With Claire Hornby

Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine - - Homes&garden -

SOME­TIMES the most stylish of homes are the sim­plest. Clean lines and min­i­mal fuss when it comes to de­sign can make for a re­fresh­ing, calm­ing home – and a space that will en­dure chang­ing trends.

In fact, in­te­rior de­sign­ers and stylists’ own homes of­ten fol­low this prin­ci­ple, with a very ba­sic pal­ette of neu­tral shades and nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als.

Key to get­ting this look right is to in­vest in high qual­ity fur­ni­ture – with­out the dis­guise of colour, pat­tern and lots of ac­ces­sories, the dif­fer­ence be­tween a well-made ta­ble and some­thing of a lesser qual­ity be­comes more ob­vi­ous.

The er­col Romana range is the per­fect start­ing point. Renowned for the qual­ity and sim­plic­ity of de­sign, er­col time and again have cre­ated col­lec­tions that en­dure.

The large Romana side­board is also full of crafted de­tail­ing with smooth, curved drawer pulls and dove­tail joints. Soft-close draw­ers and doors high­light the qual­ity of de­sign.

White walls and wooden floor­ing com­ple­ment the clean and sim­ple feel, but warmth can be added with a few key ac­ces­sories. I love the warm­ing tone that cop­per ac­ces­sories can bring, such as this set of three vo­tive bowls which would look great planted, or kept empty and wellpol­ished for high-shine ef­fect.

The clean and sim­ple look works par­tic­u­larly well for open-plan liv­ing spa­ces. But equally, it’s a great prin­ci­ple to fol­low through­out your whole home.

Claire Hornby is cre­ative stylist at Barker and Stone­house. For more de­sign ideas visit www.barkerand­stone­

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