3 Interior Designers Share 3 Dream Schemes

In this series, we ask leading interior designers to put together a moodboard of their dream schemes for different rooms in the house. In this instalment, we asked them to tackle the snug – an informal room that should work as well for family game night as it does for watching a movie or cosying up with a glass of wine. Here’s what they came up with…
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Anna Hewitson Says…

“When designing this scheme, I wanted to create a feeling of warmth and comfort, as well as a slight sense of playfulness. A snug is an informal room – somewhere to relax and curl up in, and feel totally at ease. It’s also hugely important to add texture to an interior, which is why I’ve mixed rattan with wood, ceramic and vintage textiles. There’s a certain repetition with the soft lines which is easy on the eye. I deliberately didn’t want to choose anything too jarring or harsh. The sofa from Lorfords is incredibly soft and the slightly more upright chair from Howe is perfect for reading. I love the warm yellow walls, which are complemented by the reds and blues to make the space feel uplifting yet still cosy.”

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Laura Stephens Says…

“Snugs are generally rooms which lack natural light, as they tend to be either in the middle of the house or in a basement. It therefore makes sense to embrace the darkness and create a moodier scheme. However, these often tend to be a bit too masculine, so I wanted to create a cosy look that would appeal to a feminine aesthetic. The wallpaper is very pretty, combining lots of pinks and creams with grounding charcoal. Snugs can be a place to experiment, so I would put this stripy wallpaper on the ceiling to contrast with the little posy design on the main wallpaper. A dusky pink on the woodwork ties  them together. TV units are notoriously ugly, so I would use this great sideboard to store boardgames, and even drinks, and hang a television above it. The dark bronze chandelier and the black and white stripy shades add a little edge, and the quirky lamps stop it looking too twee.”

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Irene Gunter Of Gunter & Co Says…

“When designing a snug, the secret is to strike a careful balance between cosiness, comfort and playfulness. It’s a place for the whole family to gather, to shut the door on the world and relax. That’s why this snug doesn’t take itself too seriously, with a rich mix of materials that are neither too delicate nor too precious. To create depth and interest, we’ve combined playful patterns of varying scales (which is also a great way to hide marks). In addition, by introducing different layers of lighting, the mood can morph from a lively games night to movie night with ease. Side tables in various sizes and a central ottoman provide plenty of surfaces to rest drinks and snacks, while a beautiful hand-spun hemp rug provides practical warmth underfoot.”

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