If you long for your home to have that comforting feel of a warm, secure sanctuary, look no further! Follow my guide to building an intimate interior to ease the heart and soul in those bleak winter moments…
Step 1: The perfect palette – ‘Natural Forms’
Pantone LLC, the provider of professional colour standards within the Design Industry have unveiled their Home and Interior colour trends that will influence the market place for 2016. My favourite and what I feel is the most adaptable of the 9 available palettes is ‘Natural Forms’. With base hues such as Bone Brown, Canyon Clay, Cocoon, Copper, Moss, Rust & Sheepskin taking their shading from natural resources, combined with accent hues of more refined materials such as Copper, Lead and Plum Wine; it makes the perfect palette to cosy up to this winter. However, I do feel the need to add one colour into this palette; an off white such as ‘Layered Chiffon’ by Dulux. This will help keep the room feeling fresh and easily adaptable for the change of the season.
Now that we have our palette; creating both balance and harmony within our colour scheme is at the top of the to-do-list. When this is done correctly not only can it assist with the perceived temperature of the room, but also enhance health and wellbeing.
The ‘Natural Forms’ palette is adaptable for every room, during every season.
Step 2: Create your canvas
The basis of your palette should never be too intimidating. It is essential for you to create a harmonising backdrop for you to accessorise with items that not only show your personality, but transform how the space is perceived. On the ceiling – It’s time to brighten up this palette with our extra colour ‘Layered by Chiffon’, this off white will add depth into the room and also enhance the whole scheme with both natural and ambient lighting. On the walls – Using mainly ‘Cocoon’ and/or ‘Sheepskin’ to paint, will create the foundation of a long term colour scheme that will not tire with the ever changing interior fashions.
On the floor – As the key purpose is to add warmth to your home during these cold months, I have selected ‘Bone Brown’ to ground the palette. Keeping with the theme of ‘natural forms’ I would suggest a raw, exposed material such as wood, to portray this colour. However, not everybody has a natural hardwood floor boards in their home, they also need continuous maintenance which can be impractical, especially in family homes; In my collection I have the perfect solution – ‘Pino Vintage Wood Plank Tiles’ available in two sizes these tiles can be mixed to create an authentic wooden floor, at a fraction of the price!
Also, for those who want to be a little bit more experimental in floor choice, try ‘Abete Vintage Wood Tiles’ these have a structured parquet effect making for a subtle, yet luxurious style statement. The reason I’m steering away from carpet as a floor selection within this cosy autumnal interior will become clear as we look at customising the space, this will include the opportunity to both personalise and create multiple style statements keeping your home intimate yet on trend with the latest interior trends.
Neutral hues fuse well with all natural textures allowing you to enhance your home interiors with personal style.
Step 3: Add a feature to your canvas
When deciding on a focal point in a room it is fundamental you look at the functional layout of your living area, think about how the room will used, then consider the seating arrangement and also the lighting; both natural and artificial. The best way to achieve a perfect focal point is by adding or enhancing an existing feature; is there a chimney breast or fireplace that you can adorn? If there is a possibility to build a focal point around an element that can potentially control the temperature, this is an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed. Alternatively if you have a large empty space, creating a feature wall can work just as well to create definition and character within your interior.
I find in this particular scheme, once again natural materials work best, however they are often not practical due to positioning or conditions within a room; for example, not everybody will have a natural brick wall – especially in newer housing. In my collection “Old Millhouse Bricks” allow you to create an extremely natural looking brick wall giving you the opportunity to add those darker more refined hues found in the Natural Forms palette. ‘Rustic Multicolour Ledgestone Splitface’ mosaic tiles made from natural slate pieces would also create a stunning display, building intense character into your theme. A perfect alternative to natural slate would be ‘Vesuvius Splitface Effect Tiles’ allowing you to create the perfect contrast.
Keep in mind both natural and ambient lighting when selecting a surface texture.
Sometimes you may find yourself struggling with layout options (especially in larger spaces) due to existing fixtures in your home; try continuing the floor surface over one wall. For example wood-effect tiles will create a cosy chalet feel as they adorn the fireplace, allowing the left hand wall to add intense natural textures and characteristics to the scheme…
Step 4: Creating balance
If you opted for some of the darker, richer tones on your feature wall, there will already be a great deal of warmth in the base of your scheme; to devise a harmonising balance, choose neutral, soft furnishings, and enhance natural lighting with large mirrors, this will also create the optical illusion of space in smaller rooms. Perhaps your choices kept the canvas a little brighter and you need to inject a more intimate feel? Select furniture in deeper hues such as Plum Wine and Rust, this will encourage a naturally warming ambiance.
When it comes to accessories continue to layer different textures with cushions and throws in plush fabrics such as crushed velvet and faux fur. Don’t forget to include a large thick rug in your composition building contrast into the floor space. Breathe life into empty spaces and window sills by utilising the rest of the ‘Natural Forms’ colour palette; carefully select a few of your favourite accessories such as eye catching artwork and interesting ornaments.
When it comes to artificial lighting, selecting copper fixtures will establish an understated elegance within this rustic style; try using vintage light bulbs with visible, glowing filaments enhancing that industrialised yet delicate atmosphere.
As a final intimate touch, indulging scented candles helps to create that calming, indulgent ambiance for you to unwind in during those desolate , dreary moments we long to get away from.
Ready, Steady… Relax.
Before painting a wall, use a sample painted or taped up to view your potential new colour in both natural and artificial light.
You may need to take the colour a shade or two lighter/darker to achieve the desired outcome.
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