Simple Scandi-style and the trend for glossy white counters is all well and good, but plain, minimalist spaces can easily suck the life and soul out of your home. Luckily, resuscitation is simple. Breaking up a “blah” space with pulsing patterns and tactile textiles can be done with just a few small adjustments – and you won’t even have to compromise your overall aesthetic. Read on to find out ten easy ways to put the “living” back into your rooms.
1.Embrace natural beauty
We often think of natural materials like wood or stone as neutrals when it comes to home décor, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. The patina of an aged metal table or the repetitive weave of a jute rug lend a subtle but distinctive character to a room, and are perfect for creating visual interest in a calm or minimalist space.
Subtle and stylish; the delicate pink keeps these cupboards from overwhelming the rest of the room
Source: Furnished by Anna.
2. Understated = Timeless
Pattern and texture doesn’t have to be loud to make a statement. In fact, for a sustainably timeless chic, it’s actually better if you keep them quiet and let smaller, easily-changed items do the talking. As you can see in the picture above, the oversized mirror and the rich blue of the chair are the most striking parts of the design, yet they could be easily changed when trends move on. The chunky cabinets look like more of an investment piece, but the subtle pattern and muted colour will allow them to complement the room for years to come.
Play with contrasting materials in a mostly monochrome room. Image credit: Tim Young.
Source: Ideal Home
3. Keep it monochrome
If you’re a fan of a pared-down interior style, there’s an easy way to introduce texture without disrupting your current colour palette. Look for throws, rugs, cushions and accessories in shades that closely match your existing furniture, but bring different types of materials into the space. For example, mixing glossy stone and glass with soft leather, imitation furs and tactile woven fabric. The contrast will be kept in check by the unity of the colour, keeping the overall look easy on the eye.
4. Put it on the walls
Reluctant to go wild with texture? Using a single blank wall as your canvas is an easy way to make a bold statement in one move. Exposing the brickwork or putting up a large hanging is one option, but if you’re feeling a little more creative, why not opt for a feature wall in a textured wallpaper illusion?
The same shade of red unifies these quirky clashing prints, and the white gives them room to breathe.
Source: Image from HGTV, via the Spruce.
5. Mix and match
On the other hand, if you’re feeling brave you can clash three contrasting prints for a striking effect. Pick a primary pattern to get started, maybe based on your sofa fabric or a much-loved rug. Next, look for items in a contrasting print that shares a common theme. Think about the pattern scale, colour intensity or general concept and make sure all three patterns share something in common. It’s also a good idea to let patterns breathe with white (or neutral) space around them and physically keep them spread around a room to provide balance.
6. Layer up
There’s a secret to achieving a bold-but-balanced texture scheme: layering. Start with a crisp, single colour background – for example, your sofa. Next, add a subtle, barely-there print, like a medium-weight woven throw or large, fleecy cushions. Finally, pick a bold print in a colour-coordinated shade for your accent pillows. The same technique could be used for your dining table or floor; a simple base, layered with lightly-patterned placemats or rugs with a statement footstool or decorative dinner plates.
7. Indulge your green thumb
Plants and flowers are the ultimate interior accessory. They literally breathe life into a room, making a stale space feel warm and homely and adding a burst of colour in a neutral scheme. When bringing more plants into your décor (you can never have too many), pay close attention to the shape of the leaves and dynamic of the buds. Spiky succulents or grasses keep a minimalist design looking modern and edgy, while a trailing basket of ivy or string of pearls adds a bohemian touch.
Bringing a fresh lease of life into your home doesn’t mean you need to revamp the whole style. With just a few subtle pieces of pattern and hints of well-placed texture it’s easy to make a space feel fresh again.