Part One of this Blog looked at Traditional, Shabby Chic and Country styles, now I want to take you through the 'cooler' styles of Contemporary, Minimalistic and Beach House looks.
Contemporary decorating style embraces uncluttered, light-filled spaces, open floor plans, minimal furnishings, and slick finishes. Contemporary can be dramatic in a subtle manner; or go for the wow factor in saturated in vibrant colour. Metallic fabrics work well – especially when teamed with glass and acrylic see through furniture.
Window treatments are slimmed down and designed to blend rather than contrast with the wall colour. Choices include fabrics that drape well like poly – cotton blends. Ripple S Fold pleating or reverse pleating works well. No flounces, no frills. In sophisticated bare-bone settings such as these, keep it simple.
This classic decorating style never goes out of fashion. If you're looking for a classic Hamptons beach style feel, start with colour. The idea is to keep things light, breezy and natural. Take your inspiration from nature and dress your interior in sandy creams, driftwood browns and neutrals, all shades of the ocean from aqua to china blue and sunrise inspired splashes of colour.
Don’t be afraid to base your scheme on a neutral. Touches of black can bring visual interest and drama. Think natural linens in interesting textures teamed with smart charcoals or navy freshened with crisp white.
Light is important in a coastal scheme. The individual requirements of the space and need for light control will dictate your choice of window treatment. Opt for a colour that matches your walls.
Choose full height curtains in sheer or fully lined drapes, or roman blinds in stripes or an interesting textured textile. Plantation shutters may be needed in some spaces but beware they can shut out light.
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