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Your home is the most important space and is one environment where you can really relax with your family and friends and enjoy the time away from work – in essence it’s your sanctuary. The design of a new home is so important and you have to ensure the sense of space is right and the design is suited to your own individual requirements.
|Photographs courtesy of James Balston|
Ensuring that your home will have a timeless design with a focus on quality, functionality is very important. The best way to do that is to start planning the layout, and it is very important that a room isn’t overcrowded with large furniture ensuring that a room allows for easy flow and movement within the room. Optimal layout involves placing clusters of furniture which encourage interaction and socialization. When furniture is placed in the center of the room, this layout emanates warmth and comfort.
Coordinating beautiful furniture pieces with accessories enhance the design. In order to achieve a balanced luxury interior design scheme which emanates harmony and beauty is essential, display your favourite objects only - less is more. If you don't have room, store accessories and antiques away and change the collection you display from time to time. Your furniture can also add texture to your room. If you choose leather, just place some soft throw pillows to balance the masculinity of the leather.
The living room is a key place to start designing, it’s an area where it must provide comfortable seating for all sorts of occasions and flexible enough to cater family needs. Dimensions of your living room is critical, sketching out your ideal furniture arrangement is useful in deciding the correct dimensions of free standing furniture and joinery, where the main flow of the room will be and uninterrupted spaces. Considering this the next thing to think about is your seating, perhaps it’s a contemporary L shaped sofa or a distressed chesterfield to add character and masculinity to the room. Occasional seating can be added, these can also bring accents and textures to the room with upholstering or even adding color accents with the use of cushions.
Adding and displaying objects can compliment your living room, perhaps with family photos or sculpture from vacations or travels. Again here is where you can create accents in color or textures, think of your Living room as a bare canvas and personalise it a way that describes your personality. Throws, cashmere covers and cushions in accent colors add interest to an interior design scheme. Pure wool velvet and silk rugs add a final sophisticated touch. In choosing your carpets and floors make sure that the colors will match other elements in the room.
I love using beiges, creams, caramels, and chocolates. Warm colors and soft gold tones do lend themselves adding an element of glam, but unlike silver accents, gold is much more of a softer accent color. However, when using a more neutral color scheme, use a variation of materials ranging from stone, wood, or fabrics.
Using a diverse mix of matrials adds interest and variation to the room, allowing a neutral color palette look interesting rather than bland. Darker color palettes can be used in bedrooms with accents such as burgundy or navy blue. Kitchens with a splash of colour – yellows, greens or even deeper reds or violets look great because these colours are reminiscent of food and add a positive and fun vibe to the kitchen design scheme.
The bedroom is the most personal of spaces, again it is a space which can reflect ones personality and you shouldn’t hold back on expressing your taste. Linking the colour scheme throughout your home is something to bear in mind though when putting your scheme together. Introducing neutral tones in a bedroom's color scheme is always a safer option where stronger elements can be added.
Giving importance to your bed with introducing a oversized headboard is a good option for a bit of drama, you will also find it will emphasise the ceiling height of your room. Headboards don’t necessarily need to be mounted to a bed they can sit behind an existing smaller headboard if it is already part of your existing bed giving a sense of depth. Headboards can be upholstered in different textures or colors, padded and framed ensuring importance to your bedroom.
Bathrooms are an area where the creative spirits can truly flourish. Be it a dramatic all black or chocolate, a glamorous all gold, a minimal all white or grey scheme depending on the desired effect one wanted to achieve, a bathroom is a great canvas.
The use of sculptural soft lights and candles will create a sophisticated ambiance by creating interesting shadows.
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Photography by James Balston