Introducing my Rough Luxe picks. It’s a style that has always massively appealed to me, perhaps a throwback of being lazy but I prefer to think it’s because I adore material and textures in their roughest form. I’m a huge fan of the contrast, the way it’s so easy to play with the look, to shift items in and out to alter the feel. I’ve been a fan for years.
I’m the girl who is enamoured with the Victorian era plaster with it’s flaking paint and chipped edges and I love exposed rough brickwork – to me it makes a beautiful backdrop to a stunningly clean sharp lined kitchen. Like the Limehouse Kitchen from Neptune (priced from £11K) – pictured above. I find the contrast striking – bringing out the utter beauty of both the supposed rough and the luxe. It’s a calm and sophisticated look giving room for imagination and artistic thought. I adore it’s sleek lines and simplicity.
The unrivalled beauty of natural materials as a back drop to an industrial look again is one that strikes me as elegant.
The Big Smoke print from Sonic Editions (priced from £270) would make an evocative addition to my wall. It summons up a picture of industrial life, the heaving chimneys of Battersea Power Station – the hard working toil of the men, the families they take the money back home to, I picture the way they live, the conversations they have. The contrast of the seagulls and the way nature dances in amongst the industrial back drop – I love it!
The John Lewis Tolix ‘A’ chair (priced from £199) makes a stylish choice – I picture it nestled amongst a plush outrageously thick luxurious rug – surrounding a table probably made from either an old door or one picked up from a furniture sale – a table that used to belong in a French chateau. I wouldn’t want a full set of these around my table – merely one or perhaps two – mingled in with a few other styles. I love the industrial sturdy factory style feel of this chair with it’s lacquered steel frame – yet it gives off a happy shabby chic bistro vibe – beautiful.
With a smaller budget in mind a hot choice has to be the new IKEA Nornas range of products – this collection is made from trees from well managed forests with the cutting and sawing of logs in such a way as to minimise waste – the pieces are rustic, unique, durable and strong. The raw form is of particular appeal to me. A quick flick through the Nornas collection and I’ve favoured the Nornas Glass wall cabinet – the pairing of the natural wood with the splash of industrial style colour in the backs of the cupboards really shouts out to me.
I love the stripped back natural feel of the whole collection – very easy to fit into a ‘Rough Luxe’ design dressing it up with expensive accessories or keeping things nice and simple and combining with exposed brickwork and rough floors for a totally natural contrast and feel. Nornas is a very reasonably priced collection with items starting from just £28.
For a rough luxe natural feeling light solution I’d choose the IKEA Rotvik lamp below – made from bamboo and when it’s switched on I think the light and shadows would really work well with a natural rustic scheme.
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