Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton may be better known for his speed on the track and his fashion sense off the track, but it’s his elegantly decorated “quiet luxury” living room, filled with plush neutrals and textured details, that is giving us some serious design envy.
Decorating with a “quiet luxury” or “old money” aesthetic, using colors from the natural world, adds a gentle, soothing touch to interiors that can be combined with textures and colors to ebb and flow with the changing seasons.
In the living space below, Lewis Hamilton has perfected this popular interior design trend. Here’s how to achieve the look in your home.
The power and beauty of a neutral room color palette should not be underestimated to add warmth and elegance to a room. Lewis Hamilton’s living and music room is a testament to the eternal and timeless elegance of a “smart” neutral or beige space.
“What we call ‘smart neutrals’ has a simple aesthetic that is ideal for use alongside strong colours, including terracotta and shades of brown,” says Rob Whittaker, creative director at Claybrook. In Hamilton’s case, he uses a lot of wood to organize this feeling of warmth and comfort.
“The neutral material should be paired with other materials to sing: wood and marble work well.” “I also love pairing them with suede and wool rugs,” says Charu Gandhi, founder and director of Elicyon. “Ceramics, clay, and stained glass are great for decorative items.”
However, the biggest concern many people have with neutral spaces is accidentally creating a space that is devoid of personality or soulless.
“Using a neutral tone while avoiding minimal or stark ambiance is a delicate balance between natural light, artificial lighting and other textures and colors used throughout the space,” suggests Deborah Bass, director of Base Interior. “Sampling on location, in different lights including This is artificial lighting, and at different times of the day.
There is a lot of debate about how to define “neutral” colors. We tend to think of them as tones like white, beige, grey, ivory, and khaki that don’t appear on the color wheel. In general, neutral colors are soothing and easy to use – they work with almost all other colors, but it’s important to consider how pigments are affected by light.
“The light in the room is key to determining whether you want to choose warm or cool tones,” says Ruth Mottershead of Little Greene. There’s a difference between warm neutrals (with a green or yellow undertone), which work well in north-facing rooms where light bounces around, and cool colors (with a bit of pink, violet or blue).
When decorating with neutral colors, texture and layers are essential. Mix warm metallic colors such as copper or bronze and natural wood with linen, velvet, sheepskin and thick knits.
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