I’m taking my studio as the case study for why this works this week. It’s a smallish Victorian front-room (the house was built in 1860). My whole aim with this space was to make it feel larger and grander than it really is. Plus I wanted to nail a super-squishy, relaxed, glam, edgy, tribal boho vibe – a lot to ask! This is a working room, so this is where we meet clients; hold our weekly management meetings, daily home office office, it all happens here.
I stared with our paint colour, Hudson Black. It’s the softest, inkiest noir black we could possibly create. It’s a chalky-matt finish that looks fab at all times of the day, but especially at night when lit by glowing pools of light. You’ll notice that there aren’t any bright pops of colour in here, I’ve really been pulling back on that since we repainted everything. A really pared-back colour scheme, and surprises come through unexpected elements like playing around with scale or texture, or adding in greenery and plants.
Speaking of, I’ve really overdosed on texture. Dark leather upholstery hangs out next to an old African drum that double duties as a side table, and sumptuous textiles like sheepskins and merino wool floor cushions add a glamorous yet laid back vibe, while a vintage Moroccan number skims the floor.
There are some bold gestures here, such as the spray of floral arrangements on the mantle (faux, natch), the oversized lamps, supersized mirror and dramatic artwork. When you dabble in playing around with scale you’ll find rooms look far grander than they really are! It’s the simplest trick for making small rooms expand before your eyes. I think the main thing to remember when you have a small room is not to be put off by their size. Pretend they’re palatial and decorate accordingly!
The final piece of the puzzle is pattern, it adds instant pizzazz. Even a restrained use of pattern totally enlivens a space. Check out the chair I had upholstered in vintage bus roll fabric, and the subtle motif of the rug. A little goes a long way.
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Clockwise from top left: Lazzaro chandelier | Lola convex mirror | Keep calm + carry on artwork | Zinc top table, French Connection | Diente wooden stool, Anthropologie | Beni Ouarain vintage Moroccan carpet | This is where the magic happens wooden sign, Rockett St George |Dynamo lamp | Cream hydrangea