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Concrete

Concrete is a substantial substance and it can be used in a variety of ways in interior design. It can be used as a work surface but it is very heavy and not for the faint hearted. I think one would tire of it quickly and it more of a statement of intent than a …

Embroidery

I believe there is always a place for beautiful, traditional craftsmanship in any interior design project whether that is a modern building or a traditional style house. The ancient art of embroidery and needlepoint is used in many modern fabrics today. Referencing this design feature in a modern setting will bring depth and purchase to …

Kitchen Flooring

The important thing is that a kitchen today needs to be is both practical and sociable. One of the most important and enduring decisions you will have to make is on the flooring. Once this is down its going to be a nightmare to replace and it needs to be both nice to look at …

Home Office

When does the home and the office start and begin? The idea of a home office appears to be a paradox and indeed during 2020 the boundaries of these two spaces have become distinctly blurred and it’s sometimes difficult to maintain the borders. Going forward one imagines the demand and requirement for home working in …

Pineapples

The trend for things tropical has meant the pineapple has become the fashionable motif of last few years. The pineapple in the past has served as a symbol of welcoming hospitality and friendship in the home, particularly in the Southern States of America where often door knobs and weather vanes are shaped like pineapples to …

Stained Glass

Glass only became commonly used to provide windows for houses in the 17th century, although stained glass had been installed in ecclesiastical building prior to this. These stain glass panels were made of small coloured pieces of glass held together in frames of lead. Some of these are most elaborate, especially the rose windows in …

Japan

Thousands of years steeped in tradition have crafted Japanese architecture and interior design aesthetic, resulting in a serene and very unified overarching look. Japanese style evolves around clean and uncluttered living, holding tightly to balance, order, ancient customs and a love for natural beauty. Married to this are the beautiful and rich designs of the …

Nursery Days

A new baby coming is an exciting time. It’s worth thinking early about how you will provide a calm and happy sleeping space for your baby once they are old enough to sleep alone. We are no longer restricted to pink or blue for each or either gender. Any colour is there to choose from …

Glorious Wood

A wooden floor is a delight. It adds texture and variety to a room. The different tones of this most natural product are many and various. You will find a type and colour that will compliment your home without a doubt. Many companies now offer reclaimed wood as an option. The patina of age and …

Antique & Modern

The look that Louise Swarbrick Design is known for regarding interior decor, is that of mixing the modern with the historic. Working in many period houses, we have been able to enhance the architectural features and provide a light airy feel that we associate with today’s every day living. Owning an older property can bring …

Panelling

Panelling is a traditional way of decorating walls. It’s a great feature to add in both modern and period houses. By adding panelling you can bring back the history of a room and then funk it up by using a more contemporary colour as a finishing touch. Intricate dark oak panels in a listed house …

The Circle Line

Circles as a pattern are a very satisfying design that add unity and fun to home decor. In a room which is very box like in dimensions, the introduction of round shapes in the furniture can make a room feel quite different. The lack of edges gives a more organic and complete ambience to combine …

Winter White

Winter has come and now is the time to assess the merits of a cool winter interior. White is an amazingly versatile colour, believe it or not. The number of white paint colours on the market is legion. Farrow and Ball are the market leaders in shading up and down white neutrals. A clean, pale …

The Birds

Unlike the scary crows in Hitchcock’s film “The Birds”, bird images provide a rich source of inspiration for a wide range of wallpapers in interior design. One of the most stunning wall coverings is produce by De Gourney. This luxury wallcoverings firm owes its development to the founder – one Claud Cecil Gurney who was …

Better Red Than Dead

Red – the colour of the vamp, the badge of royalty, the signal for danger. How many different moods and atmospheres can one colour provide? An almost endless variation of shade means that this colour can be used anywhere and everywhere whether in wallpaper, fabrics or paint. But there is a caveat. For most homes, …

African Sun

On a grey November day it is heartening to look at fabrics and furniture that reflect the heat of the Savannah or the red dust of the desert on the African continent. The obvious colours to fit these reflections on a hot clime are the yellows of the sun, the orchres of Turkish pottery baking …

Tweed Indeed

For most people the idea of tweed is linked with the inimitable Miss Marple’s country crime solving attire or crusty old men out on the moors with their handle bar moustaches and gun dogs. Actually it is a brilliant flexible fabric design so varied and versatile and suitable for almost any interior design project. In …

Lincrusta

Plain painted walls are wonderful but what do you do when the room will just look flat or overwhelmed by acres of colour? A good solution is to break up a solid colour by introducing texture to the walls. The Victorians used Lincrusta (a linseed based thick wallpaper) to cover their walls. I think you …

Terracotta

The bright warm tones of the Mediterranean can be seen in the strong earth tones of terracotta and ochre. These colours have not been used in recent years but they do form a useful function in today’s designs. Looking afresh at terracotta, there are many ways of introducing this strong colour and using it to …

Into The Woods

As we approach autumn we think of making our homes cosy and welcoming using warm and sympathetic materials. Try thinking of bringing the outside into the home by using the themes of rural life, the natural products from the trees and animals around us as inspiration to decorate your home. In this way wood provides …

Velvet the queen of fabrics

This sumptuous fabric has been a long term favourite in traditional homes. Its lustre and glamour can transform the humblest piece of furniture into a eye-catching piece. It can be used in both a modern and historic setting as it comes in such a range of textures and colours. It is difficult to go wrong …

Mustard

The sharp, stingy taste of mustard on a ham sandwich brings the blandness of the humble offering alive adding a lively piquancy. In the same way a dash of mustard in a design scheme can draw the eye, thus perking up the less intrusive tones around it. It was in fact a favourite colour in …

Weather Forecast

The world of meteorology can be an inspiring place for a designer. Starting with the sun. The bold motif of the bright gold summer symbol can add lustre and warmth to a room. The sunny hues of Lancaster yellow by Farrow and Ball bring to mind the light of an English June day. If you …

Decorating With Teal

Teal is a strong colour that is never too overwhelming but adds a lot of modernity to any space. It is a sophisticated shade that lifts a room from the dull to the exciting. Unlike blues, this petrol tone will be cosy and suit any room. The paint shade to use on a wall would …

Introducing Floral

In spring and summer we like to move to put floral prints in our homes. Depending on the type of print, a floral pattern can add a homely and inviting atmosphere or with a dark modern print you can add drama and moodiness to the space. A small ditzy pattern is associated with the vintage …

The Fireplace

The fireplace is often the heart of a traditional home. It can add elegance, history and charm to a living area.The fireside is a place where family will gather in the winter to share special events and the glowing hearth gives warmth and an ambient light to the room. As well as a decorative hearth …

Ginger Spice

Orange has always been a bit of a difficult colour to add into home design. This was mainly because the choices of fabrics and decorative items tended to be too bald and flat. With the revival of a sixties vibe, paint manufacturers and fabric houses have created a vast number of new variations on the …

Lace

Lace is a romantic and glamorous fabric usually associated with clothing design. However the intricate nature of the woven floral pattern has been used to great effect in interior design both in wallpaper and curtain making. Mathew Williamson’s Orangery wallpaper from the Belvoir collection combines the tracery of the lace with a contemporary sensibility. He …

Paisley

Paisley is a classic Bohemian print. Used in shawls, its distinctive tear drop shape originated from Persia and was adopted by the Hippie era, the Beatles in shirts, ties and scarves as well as the fashion houses of today such as Etro and Gucci. Starting life in the silk routes and by way of the …

Gold Lighting

The most dramatic and rich colour in the metallic spectrum is gold. It has been valued for its glitter and durability throughout the ages. This is an element which works best as an accessory or a contrasting feature within a decorative plan. When used in lighting design, it gives a textural contrast to the fabric …

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