5 Tips For A Warehouse Home Living Room
“Textured surfaces like raw timber and riveted metal create a strong contemporary contrast to vintage details and complement original industrial features. Luxurious velvets and traditional tweed soften the look, while adding a sophisticated air.” Lucy Gough, Interiors Stylist
For Warehouse Home Issue Three, we visited a Grade II listed Victorian warehouse conversion and styled a smart and inviting living room for winter evenings (below). Entomological prints and artefacts, combined with botanical and topographical elements, evoke strong links to the past. A rich green palette and sumptuous velvets complement vintage and industrial details and exposed brickwork. The resulting scheme retains an old world sophistication, while offering a welcoming retreat at the end of a long modern day.
If our winter scheme captured your imagination, here are 5 tips for achieving the same look.
Tip 1: Select a striking rug to create a sense of warmth and hold together the colours in your scheme
This luxurious rug by Jan Kath has a painterly pattern in a green, teal and brown palette which is ideal for a winter scheme and will bring warmth to your living room year-round.
Artwork 3 rug by Jan Kath, 250 x 300cm, £13,900, Front Rugs
Tip 2: Add clever accent pieces to draw the eye
This moss green velvet cushion from The Conran Shop instantly creates a luxurious and rich atmosphere. Combine it with darker colours such as mole and forest green (The Conran Shop has a wide variety of velvet cushions in different colours and sizes) and create interest by juxtaposing velvet with other textures, such as tweed. The Flax Light is a great way to make a nod to nautical and industrial and can be styled in a variety of ways – from the ceiling, on a hook, along a shelf – to create an inviting reading corner.
Flax light, £195, and Hand-dyed velvet cushion cover in moss, £45, both The Conran Shop
Tip 3: Complement heritage features with maps, charts and globes
Bellerby & Co’s small team of trained globemakers create high-quality handmade globes, taking the utmost of care with even the smallest details. The large Celestial globe making a dramatic statement in our warehouse living room features 88 hand-coloured illustrations of heavenly bodies and stands on a polished cherry wood base.
The Livingstone celestial globe, £1,999, Bellerby & Co
Tip 4: Use tweed for a smart and traditional touch
A world-famous heritage export from Scotland, hand-loomed Harris Tweed has been reworked into these stylish cushions, now available from Soak & Sleep. Combine with leathers and velvets for a luxurious, gentlemen’s club feel.
Harris Tweed brown check cushion, £40, Soak & Sleep
Tip 5: Bring in butterfly prints as the perfect finishing touch to a traditional scheme
Entomological prints go hand-in-hand with original Victorian features. Surface View’s authentic Victorian prints are taken from the collections held at the Natural History Museum and National Maritime Museum. Create a gallery wall with a mixture of botanical and entomological prints in various sizes, they look just as lovely framed and unframed.
Various Butterflies 2 by Henry W Bates print from the Natural History Museum, from £70, Surface View
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