this room very often between entertaining and our own daily use. We went for a neutral, modern minimalist vibe with a less-is-more approach.

A summary of all home decor and furniture sources will be posted at the end of the blog post!

 Modern Minimalist Living Room Inspiration. Neutral Gray Sectional with Moroccan Rug.

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FABRIC & COLOR: Twill, Stone
We knew we wanted to entertain and host often, so we chose the West Elm Andes L-shaped sectional to be able to seat 7 comfortably. This sectional has a sleek and modern design without sacrificing comfort. If you want to know all the details on our thoughts on this sofa, read our review of the West Elm Andes Sofa!

 Modern Minimalist Living Room Inspiration. Neutral Gray Sectional with Moroccan Rug.

We have dark hardwood floors in our home, so a white rug really helps to lightens up the room! The subtle pattern gives a bit of interest, yet still has an overall minimal look. The rug size is 8 ft x 10 ft (also sold at Rugs USA)

Leather is one of my favorite materials because it warms up a neutral palette so perfectly, but is not often budget-friendly! In our living room, our priority was to keep the space more open, so instead of having a pair of accent chairs, which takes up space and tends to be bulkier, we used a pair of leather poufs. This acts as extra seating and introduces the warmth of leather without having to spend a lot more on leather chairs.

 Modern Minimalist Living Room Inspiration. Neutral Gray Sectional with Moroccan Rug.

The black base gives the overall design a bold, sleek, and modern statement, while the glass top gives off a more airy feel. Having double surfaces provides so much room for coffee table books and decor, as well as plenty of space for guests to place cups on when you’re entertaining.

 Modern Minimalist Living Room Inspiration. Neutral Gray Sectional with Moroccan Rug.

This fiddle leaf fig is one of our favorite faux plants, standing at 6 ft tall. World Market has great options for faux plants that look realistic!

We found this basket at Home Goods and would highly recommend Home Goods for very affordable baskets! This is a similar basket option.

This was a DIY project we made ourselves, but here is a very similar picture ledge that comes in a light walnut color!

   Faux Snake Plant   //   Midcentury Modern Planter
Faux Snake Plant // Midcentury Modern Planter

 Modern Minimalist Living Room Inspiration. Neutral Gray Sectional with Moroccan Rug.


the process

View of empty living & dining area right when we moved in.

Rug delivered! Our cat Blaze enjoyed it a lot.

Living room sectional delivered and trying to figure out the best layout for the rug. This was tricky! Bought an 8’x10’ rug and really should’ve gone with a 9’x12’.

Walls painted Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams. Curtains goin up. Blaze still enjoying the rug.

Coffee table and poufs delivered! Smart blinds installed.

Art ledge going up. (Upcoming dedicated post to this DIY project)


Looking back on what our living room looked like when we first moved in, it’s so fulfilling to see how our home has taken shape and evolved over the past year!

 Modern Minimalist Living Room Inspiration. Neutral Gray Sectional with Moroccan Rug.



Comments (9)

  1. Sue says:

    I’d like to know if you still love your Andes sectional? Also, did you get paid to endorse the Andes? LOVE your design inspirations!! Sue R.

    • Viv & Tim says:

      Hi Sue! Thanks so much! We weren’t paid to endorse the Andes, just bought it ourselves and still love it! Would love to share an update on our Andes sectional (we have a review blog post on it if you read that already, but will add on to it). We’ve had it now for 3+ years (almost 4 i think) and it’s actually held up so great! I’m pleasantly surprised haha. On the blog post we said to make sure to rotate your cushions so it gets even wear and I think that has made a huge difference. We “refluff” the back cushions every so often and that helps to maintain its shape. They are as good as new still because of this. The bottom sofa cushion is in great condition even after a few years still. It will show where someone sits but is very easy to smooth out. The Andes cushion is more on the firmer side so I think that helps as well. We love our Andes still! I am considering buying it again for our new house in the future if this one doesn’t fit there.

  2. Pica says:

    super! what product is the roller shade ? what do you mean by smart?

  3. Erin says:

    Love your style!! So helpful having all the links and your step by step pictures. Such a beautiful website–thank you for sharing.

  4. Appello Interiors says:

    I love the décor ideas. Thanks for sharing

  5. Laura says:

    I love the look of this room! Our living room has very similar colors – light gray couch, agreeable gray walls, etc… and I love the look of the gold curtain rod, however all of our hardware around our house is brushed nickel – is it okay to contrast the two with a gold curtain rod? Or should we stick to using a brushed nickel curtain rod? Thank you!

    • Viv & Tim says:

      Thanks so much Laura! We also have mostly brushed nickel hardware around our house and I think it’s totally okay to contrast that with a brass curtain rod. I would say go for it! 🙂

  6. Monika says:

    Looks amazing. Would it be possible to get more details on the picture ledge project? What things to keep in mid in terms of ledge width and practically the size of frames that won’t tip over?

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