Minimalist and modern interiors: styled by Monikh Dale
For our latest chat on style, inspiration and interiors we sat down with Monikh Dale – a personal shopper turned model and fashion & home influencer. With just a quick glance at her Instagram, it’s easy to see why Monikh has become such an all round style icon to her 186k followers – continually being an inspiration for timeless, understated and irresistibly chic looks.
But what are Monikh’s top tips for designing a room and how did she become so interested in interior design? Having recently added our Isaac sofa to her home, Monikh shares with us some exclusive top tips on styling your home and how to create a clean and minimal space to relax in.
Allow your style to be an extension of your personality
Being exposed to creative processes from a young age and having creative parents allowed Monikh to think about style and fashion in new ways, and she is still using these experiences as inspiration today. From watching Grand Designs to visiting leather shops, Monikh’s parents sparked her love for style, creativity and fashion: “It was a very humble but intriguing introduction to the world of self-expression via style. And I feel like I’m now trying to replicate that freeness in my adult life.”
Opt for simple lines on your furniture
Monikh’s style is very much reflected in the latest sofa.com addition to her home. With a relaxed, laid back feel, the Isaac sofa has loose fitting covers over an angular design and when upholstered in a linen – such as the Alabaster brushed linen cotton chosen by Monikh – the simplicity radiates minimalistic style. The angular lines make the Isaac sofa perfect for contemporary and modern living, whilst the neutral light tones allow you to design your living space around it: “It’s the type of sofa that you could put in almost any home and create its character depending on your accessories.” For Monikh’s minimal style, she has kept it simple – the slight tone in the linen adds a touch of warmth, and it sits perfectly against a simple white wall for relaxed, bright and fuss-free living.
Always make a moodboard
When approaching a room overhaul, or a redesign of a particular space, finding out where to start can be quite overwhelming. However, Monikh has a great piece of advice regarding how to approach styling a new space… A moodboard is really useful when starting to plan the redecoration of a space – allowing you to put together different combinations of colour and texture to see what works (and what doesn’t work so well, too!). Moodboards are also a great way of sharing your ideas with your partner, family and friends to demonstrate how your ideas would look in the space before starting any work. Fill your moodboard with fabric samples, paint colours, flooring samples and pictures or photos of furniture until your heart’s content… Trust us, its a lot of fun!
Draw inspiration from your favourite locations or time periods
Drawing inspiration from particular time periods, geographical locations or colour palettes is an important part of the design process. For Monikh, inspiration was – and is – drawn from warmer parts of the world where open plan living is popular. The simple, laid-back living style is evident when you glance around Monikh’s home – with paired back tones and simplicity representative of open-plan beach villas and coastal homes. What a perfect way to feel like you’re on holiday every day!
Stick to a neutral palette for a zen-like vibe in your home
A pared-back, neutral colour scheme seamlessly flows throughout Monikh’s home, which gives off an open, calm and laid-back vibe: “I like to make our home a very safe and relaxing space for us.” Opt for varying shades of neutral tones across your walls, furniture and floors to create a light and airy space that will instantly transport to you a calm and peaceful state of mind as soon as you walk through the door.
Treat your home like you would your wardrobe
Monikh’s work in the world of fashion has evolved from personal shopping to becoming a fashion influencer and model. However, in recent years, the lines between fashion and interior style seem to be becoming intertwined, and there is less of a divide between each category. Fashion is influencing home interior style, whilst details from interiors are becoming influential in the world of fashion. “ I want a zen, minimal, timeless working wardrobe and home.” Just as you would build a capsule collection of timeless pieces for your wardrobe that can be accessorised in different ways throughout the seasons – apply this same rule to your furniture and interiors.
Get the look
1. Isaac 3 Seat Sofa in Alabaster brushed linen cotton, 2. Isaac rectangular footstool in Alabaster brushed linen cotton, 3. Crosby coffee table, 4. Special scatter cushion in Artichoke Hadleigh, 5. House scatter cushion in Blush pure Belgian linen.
To stay up to date with Monikh’s latest outfits and interior styling, you can follow her on Instagram, or visit her blog.