Get the Lush London Look...
If your mission is to create this look in your own home then you need to embrace the 'Transitional Style'.
Transitional is really all about blending the elegance and character of a period property with more contemporary interior touches. Begin by preserving existing or reintroducing original architectural features such as staircases, doors and fireplaces. These period details provide the canvas for the luscious contemporary finishes that will complete the look.
Choose finishes and materials that are luxurious and flawless. Soft furnishings like cushions, curtains and rugs should be silken, soft and tactile. Wooden furniture should include dark rich tones such as Black Maple or Dark Oak with ornate handles. Furniture should consist of well-upholstered classic pieces that are comfortable but not too casual. Armchairs upholstered in fine damask prints and sofas in silk and suede fabrics, silk button-tufted headboards and decorative leather-clad cabinetry are Lush London signature touches. Elaborate gilded mirrors, Bella Figura chandeliers, colourful artworks, and graphic cushions will contribute a charmingly glamorous finish.
Cook the look
The kitchen space is often an open plan layout with wooden cabinetry and modern appliances. Both contemporary or traditional styles work here, with contemporary favouring stark minimalism and traditional styles adoring bold period colours. DeVol make beautiful hand painted period kitchens, or if money is no object then Clive Christian create fully bespoke creations to your specifications. When it comes to brassware last year’s favourite finishes of rose and yellow gold, have been replaced in 2018 with more industrial shades of metal. Perrin & Rowe offer unpolished brass and nickel finishes to create a more natural earthy element to your kitchen. The clean understated luxury of a Shaws undermount sink will perfectly compliment a luxurious countertop like Terrazzo – a popular kitchen trend in 2018. The distinctive retro material is a dominant trend in 2018 and is now available in an engineered form called Marmoreal - designed in London by Max Lamb. The distinctive pattern is so popular it is even being applied to wallpapers and textiles.
Get touchy feely
This look is all about crafted comfort. You should choose pieces that are elegantly designed but still retain the comfort factor. This is achieved by choosing soft plush fabrics like silk, suede, velvets and even furs - faux of course. Textural materials also feel softer and warmer against your skin which creates a heightened sense of comfort. Tactile soft furnishings absorb sound better too, helping typically larger period rooms feel more intimate by reducing echo.
Bright period colours
Neutrals colours are a common feature of the look, but bold pigments are still set to be hot this year. Burnt orange, forest green, peacock blue, and Bordeaux reds are all very 2018, with similar colours available from Farrow & Ball. Whether you use them on walls or as accents within your overall colour scheme, bold colours are very much part of the Lush London look.
Patterns & Prints
Again it’s perfectly okay to be bold here. Luxurious decorative wall coverings like these beautiful hand-printed designs by DeGournay can create a warmer, more intimate room. Whether you choose traditional damask prints, fleur-de-lis or something more contemporary, be sure to pick something that reflects your own taste and shows off your personality. Expert tip – pick a feature wall rather than cover the whole room as this can often be too overpowering and make a room feel smaller.
Whatever you decide to do, this look is about opulence, decadence and generally displaying your extravagant luxurious side. So go big or go home.