Home' Scoop Homes and Art : Insite 23 Summer 2009 Contents 20 INSITE SUMMER
Simone Gillespie, interior stylist from Essence
Interiors, says it's time to cool down and embrace a
chic industrial look and bold, clean style.
Popular building materials such as polished concrete, steel frames, and glass provide the
perfec t backdrop for an industrial e ect. Remove stifling clutter and expose bare stone or
timber board floors for a raw look, and pare back layers to expose cool metallic and glass
surfaces. It's still a home however, so to maintain a welcoming and warm atmosphere, use
bold colours, various textures and accessories that ensure comfort and cosiness.
Sleek polished concrete and elegant terrazzo flooring is perfect for this trend. Vinyl plank
flooring is making a huge comeback with patterns ranging from a stone and concrete
floorboard or tile style. Carpet Choice has vinyl flooring that is a far cry from the 1950s
vinyl nightmare. The Expona range is from Italy and o ers an unlimited range of colours
and creates the illusion of a seamless continuum across the floor.
Alpaca carpets and rugs soften the hard edge of the industrial look. The ultimate in
environmentally friendly elegance and luxury, the rugs are available in natural hues and
complement clean, raw, flooring.
COLOURING IN : The interior of this Applecross abode by Essence Interiors (above) is a mix of raw
materials and bold colour. Introduce stunning wallpaper with metallic detailing with the Tivoli range of
wallpaper by the Wortly Group (below left).
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