As Interior Designers in Hampshire, we are very familiar with rural properties, and how to design traditional interiors in a contemporary way. Here is another insight into our design process, and how we achieved this interesting mix of styles for Bedroom 3 at Easton Grange.
The X design on the honeyed wooden headboard and striking silver ball lamps are by JVB furniture – www.j-v-b.com, and these items are teamed with eye catching patterns and textures by Malabar and Clarke & Clarke. The use of organic motifs with ikat-style weaves bordered by plain fabrics ensured the design remained fresh and modern, yet sympathetic to a rural setting. The fresh aqua colours brightened the space and work well with the warmth of the oak beams. See http://www.icon-interiors.co.uk/portfolio/commercial/easton-grange/ for further details of this project.
Many of our clients are interested in how we actually create a design, and we enjoy working with our clients and explaining the interior design process. Here is a quick peek behind the scenes at how we developed the interior design scheme for one of the bedrooms at Easton Grange.
After several meetings with the client, we worked on defining the clients’ brief for their beautiful Suffolk farmhouse. They particularly wanted the age and traditional elements of the building to be respected, yet the design had to appeal to a contemporary audience. We interpreted this brief by collecting hundreds of samples which would incorporate this idea, and editing them one by one into loosely defined colour groups. Again the colour groups were edited to find the most appealing fabrics, in terms of colour, texture and pattern. We chose vibrant fabrics in peacock blues, raspberry reds and moss greens – some of the motifs were abstract butterflies, and others were stripes or ikat prints – all of which added to the modern feel of each scheme.
Once this process had taken place, we distilled the ideas even further, and allocated each fabric to a particular use – ie curtains, soft furnishings etc. Our favourite elements of the scheme are the curtains with 3 different bands of fabric. Our clients were very brave to trust us with such an approach, and they are delighted with the finished result. See http://www.icon-interiors.co.uk/portfolio/commercial/easton-grange/ for further information.
At the Easton Grange Wedding Venue, particular care was taken to adhere to the client brief which demanded that the soft furnishings had to work with a traditional Suffolk farmhouse. However, we also had to ensure that the venue had a contemporary edge to suit modern day couples. From the very beginning, we decided to use natural fabrics where possible, ie woven cottons and linens, and introduce blocks of bold colour and strong geometric pattern.
All of the curtains were hand made by our soft furnishings specialist, and many of them featured this 3-band idea, using a block of colour for the top 2/3 and bottom 1/3, divided by a striking band of pattern or stripe. We then used these accent colours and patterns for scatter cushions and bolster cushions to continue the theme. See our Portfolio - http://www.icon-interiors.co.uk/portfolio/commercial/easton-grange/ - for full details of each room.
The Bridal Suite bedroom occupies the upper floor of the historic bake house, and we aimed to keep the character of this traditional Suffolk farm house, yet give it a soft, contemporary edge using soft furnishings. The furniture is a combination of opulent, vintage style pieces, yet the bed is dressed with contemporary cushions and bolsters. The exposed brick work and oak beams provide a strong visual contrast against the glossy black furniture provided by Eden Forest - http://www.edenforest.co.uk/
The enormous scrolled headboard is a bespoke piece, and the grecian urn-style lamps and chests are by JVB furniture. The fabrics are by Romo and Voyage Decoration, and the bed linen has a luxurious 600 thread count.
For bookings see - http://www.eastongrange-weddings.co.uk/
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