The BrownHouse Interiors here in Battersea London we love to create the relaxed Californian interiors in London. It is a style that works very well in both modern new build homes and in older Victorian style homes. This is because in California you have exactly that, a mixture of old and Bew properties available and most like that relaxed chic look. This is achieved by using a mixture of textiles and paint finishes , as well as wooden floors and an eclectic mix of accessories. It really is like waking up on holiday every day.
The look is complex and it is a combination of home grown Americana and a well travelled look thats achieved by adding touches of Mediterranean, Moroccan French and English in different ratio to produce the perfect relaxed Californian look .
Take this image of a beautiful bathroom as an example. Theres the deep traditional porcelain American basin or sink, the un-lacquered brass taps and the Moroccan Zelig style tiles. Finished off with some French provencal pieces like the bunch of dry flowers in an old terracotta pot , the large bar of soap in a vintage soap dish and the angle-poise style wall light. It all comes together in perfect harmony to create something that feels absolutely Californian .
In the above image you will see a perfectly relaxed living room situation. It has a large comfortable loose cover sofa dominating the space , then it is surrounded by a mix of chairs and tables that are all mixed styles but that work well together both aesthetically pleasing and also functional at the same time.
You can purchase similar items from our website https://thebrownhouseinteriors.com/ if you wish to attempt this style on your own, or call into our shop in Battersea at 42 Queenstown Road London SW8 3RY, where we will be happy to advise you on your Californian interior design scheme.
We have amazing pieces available including Libeco Home collection linen pieces including throws and faunas, we also have a special order service available with this brand, others are Blanc d’Ivoire where we can order large and small pieces for our clients. We are the main UK supplier of Blanc d’Ivoire and can ship anything from their collection whether it’s a small or large piece, within a couple of weeks if the stock is available.
We also have other brands available such as Himla Sweden, Silkeborg Uldspinderi, Ochre lighting and furniture, DCW editions lighting , Olivelab Lighting and many more besides. Whether its a full interior design service that your’e after or just a little advise and to purchase a few piece please do not hesitate to call in and see us, you can also write to us using the contact form on our website if it os easier for you that way.
The use of white in these schemes is almost always a must , its the white that gives the relaxed and airy Californian almost beach vibe, this can be used either as an all over paint colour (which it almost always is ) or in the use of light coloured furniture and accessories to lift the look and create a light airy feel to the room. Although as is displayed in the image below the hallway is dark as you can see by the entrance here, it adds drama to have a darker entry, so that when you go from the dramatic darker entry point into the rooms beyond they seem airier and bigger somehow, this is a nat trick to take your design more interesting and all you need to does use a different coloured paint .
The image above is a little more classic but still has that relaxed airy feel and would look and work really good here in London.
The use of the old French style sofa here in this entry gives the immediate feel of a well travelled and sophisticated homeowner. The botanical prints also add to this feel. We also love the bare flagstone floors . This can be purchased here in the UK and works very well with underfloor heating. Granted this style would certainly work better in an older property. The new builds work well with a more midcentury style as that was a very prevalent movemnet in California and you find many homes there with updated midcentury interiors schemes.
The use of coastal style pieces can also work well when creating a Californian inspired scheme. Think coral or large shells, rope lamps and driftwood. We have a selection of coastal inspired pieces available on our website where you can select and buy some of these pieces.
Whether it leans more to the French style, the Ibizan or the Moroccan , make your Californian Interior in London your own , enjoy creating it and enjoy living in it. Come and see us at the BrownHouse Interiors