When it comes to decorating a large open plan space, I’m a big fan of a clean and simple look which relies on the existing structure of a building and embraces the raw materials within it.
So when I was asked to create a look for Barker and Stonehouse’s new autumn brochure I decided to go for a new take on the industrial look a modern interpretation that I call ‘industrial fusion’.
Working against a stripped-back setting of white walls, exposed brickwork and unvarnished floorboards, I chose contemporary designs with lots of leather and some bold prints to provide an interesting juxtaposition with the industrial backdrop.
The Dyce from Barker and Stonehouse is a fabulously styled corner sofa made from sectional pieces available in a huge selection of colours and fabrics allowing you to be as bold and playful as you dare.
This look doesn’t require an excess of furniture but I incorporated lots of sofas and chairs to provide designated seating areas in a largely open plan space.
The Celesto sofa corner group in white leather provides the perfect contrast to the vibrant Dyce. Designed for contemporary living, it even features reclining headrests for extra comfort.
Picking up the white leather of the Celesto, I chose the stylish chrome and white PVC Prizzi dining chairs paired with the Kalia panel leg dining table to create a thoroughly contemporary dining experience.
The stunning Kalia in glossy black American walnut brings a touch of indulgence to what could otherwise become a hard aesthetic.
In such a stripped-back space, clever storage is essential to maintain a clean and uncluttered look. Barker and Stonehouse’s Chelsea sideboard is the epitome of modern industrial style, with its clean lines, white finish and clear glass top, it’s the ideal modern storage solution.
And industrial doesn’t have to mean a space devoid of patterns or colour. The Natalia swivel rocking chair with its quirky plant motif and curved lines will draw the eye and give the room another dimension. With optional footstool and a built in swivel base and rocker, this quirky little chair offers comfort and style in abundance.
Accessories don’t feature heavily in this look, save for a few chunky vases in unusual shapes, but you can make a decorative virtue of everyday items such as books by displaying them in usual ways.
Black framed photographs provide relief to the stark walls and rugs in rich jewel colours such as the Karma rug in deep purple break up large expanses of untreated floorboards.
Finally don’t be afraid to display roughened edges, and expose the underlying fabrics and materials of your furniture for a ‘tough but true’ look.
You can find my industrial fusion look in full in our new autumn brochure in stores now. You can also view it on our website: (www.barkerandstonehouse.co.uk) and you can follow us at www.facebook.com/barkerandstonehouse.