Inspire | 22 October 2020

Contemporary Allure: The Fresh New Look You’ll Love

by Carlisle Homes

Featuring bold artworks, luxe finishes and sumptuous layers of texture, Contemporary Allure is the perfect look for a modern lifestyle.

Layers of warm, smokey tones, sumptuous natural materials and walls adorned with striking, abstract art – if you love nothing more than sophisticated modern interiors that speak of luxury and refinement, the Contemporary Allure look is sure to set your heart alight.

It’s a chic, tailored look that puts an emphasis on comfort, and it works beautifully in every room of the home, from the kitchen and living area right through to the laundry and bathrooms.

Our expert interior designers reveal the secrets to creating this alluring look in your home.

Layers of warm tonal finishes bring a sense of sophistication to the master bedroom in the Astoria Grand.

Start with a rich, earthy colour palette

The hero of this scheme is its wonderfully warm and sophisticated palette. Colours are drawn from nature; think soft, earthy neutrals, such as textural greys, pewter, pumice and stone.

While you may wish to vary colour strength and proportions from room to room, the key is not to stray from this palette in order to give your home the refined and cohesive feel this look calls for.

Introduce black details that will bring a contemporary edge while creating a sense of luxury and opulence, as pictured in the Astoria Grand.

Accents of black

Small accents of black might seem insignificant, but they pack a powerful punch in this earthy, neutral scheme. Introduce matt black touches through lighting, joinery handles, picture and mirror frames and furniture such as chairs and side tables. You’ll find they ground the earthy palette and give rooms a thoroughly contemporary edge.

Velvet chevron wallpaper from Unique Fabrics creates a tactile feature wall in the Astoria Grand.

Less pattern, more texture

When it comes to fabrics, rugs and wallpaper, keep patterns and prints to a minimum and instead focus on a rich layering of contrasting textures in tonal shades of pewter, pumice and stone.

Up the glam factor by lining the walls of your hallway or master bedroom with textured linen or opting for a richly textured wallpaper.

Add layers of luxury with a subtly patterned herringbone or chevron timber floor in your main living and dining areas, chunky, loop-pile wool carpet in the bedrooms, and luxurious fabrics such as velvet, boucle, linen and silk for your soft furnishings, cushions and bedlinen.

Introduce oversized abstract artwork displayed in black modern slimline frames to complete your Contemporary Allure interior, as pictured in the Astoria Grand.

Statement artwork

“Abstract artworks are a signature element of the Contemporary Allure look,” says Danielle Taylor, Interior Design Manager at Carlisle Homes.

“Introduce oversized framed canvases in tones of black, grey and white to bring drama to your interiors and add to the sense of luxury.”

Pair artwork with bold, statement lighting. “Think sophisticated and refined when it comes to your lighting choices,” says Taylor. Consider a shapely matt-black and glass pendant light above the dining table or kitchen island, and simple yet striking wall lights in nickel and frosted glass in the bedroom and hallway.

The chevron patterned timber floor in the Astoria Grand adds tonal warmth and instant glamour to the open plan kitchen and dining area.

Natural finishes

Luxurious natural materials are central to this aesthetic. Create a warm and appealing foundation with a herringbone or chevron timber floor to your main living areas and cosy wool carpet to bedrooms and quiet spaces.

For the kitchen and bathrooms, opt for timber or timber-look joinery (Laminex has a vast range of stunning woodgrain laminates that cost a fraction of the price of the real thing). Line the walls and floors of your ‘wet’ rooms with low-maintenance, stone-look porcelain tiles.

Finish off with touches of marble in tabletops and accessories, and stone-look benchtops in a luxurious, easy-care finish such as Caesarstone.

Fully upholstered dining chairs will add an extra touch of elegance to your dining room, as shown in the Astoria Grand.

Dial up the comfort factor

Comfort is key in a look that’s all about luxury. Seek out fully upholstered dining chairs that encourage guests to linger long after the meal has finished, cushioned bar stools and armchairs with tailored detailing such as piped edges. Make seating even more inviting with sumptuous faux-fur throws and a medley of cushions in luxe textures such as silk, velvet and leather.

The full height sheer drapes in the Astoria Grand intensifies the ceiling height while gently filtering sunlight to allow other focal points in the space to take center stage.

Lashings of light

Balance out the rich tones in this scheme by filling your rooms with natural light. Opt for sheer curtains at the windows that let sunlight filter through – colour-matched to the walls so the focus remains firmly on your bold artwork selections. For painted walls, opt for warm white or a soft, earthy neutral.

Boost light further with mirrors hung in strategically placed spots; seek out styles with sexy curved lines to emphasise the look’s indulgent and sophisticated vibe.

And the end result? A cocooning space that speaks of luxury and refinement from the moment you step inside the front door.

See the Contemporary Allure look brought to life by our expert interior designers with a private tour of our Astoria Grand display home (book here), or view it from the comfort of your sofa with a virtual tour (view here).

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