Material considerations

Empty room with concrete floor, wooden ceiling and large window
How do you want your space to feel?

Not just look, but actually feel. Consider these materials in your space…

Concrete

Let’s start at the deep end. Concrete. Are you thinking ‘cold’? In the room below smooth concrete becomes intimate with the warm tones and textures from nature and seems the perfect material for the room.

Wool

From one extreme to the other. Wool. On the floor and as art, modern and soft. Margot Selby uses a seventeenth century technique to ‘weave structures in a new way, creating abstract colour studies with a modernist feel’. Wool, but maybe not as you knew it.

Marble

Another intrinsically hard material, marble has a very distinct feel as a surface. Solid and durable, supportive. Resisting its cold image, marble can be softened by natural companions.

Simply cut in the first image below, the tiles almost seem to glow in places, mirroring the warmth of the wood and copper. In the second image the marble contrasts with the painted wood surfaces, simple walls and accessories and natural flooring, yet there is a mellow companionship there too.

Wood

Such a tactile and grounding material, wood probably already plays a role in your home. Take heart from the image below if you would like to use more of it. My article on ‘Five ways to bring wood inside’ looks at wood in interiors a little more deeply.

Metal

Sleekly polished or purposefully dull, mixed metals can feel so different to the touch but can sit together in perfect harmony. As metals age they may take on a beautiful patina, an important consideration when planning a space with longevity.

Glass

Its beauty lies in its transparency or translucency more than its feel to the touch. Glass. Flat and cool, letting light and sight travel – glass helps bring light, reflection and a feeling of expansion to a space.

Daylight

A natural partner to glass, daylight is an essential ingredient of a space, so it’s included here as a material.  Natural light warms a space making it feel welcoming and relaxing, whilst shade can provide respite and calm. If your space is low on daylight think about making your windows or doors bigger – let the light in.

Space

Okay, so a definite non-material for the final material – in fact the absence of material. Plan space into your design and enjoy room to spread out, practice your habits and breathe… space to grow into.

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It is hard to hold acceptance as possible in the face of brutality. It is hard to hold that every person is 100% worthy in the face of murder, when my first, visceral thought creates abhorrence. 
My second thought is the one I choose: 
I do not now, nor will I ever accept wilful, wasteful, bitter harm to another human. I allow and want myself to be deeply upset and angered by this. 
I accept that this behaviour was a choice made by a human. 
I hold that humans are 100% worthy, regardless of behaviour. 
Accepting someone as they are, with free will to make good or bad choices does not mean I do not hold them accountable for their behaviour. 
It does not mean I agree or condone their behaviour. 
I do not accept or condone brutality or murder. 
I stand against this behaviour. 
I stand for humans. 
All humans. 
I want humans to make better choices.
Happily finished pre-lockdown, my clients get to enjoy their wonderful finished home a LOT now! 
Sneak peek of a recently finished home in Prinsted for hands down the #bestclientsever. This wood floor is brand new but so expertly laid by my favourite @justwoodflooring looks like it is original to the property. 
Complete trust from my clients allowed for some amazing interior details options to open up, like curved corners to the walls (SO worth the effort). All to create a modern ‘old’ home. 
Architect: @helyer_davies 
Architectural Interior Design: @ableandhardie 
Flooring: @justwoodflooring 
Paint: @benjaminmoore 
#thegrangeproject
A bit of a side step from my normal appreciation, but for architecture, and for the love of horses, I couldn’t let this pass. Designed by @matiaszegers, this stable has the maximum daylight pouring in through its cleverly envisaged roof. 
I want to come back as one of these horses...
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