Today I’m taking inspiration from interior designer Gabrielle Blackman and I’m sharing a tour of her Georgian home in Bristol. Famous for creating classy interiors on DIY SOS, she’s a designer after my own heart, describing her style as “eclectic, relaxed, with pops of colour” so I wanted to check out the way that she has styled her own home in order to pick out some trends for the coming year.
Citing David Hicks as her personal inspiration for his bold use of colour and crazy geometric pattern Gabrielle’s home reflects this through a combination of neutral greys and bright retro-modern accessories. Retro style and giving old furniture a new lease of life in the 21st century is certainly a continuing interior design trend for 2015, which is clear through the designers decision to use mid-century pieces alongside antique furniture and Georgian features.
I am particularly fond of this trend because it is achievable for all budgets – a combination of furnishings from any era can look great together so you don’t need to splash out a fortune on antiques nor be limited to just one modern style. It allows homeowners to buy what they can afford and add things that they love to get the look for less. Furniture that has seen better days can bought at bargain prices and upcycled with a layer of paint, and here Gabrielle has used spray paint in bright colours to makeover old police station lockers and a secondhand tea trolley for her home. The features of Gabrielle Blackman’s Georgian home really stand out against the neutral backdrop of grey walls and scrubbed white floors. The high ceilings, combined with tall sash windows, bring in plenty of light and give the rooms a feeling of spaciousness in spite of the dark décor.
The period cornicing looks modern with a stripe running through it in the bedroom and the best feature of all period properties are the iron fireplaces in every room. Yes, I can’t deny that Georgian is my favourite style of architecture and for me the most stunning feature of this home is the curved sash window – it looks like a doll’s house and I would love to live there.
Period features such as fireplaces, ornate iron radiators and sash windows need to be looked after and kept in good repair but even though this may be an added expense over the years there is no denying that period features are coveted by homebuyers and would be a valuable feature of any property, whichever way it is decorated. One day I hope to own a Georgian home and I will be sure to include some of Gabrielle’s design inspiration for my own interior decorating.There are plenty of simple ways to include this ‘neutral v colour’ interior design trend in your own home for 2015, not least by investing in a pot of grey paint! You can get this look for less by keeping furnishings neutral, so shop for grey sofas, armchairs or furniture and dress them with brightly coloured accessories, such as inexpensive cushions in retro patterns and vintage anglepoise lamps. This way, you can easily change the entire look of your home to follow different décor trends over the coming years without needing to splash out on new furnishings each time – just swap some accessories to make all the difference!
Let me know what you think of this design trend for 2015 and if you can think of any other ways to get the look for less please share them in the comments below. All the fabulous interior photos are from Gabrielle Blackman’s website so check out her online portfolio for more design inspiration!