Home Interiors Inspired by Scotland
Both tartan and tweed have made a strong return to the catwalk in recent times and where fashion goes home interiors will surely follow. The beautiful colours, patterns and textures of these fabrics are certainly a fabulous starting point if you are interested in a Scottish theme for your rooms. However, there is much more to admire in Scottish culture, nature and interior design and many ways in which the character and style of Scotland can be incorporated into your decorative schemes.
If you are considering creating a Scottish themed room then there is much to consider but happily a little Scottish inspiration lends itself to interiors both traditional and contemporary in feel. Whatever the architectural style of your home or your personal taste, it is easily possible to inject the essence of Scotland into any space.
The Essence of Scotland
The highland theme is very much a celebration of both the regional crafts and the outstanding natural beauty of the area. In Scotland spectacular landscapes abound with pine trees, bracken, heather, stunning wildlife, craggy peaks and the backdrop of dramatic and sometimes threatening skies. Traditional weavers in the Outer Hebrides fashion fine Harris Tweed, there are Merino and Shetland sheep in the fields and pipers are resplendent in their beautiful tartans. Scotland offers a unique combination of rugged nature and colourful displays and that should be reflected in your interior design projects.
The natural tones of the earth, forests, mountains and skies should form the backdrop to your Scottish themed rooms. Soft greys, heathers, greens and neutrals are the perfect choice and these can then be accented by splashes of colour and texture to bring your rooms to life. Tartans and tweeds feature every colour of the rainbow and form the perfect contrasts with the more neutral tones of your walls.
Use paint or wallpaper to colour your walls with the muted and neutral tones of the Scottish landscape. Feature walls with striking patterns also work well and here you can incorporate tartans, checks and natural motifs to add interest, depth and character to your spaces. If you have a period home then the beauty of natural wood panelling is also a wonderful option for your walls.
The Scottish interior reflects the beauty of nature and so natural wood flooring is the obvious choice. The warm tones and texture of the wood bring the great outdoors into your home with the beauty of the forests shining through. For kitchens and bathrooms consider stone floors, particularly Caithness slate. Natural stone has the earthy tones, fabulous texture and rugged feel that you are looking for and fits seamlessly into both classic and contemporary interiors.
Continue your natural theme with beautiful wooden pieces that complement your chosen flooring. Oak and pine are both ideal and provide a wonderful sensory experience with their glorious colour, tactile nature and wonderful scents. Upholstery featuring earthy tones, tweeds, checks and tartan fabrics work brilliantly with your wooden features and celebrates the craftsmanship and heritage of the region.
It is the little details that can truly turn a house into a home and reflect your individuality and flair. Carefully chosen cushions, throws and drapes add accent colour, striking patterns and additional texture to your spaces. Here Harris Tweed, checks and tartans are again ideal and remember that many of these quite strong designs do actually work well together and can be combined for a striking effect. The strong patterns form a stunning contrast with the muted tones of your walls and the texture of the wools bring that magical warmth and a homely ambiance that you will treasure.
Complete your look by incorporating paintings, sculptures and decorative pieces with a Scottish feel. Landscape paintings, wooden sculptures, deer antlers and wildlife studies are wonderful finishing touches that breathe life into your rooms but be careful not to over accessorise and to clutter your home. Scotland is a region of wide open spaces and the glory of nature. There is a sense of simplicity and freedom which should be reflected in your interior designs.
There is so much to appreciate and marvel at in the landscapes, heritage and traditions of Scotland. The natural beauty, wildlife and fabulous fabrics of the region are a wonderful starting point for beautiful interiors in any home. At Amor Cashmere and Tweed our collection features exceptional Scottish home furnishings that can help you to create sensational Scottish inspired rooms in your home today.