Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Rich, Moody and Very Aspirational Trends; INTERIORS with Creative Stylist Claire Hornby in Association With

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Rich, Moody and Very Aspirational Trends; INTERIORS with Creative Stylist Claire Hornby in Association With

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Byline: Claire Hornby

THERE'S nothing more seductive than rich leathers, moody blues and aspirational accessories, which is why the Captain's Club trend is one of my most-loved this season.

This style is all about lavish interiors - the bolder the better - and it's easy to achieve. A fusion of naval elegance and Oxford prep chic, textures like velvet, leather and chrome are key to achieving the look in your home.

The best area for trying the trend is in your dining room. Imagine the captain's table on a yacht, full of fine cuisine and great company - that's the look you want to achieve.

Start with your focal point; my musthave for this is the Axel dining table from British designer Timothy Oulton.

Not only is it incredibly eye-catching, it has a unique story that makes it much more than your average piece.

The Axel range fuses old world with modern industrial thanks to the use of reclaimed wood from Chinese ships and hand-treated metal detailing. Made from material which has weathered years of high seas and storms, each piece has plenty of personality.

Pick luxurious chairs to accompany this table and opt for the traditional setting by placing two statement seats at either end - the Timothy Oulton Scholar chair would be a great fit for this. Who doesn't want to be head of the table? Choose a more subtle, toned-down set of chairs for the other spaces, like the Titus chair from Barker and Stonehouse. Its similar metal detailing matches the Axel table, while the tan buffalo leather seat offers an earthy style.

Now you've got your focal point, work outwards - think wall decor, storage and lighting. For this trend a dark blue wall in a matt sheen would work well.

You don't want anything too glossy, so my paint pick would be the Farrow and Ball's Hague Blue; with grey and teal undertones, this shade says it all.

Blues always look great with wooden tones such as browns and tans so walls in this colour will stylishly complement your furniture. …

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