As the summer holiday season comes to a close, many of us have been inspired by the beautiful white-washed interiors of far-flung destinations. In Ibiza, the Greek Islands and all over the Med, pretty whitewashed buildings hide simple, rustic interiors and pared-back colour schemes.

But the great thing is, you don’t need to have blue skies and beautiful sunshine to recreate the look in your own home. A white palette can work just as well in colder climates like our own, and feel cosy and comforting with the right touches.

We love the ercol Bianco range for this reason – it’s casual, cosy and cool with its simple yet stylish design.

How to Get the Look

The large, Bianco dining table, chairs and various sideboards are perfect for a kitchen/dining space. Painted in contemporary chalk white and complemented with a matt lacquered solid oak table and cabinet tops, it makes for a modern country look that’s ideal for our own homes in the North of England.

ercol Bianco

For a contemporary edge, keep lots of light in the room by opting for very simple, lightweight blinds or curtains, in – you’ve guessed it – white of course! Exposed brickwork and floorboards add to the contemporary, rustic edge.

They say the devil’s in the detail, and that’s certainly true with ercol furniture. Clean linear framed doors contrast subtly with angled legs that soften into smooth curves on the inside.

Add a nod to the nautical with subtle accessories; this Large Pendant Fishing Light fits the scheme perfectly without being over the top.


A collection of coloured glass bottles on the windowsill will reflect natural light during the day and cast a pretty and welcoming light in the darker hours. Try the Smoked Grey Simplicity Vase, which takes on the light of its surroundings with glowing effect.

Smoked Grey Simplicity Vase Low

The flicker of candlelight is another great way to incorporate memories of our holiday destinations – and bring a sense of romance to our everyday rooms.

I love this candlestick from Timothy Oulton, which is reminiscent of a Spanish countryside home. Completely handcrafted from raw materials of wood and resin, the piece is then hand-treated to reflect a vintage finish. A pair of these candlesticks provides the perfect finishing touch for your table or sideboard.


The ercol Bianco collection can be continued in the lounge with the coffee table, side tables and TV unit. Simply add some fluffy, white faux fur rugs and snuggly cushions and throws for a warm, comforting and wonderfully white design scheme.

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