Fresh start: minimalist interior inspiration for the new year
Fresh into a new year and straight from our visit to the pared-back interiors of designer Hollie Bowden’s flat in De Beauvoir, we’re looking through our homes for sale and Journal features for minimalist interior inspiration.
Regent’s Park Road, London NW1
The architect owner of this apartment has proved that a light, minimalist aesthetic can be achieved even in listed buildings with prescriptive parameters. By celebrating the listed mahogany joinery while adding black and white resin floors, a harmonious contrast of old and new has contributed to a warm minimalist feel.
St Michael’s Road, London SW9
A renovation to this well-kept house within the Stockwell Park Conservation Area introduced an elegant monochrome palette to the entire interior, imbuing a calm, restful tone.
Light, natural materials have been incorporated through pieces like the wooden dining table and chairs, which are backdropped by an abstracted, ethereal painting.
Designer Małgorzata Bany’s creative live/work space in north London
We loved the overhaul designer Małgorzata Bany made to this old warehouse building with her partner, Tycjan Knut, an artist, when we visited last year. The pair took inspiration from American minimalist designer and artist Donald Judd’s daybed to create one from an IKEA sofa and made a Japanese-style screen to divide the space. The lesson being: minimalism allows for creativity.
Sheepcote Lane, London SW11
If you’re not willing to forego books, art and furniture for minimalist living, your kitchen is the perfect space to make a minimalist foray. Here, work-top appliances have been kept to a few choice necessities like a chrome juicer and stealthy kettle.
Artist Genevieve Lutkin and designer Joel Culley’s Clapton apartment
When we visited Genevieve Lutkin and Joel Culley at their Clapton home, Genevieve told us that, “Over time we’ve evolved our aesthetic together and begun to appreciate more minimalist principles – we like to allow each object or piece of furniture the space to breathe so you can appreciate its form and qualities.” The lesson being: don’t cram your space with as much as you can!
Minimalism doesn’t mean being uncomfortable, as this contemporary barn conversion in Norfolk demonstrates. In the main living space, a woodburning stove takes centre stage, set into a hearth formed of basket weave brickwork. A Berber rug and neutral-toned sofas soften the white backdrop.