Graham and Brown: Precious Design

As some of you may know, I’m a Graham and Brown ambassador and have been showcasing their year in design here on the blog for the last few months. Each month we look at a different design element and this time we’re talking about all things Precious.

Precious looks at design that reflects something antique or vintage in the home, and incorporates that into our decor.

Precious trendThis vintage, aged look has been around for a little while but there are lots of ways to keep it up to date, and it doesn’t seem to be waning in popularity.

As you see in the image above, work it with natural materials like exposed wooden floors and rustic, almost industrial looking furniture. Think metals and cage style storage, battered old suitcases and monochrome colour schemes. Of course, adding in some colour will work too.

Colourful preciousBrightening the scheme with pops of rich colour will really bring this scheme to life so don’t be afraid to experiment.

As I love to say, our home is a true reflection of our personality, of our likes and tastes, so we shouldn’t be afraid to really express our inner interior designer and design our homes to suit us. The trend for something precious can be taken quite literally too. What do you have in your home that means everything to you? Maybe it’s an old trinket passed down from grandparents, or perhaps a vintage piece of furniture that belonged to your parents, or maybe it’s something more recent like your children’s school artwork. Whatever it is, however personal it is to you, you need to find a way to display it in your home.

For me, my precious pieces are the photographs on my walls. They bring me deep joy every time I walk past them or look at them from my sofa. They remind me of joyful times, of precious memories and make my home special to me. They mean very little to anyone else, well at least they don’t have the same impact as they do for me, so they’re definitely something deeply personal and precious.

Displaying Precious Images:

One of the first wallpaper’s I covered on Wallpaper Wednesday, when I first started the blog, was the fabulous Frames by Graham and Brown. It’s a paper that I’ve always loved, and recently I saw it on the walls in one of the homes on the LivingEtc House Tour.

Well, it’s been 10 years since Graham and Brown launched that paper and to celebrate, they’ve created a few new designs. I absolutely adores Frames Gold and have a little selection of rolls stashed in storage ready for later in the year when I do up a bedroom into my new office. I thought this would be the perfect paper to have on the office walls, that would allow me to display useful notices, but also any precious pictures that I want to look at whilst I work.

Frames GoldYou can see more of the Frames Gold here on the Graham and Brown website, but I’m convinced it’s going to look wonderful. I’ll be back with it later in September (hopefully) when it’s on the walls. And don’t forget to have a little look around the Graham and Brown website for more of the Precious trend while you’re there.

What do you think of this Precious trend? Does it make you consider what items you have in your home that are precious to you?

Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an interiors writer and blogger and has an insatiable love of home style and decor

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1 Comment

  1. Julia
    July 20, 2015 / 9:25 pm

    I love the precious trend! It reminds me of a throw pillow given to me by my grandmother. She hand sewed it herself, so you can imagine how precious it is to me.

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