In the Spotlight: New England Interior Design

Though originating in the North East region of the United States, New England design has infiltrated the UK’s design scene, becoming an interior staple for many years now. The style is rather unique and dates back to the 17th Century, as it takes cues from the American colonial era. Despite only crossing the pond much later, the colonial design style was largely based on what was popular in England at the time. As such, the New England design style was birthed and aptly named. Nonetheless, New England design does have its own trademarks. Fresh coastal-inspired colours and nautical influences are the hallmarks of the style. To adapt to the 21st Century, expect to see some modern updates, with more quaint touches – elements typically seen in rustic cottages, coastal cabins or rural farmhouses. Let’s dive straight in and see how this style can be implemented into your own home!

Bazeley House with subtle New England touches

As Colonial influence

As settlers became colonists and began to form cities, they took influences from what was fashionable at the time in England and France. Georgian and Neoclassical styles, supplemented by simpler versions of Baroque and Greco-Roman architecture started to pop up across the seaports of the North East – places like New York, Boston and Baltimore. This was a stark difference from the design styles found across the rest of America. Rural homes were styled to fit the needs of farmers; as such, they were far more rustic. In the modern era, expect to see contemporary twists on classical decorative silhouettes: Windsor chairs, ornamental columns and biomimetic murals. Style rooms with tailored sofas, wingback chairs and lots of Chippendale inspired furniture. 

Angmering incorporating the colonial influences into the home

Nautical Influence 

Paired with colonial influences, much of the traditional New England design is heavily based on coastal and nautical prompts. Similar to how the colour palette of the sea lends itself to this style, much of New England’s touches are based on fishing, the navy and even international trading. Within the colour palette, you can expect to see patriotic colours, like the classic red, white and blue. However, sandy beiges, sunny yellows, sky blues and seafoam greens also play a big part. Materials should reflect those that are reminiscent of nautical elements. Mix things up with driftwood, burlap, hessian and wooden cladding. In the modern New England home, it is common to see more industrial elements, the likes of which are commonly found on more contemporary ships, for example cargo lighting and steel chairs or stools. 

Nautical elements of The Boathouse

Shaker influences

In the earliest days of American colonisation, the Shakers (who were a protestant sect believing in Christ’s second appearance) played an important role in educating people. Their worldview was that simplicity was at the heart of everything. Shakers felt decadence was a distraction from their religious journeys, so their homes were sparsely decorated and minimally furnished. Because of its simple take on interior design, New England takes a lot of inspiration from this period. Today you see simple elements of the aesthetic incorporated into the modern home. Think peg rails, ladder back chairs, wooden cabinets and handmade baskets. The Shaker influence is also where the neutral colour palette comes from – rooms were often white washed, and made of simple materials. It is this timeless appeal that, to this day, makes ‘the Shaker look’ so popular within New England interior design. 

Simple shaker touches in The Boathouse

The key to achieving a polished New England space, that doesn’t look like a dated beach house, is to incorporate the traditional elements alongside the nautical aesthetic. Don’t be afraid to splash some pops of colour amidst the fresher colour palettes. Tastefully styled modern accessories can go a long way. Opulent materials, such as marble or bronze, can bring a blend of modern and neoclassical design to the space. If you don’t fancy being bold with design choices and want to keep it simple with sleek rustic elements, integrate pieces like handmade baskets, vintage portraits and rugged wooden materials. These components together create a classy New England space that will inevitably turn heads!

Top Tips – What makes a great shoot location

What is a shoot location?  

You may have come across the term ‘shoot location’ before; perhaps seeing it written, or used in conversation, without being sure what it really means. Well, we are here to explain what it is, and more importantly, what separates the good from the bad!

In the photographic and filming industries, when a photographer, or videographer shoots in a particular outdoor location, they are referring to location photography. However, when someone is required to shoot in a specific place of interest – somewhere you have to hire – this is known as a shoot location. Shoot locations are spaces owned by a third party, available to hire, with the specific intent of taking a crew there to shoot. 

Generally speaking, shoot locations are homes, or styled studio spaces, that feature internal space. They are set up explicitly to accommodate large crews, and photographic equipment. The key is that the location house fits a specific trend or design style, offering unique features throughout.

What makes an exceptional shoot location – 

Lighting 

One of the first things that set apart top locations from the rest, is an abundance of natural light. The wonder that natural light brings to a room, cannot be emphasised enough! The first thing a location agency or client looks for, is good lighting. This can completely change the feel of a space. If you have south-facing rooms, with large windows, you could have a quality shoot location on your hands. 

Chevron and Jasper perfectly showcase natural light

Colour

Taking from the previous point, if you pair a light space, with tons of natural light, you are certainly onto a winner. Whiter spaces are easier to light up! This gives the impression of a larger area, as the light bounces around the room. However, while light spaces are ideal, dark spaces can be equally as compelling. It gives the ability to create a real sense of character, and alluring charm. As long as the client brings sufficient lighting, dark spaces can bring a room to life

The light colour palette of Apollo and dark aesthetic of Curious

Space

Space is vital. Regardless of how beautiful your house is, clients can often struggle to obtain the shots they need, if the rooms are too small. Large areas give the client enough space to set up cameras and tripods. This allows for the subject to be shot without cramped conditions, whether that be models, props or products. This is a great advantage! Don’t be disheartened, however, if your gorgeous property is small. Minimal spaces can work just as well. This allows the client to bring their own props or furniture, and style the room to their exact needs. 

Vast space at Spratts Factory and the intimate feel of Melrose

Elements

To stand out from the crowd, raw materials are a great addition! Impressive furniture and props are a perfect start! Similarly, compelling paint colours or engaging wallpaper can really set you apart. Crittal is really in this year, and clients are always on the lookout for striking kitchen spaces. If you have intriguing bedrooms, perhaps featuring a trendy design style, like shabby chic, antique or modern, this will always give you an advantage. Furthermore, elements like large gardens, quirky bathrooms or having a conservatory, invariably make for a striking shoot location. 

Crittal windows at Nash and the shabby chic aesthetic of Jupiter

Adaptability 

Adaptability is a key feature that will set a great shoot location apart from the rest. Having rooms with several areas, or corners, enables clients to achieve varying shots, with differing backgrounds. If you have an array of styles/ decor within your property, it facilitates clients with the ability to create broader content! 

The Adaptability of 4teen

Access 

Something that clients often look for in a shoot location is ease of access. Can they get their props/ furniture into the property where required. Are there decent public transport links, or is there good driving access. If so, can they park their cars nearby? This is a big plus if they can. 

Driveways make for great accessibility seen at Ambleside and Graphite

Atmosphere

This final point is slightly abstract, but accommodating owners, that allow the client an easy, hassle-free day, can be a big bonus. In many ways, the owner is a part of the location, so creating a serene environment for the client can determine how attractive the location is – whether you will get booked again or not. 

Top five for March

Another month has gone by, and again, what a month it has been for taking on new locations. Towards the back end of last year, we started taking on incredible new locations like never before. 2021 certainly hasn’t slowed down. As we approach the end of March, it is fair to say it has been another stellar month. We have been lucky enough to take on a whole host of impressive locations, ranging from exquisite residential properties, to quirky bars and charming family homes, to a garden you’ll never forget. If you would like to view all of our new locations, they can be found here, but without further ado, let’s get into our top five for March!

Astral 

Where to start with Astral? Well, all I can say is we are running out of adjectives to describe this location, here at 1st Option. This outstanding property, located in North Yorkshire, is a real standout, and by the time you read this, I’m sure our phones will be ringing off the hook. This large location is mainly open plan and features an opulent, residential industrial aesthetic, that is reached through the use of steel framing, concrete flooring, exposed brick and a sublime dark colour palette. As stated above, Astral screams premium from its steel rafters, and as such, there are tons of standout features found throughout the house. Firstly, the vast, open plan kitchen/ dining space, that looks out to the grand set of sliding doors, offers dazzling views of the surrounding area that can’t be matched. Moreover, if you dive further into the property, you’ll find the gorgeous deep oak floorboards in the living area. These are complemented by an array of quirky artwork, which really add character to the space. Finally, if dark interiors are the light of your life, you’ll fall in love with the superb design achieved within the bedrooms and bathrooms. Deep navy, blacks and coppers are found throughout, and they effortlessly bring the industrial tone of the space to life. 

Saxe

For a residential shoot location completely contrasting to the last example, Saxe is going to be bang on the money. This detached family home, located in Greater London, is particularly impressive thanks to its three floors, six bedrooms and four bathrooms, however, that is merely where the property begins to excite. The location was built in 1925, so expect to see some elegant period features within its interior, including some intricate cornicing, original wooden floorboards, and some gorgeous bay windows. But the property really captures attention when you venture outside! Saxe comes to life through its glorious southwest facing garden, with luscious greens as far as the eye can see. The striking patio area, that is fitted with a pizza oven, and one of the most spectacular heated swimming pools you’re likely to see today. If a residential summer shoot is what you require, then Saxe is definitely going to be the choice for you!

Topiary

Topiary is a perfect example of how diverse our properties can be. Whilst similar to Saxe in its garden appeal, the essence of Topiary could not be more different. Think: secret garden! The huge, Kent based property features one of the most alluring gardens you’ll see this year! The standout elements to this inspiring garden include a whole host of gorgeous shrubbery, a living arched walkway, and a giant chess set, amidst the landscaped garden. Furthermore, a large cedar greenhouse can be found on the grounds, alongside a koi carp pond, nestled between delightful trees, and a Victorian glasshouse – filled with ornamentation and beautiful plants. If you are looking for a truly remarkable outdoor shoot, you’ll be hard-pressed to find something more interesting than Topiary. 

Doña

From The Secret Garden to an eccentric boudoir, check out the red and pink den of dreams that is Doña. Designed in the mould of a 1920’s Harlem Jazz Club, combined with your favourite Mexican bodega, Doña perfectly blends a mixture of Kitsch and Lynchian Surrealism. Its quirkiness is epitomised by a mural found within, painted by artist Maddie Yuille, and installation from Lucia Massey. The space itself consists of a music room, which generally features a staging area and contains fitted velvet seating. A brass bar, centrally positioned, is the focus of the second room. We could go on talking about Doña all day but we’ll let the pictures speak for themselves!

Vert 

Our final location this month is a sumptuous 1930’s family home, brimming with character. The North East London shoot location may not be as large as some other properties on this list, but what it lacks in size, it certainly makes up for in personality and charm. The open plan kitchen/ dining room is delightfully styled in a minimalistic, rustic aesthetic. It features a blend of wood, with a white colour palette, perfectly accentuated by the hits of turquoise, and plant feature wall. Moreover, skylights and crittal doors at the rear, bring an abundance of natural light, which gives the space a real premium feel. Tiled flooring and wallpapered walls are notable inclusions in Vert, and are bang on trend. Take a look at the unique woodland wall in the children’s bedroom and lemon trees in the upstairs bathroom. One of the best elements in the house is the patterned, tiled hallway, as you enter the property. This may well be a client favourite for years to come!

Interior Design 101: A Brief Guide to Some of the UK’s Most Trendy Styles

What is interior design for you? Staying on-trend? Being ahead of the trends? Or celebrating your individuality, creativity and personality? Whatever it means to you, one thing that’s for sure is that thanks to the diverse range of styles that have been brought to our shores over the years, the UK has been left with an eclectic mix of styles, making it one of the most prominent style hubs across the globe. If you want to see some of the most inspiring homes worldwide, the UK is a great place to start. Whether you are looking to renovate and need some inspiration or are merely interested in what’s ‘cool’ at the moment, then read on, as we’re going to give you a brief insight into the most popular interior design staples across the country right now. 

Farmhouse 

Farmhouse or ‘country chic‘ is becoming increasingly popular across the UK; simplicity is at its heart and is characterised by practicality, comfort and readily available materials and colours. You’ll soon see that many of these elements diverge across a number of design styles so it’s no wonder it has become increasingly popular over the years. If you are looking to bring a bit of the farmhouse aesthetic to your house, think white tones, mismatched furniture and lots of wood. Whereas, in a modern house, you may see everything thought through in a meticulous manner, when it comes to ‘farmhouse‘ it is distinctly different. Try mixing and matching new and antique furniture, show off your knick-knacks and trinkets and play around with space. The beauty of ‘farmhouse’ is in the functionality of the room, paired with your own touch of creativity, personality and history. 

Mid Century-Modern 

Mid Century-Modern has endured as one of the most popular design styles in the UK for some time now, and it’s easy to see why. It brought about clean lines, mixed with elegant curves, a mishmash of materials and a love of designers that are still fashionable today. What exactly is Mid-Century Modern interior design you might ask? Well, as a result of the economic changes to Germany after World War II, the Bauhaus designers came over to the UK and started a movement that was characterised by simplicity and functionality. It roughly lasted for around 30 years from the ‘40’s to the ‘70’s, but thanks to its timeless look is still popular today. With the technological advancements after the war and the expansions of cities, there was a demand for modern furnishings and a range of new materials, leading to the possibility of exploring new textures, effects, colours and even new forms. The distinguishing features of a Mid-Century Modern space consist of a classic understated look with minimal fuss. Expect to see clear functionality through the room, uncluttered clean lines with both geometric and organic forms, the juxtaposition of different and sometimes conflicting material and minimal ornamentation. 

Vintage 

In recent years vintage and retro interior design have become increasingly popular. The difference between vintage and other interior design styles is that vintage merely encompasses your furnishings and how you decorate your room, rather than the whole aesthetic. When you say ‘vintage‘ it can mean a lot of different things; how old does something have to be to be classified as vintage? Today, vintage perceivably means anything that has classical and ancient features to it, this is why it has become so popular. If you blend a vintage piece of furniture in a perhaps, slightly more modern space, the juxtaposition creates a nostalgic and old space that will never lean towards being outdated. What you are looking to do is blend the modern technology needed for living, like computers and other appliances with, for example, antique chandeliers, tables and chairs. 

Contemporary 

You wouldn’t be on your own in wondering what actually constitutes a contemporary design space. While all design styles tend to lend hands to others, contemporary literally is a mismatch of what has come before, blended into one modern school of thought. The reason why this style becomes so difficult to define is mainly because of the literal definition of the word ‘contemporary’ meaning ‘of the moment’. As touched on above, the contemporary style has been borrowing elements from ‘popular’ aesthetics since around the 1970’s and this is what makes it so unique. Within it, you will see nods to traditional, art deco, ultra-modern and even futuristic design. Pair this blend of styles with a constantly evolving aesthetic and you are left with contemporary. While most other styles have their core elements that define them, it is within the notion of what’s of the moment that defines contemporary. This is why it is constantly evolving and borrows elements from other styles all the time. What may be of the moment today may change tomorrow. Today, the look is defined by curved lines, neutral colours and minimalism, but give it a few years and you’re likely to see something different. 

Scandi 

By now you’ll be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t heard of Scandinavian interior design. Whether they are a big fan and know everything there is to know or merely someone who has a basic grasp on the style, Scandi interior design is the most popular in the UK for a reason. In fact, thanks to its popularity spanning so many years, the movement has actually influenced everything from architecture and interiors to product design. Typified by its use of muted colour palettes, wooden floors and furnishings, minimalism and a clutter free aesthetic, it is easy to see why so many people through the ages have chosen to style their homes in a Scandinavian manner. What we see today is a slightly evolved version of the traditional style made popular by the likes of Eero Arnio and Ingver Kamprad (founder of Ikea). There is an emphasis on light with natural colour palettes that tend to include a pop of colour here and there, this allows you to bring the room to life. Great textures that can add to your Scandi space are natural materials like wood and stone, as they bring a no fuss aesthetic that’s elegantly minimalist. If you are thinking about a Scandi renovation, then make sure you check out our full ‘In the Spotlight’ article where we really dive into the style and how you can achieve it yourself. 

Industrial 

When industrial design came to prominence, it was merely left to people who wanted to source a rundown warehouse, loft, barn or old derelict building and turn it into a liveable home. Now, however, thanks to its consistent rising in popularity, you are seeing industrial style elements popping up all over the shop, including in residential homes and office buildings. The idea is to decorate the space with raw, distressed and gritty elements amidst an unsuspecting, high spec finish. At its core is function, simplicity and of course innovation. So if you try to achieve the look, the key is to find the perfect blend between a space that looks incredible when you walk in, is functional, but also has that element of grit to it. If you would like a more in-depth look at this design style with real life examples, make sure you check out our ‘In the Spotlight’ article where we go into more detail.

Biophilic Design 

Would you agree that health, welfare and sustainable living are at the forefront of human experience in the modern day? If so, it is intuitive to come to the conclusion that biophilia is of paramount importance in the 21st Century. Biophilia literally translates to the love of living things, and it is this innate connection to nature and living things that allows us to gain something from it. The reason why biophilic design has risen to such importance over the past few years, is because people want to bring elements of the natural world inside, as a backlash against technology and the urbanising world. Furthermore, thanks to the work of some scientists, in recent years we have started to realise the benefits we can gain from interacting with plants on a day-to-day basis. By using biophilia, you can create multi-sensory spaces that resonate across all demographics. Connect to nature and you will see the boost in productivity, wellbeing and inspiration, as well as enhancing creativity and your mood. In a world that is quite apparently becoming more and more urbanised, biophilic design is an approach that celebrates human nature and our innate connection to nature and how we live, act and work within it. If you are interested in Biophilic design, then make sure you check out our in-depth look at the style here.

Ask the Location Owner: Episode 6

In episode six of our series ‘Ask the Location Owner’ we chat with Nikki over video call to learn all about her home ‘Tierney’.

In the Spotlight: Art Deco

In the 20th Century, Art Deco was one of the most exciting, ground-breaking and influential design styles the world had ever seen and as so, still has a huge influence on interior design in the 21st century. As a design style, Art Deco is elegant, opulent, functional and modern and although it was actually first developed in the 1920’s it is still as popular as ever, this is why it can be perfect for any contemporary home. It’s adaptable nature means you can add Art Deco elements to any space, furnishings mix well with modern pieces and are abundantly found in antique markets, thrift shops and online. If you are looking to bring a touch of old school glamour and flair to your living space, then Art Deco style interiors may well be the way to go. 

Art Deco first came to prominence in the 1920’s in France with its name officially coming from the ‘Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes’. Following this, the style became very popular and between 1925 and 1940, Art Deco started popping up all over the world. Its adaptability was one of the main reasons it became so popular as you could use it across all design disciplines.

The inspiration for the movement was very obvious, advances in technology meant that people were constantly trying to come up with the next big thing, smooth lines, shapes and patterns characterised the Art Deco aesthetic. Luxury was also at the heart of Art Deco and this was accentuated by the use of jewels, silver and ivory. The style was elegant, glamorous and functional and because of this has stood the test of time.

In the 21st century, interior design has seen a modern and updated take on Art Deco which is decidedly more playful and modern giving you a really standout look. Check out some top cues below to see how you can achieve the look in your own property. 

Opulent Materials 

Materials used today in Art Deco interior design are slick and often feature reflective elements for everyday glamour in the home. Think metallics like gold, silver, stainless steel or chrome. Metallics like the aforementioned lend any room an elegant and luxurious feel and can be utilised anywhere. Imagine a living room with a glass topped gold coffee table, stainless steel lamps and a geometric patterned rug in black and white. Another element often used in Art Deco design is glass, whether it be through mirrors, glass topped tables or sculptural pieces like a vase, glass adds a really elegant dimension to any room. While metals and glass are normally the first thought when it comes to Art Deco, wood can also be used giving the opulent feel needed. Dark woods such as ebony are often used for flooring and furnishings as they give off a real vibe of wealth. The idea here is to show off lofty extravagance as this was what Art Deco was all about in the 1920’s. 

Bold Furniture 

As with all elements of Art Deco interior design, furniture in the 1920’s was incredibly unique. Pieces in general were developed on the larger side of the scale, so with the progressive nature of interior design, in the 21st century, don’t be surprised to see imposing pieces of large furniture crafted from rich materials, such as ebony, that can take up considerable floor space. On the other side of the spectrum, Art Deco design also incorporates curvaceous furniture with smooth lines, bold colours and materials like pink velvet and the classic geometric symmetrical designs laid onto smaller pieces.

Use of Colour

When you initially think of Art Deco, perhaps Great Gatsby styles come to mind, a mix of black, white, silver and gold? However, deep jewel tones also have a big part to play in modern Art Deco design. Their rich and comforting nature as well as their deep hues, which is key for Art Deco interior design, make for the perfect blend between soft and opulent. This is in great contrast to the black and white you might initially think of. Jewel tones that work perfectly are bright and deep yellows, reds, blues, greens, pinks and purples accompanied by lighter colours like beige and cream to soften up your look. The use of softer colours in places like your bedroom and dining room will enable you to bring the room to life through the use of other elements. 

Geometry 

As touched on, you can’t have an art deco space without geometry displayed in some way or another. In the 1920’s production in geometric shapes represented the changing of the times and so shapes such as chevrons, zig zags and trapezoids were utilised to great effect. Sunbursts are also a great addition to an Art Deco room as they add an elegant edge, other elements that can achieve this are fan shaped mirrors as they provide perfect symmetry. 

Premium fabrics

The final element needed for a perfect Art Deco space is the use of premium fabrics, whether it be a solid colour or geometric design, quality fabrics are a must to achieve the opulent feel. All furnishings should be bold featuring block colours and accessorised with throws and cushions in geometric prints or vice versa. The key is to blend subtle and bold prints adding that touch of luxury to your room.

Top 5 for February

Following on from the impressive end to 2020, the start of this year has been no different when it comes to taking on new properties. We have been incredibly lucky over this past month taking on some incredible new residential properties, bringing a fan favourite back to your screens and seeing the takeover and revamp of an ever-popular studio! If you would like to check out our whole portfolio of new properties you can see them here, but in the meantime let’s get into our top five for February. 

Artspace

Artspace is back! The property that has been shot at by half of London over the years is on our books again and we couldn’t be more delighted. The wonderfully unique South London property is owned by a photographer and it’s easy to see why. It’s been set up to look like a shoot location with the pure intent to be hired out, featuring antique furniture throughout, including vintage beds, some ornate chairs and a gorgeous chaise lounge to name a few. All of these touches, as well as a premium finish across the whole property are why the location has been so popular for so many years. Its structure may be fairly traditional with high ceilings, washed wooden flooring and giant Georgian windows, however, the fresh, premium colour palette with tons of natural sunlight gives the space a delightfully modern feel. 

Dalston Heights A & B

Dalston Heights A & B, formerly known merely as Dalston Heights, was full of props and furnishings, however,  has now been taken over by new owners and since the turn of the year they have been hard at work revamping the studios turning them into two separate entities. The ever-popular studios have been emptied to create a blank canvas, leaving you with a space to get creative and fill as you like. One has a side pitched roof while the other is filled with skylights, the former cardboard box factory is rich with texture and photographic opportunities you can’t find anywhere else!

Melrose

Up next is the first residential property that is completely new to our books, Melrose, a gorgeous family home situated in South West London. The standout features within this superb property are it’s exquisite parquet flooring, large spaces for shooting and the premium crittal windows. Furthermore the kitchen has an elegant minimalist feel with shades of industrial about it, which you won’t be able to get enough of. This impressive property gives off a real charm and without doubt will become one of our most popular shoot locations over the coming years. 

Lotus 

Where to begin with our next property? Once you see Lotus you’ll be clambering to shoot there! The South London family home is packed to the rafters with truly immense standout features that make for a perfect shoot location whatever your needs. Set over four floors, the property is finished with a striking parquet flooring throughout, however, the main attraction points come from the crittal windows and dividers found across the extension at the back, the lavish wine cellar and the striking differences in palette from room to room. If we move to the original front of the property, there is a completely different style, nevertheless, it works just as effortlessly. Check out the juxtaposition between the tiled landing that is set against a pastel green colour palette and the modern minimalist kitchen with its clean and fresh white interior. 

Pietra 

If you have used social media or in fact have read any of the mainstream media’s online channels over the past couple of months, then you will most likely have come across our latest shoot location, Pietra. The huge mansion style property, located in Bromley, features a marble flooring throughout giving off an opulent feel. Every space is vast, making it perfect for any type of shoot and if this wasn’t enough there is a small indoor football pitch, a hot tub and a large gym. If you are looking for a lavish mansion style shoot location, then Pietra is the property for you. 

In the Spotlight: Bohemian Design

At some point in your life you will have come across Bohemian design whether you know it or not. Often referred to as Boho, the style is light and bright featuring many patterns and layers that will leave a lasting impression that you can’t forget. The word itself refers to someone who is typically socially unorthodox and goes against the grain. They are often rather arty and creative, all of which helps make them great interior designers and is perfect for an interior design option for a rich space full of visual activity and a carefree spirit. However, while we can talk about how relaxed and carefree the spirit of the design style is, there are some clear and distinctive style cues that are needed to get the look right without coming across as brash or heavy handed. 

If you are interested in learning about different design styles, their heritage and how to perfect in your own home, then check out the rest of our in the spotlight series here. 

Simple base 

The start of any design style needs a solid foundation and Boho is no different. Bohemian style requires warm and earthy tones that create a perfect canvas for layering upon. Opting for a neutral base allows you to pile your creativity, expressive colour and most importantly pattern for the perfect Boho blend without it being in your face or too loud. The key to not coming across as too overbearing is to saturate the muted tones with colour, creating a harmonious and soothing space with expressive elements. Bright base tones can be applied to the style, however, you must make sure they aren’t too rich as it can result in a somewhat chaotic starting point. When it comes to longevity in a room, a neutral colour palette is always your best option. 

Botanicals

Botanicals are a great addition to a bohemian room as they are light, quirky and add a relaxed vibe while adding a dimension to any room. Furthermore, while we all know about the health benefits having plants in your room can add, they also add a pop of colour to your neutral base without interfering with the rest of the room. If you want to hang plants as well, it is a great way to add interest and depth to your space, the key to an excellent bohemian room is to be creative and expressive while adding depth and texture. Make sure your personality comes across in your space! From a simple hanging basket to something more ornate, having a variety of different plants in different sizes and shapes is a really striking way to bring a bohemian room to life. 

Patterns 

Layering is a must in any Boho room, it is simple, easy to achieve and adds texture to any area. What you are looking to do is contrast different patterns from rugs to cushions and throws to other parts of furniture. The key to layering with patterns is  to have fun and mix and match your patterns, get a little wild and have contrasting shapes, scales and patterns to create the bohemian vibe you’re looking for. However, while we say go wild with patterns, do keep consistency with colour throughout, as you don’t want the room to be overbearing or disjointed. Choose a selection of hues that you keep coming back to, either choose lighter pastels and stay there or darker more luxurious colours like burgundy, emerald green and deep purple. 

Bright Colours

When we think about bohemian decor, bright colours and hues are often the first things that come to mind, whether that be pinks or purples, oranges or yellows, the bolder the better when it comes to Boho design. Deluxe tones work perfectly in a bohemian room, instantly making a space feel comforting in a way that’s exclusive. 

Say no to Minimalism 

Boho style is one of the only top design trends that actually says no to minimalism, more is more here as you don’t want empty spaces or surfaces. The look is about being indulgent and airs on maximalism. With that in mind, the key is to keep the space curated and not just packed to the rafters with junk or whatever you can find. As stated throughout, expression, creativity and personality are at the heart of boho design, so be sure that everything you love and have collected over the years is on display. Make sure your collectables and trinkets tell a story, just be sure to make sure it’s not too overbearing, that there is enough space to highlight the rest of your decor and display your artwork. Make sure you stay away from looking like a hoarder but more of someone with a curated home of purpose. 

Distressed Furniture 

With shades of shabby chic, a boho room can really come together with furniture that looks like it has been lived in, it adds charm and looks like it’s had an interesting life before coming to you. Like it was sourced from a market in some far-flung part of the world. The key is to find pieces that appear to have a personal history about them, this can be achieved yourself through distressing, or by buying antiques. However, the more alluring the piece, the more bohemian the space will feel. The more eclectic the better!

Layering

The final element to a perfect bohemian space is layering with decorative items and textiles, whether that be cushions, throws or rugs. Boho style is all about layering! Different styles and patterns are key for a rich statement, layering one, two or even three rugs isn’t too much. Layers of cushions or throws will also add to the relaxed bohemian vibe that you are trying to achieve. The key to layering is that it should reveal more on a second or third look than it does on the first as layering colours, patterns and textures should add the creative and expressive element to the room.