I’ve been working on a colour scheme for my newly converted loft space, in my French country house. The goal is to create a seamless look that connects the staircase, bedroom, and bathroom, as they are visually linked. As a side note, It’s been a fantastic way to escape and be productive, especially after some stressful weeks. I love diving into the creative process of developing this new interior design scheme – time just flies when I’m doing research and experimenting with ideas!
Drawing inspiration from nature, my vision for the loft space is to uplift and bring comfort all year round. To achieve this, I’ve taken inspiration from the English country style, which perfectly blends comfort and style. With cheerful patterns and romantic hues, I hope to transform this space into a joyful, contemporary country haven*.
The first crucial decision is selecting the perfect wallpaper for the staircase (7). It needs to have a striking yet elegant design that would elevate it into a remarkable centerpiece. As this was my first time choosing wallpaper, I collected samples from top brands like Cole & Son, Sanderson, and Morris & Co., knowing that it will influence other design choices, such as paint colours, window blinds, and upholsteries. After exploring various options, I fell in love with the captivating blue hue of Cole and Son’s Hummingbirds wallpaper, a contemporary take on an 18th-century archive design.
In the bathroom, I’ve chosen Farrow and Ball’s Cinder Rose (1), a soft pink shade, for the ceiling, to create a warm and inviting atmosphere without sacrificing natural light. Brass and silver fixtures add to the charm, making it an inviting sanctuary (2). For the bedroom walls and woodwork, I’ve picked Farrow and Ball’s Stirabout and Wimborne White (1), respectively, to complement Cinder Rose and match the laminate flooring (10).
For upholstery and window blinds, Charlotte Gaisford’s beautiful range of fabrics (5, 6, 8) will dress the interior orangery-style window, while Pooky Lights offer a variety of lamps and wall lights (2, 7) to finish off the concept.
Now that the pieces are falling into place, I’m excited to begin painting and ordering the wallpaper, eagerly anticipating the final transformation of my loft space!
(*) 1 – Farrow & Ball Cinder Rose, Stirabout and Wimborne White paints.
2 – Rose wall fitting ip44 rated-in antique brass with tiny cupola in prismatic glass, from Pooky.
3 – Rimini white glossy marble effect wall & floor tiles.
4 – Bathroom concept.
5 – Charlotte Gaisford’s Zinal Stripe Rose fabric.
6 – Charlotte Gaisford’s Camilla Blush fabric.
7 – Cole & Son Hummingbirds wallpaper with Pooky’s double chukka wall fitting-in antiqued brass with 12cm clip on tall tapered shade.
8 – Charlotte Gaisford’s Betty Red fabric.
9 – Samuel & Son pom pom.
10 – Cottage style laminate flooring (Leroy Merlin).
Inspiration – Jennifer Lake’s home – Style charade.