The New Minimalism

Style at Home editor-in-chief, Erin McLaughlin, says when it comes to the new minimalism, less is more. Here's how to get the most out of the look.


  1. A minimalist space should still reflect your personality; it shouldn't be antiseptic. Design around what you love. For instance, if you enjoy cooking and entertaining, your home should be set up to reflect and facilitate that.
  2. When using varied types of wood or stain, visual separation is key—no matter the size of your space. A neutral colour palette and stainless steel will work exceptionally well to bring it all together.
  3. Scale is important. Larger rooms call for larger furniture, and larger pieces tend to look better when placed with similarly proportioned items.
  4. Focus on organic textures and colours. Wood, stone and jute are all favourable. Tone on tone works beautifully. Don't be afraid to mix beige and grey; they blend well together when set against a neutral backdrop.

Above, from top: paint (Elephant SR58), Para Paints; artwork, Art Interiors; Globe pendant, Elton settee and Jute Bouclé rug, West Elm; Wool Punch pillows in Palest Grey, Prints pillows in Landscape Smokey Grey and Dot Grey, Fluf; Tranetorp dining table, Ikea; Bergen pillow in Ivory, Riley goblets and small and large Sweater vases, Crate & Barrel; dishes, Sophie Conran for Portmeirion; wishbone chairs, Hollace Cluny.