Looking For Inspiration?

Pink and teal entrance hall interior design
Light, bright entrance hall
Light, bright entrance hall

Lockdown 2 has certainly impacted on a lot of lives and livelihoods in the UK.

Looking for inspiration?

With many people staying at home finding inspiration for an interior scheme can be a difficult task.

Using the time to look at swatches and catalogues that have been collected during better times is definitely a way to get the creative juices flowing.

Madeira Josefina floor tile

Where do you start?

This Fired Earth floor tile with its stunning graphic pattern is a great starting point for a room scheme. It could work in a kitchen, bathroom, garden room, or perhaps, an entrance hall.

Pull in coordinating fabrics and paint swatches by homing in on the pink, purple, and green/blue hues of this graphic pattern.

Mood board

Apply this choice of fabrics and paints to a piece of furniture, a window dressing, and/or a wall finish.

Neo-classical Toile linen

The scale of the pattern on this Neo-classical Toile linen which depicts finely detailed trees and stag-hunting scenes would make it an ideal fabric for a blind or a scatter cushion.

Developing the scheme

Once an idea for a colour scheme starts to take shape it’s time to think about accessories. A statement piece of furniture, lighting, cushions, throws; the list is endless.

Zoe lamp by Kinkatou

Consider practicalities; is there a socket for a lamp? Will a piece of furniture fit?

A mood board is the perfect place to collate these images and swatches.

See how it looks in different lights by placing it in the room for which the scheme has been designed.

Are you happy with your choices?

Live with it for a while to see if it works in the space.

Test colour samples on walls and, if appropriate, source larger pieces of fabric so that you can see how the colour or pattern will look when scaled up.

If uncertainty creeps in ask for a second opinion. This could be from someone who’s style you admire or from someone in the profession; a decorator, designer, architect, or stylist.

Most of all, enjoy the process!

📸 Carolyn Hayter 📸 Pinterest

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