Saturday, November 10, 2012

Rough Luxe

Via Desire to Inspire
Via Sania Pell / Photo: Uli Schade

If you are doing up your home or just fancy a bit of a change but money is tight, then you will love the trend for 'Rough Luxe', a style that is hot this Autumn/Winter. Edgy, but comforting with a touch of luxury. To get this look you can pretty much skip the whole decorating stage, as this style demands pared back walls, either exposed brick, rough plaster or even bare concrete, and floors can be left as is, or painted white for a slightly brighter look. These elements create hard lines and textures, so to soften it and get the luxe feel, add accessories that create glamour, but that will look effortless against your rustic backdrop! Rich, warm tones and colours help to create the luxe look, so think slate grey, deep burgundy, browns and creams for your soft furnishings and add the sparkle with a delicate chandelier, a sequined cushion or vintage mirror, which will look great against the rough walls. Metallics, glass and zinc will all work well. Furniture should be eclectic, from rustic wood vintage pieces to sleeker contemporary items but still sticking with the pared back colour palette.  The accessories you choose do not have to break the bank either.  As regular readers will now, I love a bargain, so here is my selection of top buys all under £80 that will help you create the Rough Luxe feel.
Metal shelving, Loop the Loop, £55 :: Bronze pendant shade, John Lewis, £45 :: Sheepskin Rug, John Lewis, £59 :: Ampersand Sign, Ruby Roost, £57.95 :: Industrial stool, Loop the Loop, £65 :: Rustic lightbulb, John Lewis, £4 :: Grey Velvet cushion cover, Sparrow and Co, £12.50 :: Gold bowls, Nordic Bliss, £12.50 :: Cream faux fur throw, John Lewis, £80 :: Gold sequin cushion, H&M, £9.99 :: Wooden table, Nordic Bliss, £69.90
Number candlesticks, H&M, £4.99 each

Vintage mirror, Loop the Loop, £39.95 :: Set of 4 linen napkins, Ebury Home & Garden, £32 :: Wood panel wallpaper, Next, £15 per 10m roll :: Fresco birds wallpaper, Rockett St George, £78 per 10m roll
Pillar candles, Cox and Cox, £10.50 :: Lace effect bedlinen, Rockett St George, £59 :: Diamond bulb, Rockett St George, £35 :: Hanging bloom tube, Rowen & Wren, from £7

Here are some more inspiration images for different ways to create the Rough Luxe look, whats your fave? And do you think you could live with this look? 

left image via Pinterest (no original source) , right image from Romantic Style by Selina Lake. ©Ryland Peters & Small
Image by Chris Court

Image by Christine Bauer

Image via Marie Claire Maison

Image via Pinterest (no original source)
Image via The Design Files

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  1. Gorgeous... but I don't think I could live with it. I think it's the kind of thing that works well as a concept, but few houses could pull it off lock stock and barrel.

  2. Adore that final photograph - such beauty in the silvery grey painted wood and wool textures. Have saved to Pinterest for my dream lounge!

  3. Such amazing finds! I'm on the hunt for some art deco mirrors for my bathroom just now, there's something so decadent about them when they're paired with dark blue and grey walls. Ebay here I come...

  4. Fab rooms, you're so right, the addition of key pieces to add colour and warmth and soften the lines really completes the room and almost distracts you from the unfinished walls. Am possibly too much of a perfectionist to leave the rooms that undecorated though, but it gives great inspiration. I think when the rooms are large and have high ceilings and can accommodate chandeliers etc, it works even better. Love it.


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