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The making of a showhome

We asked Annie Stewart from ANTA what is involved in designing a contemporary Scottish interior.


1: DESIGN PROCESS

When starting a project I first look at how each room will be used. Thinking about the end customer and what their specific requirements will be in terms of usability and bearing in mind future adaptability. For example, when considering bedroom four, I wanted to create something that could be adapted over time from playroom, to study, to spare bedroom.

2: COLOUR AND FORM

I always put colour before form and consider the areas of a room that take most of the colour, starting with the walls, then the floor, the ceiling, window treatments, furniture and accessories. I find choosing a favourite fabric swatch sets the theme for each room and determines the colours to be used in the decoration, which limits the palette used for the scheme.


3: FABRIC AND FLOORING

Our ethos at ANTA is to use natural materials, mixing qualities and textures; wool, linen, oak, ceramic tiles and stoneware. The subtle and geometric nature of tweeds and checks allows colour to be introduced in an orderly fashion to create a contemporary look.

4: ACCESSORIES

Adding statement pieces with accessories is key to creating an inspiring interior. Choosing a rug to define a space and adding pattern and texture through cushions and throws adds interest and a personal touch.


5: FURNITURE

We tend to use classic shapes, which stand the test of time and all of our furniture is made in Scotland. Cubes are great for adding a pop of colour but practical as extra seating and with no sharp corners they are safe for little ones. The clean and simple shape means the space always looks modern.

6: LIGHTING

Lighting is important in every room, making sure there is sufficient light all year round. Our hand-painted stoneware lamps are beautiful individual pieces which are interesting objects in themselves at the same time as creating practical task lighting.


7: THE FINAL DECISION

At ANTA I am less influenced by trends and more so by looking at nature. It is important to have an interior that works with the location of the house and for those who live there. Working with the landscape outside and the natural light in the inside space determines which colours are correct to use.


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Contact: Roma McIntosh

Email: highwood.sales@scotia-homes.co.uk

Telephone: 07795 241868

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