Shelf style - adding the final layers to a finished room design



Homesense, one of our secret pleasures, set us the lovely challenge of doing a design dash in one of their stores to pull together the final styling elements of one of interior projects.

horse.jpgOpen shelving in a living space is a great way to create a changeable, personal display that will totally transform a space and bring the elements of a whole scheme together. It's a place to have fun and show off your personal style. The trick is to limit yourself to a palette of colours or materials. Here we've kept it monochrome with tiny touches of gold and teal to bring some of the wider elements of the room design together.


Other than that you can really go for it and pull in all sorts of eclectic pieces. Something that Homesense has in abundance. Like the brass geometric horse or this period style ornate clock. Also, use framed prints or canvases as a backdrop for other sculptural elements, like the collection of vases with brass trim or the faux animal horn. We pulled these shelves together in one trip to Homesense and we love how it's come out. A shelf was made to be filled and it's so much fun to play with different combos.

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The home in question is a 1930's property in south east London owned by clients, a lovely pair of young professionals, who had just moved in and wanted to make their mark. Cosiness was key to them and they entertain at home a lot so this sitting room needed to have a whiskey lounge vibe about it as well as being great space to cuddle up for a movie night. We layered it up with different textures to give comfort and a colour palette of tans and teals for warmth and depth. The soft leather and velvet on these sofas from Swoon editions add to the layers with a luxuriously soft, richly coloured carpet underfoot, layered with a beautiful woven rug (all from FloorStory). The final layer of the floor to ceiling made to measure curtains give it a truly cosy feel but still remain elegant in this beautiful natural linen from Ada & Ina. The chimney breast gives edge with its monochrome geometric tile (an inexpensive design win from Topps tiles), nodding to the property's original monochrome tiles on the floor of the entrance hallway. We then used this stunning Zhivago wallpaper from Nat maks keeping the whole look fresh but luxe. Especially with the simple elegance of the Pooky floor lamp and brass side table and hand blown glass pendant light by one of our Design Crushes, the incredible Michael Ruh. Such an amazing craft piece from this collaboration with that gives another unique element to the room.
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The bedrooms and office space upstairs tie into the scheme, using the same elements from the main sitting room. This begins to tie the whole house together and gives the client a roadmap to carry through the rest of the property when they get around to it.

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If this gives you some inspiration in your house, please share your own shelf style pics with us, we'd love to see them.

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