Every room design I create is special. This particular project was special because I was working on it during COVID lock downs. Therefore, this project is especially important because it kept me busy and sane during that difficult period. So I wanted to take you through the details of this living & dining room tour and detail how it came together.
Interior Style Goal
You might already know that I start all my projects by defining an interior design strategy. An interior design strategy comprises the client’s interior style goal and preferred colour scheme. The process I use to determine the interior design strategy includes; quiz, pictures and discussion.
For this client there was a strong leaning towards coastal styles. But not a casual coastal style more formal such as Hamptons. But not Hamptons either but period in nature to celebrate the architectural style of the house. So we landed on a colonial inspired, coastal style that was formal yet relaxed for everyday use.
The Vision for the Space
My vision for this space was to take advantage of the high ceiling through rich drapery in a mid blue colour with gold tiebacks. Once I decided how the colour blue was going to be used I started to research the other pieces for the space focusing on materials.
The client wanted quality pieces to replace their Ikea furniture. Due to the coastal influence of the style goal these were neutral in colour but had to be showcase pieces that communicated quality craftsmanship.
The focal pieces of this space are the dining table and sofa. However, the complementary pieces such as the dining chairs, coffee table, arm chairs and sideboard all have special features. For example the dining chairs have a wingback designed to communicate formality.
The coffee tables have a vertical slated based made from oak. The armchairs have a slight curved line and rattan arms. All these subtle qualities work together to deliver the client’s style goal.
Textures and Pattern
The textures in this space are also important. Typical for coastal style I used cotton, linen and vegan leather in the decor such as cushions. The key pattern is found in the oriental oversized rug which is a direct link to colonial style communicating the exotic nature of these spaces.
The finishing touches such as the art and sculptures were the client’s own and are important to adding that all important personal touch that tells their own interior design story.