Moodboard Monday – A Globally Inspired Living Room Scheme

When I’m designing for a client I always do it the low tech way. A large piece of card with tearsheets, fabric samples, wallpaper, paint and materials. All glued down and providing a visual representation of the ideas in my head. The way I was taught in interior design school. And it’s still the best way to present a decorative scheme in person. You can cover parts of the board until you’re ready to reveal them, and the client can touch as well as see. But sometimes I put interior schemes together just for me, or for this page, and that’s when I find it easier, quicker and less messy, to do it all on the screen. And it’s a good exercise for anyone at the planning stages of a project at home too. It very quickly shows if a scheme is going to work or not.

This board did start out as a client presentation. The brief was to develop a scheme to put some personality into a room that hadn’t been decorated since the builders left. It has lovely french windows opening out onto the garden, but other than that, it was a bland, blank canvas. The client wanted a neutral scheme and had already fallen in love with some silver metallic wallpaper, so it was just up to me to suggest new furniture, soft furnishings and accessories. A dream job.

A GLOBALLY INSPIRED LIVING ROOM SCHEME

How to combine lots of different global inspired elements successfully in a room scheme

Get The Look

1. Neutral schemes work best if you have a range of colours from light to dark. Everything the same shade would look flat and uninteresting. So add some deeper colours, or even black into the scheme to punctuate it with interest.

2. For the same reason, add lots of texture. Here I have chosen a fur throw, a linen sofa, velvet and fur cushions and elements of rusted metal on the clock and the two side tables. It may be a neutral scheme but the overall effect will be one of comfort and luxury.

3. One benefit of a neutral scheme is that you can include items from different times, cultures and looks and still have a coherent scheme. The discipline of sticking to a restricted colour palette will ensure that everything hangs together. This is perfect if you are planning on using some existing furnishings (if they match the colour scheme of course), or treasured souvenirs and collections in the new room.

4. There should always be some shiny metal in a room scheme. Here, the silver coffee table and lamp base have been chosen to echo the silver metallic wallpaper in other parts of the room.

5. Don’t forget accessories. They are the finishing touches to a room scheme. Throws, cushions and wall art are what make a house a home.

6. Be brave and add a talking point or item of humour. In this room the wallpaper (sorry, I haven’t put it on the board for the simple reason that metallic wallpapers do not reproduce well) is going to be the wow factor, but I couldn’t resist adding the silver antler chandelier with fur shades.

Shop The Look

Table lamp
orchidfurniture.co.uk

Rug
johnlewis.com

Blanket
grahamandgreen.co.uk

Clock
coxandcox.co.uk

Throw pillow
johnlewis.com
Sofa
johnlewis.com

Huntsman Silver Antler Chandelier
frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk

All posters
desenio.se

Antelope Head Wall Mount
orchidfurniture.co.uk

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14 Comments

  1. Reply

    Chesterfield Sofa Company

    March 13, 2017

    We do like bold statement colours but we’re always drawn back to neutral. There’s just something that’s warm and homely about it. Definitely agree with point five – accessorise! It adds so much more interest to the room. Thanks for sharing.

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      deardesigner

      March 13, 2017

      Glad you like it. 🙂

  2. Reply

    Alina Simmons

    March 9, 2017

    Beautiful texture, I loved this neural scheme. I will surely keep these tips in my mind while decorating my home. Thanks a lot for sharing.

    • Reply

      deardesigner

      March 9, 2017

      Glad you like it Alina 🙂

  3. Reply

    cate

    March 7, 2017

    A lovely scheme, I love all the textures, and that armchair is beautiful! x

    • Reply

      deardesigner

      March 8, 2017

      Thanks Cate x

  4. Reply

    Stacey Sheppard

    March 7, 2017

    That looks like it will be a gorgeous tactile space. I almost got that tribal print for my livingroom, it’s so striking. I’m not sure I could be convinced of the chandelier either, but love everything else.

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      deardesigner

      March 7, 2017

      Haha, maybe I was going a step too far. Glad you like the rest 🙂

  5. Reply

    Maxine Brady

    March 7, 2017

    Are they furry lampshades? My heart is swooning. Love the texture added to this neutral scheme. Very grown up. Did your client love it?

    • Reply

      deardesigner

      March 7, 2017

      They liked most of it Maxine. Not the furry lampshades unfortunately 🙂

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    Old fashioned Susie

    March 6, 2017

    Loving the tribal painting!! Gorgeous collection

    • Reply

      deardesigner

      March 6, 2017

      Thanks Susie 🙂

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    Kimberly Duran

    March 6, 2017

    Oooh what a cosy room! I love all the boho accents in there – it looks incredibly cosy. I think this is where neutrals really come into their own – all those layers of shade and light and all the textures just make it so inviting! Of course, I couldn’t give up my colour entirely but this is what I’d love if I had to (of course, I’d have gold but that’s just me – ha!) 😉 xx

    • Reply

      deardesigner

      March 6, 2017

      I hope it’s cosy when it’s finished hun. I didn’t persuade them on the furry chandelier. We’ll have to wait and see. x

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