Orient Express Yourself

Orient Express Yourself

It’s still a bit cold though the calendar tells me it is in fact Spring… what is one to do with this shoulder season? Take a mini break!  Steal a weekend in a fabulous hotel, then steal their decorating ideas for a whole new take on life once you’re back at home. Here’s one look we are dying to lift – and why!

  • The colour palette is to die for, mustard never looked so good (don’t call it yellow). Chic, sophisticated and tasteful, it’s one you will never tire of and one that is oh, so adaptable. Cool grey paired with earthy mustard is a year round winner and can be given seasonal pizazz with the addition of just about any other complementary colour, especially emerald green or any jewel tone.
  • Fantastict use of ethnic shape and global symbolism is always successful, and in this room it excels. The trick is to keep the ethnic touches  pulled back and take care not to overload a theme. In this room, three key elements add exoticism – the shape of the fireplace, the Moroccan lantern and the tribal artefacts on the mantelpiece. Any more than that and it becomes overkill.
  • Mixing metaphors! We interior designers love to mix things up and it works too, too well in this room. A Bedouin rug with Louis  armchairs, Phillippe Starck inspired lamps with Little Miss Muffet side tables, a masculine, tailored bed with a fret work lace bed head, take-me-seriously wall colours on fantasy ceiling stanchions – it’s all going on but with such cool restraint it’s irresistible!

Mannigan Edwards Interiors can help you escape September on your own Orient Express…

We love Dulux Dreyfus and Fair Bianca for wall colours and Stepney for woodwork because they speak the language of cool yet liveable. Try Pale Mustard as a sophisticated foil to these colours. Eco Chic’s  Flower rugs are irregular in shape, subtle in tone and will work in any funky interior. An character armchair would look marvellous sitting by the Flower rug. Look for a large tray as a unique art piece on the wall.