We requested Internationally renowned designer Katharine Pooley to identify the top rated 10 property-decor tendencies in a post-pandemic globe.
s the earth now looks to home as a position of sanctuary and consolation, there is a increased desire in the environmental effect of residential style and a more robust want to make a feeling of indulgence and peace at property that’s on a par with the really ideal motels and personal clubs, says London-primarily based Katharine Pooley. Ever considering the fact that founding her very own company in 2004, the former banking executive has absent on to gain various intercontinental accolades, publish a book in partnership with Assouline, and establish herself as a globe-trotting decorator to the elite spanning North America, the Center East, Russia and China. In addition to her studio in Chelsea, she has a standalone property extras boutique in Knightsbridge as very well as a showroom in Doha, Qatar.
Her crew of 45 interior designers and architects consider on tasks encompassing architectural design, interior design and style, house enhancement and even product or service style and design. Some of her most substantial-profile tasks include the 5-calendar year renovation of The Clarence at St James Dwelling, and the full refurbishment of a historic Hyde Park home. Pooley, who’s lived in Hong Kong, Vietnam and Singapore, shares the major 10 household-decor tendencies that will get our households by storm in the future ten years.
Vibrant, substantial-scale present-day artwork
“I’m working with a great offer of big-scale present-day artwork in residential interiors now as clients glimpse to personalise their houses, and add visual fascination and color in a joyful way. It’s been a demanding calendar year, so I discover uplifting and peaceful abstract paintings most well-liked. Substantial-scale artwork produces a ‘wow’ impact and signifies an clever expense during occasions of economic fluctuation.”
Hand-painted botanical wallpapers
“I’ve created some amazing, timelessly stylish interiors not too long ago in Europe and Asia, the place the bed headboard was framed with an suave exhibit of hand-painted silk wallpaper in a up to date interpretation of a classic chinoiserie design. It is most glamorous when produced using a tonal palate where delicate colourations emphasise the artistry of each individual brush stroke.”
Impactful attribute staircases
“A visible development in luxurious residential inside design is the inclusion of grand sweeping staircases. Clientele realise that in the two modern and classic interiors, very little impresses additional than an architecturally awe- inspiring feature staircase major to the primary entrance hall. Typically clad in marble and showcasing an first layout for the balustrade metallic operate, they’re a thing I love to structure, as they set a lavish tone for the rest of the property.”
Online games rooms and house cinemas
“With lock-down limits and the ensuing closure of personal customers golf equipment, places to eat and bars, there is a growing pattern in lavish household layout that incorporates substantial areas for entertaining and rest. I’ve just completed a 7-floor house in London with two subterranean floors that characteristic a video games space with a billiards table, large bar, residence cinema, ping-pong table, and cards table for taking part in poker.”
High-affect chandeliers in pure finishes
“Chandeliers are no lengthier confined to the ‘single pendant with faceted crystal droplets’ parameters of previous. The ideal and most high-class now boast a modern-day and elegant style aesthetic. Typically summary or sculptural in shape, these chandeliers function beautiful all-natural finishes like rock crystal, alabaster or porcelain. This way, they renovate the room in which they’re hung and are an extremely unforgettable talking issue.”
Exterior terraces and balconies
“The previous calendar year has proven everybody the common significance of owning generous and roomy houses – specifically with massive exterior spaces. Particularly common now are large terraces that include with infinity swimming pools, fireplaces and seating spots anywhere possible to maximise living and entertaining spaces outdoor.”
Large “his and hers” wander-in dressing rooms
“My customers invariably travel a excellent deal and have beautifully substantial clothing and accessory collections that mirror the numerous unique seasons and areas they check out and reside in. A personally built wander-in wardrobe to household and show these collections is consequently a ought to-have and a escalating trend. A Katharine Pooley bespoke dressing room ordinarily options intricate joinery, a combination of open and closed storage, a stunning contemporary chandelier and an elegant dressing desk or central island. A females dressing space is most usually created in tender-toned deluxe finishes like bleached sycamore or birds-eye maple with inset polished metallic and mirror panelling integrated during. A gentleman’s dressing space tends to be darker, with more masculine detailing in gunmetal or bronze.”
Massive wine exhibit rooms and joinery pieces
“So quite a few of our customers consider enjoyment from amassing unique vintages of wine and champagne. And they like to screen their collections in authentic bespoke rooms with joinery in unusual and exciting finishes. This is an example of very personalised, one-of-a-type customisation — a customer can be absolutely sure no one particular else will have the very same style and design.”
“We glance to our households for consolation in a time of uncertainty and irrespective of local weather or area. An open up hearth is comforting and offers the house a heart and a central concentrate. Lately I have intended and installed contemporary, modern marble-clad fireplace walls as effectively as much more standard marble and stone mantle pieces. Depending on the architecture of the home in concern, either design will increase depth and richness to an inside.”
Spa-like luxury bathrooms
“Clients are also seeking to replicate the spa encounter at residence, be it with the addition of significant swimming swimming pools, remedy rooms and expert gyms or just by renovating existing bogs to give them a luxurious spa-like experience. I have recognized a increasing trend for stunning large- scale book-matched slab marble for loos, in particular light-weight-coloured Italian marbles like Calacatta Oro or Milas Lilac, which have dramatic and linear veining.”
Photographs: Courtesy of Katharine Pooley