With Claire Hornby
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.barkerandstonehouse.co.uk