Our painted hardwood collections include crisp whites, gentle ivories and soft greys as well as dramatic inky blue hues. These shades are infinitely versatile so we’ve put together some looks and trends that explore how you can bring these to life in a way that works for you.
Styling grey painted furniture
When it comes to talking about ways to mix and match old and new furniture pieces, our St. Ives collection seems like the perfect place to start. A style chameleon, it’s one of our favourites, blending brilliantly with a range of decors. Whether the backdrop is urban and contemporary or more traditional, the light grey finish and metal cup handles contrast beautifully with the natural, rustic oak top.
Beachcomber with St Ives
We love this look because it’s a nod to the coast without any of the usual seaside cliches. Inspired by the slower pace of lazy summer days strolling the shore looking for beach treasures, dip your toe in the water with this cool palette of tonal sea-inspired shades and neutral sandy tones.
The easy-going mood fits perfectly with our St. Ives range. The soft grey cabinetry rests alongside washes of deep blue on walls and accents picked up in fabrics and accessories will ground your space while the furniture’s oak top and layered sun-bleached colours help to add warmth. Including a tactile mix of raw, organic textures and shapes makes the scheme comfortable and more interesting.
Somehow, this effortless combination is always on-trend, possibly because the cool sense of calm seems like the perfect antidote to the rush of daily life. Casual and eclectic, we think it’s beautiful in sitting rooms or bedrooms where you want to take a break from the bustle and enjoy the subtle feeling of sand between your toes.
Blossom with St Ives
Spot on for spring, St.Ives’ muted palette is an elegant foil for the flourishes of tonal pink in the cherry blossoms and the subtle far eastern influences these Japanese “sakura” provide.
Layered with other pale grey shades, the St. Ives collection is a great choice in a space where you’ve got a delicate, decorative floral theme going on but don’t want it to feel busy. Plush textures and pretty petals on fabrics and wallpaper combined with decorative furniture could make the overall look too fussy but opting for cabinetry with a solid shape, clean aesthetic and neutral palette brings balance; a contrast that makes the scheme sophisticated as opposed to too sweet or chintzy.
This is a look that would work really well in a bedroom with a St. Ives chest of drawers against a feature wall or bedside tables twinned with floral bedding. Similarly, in a more feminine sitting room, a coffee table or sideboard from the range adds depth. Choose pieces that won’t compete with the backdrop but will hold their own because of their simplicity and style.
Styling blue painted furniture
Defined by a saturated shade of blue, the painted hardwood in our Highgate range gives an on-trend twist to the more traditional style of the cabinetry. The design features grooved pillars which flank each piece to give it a solid look and feel.
Simple Zen with Highgate
Calm and refined, the inspiration for this trend comes from willow pattern china but it’s been given an injection of freshness that’s cool rather than twee. Against a backdrop of inky blue and accents of cobalt, the whole scheme becomes modern and pared back. The cooler tones are offset by the warmth of antiqued brass coloured cup handles exposed hinges and circular knobs that echo the tone of the rustic oak tops.
With all the references to China, the obvious place for this trend is the kitchen or dining room. Highgate’s modern grandeur suits large pieces like a dresser or sideboard which become the anchors for your look while you pick out the pattern or bold blue shade in a window blind, a corner accent chair or with crockery.
This trend is also great in the living room. Statement sofas are making a comeback so go for an all-over print or stick to more neutral upholstery and accessories with pretty patterned cushions. Give it gravity with the Highgate coffee table, a tall bookcase or a display cabinet… that way you can show off all those lovely cups and saucers.
Modern country with Highgate
Hand-painted florals and a pretty palette of rose and berry shades flourish in a trend that conjures idyllic English gardens. Ultra-feminine and breezy with unexpected hints of apricot and sky, the addition of Highgate’s intense blue stops the scheme from floating away without comprising any of the elegance. A geometric print on a rug beside the bed or under a coffee table, for example, could reference petal shapes but link to the theme in a fresh way. Combined with the deep shade of the cabinetry, it takes the edge off what could otherwise be an overly sweet scheme
Perfect in a bedroom where you’re after softness and gentle shapes if you want to cultivate this look but are unsure about whether your room can take the flower power, start by introducing florals subtly. Experiment with blousy blooms on your bedding, cushions or in a framed print which are easy to change and less of a commitment than a feature wall, upholstered headboard or sofa. Complete the look with either a Highgate dressing table, chest of drawers or blanket box.
For more inspiration, explore the Highgate collection online now.