I think that the last thing we want to do is to race with time at home because our house is a long-term project, it is a space that should not be subject to fluctuations in trends, it might only be transformed every year in accordance with our lifestyle and become more and more habitable. You might remember beautiful old houses in Europe, especially those that preserve the history of more than one generation?
How to create such an interior?
Let's start with the basics – it is architecture. If you have good architecture, your interior is already 70% successful, and now the main thing is to emphasize all the advantages, preferably using natural materials such as wood, stone, fabrics, guns, leather. They are constant companions of the best interiors whether you are in an Osman-style house in Paris, or a suburban country house, or an Italian palazzo. It is also worth refraining from using ultramodern materials like plastic, synthetic materials that have not been tested by time because, firstly, such interiors quickly get bored and secondly, they do not have the most important property for us, which the above-mentioned wood, stone, linen do – it is the ability to beautifully grow old and become better over time, and get used to the interior.
Another important concept is multi-layered interior. What are they?
Your personal belongings must be present in it, “clean interiors” are on trend, they look like fashion plate, without traces of owners. Is it, however, so comfortable to live in them?
In France, for example, a house enters into a dialogue with guests in the hallway. It is customary for them to post some dear things, vintage, photos and something that should tell guests about the family’s history, about what they are doing, show respect to the history of their dynasty.
Thus, layers of time form the interior, where something completely new coexists with things and history. Of course, we do not forget about functionality, modern technologies and simplicity, even though the house needs a “history”.
Such interiors love decorating techniques, for example, a focal point, especially if it is a work of art or a fireplace, there should be symmetry, monochrome with multi-texture, which rarely come in bright colors, most often they start to sound due to textures. A fine example is Axel Werworth and his Belgian interiors. And of course, you should not abuse kitsch because the main concepts here are balance, elegance, restraint and subtle confidence, everything should be justified and not excessive.
The palettes that come to mind consist of the following colors - sky blue, all shades of brown and beige, all natural colors, gray, white, dark green, no open and flashy colors; it’s definitely not worth using the color of the year according to the pantone, if this is not your favorite color, of course.
Well, the last piece of advice says that the rules exist to break them. So be sure to break something, do as you like, make the interior beyond the time of your character.