CREATING THE LOOK OF LUXE
Want to be ahead of the curve? Make sure that your home refurbishment is bristling with these stylish design ideas.
1. Back to the future
Mix old and new with a one-off piece of upcycled furniture. “Your house doesn’t need to look like a neatly matched page out of a furnishing catalogue,” says Rosie Caley, Design Director of Oxford & London Building Company. “‘Treasure’ pieces that are interesting or beautiful in their own right have earned their place alongside each other, and bring a much more personal and charming result.”
2. To boldly go…
Forget great swathes of plain flooring in neutral shades, go big, bold and bright in jazzy geometrics for flooring, walls and stairs.
3. Get nak’d
An expanse of bare brick wall warms up otherwise stark-looking industrial kitchens. Don’t use fascia bricks though; you need to splash out on the real thing for the right effect.
4. The grass is always greener
Pantone has declared Greenery as Colour of the Year. “We don’t envisage people painting whole rooms in this colour but rather as an inspirational basis for colour palettes,” says Phil Green of Paint The Town Green. “Designers are inspired by natural elements, by plants and minerals and we see they are building their references from flowers, fruit and skies.” Kenelm Cornwall-Legh of Run Projects says, “You’ve got to be very controlled where you put the green; it looks smart on a front door.”
5. I can see clearly now
Cooker hoods that mar your line of vision between open-plan kitchen and dining room are a thing of the past. Small, neat ceiling cooker hoods that sit flush in the ceiling are de rigueur. “Open-plan living is driving the trend as nobody wants an extractor fan in their face,” says Adam Harrison of Luxair.
6. Make an entrance
Achieve real kerb appeal with a contemporary front door and big it up to 1500 x 3000mm if you can. Security elements include 3D concealed hinges, insulated steel reinforcement and security locks. Nobody’s getting in here.
7. Beige praise
Warmer colours and different textures are changing the stark look of kitchens. Think honey-coloured cork flooring, textured or patterned surfaces and a mixed colour palette. Thea Ingram, Director of Stanza ID says, “Design is going full circle, with less open white spaces to warmer, darker colours and more interesting textures and finishes.” Anna Sadej of Kitchen Connections adds, “There’s less white now and more beiges and greys.” Anna adds that it’s worth checking “the nature of the surface, its gloss, texture and saturation if you decide to go for lacquered fronts.”
8. Feeling hot, hot, hot!
You can’t beat the glow of a wood-burning stove, plus they’re practical, supplying ample hot water and powering all your radiators. They’re also planet-friendly as a carbon neutral heating solution.
9. Broken – not open
Open-plan has morphed into broken-plan, using dwarf walls, open shelving units, or sliding or folding doors. Depending on the confines of the supporting walls, the look creates interesting pockets of privacy. “The walls are staying up generally,” says Giles Sequeira, MD of Empire Builders. “Pocket doors between the front reception rooms that disappear into bookcases give great flexibility,” adds Thea Ingram, Director of Stanza ID.