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