Thanks to our large showroom on Market Street, Cleckheaton, we have become experts in successfully dressing our four very large shop windows. We should be after 10 years here.
You might wonder what dressing a window has to do with home interior schemes, but in all honesty, the principles of creating a window are pretty much the same as how you would plan a design at home.
Our favourite time of year is of course Christmas and we’ve just finished putting our four windows together for the Victorian Christmas Light Switch On. It gives us an excuse to show them off, but it also allows us to offer you tips on how we created these very different looks.
We hope they’ll offer you some guidance when you start planning your next project…
1. Start with your focal point
Our ‘Make Time at Christmas’ window draws your eye to the large clock above the fireplace. It is such a statement piece that would make a perfect central point for any entranceway, hallway or stairway.
Of course, it doesn’t have to be a home furnishing accessory, as features that draw the eye first are likely to be well established in a room already. Fireplaces, covings, bedroom furniture and windows are probably the most important basics to prioritise before you even think of a colour scheme or theme.
In our window, we matched a colour complementing fern wallpaper with the grey of the clock. Then picked the blue/green of the wallpaper to find a complimenting curtain fabric. A tiny pop of bright burnt reds and yellows thanks to the Christmas themed accessories brought the cosy living room theme together perfectly.
2. Use art to guide your design
A statement piece, from wall art to sculptures, could be your draw to redesign a home. It is your secondary focal point, but typically determines what colour ways you want to explore.
We are proud to be a stockist of Edge Sculptures, which are the main feature of our ‘Animal Magic’ window. These stunning sculptures are a people stopper, due to their intricate and prominent presence.
The artist, Matt Buckley, uses realistic colours for his designs, ranging from burnt orange, to browns, greys and blacks. The small hint of goldish yellow in the penguin for instance could be the exact pop of colour that you are looking for – ideal for using with a fabric or feature wallpaper.
Here’s a little inspiration based on that little pop of gold.
3. Stick to a theme
Our books are full of design inspirations based on themes from Japanese simplicity to historic patterns from the archives of English Heritage.
Our “Stag” window demonstrates how you can use several patterns and textures if you stick to a single theme. It could be colours, like our browns and creams, a style, like the popular Nordic trend, or texture, such as the colour of your wood accents at home.
We’ve combined texture and pattern into this space, such as the metal accents through the accessories and wooden shelving that complements the colour of the stag fabric. We’ve then matched the stag feature curtains with floral and bold printed wallpaper. The Nordic Christmas accessories finish the look off to create an effortless mix of materials, texture and pattern.
The point to this is that you should not be afraid to mix and match prints and textures… as long as you stick to your theme.
Room Styling Session
Has this given you the urge to start a new project or filled you with dread? If it’s the latter, then we might be able to help you. We’ve just launched a Room Styling Session that allows you to discuss your project with our Senior Interior Design. You’ll get two design options to give you the inspiration that you are looking for.