A life of excess and hustle and bustle is often also flooded with distractions. Cutting back to the bare essentials can have a relieving and liberating effect! Straightforward, no-frills furniture is a core element of the minimalist living style, which is particularly reflected in Scandinavian design: calm lines, smooth surfaces and natural materials are the dominating theme here. Wood and fabrics such as felt, cotton and linen create a cosy ambience and are simply relaxing. The colour palette centres on black, white and grey, with delicate and muted shades such as a rusty red or a harmonious blue to give the necessary variety. To keep the look from becoming too sterile, embellish the overall picture with individual glass or ceramic accessories and carefully highlight selected pieces of furniture. All in keeping with the motto “quality not quantity”!