Front of House are extremely excited to share one of our latest projects with you. A new build house; a complete blank canvas in terms of soft furnishings. The style that had already been established in the Living Room incorporated a beautiful mix of furniture pieces; a 1920’s style mirrored/glass cabinet, brushed velvet Chesterfield style sofas with a modern farmhouse style wooden chest as a centrepiece. Our clients were keen on the classic Morris&Co. style fabrics with the repetitive motifs of floral and bird inspired patterns. The clients initial brief was to add a splash of colour, liveliness and sophistication and to create something ‘glitzy’. While the William Morris Fabrics are beautiful in design and quality, they weren’t necessarily complimentary to the existing charm that they had created however our aim was to find something with a similar Art Nouveau appearance to it.
As we eliminated various fabric patterns, colours and styles, we were continually drawn to the work and fabrics designed by Voyage Decoration. The Voyage fabric collections have a distinctive watercolour painting style creating a colourful and fresh appearance. We were particularly drawn to the Tiverton Range which is a tribute to the arts and crafts movement from the turn of the 19th Century. This tied in nicely with the Art Nouveau style that is indicative of the Morris&Co. collections.
A modern twist to the Art Nouveau style brought our clients living room to life adding shades of green and coral to the existing mauve and silver accents that they had already achieved in the room.
Moving onto the Kitchen, again a blank canvas and the desire for something fun and colourful to add to the brightness that this room had with windows and Patio Doors on both outside walls. While we were perusing over fabrics for the Kitchen, we were immediately drawn to the playful and vibrant colours from the Sanderson – Beautiful Balloons range. The Hot Air balloons design gave an ‘air’ of fun to the room and the complimentary Carousel fabric enabled the overall design to remain classic and somewhat sophisticated. By incorporating both fabrics across the three windows, we were able to feature the Balloons on the larger window which displayed the full pattern repeat without it appearing too large.
We were also up against the dilemma of what window dressing to have at the Patio Doors. Its often a difficult decision as Patio Doors are used regularly yet quite often there is the need for some sort of sun screen during the day and privacy at night, without having to raise or lower a blind to use the door itself. We decided to implement 2 Intu Roller blinds which sit within the glass frame and allows the client to use the Patio Doors with the blinds raised or lowered. While these blinds serve a purpose, we also wanted to soften the window recess above the Patio doors to tie in the other two Roman Blinds. To achieve this, we hung a padded pelmet above the doors to streamline the three windows in the room.
A contemporary, bright and colourful display of fabrics in 3 different forms, all tying in together to create an overall feel of fun. The design is a good talking point for a room where most households tend to socialise a lot these days. The window dressings also complimented the Garden and outside areas of the house which were vibrant in colour, albeit helped by the glorious weather we’ve had of late. One thing is for sure, this Kitchen will be colourful and uplifting, even on a rainy day!