There are many reasons why a room can be a challenge to decorate and style, ranging from the obvious (too small, unusual shape) to the more complicated (too many focal points, an open living space or a large window). These ‘difficult’ rooms are often the biggest task to face when we are decorating our homes, and they can present a block when trying to locate furniture so that the rooms flow as you move within the house. However there are plenty of design and decorating solutions to turn a difficult room into something functional and beautiful.
Famously started in the 1800s by William Morris, and inspired by a love of Medieval craftsmanship and a desire to ensure that mass production did not overtake traditional craft, the Arts and Crafts decorating style is a classic, traditional look that has stood the test of time and is still a very popular style in homes to this day. The arts and crafts styles’ focus on craftsmanship, functionality, simplicity and beautiful aesthetics means it remains relevant and though it has been in and out of fashion, it has never gone out of favour.
Wall panelling has never been more popular- as interesting as wallpaper and more versatile, panelling can add character, gravitas or simply signal an era or style that a room is designed to reflect. Panelling can work as a feature of a room, or simply as a versatile background for your furnishings. Wall panelling is also a popular choice for smaller rooms, as they can give the illusion of height and width, depending on which type you choose. MDF panelling can also be easily primed and painted to match whatever colour scheme you apply in your room.
A look that is currently taking the country by storm can best be described as ‘Industrial Chic’. Not two words you would usually see together, ‘industrial chic’ is about a clash of opposites – practical and fashionable, harsh and soft, masculine and feminine. This juxtaposition of elements also finds a shared harmony in simple and utilitarian design.
As your house becomes your home, the objects and furniture in your rooms are likely to have been collected over time from a variety of sources- inherited, picked up on your travels, bargains spotted out of the corner of your eye at a flea market, and that treasured statement piece you bought when you really couldn’t afford it.