Ex­pert help for the ideal home

Be­wil­dered by this year’s trends and not sure where to start? Gabrielle Fa­gan talks to top de­sign­ers about what’s hot and what’s not in 2011

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

WHILE clothes make a state­ment about our taste and fash­ion­istas keenly fol­low the cat­walk trends, ded­i­cated decoris­tas know that homes too are sub­ject to fashion, and get­ting the right look is just as key.

But there’s now a be­wil­der­ing va­ri­ety of looks to choose from and when bud­gets are tight, the last thing you want is to make ex­pen­sive mis­takes.

Lead­ing in­te­rior de­sign­ers have come to the res­cue to pin­point the top trends which will in­flu­ence in­te­ri­ors in 2011, and re­veal their in­sider tips on suc­cess­fully in­ter­pret­ing them.

So be in­spired by the de­signer di­vas and fol­low their sug­ges­tions for cre­at­ing su­per stylish, suc­cess­ful rooms.

De­signer Tara Bern­erd pre­dicts 2011 will be an ex­cit­ing year in in­te­ri­ors be­cause there’s a re­al­i­sa­tion that our homes should suit us and the way we want to live.

“Slav­ishly fol­low­ing trends in any­thing, whether fashion or homes, will al­ways prove un­sat­is­fac­tory,” she says. “One pos­i­tive out­come of the re­ces­sion and the re­sult­ing fi­nan­cial re­straint, is that it’s en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to be far more dis­cern­ing and con­fi­dent in their taste. Con­se­quently they’re in­vest­ing in ex­quis­ite crafts­man­ship and de­sign that en­dures.

“We’re notic­ing clients show­ing a will­ing­ness to com­mit to their per­sonal style and ex­plore be­yond the dull bound­aries of per­ceived ‘good taste’.”

The look for 2011 is much mood­ier, more mas­cu­line and ar­chi­tec­tural, says Bern­erd, founder of Tar­get Liv­ing.

“We’re look­ing for homes that cos­set us and that means cre­at­ing at­mos­phere. That will be achieved by us­ing a di­verse pal­ette of colours, ma­te­ri­als and pat­terns.”

She pre­dicts a pal­ette of more muted retro tones and colour block­ing with sage green, choco­late brown, Prussian blue, si­enna and greys.

There’ll also be a fo­cus on po­ten­tial in homes, the de­signer says.

There’s a fo­cus on fine de­tail in fin­ishes, whether in dec­o­ra­tive ceil­ings, wall pan­els or cab­i­netry, she points out.

Spe­cial­ist wall fin­ishes can fea­ture sil­ver enam­elling and fur­ni­ture can be fin­ished in leather, sha­green (made from shark or ray skin) or parch­ment.

De­signer Helen Green pre­dicts a crav­ing for per­son­al­ity and orig­i­nal­ity in our homes will this year ban­ish the once fash­ion­able, bland ‘ho­tel’ look.

“Stay­ing in is the new go­ing out and there’s a grow­ing de­sire for lux­ury, com­fort and in­di­vid­u­al­ity in homes. As a re­sult, art is en­joy­ing huge pop­u­lar­ity but that’s go­ing be­yond the pre­dictable dis­play of paint­ings or sculp­ture,” she says.

“We’ll see an ever more cre­ative use of art in­stal­la­tions on walls. Re­cently, we cov­ered a huge dou­ble height wall space above a fire­place in a be­spoke art­work of milky white porce­lain and rose petals, which had a lus­trous 3D ef­fect. The only limit nowa­days is the imag­i­na­tion.”

Walls, she says, will go wild as the choice of cov­er­ings ex­pands be­yond tra­di­tional wall­pa­per.

Dark woods, such as Amer­i­can wal­nut, are now giv­ing way to the lighter North Euro­pean in­flu­ence in in­te­ri­ors, says Helen, and paler woods with a limed fin­ish will pre­dom­i­nate.

“Ac­cents of colour pair well with a base pal­ette of cool, pale greys and ivories,” she ad­vises.

“You can in­tro­duce colour in ac­ces­sories or fur­ni­ture such as a ver­sa­tile L-shaped sofa or chaise up­hol­stered in jewel-coloured vel­vet.”

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