Sometimes the most stylish of homes are the simplest. Clean lines and minimal fuss when it comes to design can make for a refreshing, calming home – and a space that will endure changing trends. In fact, interior designers and stylist’s own homes often follow this principle, with a very basic palette of neutral shades and natural materials.

Get the Look

Key to getting this look right is to invest in high quality furniture – without the disguise of colour, pattern and lots of accessories, the difference between a well-made table and something of a lesser quality becomes more obvious.

The award-winning ercol Romana range is the perfect starting point. Renowned for the quality and simplicity of design, ercol time and again have created collections that endure.
ercol Romana medium table - £1595, ercol all-purpose chairs – coloured finish £340, std finish £315

Made of pale oak, the Romana dining table’s soft curves and understated design emphasises ercol’s skill in working with solid timber.

The Large Romana Sideboard is also full of crafted detailing with smooth, curved drawer pulls and dovetail joints. Soft-close drawers and doors highlight the quality of design, which nods to ercol’s mid-century heritage, yet has a contemporary feel of its own.


White walls and wooden flooring complement the clean and simple feel, but warmth can be added with a few key accessories.

I love the warming tone that copper accessories can bring, such as this set of three Merle Copper Votive Bowls which would look great planted, or kept empty and well-polished for high-shine effect. Copper votive bowls This Cream and Silver-plated Earth Bowl will also add interest without being overbearing, while modest vases like the Large Bottleneck Glass Vase provide the perfect finishing touch to such a pared-down scheme.


The clean and simple look works particularly well for open-plan living spaces, where a continuity of style is needed across living, dining and cooking areas. But equally, it’s a great principle to follow throughout your whole home.