Art of wall covering
Lanassir Lawes discusses how to bring intimacy to a room by using strong patterns
Not every interior design project involves a huge amount of building work; it can simply be putting together a decorative scheme to update an existing room. These small changes can still make a huge impact on the home. Usually it is unrealistic (and often unnecessary) to change every piece of furniture in a room when updating the décor. Sometimes it just takes a little professional advice to pull off a scheme that incorporates existing pieces, making them look like they were purchased for the room’s new look.
Having moved from a barn to a cottage my clients had a good quality dining suite with matching sideboards that fortunately all fitted but looked quite dominating in the new smaller, neutral dining room.
Like many dining rooms it is rarely used but is regularly passed through to reach the kitchen and the light and airy breakfast room where meals tend to be eaten, especially in the summer. The challenge was to create a room that was inviting to sit in as a dining space during the darker months while creating a natural flow from the rich purple and green based sitting room that we worked on last year.
As soon as I walked into the room I felt that the back wall needed to be dark and intense as the opposite wall is predominantly windows. This would create a much more intimate and cosy dining space.
We discussed the difficulties with placing artwork on the back wall due to the position of the high level window and also that we needed to consider this should we look at patterned wallcoverings. If a wall lacks symmetry I tend to avoid patterns with a very obvious repeat; the same applies when ceiling and floors are not parallel, as is often the case in older properties, as this draws attention to problems.
The wallcovering that I sourced is a piece of art in itself with an intense background and vibrant colours popping in various places. The autumnal tones in the pattern tie in the furniture and make it look much more in keeping.
Lighting has been kept soft with a smart and simple antique bronze fitting with a casual arrangement of vintage style bulbs. Another big change to the room was the removal of the inherited laminate floor, replaced with a durable black and cream wool carpet. This has created a backdrop for the table. The room now feels balanced without any one piece dominating but there is an interesting focal point where ever you look.
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ABOVE: The impact of the vibrant wallcovering is clear
BELOW: Before the transformation