Like what you see at our new show home at Hallow Leas? We caught up with Zoe Clark from Killer 5 Interiors to get some inside tips on how to recreate the look in your own home. Here’s what she had to say…
- Don’t be afraid to opt for a rich and bold colour palette.
Gone are the days of grey and greige. At Hallow Leas, near Worcester, we wanted to make a real statement as soon as people walk through the door. With that in mind, we opted for an earthy colour palette of terracotta, red and orange and it certainly makes a statement. These rusty tones are proving popular right now, helping to bring a feeling of rustic warmth to your home. They also work very well against more neutral white and cream tones, as well as blush, mustard and green.
- Make muted sofas a thing of the past.
Let’s face it, we’ve all been spending a lot of time on our sofa over the past 12 months and it’s time to give them a revamp! Be brave and make a statement with it! You can do this through both colour and texture – at Hallow Leas we opted for a bold orange in a rich velvet fabric, making sure the sofa really did grab the eye as soon as you walk through the door. I think it’s my favourite piece of furniture in the house.
You can expand this trend further by opting for bold textures and colours in your dining chairs too – it’s often easier to add colour through furniture than it is to paint the walls!
- Choose a focal point for each room.
By choosing a focal point in each room, you’ll make your interior design project a lot easier. From here, you can then choose your other decorative pieces to complement this one main design feature.
For example, in the bedroom at Hallow Leas, our focal piece is the framed rust velvet headboard with brass inlay. By adding colour, texture or height, a headboard can easily help to add a sense of luxury to your room. Your complementing pieces don’t need to be boring; they simply need to help promote the one focal element. We opted for a bold palm wallpaper in muted grey to really help the headboard pop. Similarly, the soft furnishings, whilst in a mixture of textures, are neutral and earthy. Working with the brass inlay on the headboard, we’ve finished the bedroom with brass accessories and fittings, such as the pattern on the lightshade, handles and joints on the bedside tables and two feature cushions.
- Use artwork to bring a space to life.
I would encourage everyone to be creative in their new home; choose decorative pieces that embrace your personality! In a new build home, you can easily create character by choosing some hero artwork for the walls. There are so many options in the shops right now too, from personalised prints to one-off paintings, wall sculptures, baskets, weaves… the list goes on! Have a look around and choose something that feels unique and that you truly love. Your home should reflect your passions and personality.
Personally, I love the two pieces of metal artwork in the living room at Hallow Leas and believe the contrast of materials and colour alongside the velvet sofa really helps to bring the space to life and give it a contemporary edge.
- Choose vintage and classic furniture in children’s bedrooms.
With regards to children’s rooms, my advice would be to avoid fashions and choose timeless furniture that will grow with your child. Bring the latest trends and their favourite colours in through soft furnishings and artwork instead – this will save you money in the long-run, especially if you have some passionate interior designers in the making!
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