“British style is about longevity and it is about comfort. It is rather like a good-looking English gentleman wearing a suit – the suit is probably old, yet it looks immaculate; it doesn’t scream at you and the person wearing it is comfortable wearing it. In the same way, a room that is well designed should not shout at you when you enter – it is about creating a place for people – for conversation and relaxation.”
Not everyone wants their home to look as formal as a quintessential English gentleman wearing a suit, but the principals Nina Campbell espouses are applicable to all good interiors – whether they are formal or casual, traditional or modern, English or otherwise.
When you are defining your personal style, the important thing is to be true to yourself. If it is true to you, then it will without doubt be timeless.
Everyone has bits and pieces that they have collected along the way. They define who we are and create interesting layers and memories in a room. Decide what you love, then get rid of the rest. Make those remaining pieces you love work in the new scheme. Once you have added a fresh coat of paint and bought a few new items, you will be amazed how old things in a new setting can be revitalized. Most importantly, this layering of the old and new in a room is what makes it beautiful, and most of all, entirely personal to you.
When it comes to buying those new things, take your time. Quality of construction and good design will last you a lifetime. Why not spend a bit more to have something that will be appreciated by you for many years to come, and who knows, may even be handed down the generations? Like an old family recipe – it just gets better and more loved over time!
With this living room there was a lot of art work from various family members to accommodate in to the scheme.
We created a picture wall above the sofa which adds some drama and then livened up the black and white with the shot of rhubarb pink. The cushions even became art works in themselves!
In this living room the client wanted to keep their tired old Heal’s sofas because they were so comfortable. They also wanted to go very bold with purple walls. So we re-upholstered the sofas in grey to anchor the room, and added colour everywhere else. If they ever change their style they can strip back the colour leaving the grey sofas and start again to create another more neutral scheme. Those sofas will now go on to live a long and fruitful life!
Rooms are for people. If you create beautiful, comfortable rooms then the people you love will love coming to visit you. And what greater pleasure is that, than to fill your home with people you love and who also love your Living Room?
And if you need a helping hand with the decision making, just give me a call.
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