Promoting a tranquil atmosphere and incorporating just the essentials in the room. A sense of airiness and space plays an important part, along with wall colours in cool or warm shades of white. Industrial style lighting, hidden lighting or spotlights. Monochrome fabrics, sleek and smooth. Window treatments kept to a minimum. Shutters, blinds and plain voile panels for privacy. Modern and streamlined furniture, straight lines and glossy textures. A statement picture and sculptures or architectural features like a glass staircase. Combine this with just one bright accent colour, to add interest and focal points.
My personal favourite! A mixture of different styles, which come together to create an individual look. This can be a combination of contemporary furniture with period pieces. Alternatively a traditional style property furnished and accessorized in a contemporary or minimalist way. Anything goes, any colour scheme, patterned or plain fabric of any texture. Any colour palette is acceptable. This produces a unique, personal and exciting interior.
With a backdrop of black, white, cream or beige. Good tailored furniture, sophisticated polished metal. All brought together with luxurious fabrics, such as silk, damask and satin. Add a touch of vibrancy with a strong complimentary colour. All offset with sparkling crystals, tassels, large statement mirrors and glamorous lighting effects.
Light, welcoming and comfortable interiors. Sleek lines, with carefully thought out lighting. Main colours are warm or cool neutral tones, together with black, greys and white. To add interest a pop of toning colour is strategically placed. Furniture made of wood and metal with leather or subtle fabrics. Carefully selected accessories and kept to a minimum to avoid a cluttered look. A unique piece of art works or prints to add interest and personality.
Classical, elegant furniture and all matching with that particular period style. Traditional wood furniture, possibly with carvings. Genuine period antiques or top quality replicas. Period paint colours are readily available to choose, from heritage colour charts. Fabric materials such as velvet, brocade, damask and natural linen, with or without patterns, such as regency stripe, floral etc. All encompass an air of luxury and elegance.
This is a relaxed, artistic interior design style. It incorporates elements from a bygone era. ‘Shabby Chic’ has been used to describe this style. Old furniture from different era’s, which are painted and given a distressed look. Brought together with old treasures, mixed with natural looking accessories, distressed wood frame mirrors and mismatched cushions in floral or pastel shades.
This interior design style is feminine, ornate and incorporating plenty of class. A base of pale vintage colours for wall finishes with accents of richer deeper colours, which can incorporate vintage patterns. Fabric patterns of butterflies, toile, foliage, and stripes. White or ivory painted furniture in the French Louis style, with a distressed look. Gilt finished head boards, chairs and mirrors. Armoires from France, bird cages, crystal vases, reproduction or original antique French signs all add to the vintage French style.
Inspired by nature and the English country garden, with vases of lovely fresh flowers dotted around the interior. Paint colours are soft blue tones, pink, green, lavender and hints of yellow. A back ground colour of chalky white to complement the overall look. Fabrics with floral, tartan, stripes or gingham patterns. All brought together with old photographs, bone china collections and scenic paintings.
Renowned for their simplicity, utility and beauty. Scandinavian homes have a pure, pared backed style that is centred around warm functionality, clean lines, flawless craftsmanship and understated elegance. The use of light is extremely important and many Scandinavian homes are characterised by the use of earthy muted tones, honest materials and minimal ornamentation. Light wooden flooring; white walls, grey and blue textiles and simple column fireplaces.
This style is about displaying the building materials that many try to conceal. Adding a raw, unfinished look to the most thoughtfully designed homes. Selecting pieces that are as much about function as style. Used in loft apartments, modern homes and commercial spaces around the world, industrial design showcases neutral tones, utilitarian objects, wood and metal surfaces. Emulating a “warehouse look” that combines a true industrial feel with a range of other styles, from the earthy to the polished. One signature element of industrial interior design is to proudly display pipes and ducts. Furniture is mainly vintage but also incorporating old factory and laboratory pieces.