This month I’m delighted to welcome to the position of Guest Blogger Jane Rockett, one half of uber-stylish store Rockett St George. Their signature style of cool and funky pieces set against a dark background to give the all-important wow factor has become familiar to us all over the years but their decision to go dark was greeted with dismay by web developers and the so-called experts at online selling. But Jane and her co-founder Lucy St George stuck to their guns and how right they were. Their first book Extraordinary Interiors will be out in October and here Jane shares her top five tips for creating show stopping looks and beautiful rooms.
When I was a little girl I was quite often floored by the ego-crushing parental comment: “Stop showing off Jane” but now that I’m all grown up and can do what I like, showing off has taken on a new meaning. I still love to grab attention and to inspire people to make noises as if they are watching a New Year’s Eve firework display when they come into the room.
Having said that these says I no longer do this by doing cartwheels in my nightie for my dinner guests but through my interiors. For me it is all about the show off interior and how to dress a room to impress. So here are my five ways to add wow factor to a room.
STATEMENT ART AND PICTURE WALLS
Oversize and emotive artwork is an instant knock you over the head way to create impact in a room. You can choose a single large image as shown in Lucy’s navy blue sitting room below or create a gallery wall with lots of different images as in my house in the top picture.
You don’t have to break the bank to create this look either as you can also go down to your local artshop, buy a canvas and a few paints and let the creative juices flow.
COLOUR AND WALLPAPER
We are fans of the dark as everyone knows and we love to create exciting interiors using a palette of greys, inky blues and blacks but we aren’t afraid of bright colours and love to use them in our interior design. If you don’t fancy using paint but want to bring in pattern as well then there is a wonderful choice of wallpapers which will make your heart beat a little faster.
This is the perfect, and one of the easiest, ways to take your room from great to fabulous. This pendant light above is a very simple piece but is hung low in the room so it creates real drama. Alternatively invest in a statement light as Michael Minn, the founder of location agency Shoot Factory has done. This stunning glass chandelier really pops against the dark walls.
Another alternative is to invest in a piece of neon art for the walls which will combine statement walls with statement lighting.
BREAK THE RULES
Rules can be so boring when it comes to interior design and when they are challenged, or even broken, then wonderful things can happen. There are various ways you can do this but one of the simplest to put things in unexpected places. For example, wallpaper in the bathroom. It’s fine to have it there if you have good ventilation but people don’t usually expect to see it. Or wallpaper the ceiling rather than the walls as Sarah Akwisombe has done in her office.
Or think about adding canvas paintings among the crockery on your kitchen shelves or bringing in some traditional pieces in a modern setting.
My final tip is to embrace metallics. Their natural glow and reflective quality adds glamour and sparkle to any room. If I could I would have a copper bath or perhaps a brass fronted kitchen island in my house. For a quicker, and more affordable, fix try highlighting features with metallic paint or invest in some shiny gold home accessories.
So, in short: be brave, be bold, be daring. Show Off!