Move away from minimalism, and instead look for decorative statement pieces that chime with the luxe look. Designer fittings will create a sense of indulgence and luxury creating the perfect place to escape from the world and relax.
HOW TO ADD GLAMOUR
Interior designer, Katharine Pooley shares her expert knowledge on how to add glamour into our homes.
1. CONTRAST TEXTURE
Combine highly polished lacquer with matt leather; burnished metals with raw marble slabs; and the buster of silk rugs with satin timber flooring
2. EMBELLISH EVERYTHING
A plain chair, cushion or headboard can be made extraordinary with studding, panel work, embroidery or contrast piping.
3. ADD A TOUCH 1970s GLAMOUR
Mix in mid-century modern antique in lucite or glass. Sculptural lighting is particularly interesting.
4. ADD MIRROR INLAYS TO DOOR ARCHITRAVES AND BULKHEADS
Unexpected inlays delineate areas in an open plan space and add a touch of playful sophistication.
5. COLOUR BLOCK YOUR ACCESSORIES
Ivory shagreen boxes, rock crystal sculptures and stark white hydrangeas create a pared-back but effortlessly chic aesthetic.
6. DON’T TAKE EVERYTHING TOO SERIOUSLY
Playful details like these buildings salt and pepper shakers add that touch of British irreverence.
7. ADD GRAPHIC PRINTS AND EMBROIDERY
Bold pattern on a single cushion will take a monochromatic scheme from the ordinary to the extraordinary.
8. EMBRACE RAW, BRUTALIST DETAILING
Looking for the glamour of gold but still shuddering at memories of 1980’s garish gold brassware that peeled at the edges? Stark, dark bronze lighting refreshes a traditional dressing table display.
9. BIJOU CAN BE BEAUTIFUL
The smallest space can inspire with thoughtful display niches and luxurious finished for a ‘jewellery box’ feel.
10. USE CRYSTAL AND MOTHER OF PEARL ACCENTS
Use their beauty to add an undeniable femininity to an interior. Layer different heights and shapes to draw the eye in.
11. UPGRADE YOUR HARDWARE
Door ironmongery should be the most expensive you can afford; heavy to the touch; and incorporate a unique and interesting finish or shape.