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Trend Focus: Barely There

11 June 2021

For rooms that require effortless peace and tranquillity, the ‘barely there’ look is all about soft shades in natural, neutral and nude tones. This palette complements all projects, from period properties and barn conversions to rustic retreats, eco builds and more. It’s a style that embraces a ‘no colour’ rule – think of hues that are warmer than white with soft, gorgeous shades which are instantly relaxing the moment you enter the room. It’s a feeling that wraps you in a warm embrace and aesthetically, it works well with a variety of materials. Accents of natural stone, timber and brick will all help to create that raw, unrefined style that looks stunning in kitchens and bathrooms.

Athena Calderone

For inspiration, check out interior designer Athena Calderone, whose style taps into this trend beautifully. Taking the ‘barely there’ backdrop and making it the star of the show, Athena contrasts the calm with bold bursts of black furniture, timber accessories, tactile fabrics and natural greenery from the garden.

@jakearnold / @theexpert

Hollywood’s go-to interior designer, Brit boy @jakearnold, co-founder of @theexpert uses a warm palette to let architectural features speak for themselves. Marble, limestone and natural materials with texture stand proud within the space and it’s a look that lets its surroundings breathe. He’s renowned for designs that are bold and dramatic yet highly comfortable and high profile clients include Aaron Paul, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend and Dan Levy.

@studiolifestyle_

Over at West Hollywood design firm @studiolifestyle_ the look is very much California chic with touches of glam here and there set within a warm, cocooning embrace that makes a house a home. Check out the Laurel Canyon living area and Beverly Hills kitchen on their website studio-lifestyle.com for interiors that go above and beyond the height of charm and comfort.

Vieux Bourgogne Limestone Artisan Ancient™ Finish

Here at Artisans of Devizes we have so many stone and tile materials that are just perfect for this trend. Whether your project needs natural stone or imperfect ceramic tiles, our palette includes plenty of warm colours, tones and hues that effortlessly evoke the ‘barely there’ look and feel. Natural stone in particular is a wonderful way of tapping into this trend, as it looks lived-in and loved. It ages well, so looks even better over time and it will complement all styles of interior.

@ceciliahalling

In designer Cecilia Halling Howells’ kitchen and utility room, which can be seen on Instagram @ceciliahalling, our Oasis ceramic white tiles are used to add warmth and iridescence to an otherwise all-neutral scheme.

@mike_and_kate

The same tiles are also used to great effect in this stunning bathroom from @mike_and_kate. Teamed with black brassware, the monochrome mood is simple yet sophisticated.

Pottery Porcelain Oatmeal

For an artisan look, the imperfections of our Pottery tile in Oatmeal enhance the charm of this warm, rustic looking tile that works wonderfully in all decors.

@arranandhadleyinteriors

Speaking of natural stone, check out how stunning our Marlborough Terracotta appears in this utility room with bespoke cabinetry by @sherekitchens. These terracotta floor tiles were chosen by @arranandhadleyinteriors to tone down the orangey vibe created by the timber furniture and they sit perfectly within the space, being practical as well as blending in.

Buscot Limestone Tumbled Finish

For further inspiration, how about our Buscot Limestone, which lends ‘barely there’ chic to this classic English-French open-plan kitchen, perfect for summer entertaining.