Taking It To The Floor

Go from messy minimalist to functional bohemian with these back to the floorboard styles.

To the angsty teen, eschewing the bed frame and taking the whole sleeping operation to the floor is a bold interior design statement. Call it the messy minimalist movement. While parents the world over continue to be confounded by the décor habits of their teens and threadbare twenty-somethings, it’s a style that deserves a more grown up look.

With a few adult touches, taking it to the floorboards is a look that’s a little bit harem with a dash of rock ‘n’ roll.

If you’re going for a decidedly Copenhagen look, keep it neutral with sharp blacks and whitest whites. Clean floors and a blanket of natural light do the rest.

A knitted throw adds texture and casual sophistication.

This eyelet touch – with a potpourri of pillows and Chinese-style lantern overhead – adds a whimsy evocative of Molly Ringwald’s Andie in Pretty in Pink.

The floor is very much a part of the furniture. As such, to get away with this look you need a really fantastic one. Think along the lines of quality wood, Japanese minimalist stone like marble or granite, or the Moorish-style tiles seen here.

Full length, fabulous windows don’t hurt either.

Taking it to the floor can feel like a tree-house adventure….

…or a cozy stay away from home.

It’s romantic snuggling close to the floorboards, particularly when surrounded by opulent fabrics in rich jewel tones.

Low lying bedframes are also a practical solution for adding the illusion of height and paring down clutter.

With the addition of some vintage pieces, like this teak chair from the 1950’s and lamp from the 1960’s, you’ve got a look that transcends the messy minimal and evolves into something much more functional bohemian.

Images: Chanel Bags and Cigarettes; LaMaison d’Anna G; Design Manifest; Camilla Hylleberg; girard312; Stagetecture; MissuzBee; jedersonlobo; and Elle Italia

K. Emily Bond

K. Emily Bond is the Shelter Editor at EcoSalon and currently resides in southern Spain, reporting on trends in art, design, sustainable living and lifestyle.