Royalty And History Colour-focused Residential Interior Design

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Many top London interior designers have played active roles in what has been called the “true-to-history” colour movement in recent years. In this article I will explain what this means through examples from a few different colour categories that are often used in interior designs.

Greens are linked with organic vegetables, good health, and foliage. The ancient UK May Day celebration has historically focused on a May King, who is dressed in late spring garlands of finely-wreathed sprouting green vegetables. The May Queen wears a dress of beautiful white, symbolising vitality, virtue and clarity. In Ancient Egypt, green was used to request fertile soils and good harvests from the gods. Green has strong links with nature, and for interior designers this can be a wonderful colour to use in London flats; green-themed interior designs can take the mind away from the bustle of London’s grey city streets and evoke images of rain-swept countryside landscapes.

The word “yellow” comes from the Old English geolu or geolo, which in turn relates to the Dutch geel, meaning gold. Historically yellow has been associated with joyful sunshine and gleeful celebration. Interior design consultancies and colour professionals will often rely on yellow in interior designs for London residences to banish the dreary gloom of winter rain and autumnal fog.

Blue is historically linked with images of Mary, the mother of Jesus. In origin, the word is Middle English, but also has links with the Old French “bleu” and is ultimately of Germanic origin. London Interior Designers will rely on sky blue to evoke feelings of serenity, peace and relaxation.

Finally, royal purple has obvious associations with aristocracy, monarchy and rich celebrations. Because it has such profound associations, it is only really appropriate in London interior designs for opulent mansions or extravagantly luxurious penthouse residences.

In summary, colour is not just about the visual and the immediate, but also focuses on symbolic associations that cross space and time. Many of London’s top interior designers and colour consultants will take these subtle meanings into account when creating the perfect design for a client’s dream home.
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Insights Into Interior Design Designing In Style. Part Ii Traditional – Jacobean And Victorian

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Interior design has always been impacted by fashion trends – both historically and in the modern day. In this article series, “Designing in Style,” I explore the meaning of style for interior designers.
I draw on my experience working alongside many of London’s best-known interior design teams. This second article in my series introduces traditional/period design, with a focus on the Jacobean and Victorian styles.

Traditional design uses materials that reflect the wealth and opulence of historic times. London Interior Designers will often take the best of the features that were available back then and skilfully combine them with elements that are available today. Traditional/period interior design projects tend to focus on elegance, with a look and feel that is comfortable, rich and sumptuous, although sometimes also a little fragile.

The Jacobean theme is popular in London mansions and other residences that have a real sense of history. The Jacobean style focuses on heavy wooden features, with dark-stained oak often used to create panels for walls and floorboards. Oak is also often used for the furniture, and the overall interior design feel is that of robustness, with pleasantly-proportioned pieces to fill the available space. Tapestries are also an important part of the Jacobean look. However, many interior designers recognise that tapestries can be impractical nowadays, and one approach often used by London’s best-known consultancies is to recreate the tapestry appearance on modern upholstered furniture or curtains.

One caveat with Jacobean interior designs is that the style does need plenty of natural light, because otherwise the darker wood stains can seem uninspired. This can be problematic in smaller London residences, but is generally not an issue with more luxurious mansions that often feature huge south-facing windows and substantial grounds.

The Victorian interior design style, by contrast, is considered a more staid approach. Interior designers often focus on small rounded tables, often covered entirely in cloth, and fat, heavily-buttoned chesterfield settees. So much of London became urbanised in Victorian times that the style also came to include nature as a theme for textiles, serving as a counterpoint to accelerating industrialisation. Consequently, Victorian interior design schemes often feature floral elements and birds on both walls and furnishings.

In the next article in my “Designing in Style” interior design series, I will focus on a third and final period style that is particularly important for London residences – the Georgian style.
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