We were asked by a client’s sister, who was living in the most gorgeous ‘Iron Stone’ Georgian style farm house, to help revive her interiors and pour some much needed colour into the schemes. She had been pregnant when the house was completed and with a new baby, hadn’t had the time to do anything other than buy the basics. When she said she wanted colour, she really meant it, unlike a lot of clients who initially ask for colour and then tone down the schemes when they think it’s too colourful! This was such a wonderful opportunity for Award winning interior designer, René Dekker, who jumped at the chance to showcase his talent in a different manner to the norm. The first room in the house to receive a makeover was the Garden room. The team at London’s Top Interior Design studio got straight to work on putting schemes together for client consideration. Iterations toggled between cobalt walls and an emerald sofa to purple walls with a cobalt sofa…and everything in between. There were already two small footstools in residence, upholstered in a lively coral velvet and these went well with the client’s artwork. On top of choosing vibrant and contrasting jewel colours, it was also important to make sure there were plenty of textured fabrics, as visually it’s the colour you register first but once accustomed to the space, the textures are then discovered! We used gaufraged velvets, soft silks and metallic prints in abundance. The clients existing sofa, which was hugely uncomfortable, was re-imagined by removing the deep button seating and replacing it with luxurious feather and down seat cushions and we swapped the dull grey leather for emerald silk velvet. We threw out the grey arm chairs and installed instead a pair of ultra-comfortable swivel arm chairs, upholstered in no less than 4 fabrics! We added curtains in a 1930s style blue and green fabric, a lot of emerald and blue glass objéts as well as a classical ottoman with a contemporary fabric. The scheme was completed by adding a bespoke silk and wool leopard design rug and a gold Deco style palm tree.