Aesthetic room ideas are perfect for those who love a relaxed, timeless style, and this look has become increasingly popular in recent years.
Our daily lives demand a lot from us, and we seek a well-deserved refuge in our homes - a soothing balance between elegant minimalism and cosy luxury. Those who long for an aesthetic look often envision a simpler yet refined decor to get closer to the dream of a calming ensemble. At first, the idea of a pared-down decor may seem boring or even unappealing, but we're often amazed by skilfully arranged furniture and accessories in harmonious colour schemes.
Aesthetic room ideas are gaining more and more followers as a style trend. While overly ostentatious room ideas can quickly be exposed as a stage for self-promotion, appearing dull and soulless, many of us are turning to the meaningful and authentic tranquillity of calm colour palettes and pleasant materials.
Good interior design promises to bring us closer to our desired dreams, both practically and aesthetically, and when executed thoughtfully, it can be very authentic, tailored to our own personalities. Fantastic designs are definitely long-lasting and stylish, meeting lively demands with grace.
The basis of planning your aesthetic space is neutral colours. While white and light gray tones will remain the first choice for neutral colours, we're seeing
a cautious play with light earthy hues here and there, indicating a new appreciation for nature. Fine gradations are suitable for providing a backdrop for sustainable and earthbound space
Natural colour accents are clearly the ones that make us feel most comfortable in our homes, reminding us of the soothing calm of nature. We don't live on a loud stage and don't need any “loud” status symbols at home - that era is behind us. Steffen Dettmann, creator of the mineralistic style, confirms this by saying: “For almost three decades, we've seen either urban-cool gray or flashy, attention-grabbing colours, so people are now looking for light tones with natural accents for a timeless interior. With our offering at the Kristallkontor in Lübeck, we've even anticipated today's development.” His customers from Scandinavia and the Hamburg-Lübeck metropolitan region are trendsetters in this view.
The beauty of light neutral colours is that they're extremely versatile and blend wonderfully with almost any other colour, material, or pattern. They often provide a wonderful foundation for a range of different interior styles.
Warm white colours bring coziness to your living room
With their warm undertones, muted white tones such as cream-white, old-white, or a variant with a fern tint provide a comfortable feeling - perfect if you're looking for the right background. Broken white tones can harmoniously pick up almost all color accents, making existing furniture and accessories look new again. A consistently white interior receives a visual upgrade when the conforming wall design now conjures up calm aesthetics on the surfaces through the incidence of light. It gets cosy with the evening light, while it is bright and airy during the day, without appearing cold or clinical. "South-facing rooms with lots of light can handle cooler white tones with blue or green undertones, while for darker, north-facing rooms, we recommend warmer white tones," says Stephanie Dettmann, who advises her clients on design issues to test the desired color on-site first to see how it works under different lighting conditions throughout the day, as the neutral, or main colour of the background, determines the stylishly placed accentuations such as art objects or decorative minerals."
Neutral rooms and playing with texture
Timeless and versatile, nature-inspired colours such as gray, white, light beige, and cream are popular colour ideas for living spaces for a reason, as they provide a neutral base for the tension that the textures of the furnishings create. "When decorating a living room with neutral colours, it's important to introduce a lot of texture so that the whole thing doesn't look monotonous and lifeless," says British style expert Camilla Clarke of Albion Nord.
"The texture of the furniture is just as important as colours and patterns in principle. There is nothing worse than a flat design. Good interior design is always about stimulating the senses, and therefore texture is a significant part of every design to visually and tactually stimulate us without being intrusive," explains Stephanie Dettmann, owner and creative director at the Lübeck Kristallkontor.
Get Back to Nature: Embrace Natural Fibres
The balanced use of textiles made from light, pastel natural fibres like linen, wool, and velvet is an excellent way to add depth and cosiness to a neutral living room, especially if it's large and open. Timeless fabrics made from the finest yarns can add a beautiful and luxurious facet to a simple, neutral decor. For larger curtains, the inherent beauty of pure linen gives a relaxed yet lively look to a room. Cushions and throws made from linen, velvet, or wool in natural tones or blue/pink hues create a harmonious contrast, contributing to a characterful and charming overall look.
Neutral Tones for the Bold
While the aforementioned light tones are considered calming for most people, we understand that some may prefer more subdued hues. For darker natural tones as so-called neutrals - from Irish green to charcoal black - white furniture provides a striking contrast, but leaves less room for accessories. Psychologically, heavily dark decorations are often interpreted as a misunderstanding or misinterpretation, which may not be suitable for the trend. That's the honest explanation, in case one has a preference for the heavier design of neoclassical Kaiserzeit.
Off-White with Marble. How to Create an Elegant, Neutral Kitchen
As the kitchen is the most used room in the house, it's important that it's as bright as possible and perceived as friendly. Traditional and modern kitchen designs are therefore popular. We all know that white is not just white, but with the plethora of shades available, it's easy to get lost in the subtle differences that make a significant impact on the ambiance.
In the kitchen area, we don't expect an art exhibition, but rather a feeling of cleanliness and elegance. Marble surfaces fulfil this and, combined with versatile off-white, make for a dream team in top-notch interior design. "Here in the real north, on the Schleswig-Holstein coast, we like to combine it with a distinct touch of blue without dominating the room," adds Steffen Dettmann of Kristallkontor.
Use Neutral Tones as a Base for Bright Accents
If you enjoy decorating with art and collectibles, a light, neutral wall colour such as white, cream, light gray, or very, very light blue is the perfect base for bold accent colours. Choosing a warm cream tone is a top colour for a living room, as it not only brings warmth but is also contrast-rich enough for white furnishings, making it a real all-rounder. Here, anything is possible, as we don't know of any colour no-go's. The individual design will underline your personality through well-selected favourite pieces.
The Finishing Touch
When it comes to furnishing aesthetic rooms, consider sculptural shapes that create focal points in a calm setting, instead of bold colours. Our tip for furniture shapes is of Gustavian era, definitely Scandinavian, and vintage.
The often-organic silhouettes and curved designs create a less strict and cosy environment in which we feel comfortable.
For accessories, we recommend decorative minerals that create a special atmosphere and inspire contemplation in viewers - it's nature itself that enchants us like art.