There’s nothing like stripping back to the basics to do you the world of good – in an interior design sense, of course…

A new trend for our homes this year is as much an attitude as a decorating concept; ‘beautiful utility’ is all about filling homes with well-made, everyday basics for simple style.

Choose key furniture pieces that are both time and trend neutral. A great example is the Hunston Grand Bookcase – its unfussy design lets the beauty of the wood do the talking, with timber knots and a distressed finish that lends a rustic feel.

Hunston Bookcase lr

We’ve dressed the bookcase with plain, white china tableware and white cooking pots. To add interest, we love the simplicity of the large Wharf Clock – its chalky grey finish and bold design has a clean finish and helps to mix things up.

This style naturally lends itself to the kitchen, but it can also be carried through to the dining and living rooms. Consider a neutral palette and chalky paints, with bare floorboards and textured, plain rugs.

Inspired by nature and woven from hand spun yarns, the Coast Rug in Oyster is dramatically simple – and the perfect addition to both modern and traditional homes.

Coast Rug- Oyster

Beautility harks back to a more modest time and a less-complicated life, so opt for traditional storage items like kilner jars and enamelware when it comes to accessories. The Large Glass Round Vase and Stone Effect Vase will make for soothing, calming pieces to fit into the laid back colour scheme.

Large Glass Vase Round Stone Effect Vasre

The trend can be worked into lots of other looks, which means it is easy to update your current styling with a few key pieces.

For an industrial twist, the Jorge Workbench is a great choice to provide practicality and interest. It may look like an old work bench, but it has been cleverly transformed into a beautiful desk, complete with two drawers and metal handles.

Jorge Workbench Desk

Despite all this pared-back practicality, artwork still has its place and the traditional design of this Pots Framed Picture, mounted on a wooden frame for a country feel, blends in perfectly.

Pots Framed Picture

The same goes for comfort – it’s still useful to pile up on cosy cushions and throws in tactile, natural materials – especially in these cold, winter months.

When things become too cluttered or over-fussy, it’s time to rejoice in the simple pleasure of well-crafted things that play an active part in the way we live.