Bright Ideas from Brighton

By June 28, 2019 Interior Design

Jo lives in Brighton (Hove actually…) – an inspiring space filled with creative people, bright colours, and natural beauty. Three interior design ideas inspired by the seaside city:

Maximalism – Pavilion style

The Brighton Pavilion is an extraordinary example of exuberant maximalism. Every surface is covered in gold, dragons, trompe-l’oeil or luscious fabric – and the result is breathtaking (In a good way). This style is perhaps a little much for a Victorian terrace, but sumptuous wallpaper & gold fittings in a small cloakroom, a surprising ceiling in a study, or a glamourous hidden bar cabinet for just a hint of it! We’re assuming @houseofhackney and @jonathanadler have visited…

from L-R: Brighton Pavilion Saloon room / An opulent cloakroom / Bright cupboard

A Brighton colour palette

Sea-inspired interior design needn’t be nautical (see our tips on achieving tasteful coastal style here). The changing colours of the sea combined with warm earth tones inspired by the Brighton beach and surrounding chalky South Downs makes for a serene, welcoming colour palette for a home. Try these palettes;

https://www.littlegreene.com/brighton with Slaked Lime & Celestial Blue with Terracotta & Ochre accessories for a calm bedroom palette inspired by the pebble beach and summery-green sea.

https://www.farrow-ball.com/paint-colours/inchyra-blue with Manor House grey and Pavillion grey for a rich scheme for a lounge using the deep tones of the winter sea

https://www.edwardbulmerpaint.co.uk/colours/tea-green and complementary Quaker & Eau de Mie for a comforting palette derived from the colours of the South Downs.

The colours of Brighton & surrounding Sussex make a serene, welcoming colour palette

Local Design

I have really noticed the clear sense of local identity since moving to Brighton, and love browsing the local boutiques and workshops, looking at the creativity on display.

Pop to the corner of Tidy Street in North Laine to visit Dowse for a beautiful range of carefully curated homewares from individual makers, Tidy Print for screen-printed art and textiles, and Lucy & Yak for ethically made clothing.

Choose a few key pieces of art, furniture or accessories from local artists (try https://www.instagram.com/brightonphotographygallery/ for stunning photographs or https://www.instagram.com/mapsanddiagrams/ for map-based art) or designer-makers (https://www.shivtextiles.co.uk for lovely soft furnishings… or to learn how to weave your own). This is a brilliant way to personalise the look of your Brighton home.

In London (where many of the studios are more tucked away than in Brighton) visit design fairs to do this – London Design Week in September is a great place to start.

If you’d like advice on designing a beautiful interior for your Brighton (or Hove…) home, get in touch.