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Lory enjoys helping clients to recreate a look they love, and finding ways to express their own individual taste within it. Here are her top tips on interior design.
Lory has always had an interest in interior design and all visual arts have been a source of joy to her since childhood.
Being a visual person, Lory is acutely aware of the conscious and unconscious effect a person’s home environment can have on their mood, and she believes an ability to unwind and relax is a hugely underestimated factor for many people. Lory enjoys helping clients to recreate a look they love, and finding ways to express their own individual taste within it.
Looking for interior inspiration? Here Lory talks you through eight design styles that will last, and the secrets to achieving them in your own home.
Living and working in a coastal town makes this one of my most popular requests from clients.
GET THE COASTAL LOOK
It is a super easy style to achieve, if you stick to the formula. Coastal style is derived from the same inspiration as Hamptons – the beach homes of New York’s Long Island. The style is light and soft and draws its colourway from the coastline. Exteriors draw from materials associated with the ocean. Shiplap cladding that resembles a boat and organic stone that looks like it’s taken straight from the ocean cliffs. Materials are representative of the elements of the coast. Grainy sand, sand-worn timber, warm sun, and décor of muted blues and greens. Materials include linen, blonde timber, wicker pendants, neutral textured floor coverings. Pops of bright or bold colour are a no-no when trying to achieve this style. Layouts are open, airy and filled with natural light, filtered by breezy translucent linen curtains. Layers of neutral colours and textures create the relaxed ‘thrown together’ vibe. Generally, lower lying furniture items are best to give the appearance of openness and space. Texture is grounded; meaning it is bottom heavy, like sand on the beach. This is visible in the layering of floor rugs upon driftwood-toned timber flooring, cushions layered on throw rugs on sofas. Overhead texture isn’t lost however, with feature lighting and an eclectic mix of polished metal and hand collected shell or bead, layered on v-groove ceilings, and exposed rafters adorning raked ceilings.
The style for anyone who is fluid in their interior design tastes; it relates to what is trending currently.
GET THE CONTEMPORARY LOOK
The style for anyone who is fluid in their interior design tastes; it relates to what is trending currently. Right now Contemporary style is achieved through oversized artworks that take the place of the dreaded wallpaper, a return to warmer interior tones for paint and joinery, oversized windows and skylights for natural light and textured décor. A demand for more organic shapes internally to soften the transition from inside to out, and vice versa. This can be seen through arched entryways, arched feature niches, and curved island benches. The lines are constantly blurring between design styles, so it’s not uncommon to hear tastes described as Modern Contemporary, Coastal Contemporary and so on… this fusion is indicative of ‘Contemporary’ styling.
Industrial style is all about stripping back to the bones of a structure. Exposing what is underneath the pretty trims. It has often been seen as a more masculine style.
GET THE INDUSTRIAL LOOK
Industrial style is all about stripping back to the bones of a structure. Exposing what is underneath the pretty trims. It has often been seen as a more masculine style. Exposed ceiling beams, raw brick walls, exposed plumbing, and structural metal. Structural mounted metal lighting features are an important feature of Industrial design. Furniture and décor is similar to that of Minimalist. It was originally seen as repurposed crates and throw-away timber with cast iron being prominent. These days, it consists of more structured but streamlined furniture items with darker accents. Leather and metal is prominent, and black, fucile (gun metal) or copper and brass tapware is featured. Adding an indoor plant in a re-purposed food jar adds the finishing touch.
Minimalist design can be summed up as a ‘less is more’ aesthetic. The negative space is just as important as the fixtures and furniture.
GET THE MINIMALIST LOOK
Minimalist design can be summed up as a ‘less is more’ aesthetic. The negative space is just as important as the fixtures and furniture. A monochromatic palate has in the past been a prominent feature of this style. Accent colours are a more contemporary way of showing individual taste, without compromising the simplicity of the shape and form of the styling. All structures and furniture should have a useful function. If it doesn’t, it shouldn’t be in the space. Large windows offering natural light and large simple floor lamps are iconic to this style.
#5 MID-CENTURY MODERN
Mid Century Modern design is derived from interior design style seen between the 1940s to 1970s.
GET THE MID-CENTURY MODERN LOOK
Mid Century Modern design is derived from interior design style seen between the 1940s to 1970s. Simple, functional timber furniture made from teak and warmer toned timber, with curved edges. It does away with the ornate, and is identifiable through plain brick feature walls, tonally consistent timber, geometric shaped furniture, solid bold colours. A replica ‘Eames chair’ would top off this style.
This style is about relaxed, homely warmth. White and oak are the two most notable features of this style. And texture supersedes colour in importance.
GET THE SCANDINAVIAN LOOK
This style is about relaxed, homely warmth. White and oak are the two most notable features of this style. And texture supersedes colour in importance. Polished, neutral-coloured stones in kitchens and bathrooms. Textured, but neutral, rugs and cushions. Lots of greenery, hanging and floor standing. Black or fucile fixtures and tapware are indicative of this style. Muted earth tones play a role in separating this style from Minimalist, but draw parallels to Coastal styling. Scandinavian is a very popular style that will stand the test of interior design time.
This style is inspired by the beachfront homes iconic to Long Island, USA. It is considered an elegant, sophisticated and refined style.
GET THE HAMPTONS LOOK
This style is inspired by the beachfront homes iconic to Long Island, USA. It is considered an elegant, sophisticated and refined style. Indicative of this style are clean white trims, grey to ‘greige’ tones and light breezy spaces. Whilst darker timber flooring was the initial go-to, a shift towards more natural European Oak tones have prevailed. Clean light carpets, Shaker door profiles, v-groove wall cladding, oversized skirting and wainscotting are still critical to this style. Today’s Hamptons style has evolved into a mix of Modern Hamptons and Coastal Hamptons, seen by different tapware finishes, more eclectic feature lighting, and a crossover of ‘unrefined’ stone and textures.
Fast becoming a more desired style with the influx of city-siders to coastal locations. This style is defined by the appearance of opulence.
GET THE LUX LOOK
Fast becoming a more desired style with the influx of city-siders to coastal locations. This style is defined by the appearance of opulence. Polished veined stones paired with gold or brass trims, bold dark dominating tones amidst contrasting but complimentary patterns. Unique and architectural feature lighting and custom-made joinery in lieu of ‘furniture items’. This is a style that demands a holistic approach to the planning phase of the design. Custom is the operative word regarding this style.