With work, family and social engagements, the pace of modern life can often seem relentless and we all dream of creating a sanctuary where we can shut the world out and relax.

Interior design tastes vary, but if you long for open plan living with lots of natural light and reclaimed wood then Mid Century Metropolis is the look for you.

I created this look for Barker and Stonehouse’s recent autumn brochure and was really happy with the results.

An open plan is the basis of this look, with natural brick walls, exposed beams and metal fixtures creating unusual features.

But if exposed bricks aren’t your cup of tea, a terracotta paint applied with a sponge for a softer finish will give you a similar effect. I particularly like Freckle and Flower Pot from Earth Born paints – a range of environmentally friendly paints.

Large open spaces and undressed windows are given a homely touch with chunky wooden furniture and sleek metals beautifully balanced with squashy leather sofas and cowhide rugs.

The Carluccio sofa in oxford black leather is a timeless design which exudes laid-back style, while the tan leather Veronique range offers a quirkier take on the classic leather sofa with a low profile, wide arms and deep seats for maximum comfort.

The leather-trimmed Manhattan coffee and lamp tables from Barker and Stonehouse complement the look perfectly, and the Manhattan’s hand-painted London and New York motif make them the epitome of this metropolis style.

This look requires very little embellishment, so leave windows curtainless and use white-washed floorboards throughout the space.

The idea behind the look can be summed up as ‘space to unwind, room to relax’ and this is equally important in the bedroom and dining area.

The Huxley bedroom range keeps things clean and simple with the natural oiled finish allowing the beauty of the oak’s natural grain to shine through.

Similarly, Barker and Stonehouse’s Colorado dining range is made from solid oak which is then hand polished to give it a beautiful and unique finish.

Galvanised steel dining chairs such as the Maxwell stop the look becoming too rustic and country and tie in with the exposed metal fixtures and fittings.

Bare lightbulbs will only enhance the industrial feel, but you can also mix clear glass and shiny metal pendant lights to highlight standout pieces and create different moods.

Finally add a touch of nature with some small leafy houseplants and fresh limes displayed in glass vases or bowls.

Practical and comfortable, this look is designed to provide some respite from the pace of modern life.

This is a home where the door is always open, so grab a chair and spend some time in your very own mid century metropolis.

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