To celebrate the launch of our new show apartment at Central Square, Copley W7, which has been designed by the fabulous interior design team from Artspace Interiors, we caught up with their designer Lydia Graham to get the latest on this season’s hottest trends and for some tips on how you can style your own home.
Can you take us through the design for the new show apartment?
This apartment’s interiors are really fun and I think will appeal to first time buyers and young professionals. Typically, we don’t have a lot of natural light to work with in showhomes so we start with a natural colour palette, however with the French doors and floor-to-ceiling windows in the main living space – and large windows in the bedrooms – we were able to add strong pops of colour without it feeling too dark and enclosed.
With the soft furnishings, we opted for bold colours and coupled them with gold and black hues to add a bit of an edge. We also featured textured wallpaper in the living room and second bedroom to keep the apartment feeling modern and on trend.
You mention bold colour choices, what did you opt for?
Since the pandemic, people are looking to bring new life back into their home and a great way to achieve this is through bold colour palettes. In this apartment we opted for pops of teal, mustard and emerald green. However, bold and bright doesn’t mean you have to paint every wall in your apartment. We added colour through soft furnishings such as cushions, decor, clocks, mirrors and curtains as well as some statement furniture.
Are there any other trends we should expect to see this season?
Absolutely! For those looking to spice up their interiors, geometric patterns, modern, clean lines and oversized artwork are all key trends to watch out for this season.
We’re lucky that our in-house team designed the artwork in the living area and we replicated that colour palette throughout the home. Online stores such as Desenio, Junique and Wayfair have a range of wall art for any room.
Which brands would you recommend to first time buyers wanting to style their home?
There are so many brands out there that will help you achieve an on-trend look, whatever your budget. If you want to replicate the showhome style, I’d recommend looking at Maisons Du Monde or Cult Furniture for larger pieces.
The coffee table and balcony furniture of the show apartment was sourced from Maisons Du Monde and the desk in the second bedroom was sourced from Cult Furniture.
Brands such as Habitat, Made.com and Anyday (John Lewis’ first time buyer range) are also really great options for those who still want stylish pieces but is still affordable. For those on a budget, brands such as Dunelm, Ikea and Homesense have a range of home décor to add style to your new apartment.
What other tips would you give first time buyers when styling their home?
Maximising space is key. We achieve this through clean lines and open furniture in the showhome. In the hallway, the narrow console table has open sides so the light can flow through, making the space appear bigger. It’s the same with floating shelves, bedside tables and desks.
Circular furniture is also a great way to maximising space. The dining table in the kitchen provides a natural flow to the space as you are able to move around it much more easily and is perfect for socialising. It’s the same with the coffee table in the living room. The circular shape flows better with the rest of the furniture as it has softer edges.
What is your favourite room of the show apartment and why?
It has to be the kitchen and living area! Although it’s open-plan, it is still a warm and welcoming space, which for me is a must. The soft textured dining room chairs from Liang & Eimil, velvet armchair from SLF24 and large curtains in Kai fabric from Drapes UK add a cosy feel. It’s such an easy room to recreate and any colour palette would work well with the layout and neutral base.
If you’d like to have a look around our new show apartment, get in touch with the team on 020 7087 5111 and book now.
Artspace is an interior design company based in Andover, Hampshire which specialises in dressing showhomes across the UK. Kate Letteriello – the managing director – started the company after winning Channel 5’s Interior Rivalry show in 2017.