I prefer light, bright minimalist interiors and it’s not just the aesthetics I’m drawn to, I also find them calming and uplifting. Simple interiors are low maintenance, quick to tidy and easy to keep clean. Perfect when you have a busy life or don’t want to spend too much time doing the housework.
When I began simplifying my home I hadn’t decided to create a monochrome living room, it just seemed to happen. I think it was a desire to live somewhere a little more grown-up after years of living with vintage toys and collectables. I guess we all have to grow up sooner or later!
I was also inspired by the interiors of Scandinavia. I love the clean lines, muted palettes, modesty and simplicity. There’s definitely an understated elegance and sophistication to Swedish interiors that really appeals to me. I find it’s a style I go back to time and time again, I even have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to it!
After removing all the clutter and repainting the room, I personalised the space with cushions, plants and one or two collectables. And to stop the room looking too plain or wishy-washy, I added a printed rug. Rugs help to define the space and bring everything together, they’re also cosy especially if you have wood floors. After a little searching online I found these two gorgeous monochrome rugs. I couldn’t decide between the two so I bought both, which I’ll admit wasn’t very minimalist of me!
My love of monochrome print stems from an admiration of 1960’s style and Op Art in particular Mary Quant, Bridget Riley and, of course, my all time favourite Twiggy. I think a monochrome print gives the room a slightly retro edge and despite enjoying minimalism I’ll always be vintage at heart!
Do you have patterned rugs in your home?
This post is in collaboration with Furniture Village.