How to Style- Statement Furniture

Recently, I’ve been seeing lots of interiors which are neutral toned and very ‘safe’ in terms of design. I think it’s a shame that people aren’t more adventurous with their interiors. If you like it, then buy it! Don’t shy away from bold, exciting pieces- use them in your spaces and embrace them. So, here are a few ideas of how to incorporate statement pieces into your interior spaces.

Luxury furniture and fabrics.

Clan Milano- Cortes

Why not start off small? Go for a small side table or a stool just to add a small accent to your space. Go for something bright, in a luxurious fabric, and even experiment with a bold pattern. These stools and side tables from Clan Milano are a perfect idea if you want to add a little injection of interest to your space. The side tables may be a small addition but with their shiny brass components and coloured marble tops, they certainly do stand out.

Boca do Lobo- Venice Mirror

If you don’t fancy splashing out on statement furniture, why not opt for a simpler option like a mirror. Mirrors make a great addition to any room and are perfect for reflecting other elements in your rooms. I think the bigger the better when it comes to mirrors. Go for something that stands out; mirrors with detailing or interesting borders are great for any space. The Venice Mirror from Boca do Lobo is a great example of this. It’s big and bold, but is entirely made from glass so it is a great way to make a statement without messing with the colour scheme.

Cappellini- Embryo Chair

I have always been a lover of bright colours. So, when it comes to choosing furniture, colourful, quirky pieces like these really excite me. I love the thought of having a piece in my home that has that real ‘wow’ factor when people see it. That’s what statement furniture means to me- pieces that people ask you about when they see them, things that are interesting to the eye and those elements that really bag a great response. These chairs from Cappellini are no exception. The perfect way to add some interest to your living area and have your visitors saying ‘wow’.

Splinter Works- Hammock Bath

No need to leave the bathroom out; take your statement pieces to any room you want to. This Hammock Bath is the perfect way to change things up in your bathroom and add a bit of glamour. Instead of having a clinical looking bathroom, bring in some excitement with interesting tilling and lighting as well. And if you’re feeling extra fancy, Splinter Works also make the Hammock Bath gilded in 24 Carat Gold! Now that’s what I call making a statement.

Jimmie Martin- Never Sleep Alone

Maybe you don’t feel like going bold in your shared spaces, but that shouldn’t stop you transforming your bedroom. Try an interesting head board for your bed or some bright furniture choices to really bring your bedroom alive. Brighten up the space with bold, bright colours to contrast an otherwise neutral room. A piece like the one pictured above is a great example of this, it is harmonious with the look of the room but definitely draws the eye. I am all for adding a key piece of interest to a space and this is a brilliant, quirky way to do it for sure.

Serip- CT3368/70

If you’re feeling adventurous, then you can go really big. Lighting is a fabulous way to create interest. Halls and entryways are a brilliant place to really showcase some amazing lighting solutions. These spaces are the first thing people will see when they enter your home so why not make a great first impression. A chandelier is a great way to add a bit of glitz and glamour to any space. Why not try and extended chandelier or pendant light hanging through a spiral staircase. Not only does it provide lighting for your hallway and upstairs landing, but it creates a beautiful, eye-catching feature when using your stairs. This one from Serip is truly spectacular and really plays on the traditional chandelier to create something completely different. The perfect lighting statement.

Verner Panton- Living Tower

Now, the design world comes out with some pretty fantastic things and it certainly doesn’t stop when it comes to furniture. With so many fun, quirky and downright mad things on the market these days, why would you want to go for something plain? From bright colours you wouldn’t think of displaying in your home, to pieces that you can’t even believe are meant to be furniture, there is so much out there. The Living Tower by Verner Panton showcases exactly this. An ideal statement that not only serves as a piece of furniture but as a piece of art in itself also.

I hope these ideas have inspired you to add fantastic statement pieces in your homes and add a little more interest. After all, we all want that ‘wow’ moment when people come to visit us don’t we?

Until next time!

Searching For Inspiration- The Herbert Art Gallery

Last week a group of us paid a visit to The Herbert Art Gallery in search of inspiration for some exciting projects we have coming up. Where better to source design inspiration from than an art gallery right? Well, I found the trip very inspirational so I wanted to share with you all my favourite parts from our visit.

Not only does the gallery contain some beautiful pieces, but the building itself is also a work of art. The roof of the building over the main entrance showcases a wonderful geometric pattern which can be seen from the inside and outside of the building. The roof also curves over the top and looks beautiful when it is lit up at night. The roof is one of the things I love most about this building, the clean, bold lines and industrial look are certainly a favourite of mine when it comes to architecture. Along the outside as you walk towards the entrance there are some wonderful, interesting features including more angular wooden beams and metal rectangular fixtures with letters carved into them.

 

One of the first things that really caught my eye was this painting. The wonderful combination of colours was the first thing that drew me in but the longer I looked, the more I could see. I’m a great believer in injecting colour into an interior to give it some added character so this painting is certainly a piece that makes the imagination run wild when relating it to interior design. I also think that hanging art work in a space is really important and keeping it colourful is a great way to go!

This chair designed by Spencer Jenkins is made from steel and woven willow and is said to be a sculpture with a functional purpose. The piece looks at how humans are changing nature to suit their needs. This chair is possibly my favourite piece from our trip. I love how the bright pink contrasts the willow and how the shape of the frame is so interesting with it disappearing into the willow weave. If only we could buy them and put them in our homes.

Now I can be a bit of a magpie at times, so when it comes to anything shiny or sparkly I seem to be instantly drawn to it. That, along with the Gracious Luxury logo being black and gold, drew my attention instantly to this particular installation. As we work with luxury fabrics, finishes and furniture on a daily basis these gorgeous beads are definitely a source of inspiration for us. Shapes, colours and textures are all very important in interior design and mixing them up with luxury finishes are just what we like to see.

These lovely little ceramic pots are another thing that caught my attention on our visit. Beautiful harmonious colours and each one has a completely different, interesting top to it. Each one the same, but with its own unique addition. This principle along with the colour scheme is definitely inspiration in itself. And why not even try showcasing functional ceramics in your home and keep them on display.

Now this installation was another favourite of mine. The fabric bright and colourful, printed with a pattern and then stitched and embroidered to manipulate the shape it appears as. It then appears that the outer shell is broken to uncover the beauty inside. Many of these were installed in a circle, each one completely different from the next. The contrast between the neutral and the bright pop of colour is definitely something we can take from when it comes to interior design.

The final thing that I really loved from the gallery were these gorgeous little lamp shades. I find it unusual to see these shades handing from the ceiling as opposed to being in place on top of standing lamps.  The light also seeps out of the tiny holes made when each segment of the shades were attached which adds a lot of interest to the piece. I love how each of the lamps is unique and different and has different pattern and embellishment from the next. I also really enjoy the way these lights are hung for the installation. They hang at a range of different heights and reflect light off one another, which is definitely something to consider when considering lighting solutions for interior design.

The Herbert Art Gallery has been a great source of inspiration for us with the projects that we have coming up. I personally think that art galleries and installations, right down to street art are wonderful things to look at to be inspired for all forms of design. So I hope that these pieces will inspire you, just as they have inspired me.

Until next time!

Interior Design Rules- Part 1

In recent months, we have been seeing more and more people looking for interior design help and advice. We have been trawling the internet on platforms such as Twitter and Houzz to find the things that people struggle with when it comes to their interiors. So, we have now devised a list of interior design rules to live by in case you wanted to give it a go without the help of an interior designer.

Balance

Balance is the delivery of the visual weight of design elements, for example colours, volumes, lines, textures and is grouped into these three categories:

Symmetry– where both sides, divided by a line or point, have identical visual weight. The result is often formal, absolute, conventional, ordered, prestigious and powerful. Symmetry looks great especially in a bedroom or living space, if you want your space to look clean and organised then using symmetry is a great way to achieve this look. When it comes to the bedroom symmetry is easy; match up your cushions and throws, choose matching bedside tables and lamps to tie it all together.

A-symmetry– where different objects achieve equal eye attraction or equal visual weight. The result is often informal, different, unceremonious, open, uninhibited and inviting. Achieve this by using contrasting furniture, accessories and sizes. Try using completely different striking arm chairs around your living space or having a range of different lighting around a room. This will create a less balanced look but will add interest to your interior spaces.

Radial – where all visual elements are focused around a central point and spread outwards. A great way to try this out is in the living room. Try selecting an interesting centre piece like a coffee table, perhaps in a contrasting colour, and focus the layout of the room around that piece.

Pattern

Pattern is produced when similar parts including lines, shapes, forms, textures, tones or colours are used repeatedly, creating a logical, coherent and visual structure. This term in Interior Design is often used in relation to floor and wall finishes, for example wall coverings or carpet design; or soft furnishings for example window dressings. Adding pattern is a great way to add character and interest to any space. You can be adventurous and go for bold wallcoverings, patterned tiling or patterned rugs. If not why not try incorporating pattern into your interiors with soft furnishings, lampshades or accessories.

Contrast

Contrast is the occurrence of opposing elements such as complementary colours, rough and smooth textures, small and large sizes; and horizontal and vertical directions. Contrast is the variety, difference or alteration between elements which effectively creates emphasis in design. A great place to start when adding contrast into your interiors is with colour, don’t be afraid to mix it up and use a range of different colours which contrast each other nicely. Size is also an easy way to add contrasting element to any space, use a range of small and large pieces of furniture or accessories as this will add depth and interest.

Dominance

Dominance is the centre of interest or focal point. It is the area that first attracts attention. There is a hierarchy or importance between various elements within a design. Successful relationships between elements can create interest and counteract confusion and monotony. Adding a focal point can really bring interest into a space. Why not try a striking piece of artwork or a wall mural as these are both great ways to draw the eye and create an essential point of interest.

We hope that these design rules have given you some inspiration for your homes and solved any design dilemmas you may have. Stay tuned for Part 2 coming in a few weeks time. If you have any interior design related questions or problems, please leave them in the comments below and we will be sure to answer them in one of our blogs soon.

Thanks again for reading!

Luxury Home Accessories Wishlist

 

Tom Dixon- Eclectic Candles & Room Diffusers

The Eclectic room diffusers and candles by Tom Dixon are a happy addition to any space. Not only are there 3 beautiful scents but they come in the most beautiful chrome containers with marble lids, to add a little metallic addition to your room. Each scent in inspired by its own name. So, Royalty is reflective of Early Grey and the tatty leather seats of an old Bentley. London, captures the smell of London parks and the salty Thames River. And finally, Orientalist, which embodies the memory of an Indian wedding combined with the musky smell of a Chinese herbal market. I think these candles and diffusers are not only a stylish accessory to incorporate but I also think the interesting and unique fragrances will add interest and character to your home.

Ottiu- Andy Stool

I can’t get enough of these adorable stools from Ottiu. If you want a great statement piece, the Andy stool is the piece for you. With a choice of colours for the fluffy sheepskin seat and selection of chrome base finishes, you can make this little stool truly unique. Why not place it in a cosy corner of your living area or use it as a glamourous seat for your make-up vanity. Ottiu describe the stool as a fashion icon, and I couldn’t agree more.

BoConcept- Neat Rug

The BoConcept Neat Rug is the perfect long haired rug for your living space. It comes in two different sizes and a range of different colours so you can find the perfect one to incorporate into your home. Soft throw rugs add warmth and comfort to a room and can soften the look of any hard wood floors. I like how textured this rug is and how it can appear to have different colours running through it depending on the direction of the pile. You can even try it in the bedroom, after all there is nothing better than feeling a wonderfully soft rug under foot in the mornings.

Ginger & Jagger- Vine Mirror

This Ginger & Jagger Vine Mirror is a beautiful statement piece. The mirror is handmade from vine branches and moulded in brass casting and it makes for an outstanding addition to any interior space. Whether it’s in the bedroom, living room, or hallway, hang it on a large wall over a dresser or console table. With its delicate intertwined vines and interesting shaped glass, it will add glamour and sophistication to a space and make sure it reflects something beautiful like a chandelier or piece of art.

LuxDeco- Luxury Cushions

I just can’t get enough of these amazing luxury cushions from LuxDeco. Whether you want silk, velvet or faux fur they have something for every need. They offer a combination of neutral and bright colours and a selection of some pretty eye-catching patterned designs. Not only that but they come in a range of different shapes and sizes so you can deck out your bed and sofa with all different sizes and beautiful fabrics. But it doesn’t stop there. When you’ve finished browsing through the stunning cushion designs why not look at their gorgeous throws to pair with those cushions you’ll just have to buy.

The French Bedroom Company- Transparent Treasure Trunk

I absolutely love this transparent trunk! Fill it with your favourite shoes, soft furnishings, books, clothing, magazines, anything; the possibilities are endless with this piece. Just by changing the contents of the trunk you can change the whole look of it totally. Filling it with colourful textiles is a great way to add a pop of colour into an otherwise neutral room. Or, why not stack it up neatly with all your favourite books and magazines and use it as a contemporary coffee table.

The White Company- Mercury Bottle Lamp

This The White Company table lamp is a real statement piece for your home. Whether it’s in the living room or hallway this lamp is sure to be an eye-catching feature with its antique silver finish. The thing I love most about it is the size. I really like oversized lamps right now so this piece is perfect for me, not only that but it has an element of glamour about it with its glass silver base and large white linen shade.

Sofa.com- The Georgette Stool

This footstool is a lovely little addition to any bedroom or living space. Don’t like the colour or fabric? Doesn’t matter, they’re bespoke made with a choice of LOADS of fabrics so you can choose the exact one you want to suit your room. Use it for extra seating in your living area and it can be tucked neatly away when it isn’t needed. Or use it as a feature; stack books and magazines on top, place a tray on the top and use it for drinks or a vase with fresh flowers. Or simply use it to put your feet up at the end of a long day!

I hope these accessories have given you a little bit of inspiration for styling your homes with that little touch of luxury.

Until next time.

Luxury Christmas Guide

This year has truly flown by – and what a year it has been.

As manic as it can sometimes get, December is always a very productive time for a lot of us – it’s a month of crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s to make sure that the new business year can start off clean and fresh.

That’s on the work front at least, but meanwhile, many of us have all the Christmas preparation to get to. Present-buying should be an enjoyable activity, however, it can also be a stressful time for some, especially if the person they’re buying for has pretty much everything.

Here, in no particular order, are some unique luxury items you might not have thought of, to gift to that special loved-one:

For The Jet-Setter

These high quality headphones will be very much appreciated by anyone who travels a lot. Something they can have on hand to listen to their favourite podcasts or music as the loud engine roars fade away.

For The Presenter

Our team loves anything that can make our client presentations easier and this mini projector would be fantastic for that. Small, light and compact enough to fit in our work bags, it’s super slick and transforms any screen from the phone – a geeky gadget which we all adore in the office.

For The Music-Lover

We absolutely love this Aerobull Bluetooth Wireless Speaker by Jarre Technology. A stylish focal point on any desk, the deep bass from this little bulldog will for sure keep every hard worker upbeat in the office.

For The Fitness-Buff

Have somebody in mind that love to keep themselves in shape and enjoy nothing more than hitting the gym? Then why not allow them to do it in style with this Louis Vuitton’s Boxing Trunk and Punching Bag designed by Karl Lagerfeld. A real design piece and extremely rare limited edition release with only 25 sets produced. Not only will it keep your body and mind healthy, but it will sit beautifully in any home.

For The Collector

Ever since our team laid eyes on this stunning piece, we have not been able take it off our minds. This beautiful creation is a limited edition safe-box by Boca do Lobo. The entire structure is made of mahogany, coated in polished brass and dipped in gold. The aesthetics and the engineered details of this iconic design is incredibly inspiring due to its luxurious take on a product that is typically hidden from sight. Simply put, it’s nothing short of breathtaking.

So there you have it – a unique luxury guide to give you ideas on what to give to your very special loved ones, or if any of these items caught your eyes, perhaps there’ll be something there to add to your own wish list.

We here at Gracious Luxury hope that all your wishes come true and find its way to you under the tree.

Merry Christmas to all.

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