Casa Josephine on how to per­fect its look

ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Decorating -

Colour A good way to find a colour com­bi­na­tion that works is to choose shades that not only go well to­gether as a set, but can also be used in small groups to­gether as ac­cent shades. Our best tip is al­ways to try colours di­rectly on the walls to see if they work. We hardly ever work with large pat­terns or wall­pa­per.

Tex­tiles We love fab­rics and use them ex­ten­sively, not only to frame win­dows, but also to dec­o­rate walls and di­vide spa­ces. We like the idea of cre­at­ing flex­i­ble spa­ces that can be cus­tomised with screens or cur­tains. For a shop we de­signed, we stitched more than 100 square me­tres of patch­work to cover the walls. The ge­o­met­ri­cal de­sign and its un­ex­pected scale made a dra­matic im­pact.

Art As art his­to­ri­ans, we know that art should be dis­played in a clear space, for con­tem­pla­tion and preser­va­tion. But at the same time, as de­sign­ers we are aware that art is part of the dec­o­ra­tion of your home. In our projects, we like to use art­works in a low-key way, with­out putting the fo­cus on one sin­gle piece; oth­er­wise the room can look very con­trived. Al­ways pick pieces for their vis­ual qual­i­ties rather than their value.

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