Rustic Minimalism Interior Design Trend
March 14, 2017 Philippa
Rustic minimalist dining room with dining table, stoneware pendant lamp and hand carved stool

For many people ‘handcrafted’ and ‘minimalist’ are at opposite ends of the design spectrum – with the perception that minimal design must be super-sleek or that handcrafted means homespun, or lacking refinement. Over recent years however, I’ve witnessed the rise of a wonderful movement towards the crafting of much more considered, minimalistic design and at the same time, a growing feeling that true minimalism isn’t just about how a space looks, but more of an attitude towards the stuff we buy and fill our homes with. The recent Netflix documentary ‘Minimalism’  focuses on the idea of minimalism as a conscious life choice to avoid excess and consider the things you surround yourself with more carefully.

This goes hand in hand with wanting to make sure that the things we choose to buy do more good than harm to the planet and its people. Handcrafted items, made using traditional skills, small-scale methods of production and carefully sourced materials, have a minimal impact on the environment. They also help to sustain and foster a slower way of living; where skill and time are valued above price and speed. The fact that the mantra ‘buy less, buy better’ is starting to gain popularity is great news and the fact that the sustainable, eco-friendly options are now so desirable as well makes it a pleasure to shop consciously, not something we feel we should do, but don’t really enjoy! When things are both beautifully designed and crafted then they become desirable in themselves as well as because they help to minimise our impact on the earth.

Although of course it’s possible to be a minimalist and surround yourself with lots of colour, for me the pieces which celebrate the raw materials they’re made from and highlight the maker’s craftsmanship, through visible markings in the materials, or from slight imperfections are the ones which capture that essence of minimalism. A simple neutral colour palette is not only visually very restful, it also allows each carefully crafted piece to speak for itself. This is not to say you should never use colour – I’m a huge advocate of the power of colour so in my ideal home I’d have spaces which use bolder colours and spaces which use more textural, natural pieces! Yes, I do want the best of both worlds! And in fact, when carefully considered, colour can work very well alongside natural finishes – think deep indigo blue with pale oak, or accents of blush pink with Scandinavian style pale wood and linens.

One of the best things about this design style is that it can be budget friendly. The idea is not to spend more overall, but to invest in pieces you truly love, that are made to last and just have fewer things overall. People who try a minimalist lifestyle often talk of the freedom of letting go of stuff and I really believe the most important thing to consider when it comes to your home is to fill it with what you really want – what pieces or items of furniture will bring a smile to your face everyday? Chances are that having one beautifully made piece will give you so much more pleasure than having ten mass-produced items.

What do you think? Is it achievable? And what would be your can’t-live-without-them items?

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Comments (6)

  1. Nancy Straughan 1 year ago

    You’re tempting me way too much! All your products are just so gorgeous. I really need to get around to watching that Netflix documentary too.


  2. Jess Soothill 1 year ago

    LOVE this look and everything in it! Really nice tones and textures 🙂 Thanks for sharing 🙂 Jess xx #HomeEtc

  3. I absolutely love this post! I’m a big believer in shopping from independents and/or saving up for those special pieces rather than a cheap throwaway culture. Your collections are gorgeous X #HomeEtc

  4. Kerry 1 year ago

    I absolutely love this look. Have you seen Jono Smart’s stuff on Instagram? I think you would like his style. Thanks for sharing x x

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      Philippa 1 year ago

      Thanks so much Kerry! Yes, that’s great recommendation – I’m a big fan of Jono’s work – just love the simplicity of his style! x

  5. I’ve really enjoyed this post. I like to create my own furnishings as well as buying handmade when I can. I haven’t watched that documentary on Netflix yet. I am half afraid that I will be converted and end up feeling the house is even more cluttered than it already is!

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