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10 Timeless Modern Decor Objects for Minimalist Living

A new year is a great time for a reset of the home, to do away with all the clutter that creates chaos in both the mind and environment. Monochromatic color palettes, warm neutral tones, clean lines, and simplicity – all lend themselves to minimalism, and while the aesthetic is a stripped-back approach, it doesn’t mean it’s boring or unimaginative. By scaling back to the essentials, only the most important elements remain, oftentimes resulting in much-needed serenity. We handpicked 10 of our favorite modern decor pieces that are a minimalist’s dream! Find more minimalist finds, check out the Design Milk Shop.

01.18.22 | By
10 Timeless Modern Decor Objects for Minimalist Living
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Santalum Scented Candle by Studio Stockhome

Santalum Scented Candle by Studio Stockhome

Santalum Scented Candle by Studio Stockhome

A refreshing change from brightly colored, overly complicated candles, Studio Stockhome’s Santalum candle is delightfully minimalist in aroma and design. Characterized by notes of sandalwood, cardamom, Sichuan pepper, vetiver, and amber, Santalum has a warming, atmospheric scent that’s comforting and not at all overbearing. We love that the simple, pinstriped vessel gives nothing away either, making a soft and stylish accent on home surfaces. Plus, it can easily be washed and repurposed once you’ve burned through your candle!

$38

BRISTOL Small Candleholder in Sand by MARdiROS

BRISTOL Small Candleholder in Sand by MARdiROS

BRISTOL Small Candleholder in Sand by MARdiROS

This MARdiROS Candleholder is an effortless way to spruce up any surface in your home, without clashing with existing decor. With minimal curves and a simple, powder coated steel construction, the BRISTOL candle holder has a balanced and modern aesthetic that gives an elemental look to tapered candles, creating a warm, elevated atmosphere.

$85

Eros Vase by Capra Designs

Eros Vase by Capra Designs

Eros Vase by Capra Designs

Designed to house a few floral stems at most, the Eros Vase by Capra Designs is a minimalist solution to decorative floral touches around the house. The handmade paneled structure gives the vase sculptural appeal on its own too, catching light and creating captivating shadows on surfaces. Also available in Emerald and Neptune (a bold, cobalt blue), the Eros Vase will fit right into your minimal living space.

$89

Clork Clock by Puik Design

Clork Clock by Puik Design

Clork Clock by Puik Design

Puik Design’s Clork Clock is beloved by minimalists and their eccentric counterparts alike thanks to its unique combination of materials (it’s made with a cork body and metal clock face) and strikingly simple design. We love that this stylish clock can be positioned in 2 ways, and the graphic, minimalist aesthetic it brings to any space. But don’t just take our word for it – Design Milk readers love it too! Design Milk Shopper Gil is “absolutely in love” with his, and frankly, we can’t blame him.

$75

Kobon Round Catch-All Tray Natural by Graf Lantz

Kobon Round Catch-All Tray Natural by Graf Lantz

Kobon Round Catch-All Tray Natural by Graf Lantz

A standout in Graf Lantz’s Dogu collection of modern and portable desktop trays, the Kobon Round Catch-all Tray is a luxe yet minimalist way to store small objects. Made using sculpted, vegetable tanned leather, this fashion forward organizer keeps small objects like paper clips, keys, or loose change tidy on your desktop, or jewelry, watches, and other bits and bobs organized on your side table. However you decide to style it, you’ll love the warmth and minimalist polish the Kobon brings to your space. It also comes in a black leather finish!

$49

Ash Bud LED Lamp by Innermost

Ash Bud LED Lamp by Innermost

Ash Bud LED Lamp by Innermost

We love these Bud LED Lamps by Innermost for their playful yet minimalist design and user-friendly portability. Whether you’re using your Bud Lamp as a companion for nighttime walks, outdoor picnics, reading sessions, or for play indoors – the Bud’s reliable 20-hour charge will illuminate your space through it all. No cables, no problem, just use the accompanying USB charging cable to restore your lamp’s battery. Available in a variety of bold shades, we love the polished, minimal look of the Ash colorway.

$112

16” Shook Shelf by Merkled Studio

16” Shook Shelf by Merkled Studio

16” Shook Shelf by Merkled Studio

With a sleek, powder coated aluminum construction and multi-functional design, this shelf + wall hook hybrid is a minimalist’s dream. Not only is Merkled Studio’s innovative Shook perfect for indoor and outdoor uses, its simple, minimal design effortlessly complements your existing decor and can even be mixed and matched with other shelves in the brands’ lineup for a look that’s completely your own. There are several playful colors to choose from, but we’re partial to the white colorway. P.S. Get a behind the scenes look at Merkled Studio on our latest TikTok!

$101

Sjø Rug by Heymat

Sjø Rug by Heymat

Sjø Rug by Heymat

An easy way to dip your toe in the curvy design trend that Design Milk Editors are loving for 2022, Heymat’s Sjø Rug pulls inspiration from rolling ocean waves – using a minimalist 3D pattern that has a meditative effect on the viewer and creates a calming atmosphere. Designed by Norwegian designer Kristine Five Merlvær (who also designed the brand’s best-selling Mix Teklan Rug), the Sjø Rug brings minimalism and natural elements to your entryway.

$185

Triangle Throw by Anchal Project

Triangle Throw by Anchal Project

Triangle Throw by Anchal Project

The minimalist triangle print on this throw by Anchal Project brings a luxe, modern look to your living space. Bold enough to add visual interest, yet minimal enough to peacefully coexist with other decor and withstand the test of time, this geometric throw is just what the minimalist ordered. Even better, every throw is meticulously hand-stitched by Indian artisans (you’ll find their signature on every blanket!) making it a piece you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

$298

The Alden Table by Ciseal

The Alden Table by Ciseal

The Alden Table by Ciseal

The Alden Table by Ciseal (pronounced “sis-EEL”) is inspired by mid-century modern architecture and design, featuring smooth curves and a minimalist, practical design that accommodates books, magazines, and any other side table necessities. Its sleek wooden profile delivers on function and style, making it a perfect fit as a nightstand or living room side table. Expertly handmade to order, Ciseal’s modern side table will be a timeless, coveted staple in any minimalist’s space, and totally worth the price tag.

$545

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Alexa is commerce editor at Design Milk. She lives in Miami, Florida with her fiancé Alex and retired greyhound, Phoebe. A longtime art and design enthusiast, Alexa’s first stops in any new city are the art museums. When she’s not writing about her favorite DM shop picks, she might be buried in a book, binging reality tv or adventuring around her city with her partner and pup.