Slow living: how to welcome this concept in your home

Do you love a pared-back aesthetic in your kitchen, bedroom or bathroom? Then slow living, where luxury meets comfort, is just the trend for you.

Slow living, as a lifestyle concept, encourages you to take a step back and enjoy a more present and meaningful life. But how does it tie in with interior design and how can you welcome it in your home?

Well, slow living is a chilled-out interiors trend characterised by textured finishes, a neutral colour palette and exposed materials, such as wood and concrete. This style evokes a calming feeling in any home and helps to the perfect environment for relaxing and recharging.

neutral and relaxing scheme with white paint
Colour of the Year 2024 Hopscotch, £57.50 per 2.5 litres of Claypaint, Earthborn.

How to embrace the slow living trend in your home

Why not revive your kitchen with blond and grainy wood units? Opt for open shelving to display your favourite items while adding a nostalgic feeling to your home. Think salvaged art, artisan vases, vintage décor and textured serving trays and boards.

To get the slow living look just right, decorate your table with organically shaped crockery and linen textiles. And don’t forget to lay faux sheepskin seat covers on your freestanding banquette for an even more chilled out dining experience.

slow living trend in kitchen-diner
M&S X Fired Earth sheepskin rug, £70; Decorative Drip vase, £39.50, and salad bowl, £25, all from M&S.

Dress your bed in tactile linens, heavy throws and knitted cushions to create a cosy and cocooning atmosphere. They tick all the slow living boxes!

Rustic rattan is a great material that will help you bring a touch of the outdoors into your home – from storage units to lighting. Lastly, add an extra layer of comfort with neutral tufted rugs and allow a soft glow to enter the room though light and airy curtains.

slow living trend in bedroom
Cotton Rich duvet cover and pillowcase set, from £20; Berber throw, £35; Remi Kilim rug, from £85, and Textured tufted eyelet lined curtains, from £70, all from Next.

In the bathroom, use grey stone and Zellige tiles on your walls and floors to add texture. Concrete basins complemented by aged or polished brass taps are ideal for the slow living look.

Complete this calming aesthetic with woven storage baskets, wooden stools and spa bathroom accessories. All you need is a bubbly soak and a glass of fizz and you’re all set to ease into slow living …

neutral bathroom design with tiles and textured basin
Liguria Tino tiles (floor and splashback),£66.72 per sq m; Tan-Tan Desert (wall),£72 per sq m; Solar basin, £540; Bournbrook basin mixer in Brushed Living Brass, £545, and Patsy Stone paint, £45 for 2.5 litres of matt emulsion; all from Claybrook.


Achieve the slow living aesthetic in your home with the help of our shopping edit – from chunky knitted throws to rattan table lamps…

trend moodboard
1. Althia Colours tap in Nude, from £269, Abode. 2. Seoul natural chair in Latte, £425, Desser & Co. 3. Graceful Neutral, from £21 for 1 litre of matt emulsion, Yescolours. 4. Chunky knit throw, £175, Cox & Cox. 5. Melodeon side table, £850, Oka. 6. Ensia tall rattan table lamp, £109, Lights & Lamps. 7. Natural collection Hemp bedding, from £119 for a duvet cover, Feather & Black.

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