We show you how to get ahead of the curve with relaxed colour schemes, minimalist interior design and rustic furnishings in the run-up to our roomsets reveal

Living Moodboard

Image: our living room roomset moodboard by stylist Kate McPhee 

Simple, sleek, clean furnishings and colour schemes are making a huge comeback this year as pared-back styles are hotly tipped to be one of the most popular interior design trends of 2018. This look is all about embracing the idea of slow living by introducing gentle colour palettes and rustic finishes into your home to create a relaxed, laid-back vibe.    

From soothing blush tones and warm apricot hues to natural materials and wicker storage solutions to keep your home clutter-free, we're delighted to reveal we'll be featuring this look in our living room roomset at the Ideal Home Show spring.

Get the look with our round up of the top pared-back decorating styles and tips. 

Mix warm and neutral colour palettes

Pared Back Style Living Room With Mint Green Arm Chair And Blush Pink Cushions

Image: Wallace Cotton

Combine soft pinks with neutral shades such as light beiges and rich oatmeals to create a cosy and calming living space. Using the same colour palette, add texture with knitted throws and a bobble rug.

Opt for rustic living room furniture

Pared Back Style Living Room Corner With Natural Wood Cabinet

Image: Swoon Editions

Update your living room furniture with rustic wooden sideboard to add warmth to the pared-back style. Crisp magnolia walls will emphasise the scheme's clean look and brighten up a large living area.  

Add a pop of colour and accessorise

Pared Back Style Living Room With Pink Sofa And Apricot Cushions

Image: H&M Home

A statement sofa doesn't always have to be bold and daring, simply choosing a delicate colour with warm hues like blushes and nudes will help shape the pared-back theme. From there you will be able to mix and match as many interiors as you like, from plush cushions to your coffee table and plant pots.

Go natural with wicker

Pared Back Style Living Room With Light Grey Sofa Wicker Chairs And Wicker Basket

Image: Bloomingville

Add interest to a subtle grey colour scheme with natural textures such as wicker arm chairs and baskets. Not only will baskets give you extra storage space, but will inject an element of rustic charm to a minimal design.

Create an oasis of calming with colour

Pared Back Style Living Room With Grey Sofa Blue Cushions And Off White Walls

Image: John Lewis

When opting for cooler shades key to the pared-back look, embellish your living room with accents of aquamarine and deep sea blues to create a serene and tranquil space.


Will you be updating your living room scheme with this minimal trend? Let us know by tweeting us @goodhomesmag or post a comment on our Facebook page.

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