Norfolk by Design:
Lanassir Lawes takes us through one of her favourite recent projects
with Lanassir Lawes
Interior design projects that I work on are so varied, from large commercial projects to the smallest room in a family home. Every time a new project comes along it is looked at it with an open mind with a view as to what is possible within budget to suit the client’s needs and desires.
It isn’t necessarily the biggest projects with major alterations that have the biggest impact; a simple new decorative scheme can transform an average room to give it the wow factor.
There are very few rooms that are a complete blank canvas, the expectation is that there will always be items or features that have to stay in a room. A scheme will either be worked around them to make them a focal point or ‘designed in’ to make them blend away.
Taking before pictures is always a good idea as it reminds you of just how different the room looks, especially if you complete a room in stages. The impact can be lost when you get used to each addition along the way. That certainly wasn’t the case with this downstairs cloakroom; it had a complete makeover in a couple of weeks.
The starting point for the room was selecting a striking wallcovering. Having worked with the clients already on other rooms in their home, I knew that they would love this bold choice and unusual colour scheme.
The scarlet background flows from the more subtle reds that we used in the adjoining hallway with the vibrant ‘Canton’ paint by Little Greene gives the room its own identity. This is one of my favourite paints due its depth of colour, inspired by Chinese rugs, ceramics and textiles from the Canton area. It looks fabulous on front doors too!
The tiling has been replaced with a combination of large matt charcoal tiles and contrasting sparkling green iridescent mosaic squares. Although these are all hard surfaces, by varying the sheen levels, colours and patterns there is a feeling of warmth.
The travertine floor has stayed and the off-white painted vaulted ceiling has been highlighted by two large wrought iron and crystal chandeliers adding a theatrical touch to the room. These were probably the biggest extravagance but by reusing the existing toilet, wash basin and taps some budget was saved for these extra special touches.
Seeing a scheme installed is always so rewarding no matter its size or style but I have to say this is one of my favourites.
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ABOVE: Before and after the transformative makeover