Animal print can almost be used as a neutral, especially when it’s of the black-and-white variety. Layer it with more monochrome prints and subtle flashes of bright colour; it works beautifully against the ochre colour scheme and antique finishes.
The country-house basics of this living room – reclaimed oak floorboards, a library of bookshelves and made-to-measure shutters – are cleverly counteracted by the latest in furniture and lighting. The rug is ‘Baba Cool III’ at Tim Page Carpets while the useful-sized side table comes from The Conran Shop. The shutters are painted in ‘Cocoa’ from the Damo Collection by Sigmar, which is co-owned by the flat’s designer Ebba Thott.
Bunny Turner of design duo Turner Pocock is unafraid of pattern, and her London living room is a case in point. A fire designed by gas-fire-specialist Neville Stephens adds warmth to the north-facing room, while a bergère chair, reupholstered in a greeny-yellow linen from Tissus d’Hélène, provides a splash of colour, as do the cushions by Suzanne Sharp from The Rug Company (try their ‘Key’ cushion for a slightly less expensive option). The sofa is covered in ‘Fuji Moderne’ by Kelly Wearstler, and the graphic picture above the chimneypiece (by artist Julio Rondo) adds yet more pattern.
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