We only have to look at the fashion pages and on-line fashion sites to see how styles come full circle again, and the clothes that some of us wore in the 80’s and 90’s, have again become key fashion statements of today. The same is true of interior design. Some of us may remember the TV campaign from a certain Swedish company a few years ago that prompted us all to ‘chuck out the chinz’. The return of colour and pattern back on the interiors ‘cat-walk’ (namely the interiors media), is clear to see in recent years. The interior writers are now saying that natural textures and patterns in textiles and home ware are the next big thing. Maybe not a return of chinz perhaps, but a more sophisticated way to bring floral and other images of nature back into the home. Up until recent years people were also chucking out furniture by iconic furniture makers such as Ercol, which is now widely sought after and fetching top dollar prices. Their arch back chairs with delicate spindles and tapered elegant legs are the perfect fit for any modern kitchen, living, dining space. Some have been restored and repainted in contemporary bright colours, bright yellow, turquoise, red and classic cobalt, bringing them right up to date. The timeless style of the Ercol range allows them to fit into any type of kitchen from traditional Shaker to the ultimate contemporary design. Ercol is a great example of enduring style and quality.
Our colour palette has also been extended in recent years – remember the sad, bland old days of ‘magnolia’ paint everywhere. At Beau-Port we see clients who may have chosen one of our traditional Shaker style kitchen designs, yet are being more daring in their paint colour choices for the furniture. Those who have opted for the more muted colours of the Farrow and Ball range for their new bespoke Shaker style kitchen, are then adding splashes of bright, vibrant complementary colours with painted furniture, ornaments, accessories, coloured appliances, abundant bowls of colourful fruit or vibrant orchids.
“One of the major benefits of having one of our handmade painted kitchen, is the option to change the colour to suit changing tastes and styles,” commented Mark Johnson, Beau-Port’s Design Director. “By simply changing the colour and perhaps the handles, you can transform your bespoke kitchen to keep up with changing trends. Or change the colour of a central island into something brighter or much darker, can give your kitchen a totally different look and feel.”
The cooking icon of all time, AGA, now has a full range of colour options for their much-loved ranges, including ‘Heather’ – one of the 15 different colours available and the colour of the AGA range in Beau-Port’s AGA Kitchen showroom in our 2000 sq ft showroom at Bentworth, near Alton in Hampshire. Keeping a fairly neutral back drop to your colour scheme, accenting with brighter, stronger colours is a good way of bringing colour back into your home with individual pieces of furniture, cushions, throws and accessories such as ornaments, that can be changed each season and is a good way of adapting a colour scheme to fit the time of year. Maybe it is our need for nostalgia, to keep revisiting the past and to bring parts of it back into our present. Even when we look at the most modern style of kitchen or architecture, with its simplicity of line, its uncluttered appearance, its freshness, we need to remember that even the most contemporary designs today have come full circle as well. The natural textures and patterns that reflect aspects from nature, that are apparently the next big thing, have been seen before in the Arts and Crafts movement that flourished between 1880 and 1910. The clean, simple lines of contemporary interiors and architecture can be seen during the Art Deco era dated from 1925. Our designer Jacob Johnson recently designed a very contemporary kitchen for a boutique B & B in an Art Deco house on the South Coast. The German Rotpunkt kitchen was designed by Jacob to include a screened office area for the B & B business and hidden utility room. This striking, very cutting edge kitchen design looks perfectly at home in this modernistic building.