I prefer light, bright minimalist interiors. 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 was also inspired by the interiors of Scandinavia. Clean lines, muted palettes, modesty and simplicity. There is 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 drawing everything together, they’re also cosy especially if you have wood floors. After a little searching, 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 1960s style and Op Art. I love 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!
This post is in collaboration with Furniture Village.