With the forthcoming London 2012 Olympics and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, this year is definitely one in which to celebrate being British, and what better way than by introducing some Patriotic furniture?
My Rough Luxe look takes classic fabrics and styles and brings them bang up to date by roughing them up a little. Think velvet and chaise longues but in funky, modern colours; distressed furniture with wood left bare and natural and a fusion of influences that span the Commonwealth.
Mixing different materials, textures and colours such as raw, reclaimed brick, vintage prints and plush velvets work well. Use oversized accessories, memorabilia and bric-a-brac bargains as accent pieces.
Ideally, this look would suit a converted factory or other former industrial space, but there’s no need to feel excluded if yours is a more conventional home. A few key pieces and a bit of clever styling should mean that you too can achieve a modern twist on the traditional British look.
To mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Barker and Stonehouse has introduced the stunning Ovett sofa, available in a choice of leather or fabric. With its bold Union Jack design, this would make a fantastic centrepiece to a large living room, and would certainly provide a talking point for guests, as well as serving as a fitting record of this historic event.
Alternatively could always pick up a Union Jack chair – Barker and Stonehouse have a stylish one with a comfy deep seat cushion – to add an instant air of patriotism.
A key thing to remember with Rough Luxe is not to make things too pristine. Sofas should always be scattered with cushions, with jewel-coloured velvet a dominant theme. While colours are bright, they shouldn’t be garish, and shades like rich gold, claret and Royal blue work perfectly.
Accessories should be bold – try a large, antique wall clock – and displays should be eclectic. Don’t feel restricted by what would normally be classed as decoration. A couple of old packing cases and a vintage football trophy can look great on top of a cabinet, and black and white framed photographs are always a winner.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s all random, though. Anything too modern or out of keeping with the theme of old-fashioned luxury will really jar.
Rough Luxe can also work well in the dining room. Keep things simple with minimal accessories and a large, bare wood table. Barker and Stonehouse’s Earlston dining table is stunning, made from reclaimed wood and inspired by country living. Complement this with a set of six Eames easy chairs and you’re well on your way to achieving a super-stylish space.
This year celebrate patriotism and pull out all the stops to give your home a quintessentially British look.
- How to embrace the patriotic trend at home (independent.co.uk)