A little bit old, a little bit new; pared back, warm, honest, comfortable. Warm minimalism is all these things. Acknowledging the contemporary yearning not for more, but for less stuff, it's the perfect way to move forward with your interiors without sacrificing the peace to be found in being nurtured, embraced by your home.
|Interior design by Luft Design|
It is, in many ways, a style that feels very familiar to me. I'm not a minimalist by any means, but I do like simple; I like clutter-free; I like well-made. I also love things, and prefer to have a fewer, better ones that I can look after and cherish than many items that I don't care so much for. I also feel that a simple home can be warm, elegant, inviting – as well as being compatible with children, with real life. The rich, moody walls that are one of the key elements of this style prevent the lack of clutter from feeling stark; the warm, wood tones feel robust and liveable.
|Design by Brandler London for Swoon at Home|
It's about choosing things that you love and displaying them carefully, beautifully, with space to breathe; about focusing on earthy, natural, tactile materials – wood, marble, jute – and letting them be the details that set off a space.
|Interior Design by @withloveandwild|
I really believe that there is so much joy to be found in simplifying rooms to their essential elements so that they almost become as much about what you leave out as what you put in, and redecorating is the perfect opportunity to do this. It's true that you need impeccably planned storage in order to make this style of decorating work, but the truth is, it's achievable – as long as you allow yourself to let go – and it's incredibly liberating to be completely honest with yourself about what you need.
I think one of my favourite things about this style is that the paired-back aesthetic is quite contemporary but the details are well-worn – beautiful paintings, strings of patinated beads, warm grey tones and wood panelling – which just makes it feel so familiar and cosy.
|Interior architecture & design by Vincent Van Duysen|
Above all, I think a good room (however you define those words), should be a place that nourishes you and provides respite and inspiration in equal measure – and that has as much to do with how it makes you feel as how it looks.