Interior Design Ideas

A Return to Elegance


Giles Kime makes a bold prediction as he perceives a new wind blowing through the World of Interiors. It’s easy (and tempting) to dismiss trend predictions, but you only need to look at Country Life to see that interior design is a restless business. The dramatic changes that took place in the early 20th century demonstrated a profession with creative ADHD, as prevailing styles swung from Arts-and-Crafts to Art Deco to an extraordinary Rococo revival in the space of two decades. I’ve never seen anything intrinsically wrong with the idea of interior design being trend-driven. The only danger is when they lack substance  or when they’re taken to fashion victim extremes.

Here are some design predictions for 2017, the first of which is the return of elegant upholstery. Although an L-shaped sofa might be the ideal place for a Saturday-night , they miss the point that  well-designed sofas are intended to enhance an interior, rather than simply provide a quasi-bed. Sofas aren’t just for vegetating on — for an insight into the infinite possibilities of upholstery, look no further than a Conversation Piece sofa, Secondly, an idea which is more nebulous but potentially even more exciting: the return to a more considered approach to design. This is a move on from the unhinged eclecticism that resulted in people being encouraged to ‘mix it up’ and accept that ‘there are no rules’, precipitating some disturbing juxtapositions of pretty much every style under the sun—a bit of Miami here, a bit of Scandinavian there and a light dusting of Vintage. Designers such as Rose Uniacke and Ben Pentreath are the masters of the more disciplined approach. The third source of interest is the return of the four-walled room (as opposed to the open-plan space ).
Interior Design Trends You Should Stay Away From in 2017

Interior designers have spoken to Architectural Digest, and they each selected a trend that they definitely do not want to see this year. So, if you want to know which interior design trends you should avoid in 2017, now is the time to keep up.


Interior designer Sasha Bikoff says that “leather couches, apart from English-style Chesterfield’s, have got to go in 2017. Comfort and design can go hand in hand, and leather couches can sometimes be tacky and are easily stained. Not to mention, they are uncomfortable in warm summer months. I would love to see more people taking a chance on sofas and couches with bright colours or printed fabrics.”


Tiffany Fong, creative director of Capsule believes “we’ve seen wooden, mid-century legs on everything from sofas to dining tables for years now, and I am looking forward to seeing more unexpected silhouettes incorporated into homes.”



Designer Shelley Johnstone says she’s “over spaces being too minimal and cold. I love the layers of fabrics, velvets and wools, grasscloth and rattan creating texture and depth, and lacquered ceilings and the attention to detail. I want to see more rooms that are interestingly layered and comfortable without becoming fussy.”


CEO of Rapt Studio, David Galullo hopes “that the trend to replicate mid-century-modern spaces inch by inch in 2017 fades away”. The designer believes that you should “build a room around what you love from every year and a variety of styles. Life is too short and space too valuable to freeze it all in time.”


Designer Glenn Pushelberg stated that “we would be happy not to see any more white, loftlike, art gallery–inspired, over styled interiors. What we do want to see is moodier, more artistic expressions and richness in colours and materials.”


Interior designer Anne Hepfer “would love to see Ombré be replaced with beautiful printed fabrics and watercolour paintings, like those from Ferrick Mason.


Famous interior designer Jonathan Adler says that what he doesn’t want to see in 2017 is “people not making an effort. Moderation: It ain’t a trend, but it is a blight!”


Designer Wesley Moon stated that the one trend she wants gone is related to “that cheap-looking bright gold metal that is on every piece of new furniture. Old brass is great on antiques, but the trend of having a bright, shiny (yet somehow also matte) version of it on every new piece of furniture (often paired with lacquer, sometimes chevron patterns) is wearing very thin.


Loren Kreiss, owner of Kreiss believes “the industry has been over-saturated with the greyed-out look. I would love to see the grey colours that have dominated wood finishes and fabrics move toward warmer and whiter in 2017. Customers are requesting more and more white, ivory, and ‘white white.’ These kinds of off-white finishes feel very current.”


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Guest Bedrooms You Would Never Leave

1428532796-540f580953304-vdx-09-napoleon-iii-tufted-beds-18th-century-antique-venetian-fauteuil-0313-mscTo allow forms and textures to come to the fore, designer Pamela Pierce’s Houston house, down to the guest rooms, is pattern-free. Napoleon III tufted beds and 18th-c. Venetian fauteuil in Bergamo Oseille Sauvage linen. The console table is the mate to the one in the guest bath.



A streamlined canopy of Jim Thompson silk accentuates the lofty proportions of a guest room.

Headboard and side tables, Jan Showers Collection. Walls, Benjamin Moore Regal Select in Inukshuk.


A guest room’s array of patterns is unified by a cohesive palette.

Bedcovering and wallpaper, Pierre Frey. Antique bench in Scalamandré velvet. Antique French armchair in Clarence House fabric. Lamps, Robert Kime. Carpet, Stark. Art (left), Jim Dine.


Charles Stewart chair in Brunschwig & Fils toile. Antique saddle as stool. Rusticks four-posters. Léron linens. Bed skirts and draperies in Jane Shelton stripe. Holland & Company lamp. Rug from Stark.


Colorful Turkish textiles brighten a guest bedroom. Bed curtain and pillow, C&C Milano fabrics. Bed linens, Ann Gish. Hanging light fixture, Flos. Antique Turkish rug, Timothy Paul Carpets + Textiles


5 great ways to give your home modern edge



Expert advice that anyone can use

Not everyone can bring in an architect when they’re remodelling their home, so Livingetc asked Mike Stiff, of leading UK architects Stiff + Trevillion, to give us five, easy-to-follow tips as to how to give a property a thoroughly modern edge.

1. Create a clear line of sight

‘When you walk through the front door,’ Mike says, ‘make sure you can see the garden. It’s a simple thing, but it makes the house feel open, vibrant and positive. There’s no doubt about it, light is the key to interior design, so think about using glass doors internally to let in light and invest in a really good-quality glazing system and insulation to ensure the house doesn’t burn excess energy.’
2. Install semi-hidden light fittingsStiff-diner-long-shot

‘I prefer not to see the light source, unless it is a beautiful object in its own right,’ Mike continues. ‘We often install downlights and LED strips for the way the light looks and illuminates. I’m pretty fed up with the bare-bulb look – it’s overused and predictable, although we do like reclaimed pieces from companies such as Skinflint and Trainspotters.’3. Storage is key to a clutter-free look


‘We tend to use concealed storage in the more classically minimal projects,’ says Mike. ‘The “industrial chic” look works well with open shelves and suspended features, while in more rural projects, we might use materials such as timber and wicker. Storage needs to sit well in the background rather than draw attention to itself. Space is at a premium more than ever, so looking at the Japanese style of living is a good starting point. Read Marie Kondo‘s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.’

4. Your choice of materials matters

‘There’s a definite interest in brick, which was unfashionable for ages,’ Mike explains. ‘We used a slim, crafted-looking Danish brick called Petersen on a project in London, which looks the same as the day it was finished. I also like using brick flooring and white-painted brick walls are nice. There are a lot of shiny materials around, which liven things up a bit, but stainless steel and black anodised metal will always be classics – a bit like black shoes.’Stiffs-kitchen

5. For long-lasting style, cut out the bling
‘We’re not flash – we try to be respectful and timeless,’ says Mike. ‘I’d hate to design a place and go past it every day thinking, “God, why did I do that?” Architecture can sometimes be a victim of fashion, but I’ve learned not to be too precious about things… My wife and I moved into our home about 15 years ago and I was quite enthusiastic, renovating and extending the entire house. Then we had the kids and a dog and they wrecked it!’Stiffs-bay


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8 Paint Colors That Will Make You Rethink White




The power of a white room is stunning—clean and crisp, the neutral palette adds a dose of instant chic to any home. With a never-ending array of undertones and finishes, finding the perfect white paint for your space can be a daunting task.

So what’s the perfect formulation for your molding? Your bathroom? How about your ceiling? We’ve asked designer Rozanne Jackson to break it down. Here, she discusses her favorite shades of ivory for every space:

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1. Sherwin Williams – SW551: Greek Villa. This is my favorite soft white, it looks beautiful in any light. I have used this both at projects on the coast, and in the hills of Tennessee. It neither reads pink nor yellow, but stays true soft white.

2. Zolatone – the Counterpoint Collection. Several varying shades of white, all pearlized. An awesome set of paint options to glamorize cabinetry for bathroom vanities and closets. Subtle, but elegant.

3. Sherwin Williams – SW7637: Oyster White. Just like the name states, a perfect white with slight gray undertones. This is a wonderful more gray option for walls and trim, providing a sense of mystery without appearing too dark.

4. Farrow and Ball – Strong White #2001. Another great white for walls and millwork. I love the crispness that it adds to a space.

5. Farrow and Ball – Joa’s White #226. This is the color of antique French linen. It is a gorgeous warm white.

6. Fine Paints of Europe – WC-05. This paint is very luxurious and thick in texture, great for your front door! I love the high gloss finish – it is reminiscent of the stunning doors you encounter in Europe.

7. Sherwin Williams – SW6259: Spatial White. It has a soft lavender undertone. I use this color when I want to create a romantic mood.

8. Benjamin Moore – OC-130: Cloud White. This soft white is another great go-to for your walls and millwork. As the name suggests, it reminds me of a big fluffy cloud on a hot summer day.


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Ceilings can look surprisingly beautiful, give a room the true grandeur it deserves with a tented ceiling. A fabric-draped ceiling creates a dramatic and romantic atmosphere. Elegant swags cascading outward from a central hub is an elegant design.  This design can also be used effectively in a master bedroom with vaulted or high ceilings. Gentle rolling waves of fabric can be installed across a lower ceiling for a similar soft, billowy texture.

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Designer secrets to a sexy beedroom


A canopy encloses not only the bed but the entire room, in a master bedroom designed by Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz. “By using fabric to soften the room and create this space, you forget that you are in a small room and it makes you feel as if you are in a huge bed,” says Noriega-Ortiz. The use of blue behind white makes the colour feel soft and inviting.



“A sexy bedroom has lots of luxury bedding,” says designer Cathy Hobbs. One of her favorites: 600-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets by E. Braun & Co., shown in the “Palladio” style.



Designer Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz placed a large bed next to a 14-foot-high rose-tinted mirror for the Mondrian Scottsdale, a luxury hotel in Arizona. “The reflection makes you look amazing because after all, everything looks better when you look at it through ‘rose color glasses,’” says Noriega-Ortiz.




“It’s very sexy sleeping on linen,” says designer Robert Verdi, who suggests 100% linen sheets bySferra Fine Linens. The Italian sheets become softer with each washing. Says Verdi: “It’s like sleeping in your favorite linen shirt.”



To make the bed feel sensual and mysterious, designer Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz enclosed it in a layer of transparent fabric. The mattress has a thick feather pillow on top that helps create the illusion of being on “cloud nine.” By keeping the bed off the floor, the designer reinforced the idea of floating.




A mirrored sconce adds a little bit of sparkle,” says designer Eric Cohler, who designed the Tyler Sconce, made by Visual Comfort. “Go for a little glamour in the bedroom.” For a soft glow, use a pink bulb.



Designer Rebecca Cole, a member of the Select Comfort Advisory Board, loves this half-heavy, half-lightweight comforter because it allows two people to snuggle under one comforter even if the two have very different preferences. “A bedroom is where we share,” says Cole. The Dual Warmth Comforter by Select Comfort is filled with European White Goose down, in an all-cotton damask cover.




“Smell is integral to the romantic environment,” says interior designer Robert Verdi, who favors long-burning candles by Molton Brown.


Designer Living Room Decorating Ideas


Glamorous Blue

There’s never such a thing as too much blue according to designer Tobi Fairley. She wrapped this living room in layers of pale blue tones. For a hazy and serene look, the walls are a powder blue Venetian plaster.

Sophisticated Simplicity

“No fuss” was Lynn Morgan’s mantra when she decorated this  house “I wanted it simple, clean-lined, and inviting, with a little bit of glamour and a lot of comfort.” An ottoman in Zig Zag by Alan Campbell lends modern oomph between a pair of Louis XV style bergères. To highlight the architectural details, she painted moldings in high-gloss white. A David Hockney lithograph hangs above an antique mercury glass mirror.


Purple Accents

In the living room of this apartment , designer Alexander Doherty painted the walls painted Pavilion Gray, and the trim is Lamp Room Gray, both from Farrow & Ball. A blue-and-white Qing dynasty lamp and a 20th-century painting by Michael McGuigan, behind the piano, reflect the owners’ wide-ranging connoisseurship. Throw by Frette.




In the living room of this Victorian home in Illionois, original Beaux-Arts plasterwork and parquet set off imports from designer Annie Brahler’s company, Euro Trash. On a seagrass rug from Lowe’s, she grouped linen-covered Belgian bergères and a Louis XVI side table with a 19th-century French gilt settee and Dutch footstools. Vintage curtains hang at the windows. A Belgian crystal chandelier and sconces sparkle against walls in Ralph Lauren Paint’s Design Studio White.



Black and White

Antique meets modern in this living room. Designer Ken Fulk chose a black and white palette, softened with neutrals and natural textures. The chimney breast is papered with Ralph Lauren’s black Yacare Crocodile, and a Ralph Lauren Peyton ottoman sits on a cowhide rug from Frank’s Leather & Hides.


Cozy Spot

In the living room of a Greenwich, Connecticut, house, designer Ashley Whittaker created a cozy spot for two with a pair of the homeowners’ favorite chairs and a Currey & Company Circe bench.


California Living

With a breathtaking view of the coastal California countryside, this living room is an ideal spot to entertain. The multiple seating areas accommodate either a large or small crowd. Designer Suzanne Tucker chose warm colours for a cozy feel even on a dull day.


A Blue and White Living Room

David Lawrence uses blue and white to make the perfect summery living room in this house. The fabric on the sofa is Vizir in Indigo from Old World Weavers. Throw pillows by Ralph Lauren.



In the living room of this home designer Mary McDonald employed hints of colour against a neutral backdrop for a quietly refined mood. “In monochrome rooms, texture is key,” says McDonald, who covered the custom-made chaise in Pierre Frey’s Ice linen, and Reagan Hayes’s Henry sofa in a Duralee cotton velvet, with pillows in Schumacher’s Chinon silk and Padova damask. McDonald designed English-style bookcases in taupe with back panels painted a pale blue. The Klismos chairs are from JF Chen.



Sophisticated and Colourful

Bursts of sunny yellow and fuchsia refresh traditional architecture in the living room of this home designed by Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller of Carrier and Company. A hanging mobile light fixture by David Weeks “artfully fills” the soaring ceiling. Love seats in Larsen’s Bouquet Garni II bring texture and pattern to glossy Venetian plaster walls.



Blue, White, and Green Living Room

This living room designed by Marshall Watson  evokes a traditional mid-20th-century  sensibility but with a modern twist. Watson’s senior designer, Wendy Monette, mixed colours, patterns, and styles that lend a clean, graphic edge to the room, like the sofa’s superscaled houndstooth and the rug’s green and navy stripes.

Calming Gray

In a Florida home another Marshall Watson design,  a 1980s Lucite-and-glass table provides a jewellike accent to the muted tones of the living room. Asilah chandelier, Jerry Pair.


A Pop of Colour

Designed by Christopher Maya, this living room features a mantel painted in glossy Black Panther by Benjamin Moore. It creates high drama amid the play of colour. Flanking the fireplace are antique French chairs covered in Nicholas Herbert’s Rombau. Red armchairs are upholstered in Clarence House Belgian Linen.



Happy Colour Combination

Lavender, chartreuse, and aqua make a happy colour combination in this living room.  “They are bold colours,” says designer Pat Healing, “so I used them only as punctuation.” Bird’s Nest Cocktail Table by HB Home; Campion chandelier, Urban Electric.

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