Our capital is famous across the world for its fashion flair and wealth of creative industries. And with a series of events taking place in the city we think it’s time to celebrate London’s unique style and character.
From London Fashion Week to the BAFTAs and The Brits, all eyes will be on London’s creative spirit, so here are our top ideas for getting some of that into your own interior design.
Patriotic colour scheme
Us Britons don’t have the monopoly on red, white and blue, but undoubtedly the three are closely associated with London life.
First and foremost of these for creating a London vibe has to be red – from the double decker buses, to post boxes and Beefeaters, a strong red is the classic London shade.
Transplant this to your own home with a bold red feature wall or an armchair or sofa upholstered in red velvet. Or what about a red carpet?
A red carpet can feel rather stately and regal, as well as adding huge amounts of visual warmth to a room and making it feel cosy underfoot. To keep the overall look light and modern team it with walls in a pale neutral colour that also has a hint of red in it.
Traditional flooring & furniture
It’s not just colour that can be used to fly the flag – you can incorporate a nod towards a traditional material. Furniture in traditional English oak is a great choice, and for the floors an oak effect laminate or vinyl flooring will give your room a feel that is at once traditional bit also sleek and modern – a little like London itself.
London-inspired decor & accessories
The iconography of London is world famous, and fun to plunder for your own interior. The Union Jack is already a hugely popular motif for cushions and other soft furnishings (if you only want a hint of the flag then try a string of bunting), but there are also a wealth of young designers picking up on London’s architectural heritage to create great interiors accessories.
A fabric featuring the London skyline is a great way to bring a contemporary nod to the capital into your home. Try London-centric museum stores like Tate Modern or The Design Museum for some fun homewares that celebrate London’s famous buildings. Or cushion designer Jan Constantine is another great source for Londonistas, with her range of embroideries celebrating London life and its icons.
London is famous for being a fun and quirky city, so why not indulge your playful side with a feature based on one of London’s most famous icons – the red double decker bus.
Our London Bus children’s bed frame is the last word in city chic and will instil a love of London from a young age. It just doesn’t seem – ahem – fare that it’s not big enough for adults! Team with some super cool London Transport wallpaper – try Cath Kidston’s fun London wallpaper featuring red buses, black taxis and Big Ben – or something from the London Transport Museum’s excellent range of homeware accessories for a totally capital kid’s room.
Test out oak effect laminate flooring or vinyl flooring in your home, order free samples today and try it before you commit to buy!