One of the more interesting aspects of being an estate agent is seeing so many different interiors. Some are stylish and elegant, while others are, let’s just say, less inviting.
We know how tricky it can be to get that perfect design inspiration. Today’s fashions change so quickly, it’s hard to know what’s ‘now’ and what’s as dated as avocado bathrooms.
To help you through the maze of interior design, we spoke to interior designer Rebecca Allan, of Alexander James Interior Design. Rebecca recently designed the beautiful show home for the Bear Pit apartments that we have just launched on the South Bank. She talked to us about the trends we can expect to see in 2015 and gave us her top tips for transforming your home.
1. Boutique bedrooms
“A lot of our clients want a bedroom that feels as luxurious as a five star hotel but has the warm feeling of home. A classic way to achieve this is to start with a ‘wow’ bed. Add a subtle fabric headboard that blends in with the other materials in the room, plenty of lamps to create atmosphere and scattered cushions, throws and furs for a sensuous feel. If a bed with endless cushions isn’t your thing, opt for beautiful bedding with decorative piping and edging to create a refined finish.”
2. Panelled walls
“If you have the budget, panelled walls give a special sophistication to flat surfaces. These can be upholstered in linen, suede or even leather, adding interest and shape to what could be a bland, flat wall.”
“Be bold with your artwork. It’s a great way to add a burst of colour without being too full on. For the Bear Pit, I chose a neutral, almost white backdrop to keep the space feeling light and airy. I then commissioned an artist to produce bespoke pieces that incorporated the colours and tones I’d chosen for the cushion fabrics and flowers.”
4. Dress your bathroom to perfection
“People love extravagant hotel bathrooms. It’s amazing how a few rolls of thick white towels, flowers and the display of high end toiletry products can transform any bathroom into a luxurious high-end space.”
5. From runway to room
“Clothing designers aren’t the only ones influenced by fashion week. Well-received colours and prints often find their way into the interior design world, too. Next year, I expect to see textile designs incorporating loose geometric shapes, hand painted techniques and blurred lines influenced by Asian and Moroccan designs. I also anticipate lots of blues and yellows.”
6. Brass, gold and antique
“We’ve seen a lot of chrome over the last few years but this is now being replaced with brass, gold, silver leaf and antique finishes. A lot of new furniture and fixtures in 2015 will have these elegant finishes.”
7. The finishing touches
“Less is more when it comes to choosing decorative objects for your home. Ditch the clutter and stick to key pieces that reflect your taste and style. It’s much better to spend your budget on a selection of impacting pieces that you love instead of a collection of purposeless accessories.”