Sofie Nordstrom shares her secrets on how to create a cosy yet contemporary home Steer clear of white walls. Instead, paint them grey – ensure the undertone is not too yellow. You need just enough to add warmth. Don’t over-fill your home with furniture a few well-chosen pieces will feel more modern. Inject rich colours into your scheme in the form of accessories, such as curtains, cushions and throws, rather than on the walls and floors.
Avoid overly polished, hard surfaces, such as marble or stone. White wooden floors are contemporary, but create a comfortable aesthetic. Choose intimate lighting. Opt for warm yellow light sources – including atmospheric candles -rather than harsh, cool overhead lights. 03
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GO FOR GOLD
Porada’s ‘Eolo’ pendants feature lightning-like gold veins, which dramatically slice through turned Calacatta and Portoro marble, creating a spectacular sight to behold before they’re even switched on. From £786 (porada.it).
The Victoria & Albert Museum has collaborated with John Lewis to produce a series of decorative pieces that capture its creative spirit. The ‘Paxton’ cloche table lamp references the majestic dome of the Great Exhibition’s Crystal Palace (the profits of which helped to fund the creation of the V&A) and the architect, Sir Joseph Paxton, who designed it. £135 (johnlewis.com).
Simon Terry, managing director at Anglepoise Lighting is the essential ingredient that can make surfaces and materials come alive. Layering light creates areas of visual focus and rhythm that mirror the surrounding environment.
THE MODERN CANDLE
It may be inspired by Victorian chambersticks, but Buster + Punch’s ‘Stoned’lamp couldn’t be more up to date, with the most modern of LED bulbs attached to a segment of white marble. £295, Harrods (harrods.com).
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