When we think about decorating our homes, some of the first things that come to mind are flowers, furniture, accessories and artwork. These are all important factors; however it always amazes me that one of the most important factors is often given the least attention. Walls.
The walls of the house are like the spine. They exist throughout the house and are the backdrop to every room, acting like a blank canvas upon which we set the atmosphere of the room and showcase the accessories that make the room ‘lived in and loved.’
Have you ever heard the term ‘a house is not a home without people’? Well, as true as that is, the heart of the house cannot beat without walls.
Whether your walls are being used as backdrops for art or furniture or as a focal point, they should never be overlooked but instead embraced as a very important part of any design. I love creating surprises with walls, adding textures using fabrics, specialist plaster finishes or natural stone, and with such an array of choices these days you can really create something special.
Top Tip: I always suggest to my clients that they think carefully as to whether or not they will be displaying art on their walls or whether it will be a focal point so that we know how far we can go with the finish. I normally suggest walls are kept relatively plain if art is being displayed so that the art and the backdrop don’t fight against each other.
Leather Love and Natures Gifts
I love using leather on walls, and I’m a real fan of faux leather. Studies, libraries and even lifts look fantastic with leather walls. I love the simplicity in this private home with neutral, plastered walls and how the lift has a mix of cool, crisp chrome which contrasts beautifully with the warm burgundy leather.
As often as I can, I suggest natural stone for walls and floors. Gorgeous limestone always looks clean when used in bathrooms see how good it looks on walls, floors and counter-tops in this en suite bathroom. I love bathrooms to be very glamorous just like a luxury hotel bathroom should be, somewhere where you want to spend hours relaxing in the tub and there is nothing nicer than a clean smooth limestone clad onto the walls or large stylish slabs of marble.
Top Tip: When using neutral materials for your walls, use accessories to add colour and va va voom to the room. Classic walls never date and always look stylish so, by changing your accessories, you can easily change the tone of the room and add a modern feel without spending lots of money on a complete renovation.
Even though it seems a strange option, don’t over look using glass for your walls. These not only add a great deal of light into a darker room, but glass walls also make a great visual statement if you have architectural interest to look out to. See how this wall sets off this fabulous staircase which curves beautifully outside the room.
Top High Street Buys
This week I visited the Range and could not believe how reasonably priced the beds were! Check out this faux leather sleigh bed. Dress it up with satin and silky cushions and a throw and no one would know that it wasn’t an exclusive designer piece.
Another great buy this week is this collection of lamps from Dunhelm Mil. They look stylish, sophisticated and will glam up any bedroom or living room perfectly. Plus, they look really expensive so hide the labels and nobody will know. Shhhh!
Splash The Cash
I have a real love for ‘star pieces’ in my work and the silver wing in their eclectic collection here from Colombostile certainly fits into my criteria. It’s beautiful! http://www.colombostile.com/Stili.aspx?prd=14&lng=1
My favourite light of the moment is the Estadio light. It’s absolutely stunning and perfect for adding exra glamour and style to the £25million home that I’m currently working on in London. http://www.santacole.com/en/catalogo/lamparas-de-suspension/estadio
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