HOW TO GET THE ARTHOUSE LOOK
How to blend all your favourite things and master eclectic style in your own home.
One of the great things about The Arthouse look is that colour isn’t negotiable. The palette draws on retro influences to see dusty pinks, terracottas and teals shine, with a touch of urban grey to elevate the look. The warmth of unfinished oak and nude leather details further soften the palette and stop the effect being too sweet.
Mix together furniture with classic design styles.
If you have existing furniture that you love, the great thing about The Arthouse look is that it’s all about bringing together a range of styles. Designs that reference past eras with a fresh twist are at the heart of this trend, so you’ll find mid-century, Scandi and other vintage looks influencing the key pieces.
In the living room, your sofa is the zone-defining piece, so don’t be afraid to go bold if you’re re-creating The Arthouse look. Whether it’s the cool elegance of the Maddox sofa packed with pastel pillows, or the rich olive green of the Copenhagen leather sofa, you’ll be able to find your own version of turning up the volume.
If you’re interested in keeping things subtle, you have so much to choose from in the sofa stakes – the Docklands sofa offers timeless appeal and effortless style. Tables with Scandi sensibilities are a great fit with the look – try the Frieda dining table and Quarry occasional tables. As far as beds go, you can’t go past the Atelier bed frame and, in both living and sleeping zones, an accent chair never goes astray – the Rose armchair in velvet is a fantastic statement piece.
Choose storage pieces that complement the theme.
Success with The Arthouse look comes when you keep clutter at bay, but that’s not to say you can’t display your favourite wares with flair. Let your storage pieces play a starring role in your home and offer room to showcase personal mementoes.
The Rhys range, in honey-toned teak, offers a striking collection of storage solutions from buffets, entertainment units and coffee tables, so you can store in style. Also, look to the Atelier range, in honey-toned American oak, for a striking collection of storage solutions, from sculptural bookcases, glass-fronted cabinets right through to coffee tables and tallboys. Invest in storage solutions to let your favourite pieces shine.
Styling touches and decorative details.
True to the eclectic heartbeat of Arthouse, you’ll want to think maximalist rather than minimalist with your styling touches. Go big and bold with wall art – the Celadon Palms I print has a hint of modernism – and decor objects in bookcases and shelves, such as a Monsteria leaf in a glass vessel.
Mix up silhouettes and shapes to create that sense of dynamism with bright shots of colour adding to the effect too. Soft touches are great for this, like the Brenta cushion and the Monize wall hanging. For something a little bolder, go for the shapely Pentagon ottoman in mustard.
Finish off with the perfect lighting choice that will cap off the whole look. Lamps will let you vary your lighting level based on your mood. The Noam lamp is lovely in the bedroom, and the Titan floor lamp will make a great anchor for your living zone’s look.
“I love this fresh new take on the ‘70s retro. It’s architectural and refined.” - freedom interior decorator, Diane Birol.