Giles Kime makes a bold prediction as he perceives a new wind blowing through the World of Interiors. It’s easy (and tempting) to dismiss trend predictions, but you only need to look at Country Life to see that interior design is a restless business. The dramatic changes that took place in the early 20th century demonstrated a profession with creative ADHD, as prevailing styles swung from Arts-and-Crafts to Art Deco to an extraordinary Rococo revival in the space of two decades. I’ve never seen anything intrinsically wrong with the idea of interior design being trend-driven. The only danger is when they lack substance or when they’re taken to fashion victim extremes.
Here are some design predictions for 2017, the first of which is the return of elegant upholstery. Although an L-shaped sofa might be the ideal place for a Saturday-night , they miss the point that well-designed sofas are intended to…
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Mixing the right accessories can make a room more cosy and inviting. When it comes to accessorising odd numbers are preferable, especially three, rather than lining up a trio of accessories in a row, imagine a triangle and place one object at each point. The scale is important, too, so in your group of three it is more complimentary to vary height and width, with the largest item at the back and the smallest in front. For a creative effect, group accessories by the colour, shape or texture, find a unifying element to bring the overall look together.
If you ever doubted the power of window treatments to add the perfect finish to a room, here is a recent project. Often the window treatment is the last thing we do when we decorate a room, but a room is just not complete until the “curtain call” , and often the show stopper ! Beautiful drapery curtains, even the most simple, are an all-time favorite way to finish a window. There is something about the way they frame a window, the perfect borders to a beautiful garden or view, like framing a perfect picture, and drapes are an investment for the home.
When chosen correctly a window treatment gives a finishing touch to any room. It pulls the elements of décor together and helps define the overall theme.
Not everyone can bring in an architect when they’re remodelling their home, so Livingetc asked Mike Stiff, of leading UK architects Stiff + Trevillion, to give us five, easy-to-follow tips as to how to give a property a thoroughly modern edge.
1. Create a clear line of sight
2. Install semi-hidden light fittings
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A fabric-draped ceiling creates a dramatic and romantic atmosphere, elegant swags cascading outward from a central area creates an elegant design. This design can also be used effectively in a master bedroom with vaulted or high ceilings. Gentle rolling waves of fabric can be installed across a lower ceiling for a similar soft, billowy texture. Ceilings can look surprisingly beautiful. Discover how you can give a room the true grandeur it deserves