De­sign Lawes

You don’t al­ways have to be bang on trend, says LANAS­SIR LAWES

EDP Norfolk - - Inside -

Our ex­pert has some clas­sic ad­vice

“It is more im­por­tant that the peo­ple liv­ing in the home feel happy and com­fort­able”

AT the be­gin­ning of every year there tends to be a buzz around in­te­rior trends and what we should be adorn­ing our homes with over the next 12 months. I al­ways look with in­ter­est at these fore­casts as I feel it is im­por­tant that I stay in­formed and am aware of what my clients are see­ing as con­sumers.

One press re­lease that popped up in my in­box was the an­nounce­ment of the ‘Pan­tone colour of the year’. This was ‘ul­tra vi­o­let’ de­scribed as a provoca­tive and thought­ful shade of pur­ple, this is not dis­sim­i­lar to the in­tense ‘Vic­to­rian pur­ple’ paint by Zof­fany that I painted my kitchen in two years ago. I chose that colour be­cause it works well with my ex­ist­ing fur­ni­ture and art­work – and also sits well in my Vic­to­rian prop­erty – with­out a thought that it might just be on trend one day. For me it is more im­por­tant that the peo­ple liv­ing in the home feel happy and com­fort­able in their sur­round­ings.

One on­go­ing trend, based around lifestyle and cre­at­ing a us­able fam­ily home to suit 21st cen­tury liv­ing, is the open plan liv­ing space where the rear of the prop­erty is opened up to cre­ate a kitchen, din­ing and fam­ily area with a large ex­panse of bi-fold doors across the back over­look­ing the gar­den.

A fam­ily home that I am work­ing on this year in­volves cre­at­ing this type of space but do­ing it in such a way that suits the clients’ style. Rather than in­stalling the on-trend pow­der-coated doors we are opt­ing for a more tra­di­tional style in hard­wood with glaz­ing bars, in keep­ing with the rest of the prop­erty.

The bay-fronted house was built in the 1930s and the fix­tures and fit­tings such as doors, skirt­ing and ar­chi­trave will be in the orig­i­nal style.

The over­all scheme is go­ing to be much softer than other projects of this type that I have worked on to suit the clients’ clas­sic taste, with a pan­elled door kitchen and a be­spoke fit­ted li­brary shelv­ing area.

The over­all feel will feel more eclec­tic and less shiny than one might ex­pect but this is just an­other in­ter­pre­ta­tion of this type of room lay­out – it is very easy to just fol­low a trend to the let­ter but it is good to stop and take stock then ask your­self: “Is this re­ally what I like?”

I think that this shows that trend aware­ness can be use­ful but its good to think out­side the box and tweak to suit you – it cer­tainly makes my job more in­ter­est­ing!

Above: Put to­gether the struc­ture of a scheme based on a style that suits you and your home and is not just trend-led

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