This season, the Highlands are in all our hearts are we tuck up in tweed, check out checks and delight in the textures of distressed wood and simple, gorgeous natural colours.
This look turns for inspiration to smooth, seawashed pebbles and driftwood, and to rough-spun fabrics with a wealth of history woven into every swatch.
You can make a Highland Escape successfully in the bedroom thanks to its beautifully pale palette of oatmeals, calico whites and bleached whites – it’s restful on the eye whatever the size of the space and creates a calming atmosphere.
So head for the hills and bring this wonderfully wild look home. Furnishing is the place to start, and needs to have clean, simple lines. I’ve chosen the Aurora bedframe and its matching wardrobe and chests of drawers for the bedroom. Its Shaker looks tick all the boxes for country style.
But this is a look that also demands luxury – and lovers of natural beauty can pile on the rustic glamour with the Reindeer Rug, slung casually over the bed to create a snuggly element in the midst of all that pale loveliness.
Checks and tartans are, of course, important, and you can mix and match them delightfully if you keep to a tonal palette. This year’s tweeds are a revelation – the Harris Tweed Bowmore chair look majestic bedecked with checked cushions and throws; straight out of a cosy hunting lodge.
Pale woods are one of the themes that run throughout the Highland Escape; bleached floorboards and even wall panelling provide a wonderful neutral backdrop to key pieces such as the Blanket Chest – this has an on-trend recycled feel with its white-painted wood, and would make a talking point out of a forgotten corner while providing useful storage.
Pure, natural light should flood throughout this scheme during the day, and at night simple yet stylish lamps such as the Lolanthe provide pools of intimate light that settle the room down gorgeously for the evening.
Accessories are vital to completing the look, but we’re not looking for glitz or shine. Woods, wicker and basketwork keep the natural theme alive, while pots of white flowers displayed in terracotta and rough-glazed white pots add a pretty touch without being precious.
Finish the look with found objects – smooth stones, shells, driftwood – to add the most personal of touches and complete your escape to the country.
This adaptable look has bags of style and yet remains comfortable, unpretentious and durable. No the wonder we’re keen to have a Highland fling at home this Spring.