Elegance is again being redefined to capture an earthy, simple and wholesome sort of minimalism in interior design. Homes this year have been embracing the elements, taking natural and rustic materials like wood, wicker, slate and stone and partnering it with a muted and white colour palette to create an environment of calm. And it is this very ambience that modern homes are really striking.
White seems to breathe in a crisp freshness to a room, amplifying light and giving the sensation and freedom of space. Furniture and trappings crafted from rustic salvaged or upcycled materials bring visual interest to such simplicity. Unmanufactured character and charm is manifested in irregularity and imperfections, and enhanced by the juxtaposition of pieces with clean, smooth lines.Scandinavian design is the epitome of understated elegance. White washed wood and nude wood offset the purity of the colour palette, which magnifies light. Homely touches of black and white framed prints, accents of greenery and wicker temper the brilliance, so that the effect is softer.
A white colour palette in the bathroom seems to aptly reflect its purpose: a room for ritualistic cleansing; an environment in which to relax, unwind and wash away the stresses of the day. Keep the area streamlined and uncluttered to maintain an ambience of simplicity and calm. Light naturally uplifts the soul, so introduce and trap in as much natural light as you can, if not through windows then through using mirrors. Exchange the harsh, jaundiced light of fluorescent bulbs for LED ones that provide soft and natural looking illumination.
This white, rustic, minimalist aesthetic is increasingly being seen in boutique hotels, engendering a ‘home from home’ feel. In this bathroom set, a natural wooden towel rail leans against the wall, its smooth yet crooked form fitting in well with the distressed reclaimed wood of the adjacent dado rail. Low wooden beamed ceilings soften the acoustics and the stone bathroom bench with a bowl-like basin give the interior an overall provincial feel.
Visual texture really comes to life in this bathroom. Mosaic effect tiles in differentiated muted and neutral tones next to the smooth Calacatta gold honed marble floors see two contrasting patterns unite without clashing. A swathe of billowy cotton fabric introduces softer textures against these hard materials alongside rustic shelving housing deep, fluffy towels also in white and stone colours. A dark solid wooden stool with contrasting honey and chocolate hued timber adds further natural touches to the interior design, while the bathroom’s globe-like papier-mache pendant light above the washbasin has a surface look reminiscent of parched cracked soil, adding further visual interest to the scheme and celebrating the irregular beauty of the handmade.
You can experiment and recreate the rustic, earthy, simple look in the home with our natural range here on E-Side – all beautiful, design-led furniture with a modern, minimalist yet rustic edge. You can also get further design inspiration on our Pinterest page.