This week I’ve been enjoying watching coverage of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and thinking about visits I’ve made to the show in the past. So why I am talking about gardens in a blog about interior design? Well because gardens are an integral part of our homes whether we are firmly settled in our home or moving – or they should be. It doesn’t matter what outside space you have – a balcony, courtyard, typical family garden or acres – you shouldn’t think about the inside without considering the outside. These days there is definitely a move towards integrating the two, this could be through using bi-fold doors to give continuous flow and including using the same flooring material inside and out. Or it could mean using the same colour palette.
You might wonder how you can take ideas from a flower show and use them not just in your garden but also in your interior. So here are just a few ideas that I have taken from Chelsea.
Copper – copper and metallics in general have been popular in interiors for a while and copper as a colour and material is certainly in evidence at Chelsea this year. The dramatic fins in Andy Sturgeon’s Best in Show Garden for The Daily Telegraph are bronze but I like the copper water feature pictured which also injects another element – water more of which below.
This hammered copper pendant light is from Rezzeqi.com and is ideal for hanging over a kitchen island or a dining table and has a Moroccan feel. Metallics work well in an industrial scheme and also a modern contemporary scheme.
Orange – Orange is a popular colour at Chelsea this year and can vary from the neon that we have seen recently to more subtle and warmer shades. Interestingly, at Chelsea we see it combined with pinks and purples. Be daring and combine this fabulous Wilton Library Red wallpaper from Little Greene with Blazer or Charlotte’s Locks paint from Farrow & Ball
and I love this modern take on the classic houndstooth design woven in chenille from the Tremont Collection by Romo shown in Peony.
Water – As usual water is a prominent aspect of the gardens at Chelsea including water features and rills. Water adds a calming element to the garden, imagine sitting listening to the quiet sound of a fountain. Indoors in a large space it is possible to have a fountain in an entrance hall or perhaps a water fall feature but it is also possible to find something for a small space.
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