EXG OCT 16 home style Jon Pilling, the design director at Abode Interiors, explains how he went about designing the Mulberry show home at St Luke’s Park development in Runwell, with his inspiration coming from the themes of modern family life.
When I started this project, the brief was to create a ‘real’ family home with a space that people can relate to and easily imagine themselves living in. It was important for it not to feel like a show home, so to achieve this and create a coherent design, every room needed to accurately reflect those who would be using it.
We had to focus on the type of person who’d be likely to buy a house in St Luke’s Park, their family, their tastes and how they live. Creating the style of interiors that would appeal to such a buyer, we took inspiration from the local area, visiting the site and the surrounding spaces.
Runwell is an upmarket, tranquil and rural location, which still has easy access to neighbouring towns and transport connections, while the house itself is a traditional, large family home. Inspired by this, we chose to use navy, as an accent colour against calming neutral greys and ivories. Navy is a very relevant colour at the moment, however by keeping this to the accessories, it can easily be changed in the future.
The kitchen is the heart of any family home, where everyone naturally congregates. The open-plan kitchen/dining/family room is impressively large, with a huge amount of natural light from the double doors leading to the garden, full-height windows and skylights. Just like windows, mirrors add depth and light to a room. This multipurpose room needed to be a practical space, and by choosing the furniture and layout carefully, we created separate areas which would encourage and enable the whole family to spend quality time together.