The love of luxe has turned us into a bunch of smoothies over the past few years, pampered by sleek fabrics and surfaces.
But luxe is now roughing it up a little – and we’re absolutely adoring the effect, which adds a hint of the country retreat to the most urban of homes.
Texture has come very much to the fore, particularly in our living rooms, creating a unique finish that teases the senses.
The starting point, of course, is sumptuous. After all, this is a new version of luxe. I chose the Craven sofa, with its plump cushions and deep-buttoned arms for a look that’s classic with a contemporary twist – its cool tones work well with the muted palette that brings this room together.
Think calico whites, oatmeal creams and bleached hues; they all help create a calm and relaxing space.
There’s a certain Highland feel here, too – that’s because this look takes its inspiration from Scottish hunting lodges, hence the wonderfully-distressed woodwork on the walls; who’d have thought rustic could be this luxurious too?
I’ve echoed the distressed feel of the walls in the white distressed patterned bowl, which makes a stylish statement resting on the Bowery coffee table. This piece looks as though it could genuinely have come out of a Highland hideaway with its attractively rustic styling.
A fabulous alternative would be the Whiteleaf-Trunk Coffee Table from the Little Tree furniture range. It’s made of recycled wood, upcycled into distinctive pieces – the wood often comes from old boats, buildings and fortress doors, which adds a depth of authenticity – and it’s hand-finished in whitewash.
Natural wood like this is a major theme in this look, whether it’s dark – like the floorboards here – or given a deliberately well-worn look, like the standard lamp. Other natural materials add to the array of textures layering in this room; woven baskets look great in most rooms, but particularly good here.
You can just go on and on piling up the texture in a country retreat-style room – woollen throws, chunky rugs, sheepskin cushions and driftwood finds will all add to the appeal. Look for pebble colours, wooden bowls and rough-cast vases to fill with simple flowers.
It’s all very relaxed and comforting, designed for snuggling, snoozing and chilling out. And who can possibly ask more from their living space?