A Balancing Act

Colourtrend Interior Design Forum interview with Jackie Carton of Style my Room.

Deep colours and bright lights, sharp edges and plush fabrics—it’s all about bringing opposites into harmony in this sophisticated mid-century inspired sitting room designed by Jackie Carton of Style my Room. By converging colours, textures and materials, Jackie composes a room set that is both relaxing and refined. Inspired by the ocean-like rich blues and greens from Colourtrend’s 2016 palette, Jackie plays with symmetry and organic and man-made forms, finishing the look with subtle aquatic-themed touches. “I’m trying to show that you don’t have to use a lot of a dark colour or a strong colour, you can just use a panel of it, or a small amount of it, and create that visual interest in the room,” Jackie explains.

Contrasting feature panels serve to highlight key pieces while holding their own as attractions themselves. Jackie uses Colourtrend’s soft blue grey Beacon Fog in Matt finish for the main walls to set the atmosphere, which keeps the room from becoming too dark. On the feature panel behind the sofa, she chooses Colourtrend’s deep turquoise Petrol in a gloss finish, and the other panel is painted in Colourtrend’s rich grey blue Mussel to highlight her bespoke asymmetrical concrete fireplace created by Concar Designs. Jackie designed and commissioned both the fireplace and the coffee table specifically for this room set: “I was inspired by the fact we’ve so many different sorts of suppliers and tradesmen that can make so many different things and I wanted to…showcase all those in one room that described all their skills at once.”

When designing your own sitting room, Jackie advises us on the benefits of working with an interior designer: “You can have something really different if you have a designer’s involvemen. We have the backup people behind us to make something really unusual.”  This room set is definitely proof of that!

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