Interior Styling with La Redoute

It has become one of the annual styling jobs that I most look forward to and this year was no exception. I first worked with La Redoute about five years ago styling one room. This year there were three; jam-packed with new collections and products and for today’s Wednesday Ad break I’m going to show you some of my favourite pieces and how I styled them.

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La Redoute, berber style rug, linen curtains, leather armchair, coffee tablesside table and bookshelves

The first was a sitting room where I was able to include one of their sofas for the first time. As you will know La Redoute is a French company with everything designed in-house in France, which has meant no upholstery on the UK pages as the rules between the two countries when it comes to fire retardant fabrics etc differ (and no this is not a Brexit thing it has always been this way – I once ordered a sofa from Italy which the manufacturers had to completely remake it when they belatedly realised its eventual destination).

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orange and pink rug layered with berber style rug, linen curtains and side table, coffee table, bookshelves 

But La Redoute has just launched So’Home, a curation of products chosen by the British team which includes sofas and armchairs as well as lamps, rugs and accessories that complement the collection. I chose to style this room around this fabulous burnt orange sofa which is both firm and comfortable and, I hope, shows you how you can be brave when it comes to colour. I’m going to tell you three ways you can style a bright orange (or any other strong colour) sofa which means you need never again feel you must choose a sensible neutral (unless you want to of course). This mid-century style version isn’t online yet I’m afraid but it will be coming in the Autumn priced at £1,194 and covered in “clever” velvet that resists stains, so keep an eye out for that. In the meantime there are these. I have added specific links in the captions but you can also just search for anything I haven’t included -everything you see apart from the walls and floors is from La Redoute!

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all products from la redoute: bistro chair, lamp, console table

As we were in a location studio, time, budget and covid restrictions (the amount of people we could have in the room at any one time wearing masks with the doors open) meant that it made sense to keep the walls plain white. So I added a thick cream Berber style rug layered with a flatter orange and pink one and lots of neutral cushions in differing patterns and textures to really make the sofa stand out. That’s the first way; let the sofa be a statement in its own right.

But the pale pink linen curtains look gorgeous with the orange and if you use strong colours in a tonal palette you can create a softly luxurious look that is both bold and relaxing. Imagine changing the cushions for all shades of pink and orange, even a drop of red. And note the orange band on the 70s style lamp.

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all products from la redoute: cushions and bookshelves

Finally, if you prefer a stronger, more high energy feel to your interiors, then try mixing the orange with its opposite on the colour wheel. Paint the walls in any shade of blue from teal to duck egg and stack a pile of jewel coloured cushions on the sofa. Rich Persian style rugs or heavily patterned ones will complete the look.

And, of course, if you don’t want an orange sofa you can use the same principles with burgundy, emerald or chocolate it’s entirely up to you. Turns out an orange sofa can be much more versatile than you might have thought. And, of course, you can always match a sofa to a wall to make the room feel bigger and more opulent although orange isn’t perhaps the shade for that – greens, blues and pinks will all work well though.

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all products from la redoute: lamp, side table, armchair,

Of course, no room styling for 2021 would be complete without a WFH space and I made sure that was a feature in each room. Here, the narrow console table with a shelf means you can store a laptop and notebook underneath when not needed but access them quickly when you have work to do. There is space for a lamp (this So’Home 70s style one works beautifully in both RAH (relax at home) and WFH and the narrow bookshelves, seen here behind the sofa, would work to store work files on the lower half where they would be out of sight, while doubling up as a room divider if you wanted to physically separate your two spaces. The narrow frame and minimal style means the light will pass through so they can sit in the middle of a room without feeling clumsy.

In a large sitting room you could put the console behind the sofa with a pair of lamps on it and when you’re not working you won’t even see it.

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la redoute bedding – pillowcase (rear) pillowcase front, cushion, duvet cover, blanket, throw, bedside table (black only)

The next room I turned to was the bedroom and, as regular readers will know, I have long been a fan of La Redoute textiles from rugs and towels to cushions, throws and bedding and this season’s collection is really strong. In fact I *may have brought some of these home with me for a job I am doing next week. *totally did.

For some years the preferred look for bedrooms has been hotel chic – crisp white sheets and a clean minimal look but, as it will always do the pendulum is swinging back the other way and now it’s about cosy warm layering with lots of mixed prints and a more retro, maximalist feel.

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all from la redoute: bedhead, rattan bench, dressing table,

I used three sets of bedding to create this look, but you can see how the pillowcases, with their delicate floral pattern and pink and white stripe edging would work on their own. It’s very “Liberty” but without the price tag. Add in a patterned throw – this one is so light, and a plain blanket and you’re all set. And La Redoute allows you to buy separate pieces so you don’t have to buy full sets when you only want a sheet or a pillowcase.

Once again, I added a work space, this time in the form of a dressing table but one with a drawer so you can store the laptop out of sight and mind overnight and replace it with mirror and make up when needed. The painted red chair is part of a pair and also comes in dark green which leads us to the dining room.

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from la redoute: luna berber style rug, bistro chairs, dining table, shelving unit

Now some of you will remember I have been slightly obsessed with the idea of dark green bistro chairs ever since visiting the home of Skye McAlpine for a podcasting house tour last year. When I found these (which also come in a deep red) I knew they would have to form the centrepiece of my dining room.

Now that the world is opening up again and we can think about welcoming friends and family, it was a treat to create a room where six people can sit and eat together. Or – not forgetting the constant background to our lives at the moment – to work at a large table. And once again the sideboard – this is a great piece – can store both plates and printer and other work stuff that you don’t want on display all the time.

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all from la redoute: dining table, shelves, bistro chairs, placemats

As I have said before; La Redoute is a huge site, even bigger now the new So’Home collection has been added, so there is lots to look at. This is a curation of my favourite pieces and I hope you like them as much as I do. Otherwise, pour yourself a drink – hot and reviving or cold and refreshing (bubbles optional) and settle down for a look round. At least you can keep your slippers on and, talking of which, these are rather splendid.

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from la redoute: sideboard, bistro chair in red, basket (walls painted in Lick Green 06)

This is a paid collaboration with La Redoute, with whom I have worked for years. I chose and styled the products and was given free rein to create the looks I wanted and which I felt would resonate best with you. The photography is by Debs Stubbington and my jumpsuit is also La Redoute – size up it’s French!

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from la redoute: pink linen curtains, console table, bistro chair, 70s style lamp,


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Kate Watson-Smyth

The author Kate Watson-Smyth

I’m a journalist who writes about interiors mainly for The Financial Times but I have also written regularly for The Independent and The Daily Mail. My house has been in Living Etc, HeartHome and featured in The Wall Street Journal & Corriere della Sera. I also run an interior styling consultancy Mad About Your House. Welcome to my Mad House.


  1. Doesn’t anyone wfh with an extra monitor? I’m know I’m lucky to have a separate (ish) work space at the end of my living room that can accommodate both me and my husband and our respective laptops and monitors. There must be loads of people out there who would like a solution that involves more than just a laptop. Also, I assumed a lot of people would be expected to do a ‘Display Screen Equipment’ assessment to comply with health and safety requirements. That means you should really have an adjustable chair and something to raise a screen to eye level. Can you show us how to hide a work set up that is more than just a laptop? None of this stuff is particularly appealing in a home or easy to hide unless you have a separate office. Anyway, I’ve clearly been the EHS rep for my team for too long and, I really didn’t mean to detract from the beautiful stying. I should really be paying attention since my house was built in 1974 and a lot of this gives off vibes of that era.

  2. What a timely post! Yesterday I ordered the La Redoute bed linen in your post!! I am on trend!

    I haven’t shopped at La Redoute for a while now, not really sure why as their home collections have been great and I see them featured online alot. I, too, remember flicking through their paper catalogue (remember those) disappointed that alot of their homeware that I wanted to order wasn’t available in the UK

  3. That’s so funny you mentioned those chairs because I’ve been obsessed with dark green Thonet chairs since I saw Skye McAlpine’s! I’ve got a perfectly nice set of 6 solid oak ones but that doesn’t stop me wanting to ditch those and buy these ones. I wonder how well made they are and if it would be better to find vintage ones instead, as at £150 per chair they are not exactly a bargain. I loved the way you styled that room with the chairs and half painted walls Kate.

    I agree about the bedlinen – there’s tonnes of it but amongst the boring ones there are some real gems that could be Liberty. I’ve got some in my basket to ponder over …

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