Furnishings drive a minimalist space and provide most of its visual appeal. Think about what's essential in your room. Do you need three cocktail tables, a pair of armoires and a hulking credenza? What's the minimum amount of furniture you must have to maintain an optimum level of livability? Once you decide what to keep and what to skip, look for seating, tables, case goods and other pieces that have sleek, stripped-down profiles and lack ornamentation.
Softer side: Minimal doesn't mean uncomfortable — there's no need to perch on hard side chairs without a place to prop your feet. Just remember to keep cushioned furnishings tailored, such as tight-back sofas and chairs. And by all means add a sleek ottoman or hassock that will allow you and your guests to kick back with ease.