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The essential guide to interior design styles

Fiona Duffy 28/05/2018 08:00:00 Buying Shutters

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Industrial style

What’s the look?

It’s the interior style associated with lofts and warehouses, but you definitely don’t need to live in a building with an industrial past to get the spacious feel and the raw elements associated with this look.

For floors, think exposed boards, the less pristine in finish the better. Walls shouldn’t be perfectly plastered either. Exposed brick is the aesthetic you’re looking for, but it’s easy to create the look with wallpaper instead. Furniture should have simple, unfussy shapes and metal details are just right. The colour scheme should be neutral – brick, aged metals and timeworn wood provide the palette.

Star buy:

Metal light fixtures are a must-have. Make them a focal point by sizing up pendants, or choosing a statement floor lamp.

Which shutters to choose?

Complement an industrial interior with shutters in a neutral paint finish – dark tones will echo the look of industrial-style steel-framed windows. Full-height shutters with mid to wide louvres will continue the fuss-free lines of furniture best. Bear in mind that the bigger the window, the bigger the slat size that’s appropriate.

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Pic: Dunelm

Modern country

What’s the look?

Country is an enduring interiors style and can work whether you live in a city terrace or a rural cottage. The modern version of the look takes the classic country elements (more on that below) but gives them a contemporary twist, so the overall effect is calm as well as pretty.

Country style foregrounds organic elements such as wood with a close to natural finish rather than a gloss or deep stain, or try furniture painted in a pale shade. Flooring could be authentic stone or wooden boards warmed with rugs, while walls are often finished in tones of white that maximise light reflection and therefore the feeling of space in cottage-size rooms. Alternatively, use nature-inspired colour – think green or blue. Like more pattern? Hang wallpapers featuring natural motifs.

Star buy:

Make modern country interiors comfortable and attractive by piling up cushions in different patterns on sofas, armchairs or window seats. Keep the elements of the colour palette consistent and the different motifs will sit happily together.

Which shutters to choose?

Painted shutters work a treat with country interiors. Pick white for a fresh feel, or try gentle greens or blues if the walls of your room are white. Dress small windows with full-height shutters and small to medium size louvres, or make rooms snug and draught-free with solid shutters.

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French

What’s the look?

Like an elegant, sophisticated look for your rooms with plenty of highly decorative detail? Then French-style interiors might be just the ticket for you. It’s a style perfect for bedrooms, living spaces and formal dining areas.

When you’re picking furniture, favour fine wood-framed designs with carved details and scrolled legs. Dark, highly varnished woods look good for cabinet furniture and dining tables, too. Make the floor a decorative surface as well: black and white tile patterns look the part, or layer a fine rug with a symmetrical motif on top of existing flooring for a luxurious finish underfoot.

Star buy:

Go to town with an ornate chandelier as the decorative centrepiece of your room. There are strictly traditional designs out there, or you can give your French-style interior a modern twist with a contemporary version that’s a little more pared back.

Which shutters to choose?

Our café-style shutters definitely have a French accent and mingle happily with a Gallic-influenced room scheme. Choose our grained hardwood shutters with a richly toned stained finish for the ultimate in French style.

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Art Deco

What’s the look?

The Art Deco era of the early 20th century is still a strong influence in the 21st with its sunburst and step motifs, luxurious materials, curvaceous and angular furniture designs, and ultra-glamorous effect.

Black and white are key colours – try them in polished floor tiles or make life easy by introducing symmetrical Art Deco pattern with a generously sized rug. A touch of gold (or at least gold effect) is a must-have as well. Introduce it via furniture with metal detailing or in pendant or table lamps. If colour’s a must-have, peacock blue or green accessories are perfect.

Star buy:

Go for a mirror featuring an Art Deco sunburst pattern to hang on the wall. It’s decorative enough to stand in for artwork and it’ll help the space feel bigger and brighter to boot.

Which shutters to choose?

Keep gorgeous Art Deco-style furniture sun-damage free with louvred shutters so you can adjust the light easily. Large windows can benefit from the independent top and bottom panels of tier-on-tier shutters, or opt for full-height shutters on smaller windows. The symmetry of shutters complements Art Deco rooms as does a grained hardwood with a deep stained finish.

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Vintage

What’s the look?

Vintage style doesn’t mean a home that looks like a homage to a distant era. Instead, it’s a mixture of pieces from different periods that give rooms a lived-in and cherished feel, as well as a strongly individual look.

Choosing one statement element per room is a good strategy. Whether it’s an armchair in a living room, desk in a home office, wardrobe in a bedroom, or collection of old china in a kitchen, it’ll create a focal point. Once in place, you can add in smaller vintage pieces alongside recent buys. Don’t think about matching, but do think about colours or materials that your choices have in common to give the scheme subtle harmony. Walls should provide a backdrop that shows off the star piece, but could equally be painted in a dark tone as a light hue to do the job.

Star buy:

This one’s highly individual. You don’t need to shop in expensive antiques stores, but try eBay, secondhand shops, boot sales, even relatives’ cast-off furniture… one person’s junk can be another’s treasure.

Which shutters to choose?

Any of our shutter styles will work as part of a vintage scheme because shutters have such enduring chic. When it comes to colour, matching them to the wall will make them a subtle part of the scheme when you want the attention focused on the room’s star feature.

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Scandinavian

What’s the look?

If you’re after a relaxed interior that’s functional and stylish, and that also maximises light, Scandinavian style is probably right up your street. Light colours and pale woods are typical, although deeper greys for walls and a splash of botanical green wouldn’t be out of place either.

Go for light wood floorboards underfoot. Yours not in good condition? Painting them white will create the look on a low budget. Pick light-toned woods (think ash) for tables, dining chairs and chair frames, and white or grey for upholstered furniture. Incorporate textures such as wool, cotton and linen, which will create variety when the colour palette is restrained.

Star buy:

Sheepskins (faux, if that’s your preference) can be laid over wooden chairs and thrown over sofas to boost comfort to the max.

Which shutters to choose?

Dress windows with full-height shutters for the perfect Scandi-style window treatment. Their simplicity and practicality are just right for the look. As to colour? A white finish looks the part, but soft off-whites work equally well if the light your room receives is cold.

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