Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Brit Decor: Lounge Love

1/ Monochrome check mat £60-185 John Lewis 2/ Boucle cushion cover £7.99 H&M
3/ Tom Dixon Hex bowl £45 Nest 4/ Polar white single spot light £35 Heal's
5/ La Chance Big Vulcain table lamp £912 Nest 6/ Lovbacken £40 IKEA
7/ Regency cushion £25 Habitat 8/ Knit stoneware vase £16 HouseEnvy (Room image / Pinterest)

We all like to dream from time to time, don't we? My favourite pastime (when I have any time to spare) is to imagine a room, real or fictional, and then give it a mental makeover. Letting our imagination run away like this can be hugely liberating and a really useful way of brainstorming ideas and identifying particular 'you' trends.

Lately my creative thoughts have been taking a strong leaning towards mid-twentieth century styling. My starting point for this particular pattern of thinking was my treasured 1960s Danish armchair, which I inherited from my beloved Gran. In fact, it's now formed the basis of the entire design scheme for my own lounge at the cottage. 

My dream room 'above' is dominated by the dramatic jet black feature wall and co-ordinating wood burner, fused with the warmth of the golden blonde logs for an awesome contrast. I love how this black colouring is then pulled like a thread through the rest of the room with the sexy black Ercol chair, oval coffee table and the striking monochrome stripe rug, which accentuates the flow of this dominant colour and guides the eye to and from the feature wall. 

Warmer tones are cleverly injected into this scheme through the inviting beech wood of the armchair with matching footstool, and through subtle accessorising; the chic copper bowl and tantalising mix of ochre yellow and rose pink cushions. Crucially the sheer full-length curtains maximise the influx of light through the ceiling-to-floor windows. Quite simply, I love it!

What would your dream room scheme look like? Good to be home is a new online home and garden magazine that looks at interior design, home improvement, gardens and architectural innovation, with regular posts from industry experts, handy how-to sections and oodles of competitions. The guys there are currently offering the chance to win £750 worth of John Lewis vouchers for your own dream scheme so it's definitely worth a look!

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