There’s a subtle sensuality to autumn that is reflected in one of this season’s hottest looks; strong shapes, mood lighting and mystique – welcome to midnight in Milan.
Influenced by sultry nights in one of Italy’s most beautiful cities, scale and mood are the key components when it comes to emulating this trend.
Relaxation and sophistication go hand-in-hand in this contemporary look. March to the beat of your own drum and set yourself apart with sleek accessories, dark woods, luxurious rugs and stylish sofas.
It’s good to keep sofas as large as your room will allow, choose unfussy shapes and basic black or chalky grey is best.
Barker and Stonehouse has the Slouch, a large corner sofa group in silver grey, and with a low back and large foam-filled cushions it’s an irresistible mix of comfort and style.
Alternatively, if you want to get the look but lack the large open plan layout of a Milan studio apartment, the Atacama leather sofa, matching chair and loveseat are small in size but big on style.
Keep the overall colour palette moody – blues, greys and copper would all work well.
Don’t be afraid to paint walls in dark hues, midnight blue or even inky black both look gorgeous, providing you have the space to carry off the look. In a smaller area opt for a feature wall as a backdrop to your bed or sofa instead.
This matte dark palette looks stunning set against shiny metals. Look for pieces in interesting shapes and designs such as the Coral design wall plaque and matching case vase from Barker and Stonehouse.
Use small pops of colour on chairs, rugs, and accessories but stick to one or two shades, such as raspberry, teal or plum, to make a real impact.
Barker and Stonehouse’s Jonte armchairs are sinuous and stylish, and come in fuchsia and orange for a real contrast to this moody backdrop. Or for a real statement piece, try the Kartell Masters chair. A hybrid of three iconic chair designs – the Series 7 by Arne Jacobsen, the Tulip Armchair by Eero Saarinen and the Eiffel Chair by Charles Eames – the Masters is a triumph of design and style.
Finally, use lots of mood lighting including candles which will catch the light in glass and metal for a spellbindingly sexy look. Candelabras add drama to any room, while metallic table lamps cast intriguing shadows.