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The Art of Creating a Show Home

Posted by Mark Godsell-Fletcher on

I love looking round show homes, they are a wealth of inspiration and ideas.  Once synonymous with deceptive space increasing trickery, they are now now showcases for interior designers and developers.  Many of the pieces used can be found on our high streets or you can find fantastic alternatives. Jonathan Cranley, Sales and Marketing Director of Millgate  shares developers commitment to show homes “Here at Millgate, we do not believe that a development is complete until the perfect Show Home is installed. We do not bring any of our developments to market until a property has been properly dressed and unlike some developers, that doesn’t mean just dressing the hallway and kitchen but every room in the house from the utility room through to the recreation space in the roof space. 80% of our properties sell with the Show Home in place so it’s vital that we get the look and feel right. Show Homes can be a deal breaker but fortunately we work with long standing, experienced interior design partners such as Alexander James Interiors. When constructing any new development, we work closely with AJI to establish pretty early on the exact intention of the property, be it designed for family living, downsizers or individuals. It’s essential that the interior design meets the needs of the occupiers, is practical and reflects the taste of our discerning buyers." One thing is for sure, with many years of 'stuff' packed away in our homes there is a clear difference between a show home and a home.  But we can certainly take away many of the design ideas and detail to key pieces and textures.  Show Homes teach us to be brave. Dark Walls Are you brave enough to paint your walls a dark colour or use dark textured wallpaper on not just one wall but all? [caption id="attachment_1246" align="alignnone" width="620"]Living Room from The Crescent by Living Room from The Crescent by[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1247" align="alignnone" width="621"]Living Room from Contemporary House, Trevereux, Oxted - Millgate Homes Living Room from Contemporary House, Trevereux, Oxted - Millgate Homes[/caption] You can recreate this look with this Superfresco Easy Destiny Navy Wallpaper by Graham and Brown, available at Wilkinsons. [caption id="attachment_1248" align="alignnone" width="619"]Superfresco Easy Destiny Navy Wallpaper by Graham and Brown Superfresco Easy Destiny Navy Wallpaper by Graham and Brown[/caption] Mural Wallpaper Mural wallpaper is becoming more popular for feature walls as it's easy to do and completely enhances a room.  These show homes beautifully use murals to create a room with charisma. [caption id="attachment_7518" align="alignnone" width="621"] Child's Bedroom, Newport, Bellway Homes[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1251" align="alignnone" width="621"]Cliveden, Countryside Properties, Suna Interior Design Cliveden, Countryside Properties, Suna Interior Design[/caption] Want to get the look for yourself, check out these alternatives. [caption id="attachment_1256" align="alignnone" width="538"]Traditional Tree Wall Mural from Traditional Tree Wall Mural from[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1255" align="alignnone" width="511"]Contemporary Bookcase Wallpaper in Natural colours by Colours.  Available at B&Q Contemporary Bookcase Wallpaper in Natural colours by Colours. Available at B&Q[/caption] Lighting Attention to detail with regards to lighting is paramount.  Using a mixture of ceiling lights and lamps to create the desired atmosphere.  The lighting is not only practical but also used as a key piece within the room's design. Key Pieces As you walk round a show home, key pieces of furniture will catch your eye.  These pieces are great to provide you with inspiration.  Here are a small selection of key pieces and possible alternatives. [caption id="attachment_1258" align="alignnone" width="623"]The Crescent, The Crescent,[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1259" align="alignnone" width="624"]Console Table by Eat Sleep Live Console Table by Eat Sleep Live[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="609"] Get Living London, Show Home Designed by Hemingway Design[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1260" align="alignnone" width="300"]Pop Art Twiggy Painting by Vintage Vibe Pop Art Twiggy Painting by Vintage Vibe[/caption] I asked Rebecca Tucker from Suna Interior Design any tips on getting the Show Home Look. "We work hard to personalise our designs so they are not the generic bland show homes that are sometimes seen. This approach bridges the gap between a show home and an owners home, and this would be the advice I would offer to others : whatever the backdrop, colour scheme or style you select for each room in your home it is vital to choose things to furnish your house that you love and that reflect your personality. In your own home you have the luxury to take the time to develop the look of the room, and evolve the design, something we can’t do in show homes! My own house is a constantly moving picture, with things being added and removed, altered and amended, and of course new things purchased constantly! My poor hubby, the backdrop has become a bit like the forth road bridge, he has to keep re-wallpapering! But the thing that identifies my house as indicative of my personal style are the items that I cherish, that I have collected and arranged, the artwork I put on my walls, the individual touches that reflect our family and our life, from the paisley wallpapered downstairs cloakroom, with its walls hung with vintage handbags and lit by a miniature twinkly chandelier, to the collection of antique mirrors that cover one wall of our bedroom; from the row of shoe keeps running up the stairs, to the reclaimed French door numbers I have collected to represent all the houses we have ever lived in. Basically, be bold and brave with your choices, don’t follow trends for trends sake, but absorb and reinvent current ideas that you connect with. Don’t be afraid, whether you chose bright colours or dark tones, contrast or coordination, chose a look you like and pay attention to the details. And lastly evolve and add, evolve and add continuously!" And finally So in 2014 lets be 'bold and brave' with our choices. Eat [caption id="attachment_1261" align="alignnone" width="625"]Alderbourne Place, Millgate Homes Alderbourne Place, Millgate[/caption] Sleep [caption id="attachment_1262" align="alignnone" width="624"]The Filaments by Suna Interior Design The Filaments by Suna Interior Design[/caption] Live [caption id="attachment_1263" align="alignnone" width="617"]Contemprary House, Trevereux, Oxted by Millgate Contemprary House, Trevereux, Oxted by Millgate[/caption]    

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