Colour Trend – Russet

With Autumn well and truly here it’s time to embrace the changing colours of the trees and landscape and bring a splash of cosy and warming interior design into our homes. A sophisticated RUSSET colour scheme will provide a splash of colour with a spicy and sumptuous undertone that will transform any interior into a glamorous autumnal retreat.

A chic blend of brown, red and orange tones, russet is a beautiful colour tone that can be used in both traditional and contemporary homes. Its bold yet muted palette is perfect for use as a feature or accent colour within your chosen interior space.

Colour Scheme

Russet tones work extremely well with other autumnal hues such as taupe, brown, burnt orange, beige and wine for a snug and cosy atmosphere that is perfect for the colder evenings of the coming months. Alternatively you can keep it fresh and bright by combining this rich colour with light cream walls for an illuminating interior finish with a hint of warming colour. For a more classic and traditional look then choose dark and deep colour tones to sit alongside your russet colour scheme such as chocolate brown, black and mahogany.

 

Cushions

Russet coloured cushions make a great addition to any living room or bedroom area and are a fantastic way of introducing this stylish colour scheme into your home without any drastic changes to your current decor. This rich colour works particularly well on textured material such as chenille, linen and velvet . Plain and patterned cushions show off the sumptuous tones of russet tones and hues and can be layered with other colours such as beige, burnt orange and brown for a visual and textural finish that will add create a focal point within your interior space.

 

Upholstery

Bold upholstered seating is bang on trend this Autumn/Winter and what better way to embrace this trend than with a splash of rich russet tones that will create a warm and enveloping area to curl up with a cup of tea. Glamorous chaise lounges, carved occasional chairs and sofas will look amazing with a covering of rich russet material and will create an eye-catching, zoned area of colour within any neutral or bold interior area. Opt for chic and sophisticated fabrics such as satin, velvet or leather and if your love a dash of pattern then choose floral, baroque or simple geometric prints that will compliment the rich tones of the russet fabric.

 

Accessories

Keep it Autumnal with your accessories by choosing complimentary colours and finishes that will not overpower this exquisite colour option. Copper, bronze and gold accessories work extremely well in russet home interiors with items such as lanterns, candlesticks and tea light holders providing an illuminating area that is perfect for the darker nights. Burnt orange accessories such as vases, bowls and ornaments will also look great against a russet painted backdrop and can be used to create a focal point on a mantelpiece or alcove area. Last but not least why not create an autumn inspired floral arrangement with orange and red seasonal flowers and dried leaves or pay a nod to seasonal produce and Halloween with a selection of pumpkins and squashes on a sideboard or table.

 

Furniture

The versatility of russet colour palettes mean that they can be complimented with a wide range of furniture designs and styles. Warm rustic oak designs will give a cosy, cottage style feel that reflects the changing rural landscape of the Autumn months with items such as dining tables and dressers providing visual texture and practicality. Alternatively rich hardwood such as mahogany and walnut will perfectly compliment the warm tones of the russet backdrop and will provide a sophisticated and classic interior finish. Opt for items such as sideboards, coffee tables and bed frames for a striking centrepiece against a painted or wallpapered feature wall.

 

For more inspirational russet interiors then take a look at our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Russet Colour Trend or for furniture ideas that will add a finishing touch to this interior colour trend then check out our extensive Oak and Hardwood furniture collections.

Product of the Week – French Louis Oak Large Sideboard

The rich and sumptuous French Louis Oak Large Sideboard is an elegant and classic furniture item that is both stylish and functional. This eye-catching sideboard will create a warm and welcoming focal point in both traditional and contemporary living rooms, dining rooms or hallways.

French Louis Oak Large Sideboard

French Louis Oak Large Sideboard

This large and spacious sideboard has been carved from the finest quality North American Oak that is both strong and beautifully textural. This item has been finished in a rich and cosy medium/dark stain that provides a regal style elegance and a stately feel that will add a period style charm to any home interior.

Crafted from authentic antique French designs this sideboard will create a refined feel within your chosen home interior and its strong and durable design will ensure that it will become a permanent feature within your home for many years to come.

French Louis Oak Large Sideboard - Front View

French Louis Oak Large Sideboard – Front View

This large and grand sideboard provides plentiful storage space within your interior setting and is ideal for creating a centralised area for your household accessories. The large and wide table top area is specifically designed to house your ornaments, photo frames or a statement lamp that will draw your eye to the textural grain and warm tones of the oak exterior.

The three small central drawers are ideally sized to hold your small items, stationary or remote controls while the two large outer cupboards are perfect for hiding away your large household items, paperwork or crockery to create a neat and organised interior space.

French Louis Oak Corner TV Unit

French Louis Oak Corner TV Unit

This elegant sideboard will look fabulous when partnered with the French Louis Oak Corner TV Unit. This compact and stylish TV cabinet is perfect for those with smaller home interiors or awkward room dimensions. The angular design means that it can be tucked neatly into the corner of your living room area to make the most of your limited floor space.

The small table top area is perfectly big enough to hold a widescreen TV and will create a visual focal point in which to arrange your seating areas. The long central open front shelf can be used to house your DVD player, TV box or games console for an easy to access multimedia area. With an additional two spacious lower drawers you will find and ideal space to store a selection of DVDs, games, media accessories and remote controls for an organised space that is both neat and stylish.

For more items that will compliment this stylish sideboard and TV unit, then head over to the website where you will find our complete French Louis Oak collection.

Colour Trend – Violet

Purple tones are always a popular choice for creating a rich and warm atmosphere within your home as they provide a splash of colour that is bold yet sophisticated. VIOLET is this seasons colour of choice as it is the perfect way to embrace to darker tones of the autumn months and provide a cosy ambiance in which to relax.

 

Colour palettes

Violet is a fabulously versatile colour that is been used in a vast array of period and contemporary interior designs. This opulent purple tone can be partnered with fresh ocean tones and crisp white for a bold yet fresh interior feel or for a more classic look it can be used alongside opulent silver and matt black for a flamboyant regency style setting. This wonderful colour is also a popular choice in Moroccan style interiors and can be paired with vibrant yellow, orange, azure and green for a dash of eastern charm and warmth.

 

Textiles

Violet is the perfect colour choice for rich and opulent fabrics such as velvet, silk and lace and creates a bold yet refined look that is eye-catching and luxurious. Combine this colour with baroque patterns and prints on cushions and curtains for a dash of renaissance style flair and glamour or layer a selection of violet throws and blankets on a bed or sofa with glimmering golds, blues and silver for a elegant Indian style finish that oozes opulence and exquisite beauty.

 

Upholstery

If your someone who shies away from more bold colour choices then why not introduce a small yet eye-catching area of colour that can be easily adopted into your current interior colour scheme. Occasional chairs, pouffes and stools are a great way of adding a pop of colour into a living room or dining room area and provide a zoned area of rich and opulent colour. If you are on a budget then why not try your hand at re-upholstering your current chairs with some plain or patterned fabric in your chosen violet tone.

 

Accessories

Violet accessories have been a hot trend on the high street this year and provide a perfect pop of colour in any room of the home. A carefully positioned vase, bowl or sculpture can create a focal point on a mantelpiece, side table or sideboard and can be tied in to compliment the violet furnishings within your chosen room. Lamps and light fittings also look great in this opulent colour choice and many Art Deco lamps feature this sumptuous tone for an added addition of some vintage style and elegance. A selection of crockery, utensils and kitchen machinery in a fabulous violet finish will update any kitchen area and add a fresh feel to a dark worktop area.

 

Furniture

The versatility of a violet colour scheme means that you are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing furniture items to suit your decor. For a classic country cottage feel you can add some light golden oak furniture and team it with fresh floral patterns for some added vintage charm. Glossy black painted furniture will add a sense of glamour to your chosen interior space and the deep colour combination will give a rich and opulent boutique feel that is chic and sophisticated. For a fresh and bright ambiance that is calm and feminine then opt for white painted furniture designs that will create a light and airy feel against a violet painted feature wall.

 

For more ideas on introducing this fabulous colour into your home then check out our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Violet Colour Trend or for furniture items that will compliment this colour trend, take a look at our fabulous oak furnitureFrench chateau white and French moulin noir furniture collections.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Ways To Create The Perfect Conservatory

With more and more of us yearning for a little bit of extra space within our homes, conservatories and orangeries have become popular choices in both small terraced and grand detached homes. Conservatories provide you with an extra room to expand your living space and are a great way of adding more space and light into your home interior.

Their wall to ceiling glass finish will create a bright and uplifting ambiance and allows you to bring a sense of the outdoors – indoors on even the coldest of winter days. With these 5 simple and easy techniques, you can create a chic and sophisticated conservatory area that will be the perfect place to relax and enjoy the gorgeous garden scenery.

 

Uplifting colour schemes.

When choosing a colour scheme for your conservatory area it is important to choose colours that will compliment the light and airy design and will provide a balance of the outdoor space and natural colours. Opt for soft and subtle pastel tones for a feminine and delicate feel and partner them with rich coffee and chocolate tones for a warm and cosy feel. Alternatively why not inject some zest and colour to your plain white conservatory with some fabulous lime green and mint tones that reflects the scenery of your your garden landscape. For a more chic and contemporary feel; monochrome is a simple yet eye-catching colour combination that will add a splash of boutique style chic to your conservatory area.

 

Seating

If you wish to use your conservatory as an extension of your living room area or as a cosy snug away from the hustle and bustle of the house then you need to ensure that your seating options provide a stylish and functional partnership. Traditional wicker furniture is still extremely popular in conservatory settings or you can opt for a more modern take on this classic look by using some sumptuous rattan designs with matching coffee tables and footstools. Feeling lavish? Why not treat yourself to a fabulous day bed where you can curl up with your favourite book and take in the beauty of the surrounding outdoor scenery.

 

Dining Sets

Larger families or those who love to throw a good dinner party may wish to use their conservatory as an alternative to a traditional dining room area. The light space and beautiful exterior views make them the perfect choice for parties and romantic meals. To make the most of your space choose a table that suits the shape of your conservatory design. A rectangular table will suit longer orangery style conservatories while a small round bistro style table will compliment more circular and angular room designs. Opt for light oak or white painted items for a fresh and illuminating centrepiece or for a more dramatic and contemporary feel then choose a chic black painted dining set that will create a bold focal point in the centre of the conservatory area.

 

Blinds

While conservatories are there in order to enjoy the outside space there is nothing worse than having the sun blaring in your eyes as you try to read your morning newspaper. A stylish selection of conservatory blinds will create a function shade within your room and are also a great way of adding colour and pattern to your interior space. Venetian blinds are a simple and sleek style that can be adjusted to allow the perfect amount of light to enter the room and do not encroach upon the open nature of the conservatory walls. Roller blinds will create fabulous blocks of colour and pattern that can be coordinated with your upholstery, cushions, rugs and accessories to create a complimentary interior decor and style.

 

Accessories

Accessorising your conservatory area should be a celebration of the outdoors natural beauty. A selection of house plants will compliment the view of the garden area and will create a botanical feel that is calm and tranquil. Lanterns and candles will provide a soft and subtle lighting feature and look wonderful placed along the internal windowsills and tables for a scattering of glowing illumination. When selecting cushions, throws and rugs opt for classic colour combinations that compliment the furniture and interior colour scheme with a splash of pattern to break up the neutral backdrop of the walls and floor.

For more ideas on how to create the perfect conservatory area then take a look at our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Conservatories.

 

How To Create A Mexican Interior

Bright, zesty colours and lively patterns feature heavily in the decor of Mexican home interiors. This bold and fresh finish makes this design a popular choice with those who wish to create a uplifting and feel good atmosphere within their home.

These cheerful interiors are steeped in folklore and tradition and perfectly balance bold and abstract design features with natural and classic materials. From kitchens to bedrooms Mexican interior design will add a splash of energy and fun to your interior space.

 

Colour Schemes

When it comes to selecting colours for your Mexican interior then there is one simple rule; Go Wild! From bold reds, oranges and yellows to exotic purples, cobalt and turquoise, every colour in every tone and hue can be utilised. These bright and carnival inspired colours can be layer one upon another for a truly eye-catching interior colour palette or can be paired with crisp white walls, neutral backdrops and traditional terracotta floor tiles for a slightly more subtle and manageable look.

 

 

Wall Tiles

Instead of the textured and coloured wallpapers that are found across Europe, Mexicans follow the traditions of most Hispanic countries with its use of bold and artistic wall tiles to create a focal point within their home. Talavera tiles are often printed with Spanish colonial patterns while more elaborate designs are hand painted to feature images and characters from Mexican folklore. Much in the same style as the rest of the home, tiles are hand painted in bright and vivid colours and are often used to highlight specific areas such as a sink, a shrine or a bath tub.

 

Textiles

Mexican textiles and designs are steeped in history and have been a staple feature of Mexican interiors for more than 7000 years. Throws, blankets, cushions and rugs are usually woven from cotton or wool and feature brightly dyed threads in vibrant hues of yellow, green, blue, orange and red. Textiles often take inspiration from Central America with Aztec and Mayan patterns and Saltillo designs and frequently incorporate images of indigenous people, costumes and imagery from the mythological tales of the local area. Textiles also play an important role in the woven paintings of the Huichol Indians who live in the Sierra Madre region of Mexico and adorn the walls of many homes across the country.

 

 

Skulls

The intricately decorated skulls that are a frequent motif in Mexican interior design are representative of the Day of The Dead or ‘Dia De Los Muertos’. Much as the druid religion celebrates All Hallows Eve, Mexicans use this day to remember loved ones who have passed over into the afterlife.

The skull motif is used prolifically throughout the home in ornamentation, food, decorations and lanterns and the skull itself features floral designs and intricate patterns that can be emphasised using fiesta inspired colours or more neutral palettes that will work fabulously as a wall covering or fabric in more refined, contemporary homes (right).

 

 

Furniture

Mexican interiors embrace a rustic and natural furniture finish that contrasts wonderfully against the bold colours of their interior backdrop. Chunky wood and textural grains are a reflection of Spanish colonial influences along with delicate and intricate wrought iron bed frames, table legs and ornaments that place emphasis on Mediterranean style and femininity. Furniture is designed to be functional and durable and materials are selected for their strength and local availability. Items can be left plain and natural for a hacienda feel or can be painted and decorated for a more vibrant and clashing burst of colour that works particularly well on statement items such as dressers, tables and wardrobes.

 

For more inspiration on how to create a rich and vibrant Mexican interior then head over to our latest Pinterest board – Pinterest – Mexican Interiors where you will find an array of ideas that will transform any home into a Hispanic haven of colour and style.

If you are looking for furniture items with a splash of Central American style then look no further than our elegant and rugged Mayan Walnut furniture collection.

 

Colour Trend – Forest Green

Green is often a colour choice that is overlooked in modern interior design. While lime green remains a popular choice in contemporary home interiors, darker and richer green hues have remained within the walls of period properties and vintage interior settings.

Forest Green tones are making a huge comeback this Autumn. With its opulent and luxurious finish this colour trend can be partnered with both dark and light furnishings to give a regal and refined finish to any room of the home.

Forest green can be partnered with a multitude of colours that provide a sense of natural beauty and sophisticated elegance. Earthen tones such as Hessian, lavender and pewter look wonderful alongside rich dark green tones while antique white, silver and black provide a regency style colour scheme that works particularly well in dining room and living room areas. Due to its deep and dark finish try and keep your forest green colour choice to a single wall or alcove area to maintain a light and airy feel.

Wallpaper is an ideal way of introducing this colour to your interior space as a pattern or print will provide a complimentary variation in colour that will prevent your home feeling dark or enclosed. Baroque and Rococo designs work extremely well in providing an exquisite and expensive finish that is reminiscent of stately homes and palatial interiors. For a more contemporary feel then choose a wallpaper with a metallic print and finish that will create a reflective and illuminating ambiance that is ideal for smaller or more compact home interiors. Silver, gold and bronze inlays will compliment the dark forest tones and will add a glamorous feel to any feature wall.

Upholstery is key in creating a soft and cosy feel in your interior space. Forest green is a versatile colour choice for your interior upholstery that works well in a range of fabric choices. Traditional materials such as velvet and silk will provide an authentic period feel within your home and can be partnered with complimentary colours and patterns for varied texture and visual detail. Yellow, cream, white and silver are perfect partners to your forest green colour choice and can be showcased in your cushions, rugs, bedding and curtains for a rich and luxurious finish.

Using such a strong colour on your walls or upholstery can often be a little daunting, however this does not mean that any dark, or bold colour options should be avoided. Accessories or smaller interior items are a great way of adding colour in strategic or zoned areas that will not overpower the existing interior decor and design. Bar stools, an occasional chair or a carefully positioned lamp or ornament will add a splash of colour to your chosen room and can compliment or contrast your walls and upholstery, depending on your choice of palette. Alternatively why not add accessories of varying green tones from light mint to the darkest fern green for a varied yet complimentary interior finish.

When it comes to choosing furniture to compliment your forest green interior, there are numerous avenues you can explore to find the right feel and finish for your chosen space. If you wish to create a traditional period feel then opt for dark mahogany or walnut finishes that will provide a deep and rich lustre that is cosy and luxurious. For a more natural feel then select items of light or golden oak that will give an alpine forest-like finish. If your home requires a brighter and more uplifting ambiance then why not introduce a selection of cream or white painted furniture that will give a fresh and feminine feel against the deep tones of your chosen decor.

 

For more inspiration on introducing forest green into your home then check out our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Forest Green Colour Trend or for complimentary furniture items take a look at our oak furniturehardwood furniture or painted furniture collections.

 

 

 

Product of the Week – Trend Oak Lamp Table

Our sleek and stylish Trend oak lamp table is a bright and illuminating furniture item that provides an elegant balance of beauty and practicality. Its light and bright, golden oak tones provide a versatile and neutral exterior that can be displayed perfectly in both modern and traditional home interiors.

Trend oak lamp table

Trend oak lamp table

Carved from the finest cuts of European oak and finished in a light satin stain this lamp table celebrates the beauty of natural oak while providing a sense of modernity and contemporary style. The square, straight edged design is simple yet eye-catching and can be paired with both neutral and bold interior colour schemes for a rich and luxurious finish.

Its compact and unimposing design makes it perfect for smaller home interiors or awkward rooms with alcoves or recesses. This table can fit neatly into interior areas that may normally be overlooked, instead providing an area of visual detail and beauty.

trend oak lamp table

trend oak lamp table

The sleek, square table top space is ideally suited to the display of a lamp, providing an illuminated space that is perfect for reading and can fit snugly next to a sofa or occasional chair. Alternatively this table could be used to showcase a floral arrangement, a statement vase or can even be used as a telephone table in a living room or hallway area.

The additional floor level shelf gives an extra display area for your ornaments or photo frames and is the ideal size and position to slide away any magazines and TV guides to ensure that your home interior remains, neat, organised and uncluttered.

Trend oak 3ft x 2ft coffee table

Trend oak 3ft x 2ft coffee table

You can partner your lamp table with the stunning Trend oak 3ft x 2ft coffee table for a co-ordinated table partnership. This bold and chunky coffee table will make the perfect centrepiece in your living room area and creates a social focal point to entertain your family and friends.

The solid, square legs and straight edged finish gives this table a linear, contemporary feel while the rich grain and golden oak finish maintains a sense of rustic country charm. The light and illuminating tones of the oak will create an ambiance of space and light in even the darkest of interior spaces.

With a 3ft by 2ft table top area you will find all the space you could need to place your mugs, cups and wine glasses to avoid any unwanted spillages; providing a functional furniture item for even the largest of families to enjoy.

For more co-ordinating items for your home interior, take a look at our full Trend oak furniture collection over on the website.

How To Create An Alpine Interior

Traditional Alpine interior design originated in the lodges and chalets of south east France and has since expanded to influence both the basic and luxury lodges of some of the worlds most famous ski resorts. The warm and welcoming style of Alpine interiors are the perfect contrast to the cool and iced landscape of their surroundings.

Chalet style interiors celebrate the beauty of nature and the simplicity of traditional craftsmanship and design. The perfect Alpine interior will have a stylish balance of natural or painted wood and exposed stone or brick for a back to basics interior that oozes rich tones and cosy style.

This style can be easily achieved in modern homes and while you may not be able to enjoy the stunning Alpine views you can recreate the snug and laid back feel of a classic chalet in your home interior, providing the perfect setting for those who love to feel closer to nature and the outdoors.

 

Natural colour palettes are key in creating a sumptuous and cosy Alpine interior space. Muted earthen tones such as golden beige and coffee create a warm yet illuminating feel in smaller interior spaces while crisp clean white can be used for a more sleek and modern Nordic feel. Colour can be added in the form of dusky glacial colours of violet and blue or rich red, burgundy and green will create a classic autumnal colour palette.

No Alpine style home would be complete without a stunning and functional fireplace to add a sumptuous and relaxing living space away from the chills of the outdoor air. Classic chalet fireplaces should be carved from traditional wood such as oak or birch or placed inside a rustic stone wall for a rugged yet stylish finish. Open fires will give a beautiful and mesmerising focal point to your interior but modern flame effect fires can also be used in more minimal chalet interiors.

When choosing fabrics for your Alpine interior the key features should focus on natural styles and materials as well as traditional colour palettes that will compliment the earthen tones of your home.

Soft suede, hides and furs look fabulous draped on a bed, sofa or window seat while light natural wools and Alpine or tartan print patterns look great as curtains or cushion covers providing visual style and texture. Opt for greys, whites, creams or reds or mix and match your items for added detail and cosiness.

When it comes to furnishing an Alpine interior it is all about Wood, Wood, Wood! Rich golden oak will look great among the warm backdrop of your interior space and can be matched to your exposed beams, wall cladding or flooring for a universal tone and style. If you would prefer a more modern and crisp interior style then choose pale wood such as maple, alder and ash for an illuminating furniture finish that gives a Scandinavian feel to your chalet style interior. Choose large and eye-catching items such as a coffee table, dresser, dining table and sideboard in matching wood types to create a rich and inviting interior space that provides a luxury resort finish in the comfort of your own home.

For more fantastic Alpine interior inspiration head over to our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Alpine Interiors or for a diverse and extensive range of furniture that will compliment this look,  our oak furniture collections offer a vast range of styles and finishes to suit all tastes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product of the Week – New England Oak Double Bed

Our strong and sturdy New England solid oak double bed – High Foot Board will create a perfect marriage of rustic, country style and contemporary design that sits perfectly in a vast range of interior styles and decors.

New England oak double bed - high foot board

New England oak double bed – high foot board

Crafted from the finest quality North american oak this bed frame has a light and bright golden exterior that will create an uplifting feel to any bedroom area. The bold chunky frame is completely solid and has no veneers to ensure that this bed not only looks amazing but is strong enough to withstand the wear and tear of every day use.

The slatted base is reinforced using a metal support rail so that your bed frame will not feel creaky or wobbly and will ensure that your fabulous oak bed will be comfortable and relaxing as well as creating a visual centrepiece within your bedroom space.

New England oak double bed - high foot board - front view

New England oak double bed – high foot board – front view

This chunky bed frame features square corner posts that enclose simple yet eye-catching, vertically slatted head and foot boards that are an ideal partnership of modern and traditional design features. The plinth tops are a visually stunning 27mm thick to ensure that this stylish bed frame retains some classic, country cottage flair. The light yet rich tones of the oak will look amazing in neutral bedroom interiors but can also be paired with bold colour palettes for a more contemporary interior ambiance.

This bed can be used with one of our many ergonomically designed mattresses for a personalised area of comfort and relaxation. From bouncy sprung designs to innovative and luxurious memory foam styles our mattress and bed frame combos will ensure that you receive and long and blissful nights sleep.

New England oak two drawer slim bedside

New England oak two drawer slim bedside

Why not partner your bed frame with our New England solid oak two drawer slim bedside that is the ideal design for those with limited space or a compact bedroom design. This narrow cabinet will sit comfortably beside the New England oak bed and will provide a practical and stylish area for display and storage space. The small square table top is the ideal size for a bedside lamp, alarm clock or ornament while the two internal drawers are perfect for tucking away your small clothing items or bedroom accessories for a neat and organised interior space.

The golden tones of the rich North American oak can be finished with the choice of traditional plain oak drawer knobs or contemporary chrome handles so you can tailor your item to your exact interior tastes.

For matching items from this range you can view our full and extensive New England Oak collection on our website.

 

How To Create A Shaker Style Interior

When it comes to creating the perfect Shaker style interior always remember that ‘Less is More’. It is the Shaker belief that every item within the home should be practical and functional not simply just for decoration. ‘Beauty rests on utility’ and whilst Shaker interiors may not be adorned with glamorous accessories, each and every item contained within the home is crafted to an extremely precise, perfected standard.

Whilst the feel of Shaker interiors may be simple and minimal, this allows the beauty of the few designs they feature to shine through. Follow these simple steps to achieve this interior look in your own home and don’t forget these looks can be modernised slightly using varying materials and finishes whilst maintaining the original style and appeal of this period.

 

Colour Schemes

Shaker  homes are all about neutrality and nature and the internal colours of the home reflected the beauty and simplicity of their surroundings, Walls were almost always plain white or beige with any additions such as furniture or fabric adopting natural orange and brown tones. The only colour that may be used was in quilting and bed throws and this remained simple and sparse in navy, russet and mustard tones that would not stand out too obviously from the backdrop of the home.

 

Lighting

Lighting and light fixtures were a necessity that did not require any flamboyant design or eye-catching features. Candle holders would be placed on tables and wall sconces would be placed in the darker areas of the home for an ample supply of light. Sconces and  sticks were made from a basic metal such as tin and were left in a rustic state for a rural country look. While candle lit lighting may not be appealing in modern times you can easily recreate this look using metal framed wall lights and candelabra style ceiling lights but ensure that you avoid an over polished look by choosing matt black, antique or distressed metal finishes that will capture the purity and natural beauty of Shaker interior design.

 

 

Fabrics

Shaker fabrics were made from natural sources that were simple to make and simple in appearance. Wool, cotton and linen were the main materials and these would be left in their natural colour state of white and beige for a minimal textural appearance. Colour would be introduced only in quilts and throws which featured uncomplicated shapes and gingham patterns. Denim tones and autumnal hues were used that complimented the simplicity of the decor and furniture. Whilst original Shaker quilts may be a rare and expensive find, reproduction quilts and more colourful prints can now be found in traditional high street stores and will add a splash of visual interest against a neutral interior setting.

 

Storage

Practicality came above style in all aspects of Shaker life and when it came to the home there would be no visual signs of clutter or accessories. Any excess items would be cleverly hidden away in furniture items and wonderfully simplistic Shaker style boxes that could be stacked in a corner or on a cabinet or sideboard for a centralised and neat storage area.  Boxes were an oval design and made using a swallowtail and copper pin construction from natural wood or hide. Opt for natural finishes for a rustic country look or choose more modern painted finishes to add add detail and colour to your interior space.

 

Furniture

Function over fashion was the key to successful shaker style furniture so who would have thought that these days Shaker style designs are extremely ‘fashionable’ in modern home interiors. Traditionally carved from cherry and maple woods each item featured simple and practical designs and plain handles with wardrobes, cabinets and chests being popular items due to their vast storage capabilities. In modern homes this look can be recreated using golden oak or walnut finishes and selecting statement furniture items that fit the look and feel of Shaker homes such as simple slat back chairs, oak benches and dressers that will provide the perfect balance of function and beauty within a modern home.

 

For more ideas on how to create a minimal and naturalistic Shaker interior, head over to our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest -  Shaker Interiors and for a selection of furniture ideas take a look at our extensive Oak and Hardwood furniture collections.