livingExclusive Inspiration: Old Kent Road

o. 35 – July, 2012

Old Kent Road

With the London Olympics just around the corner, we take a little inspiration from the London that was. We look back to the industrial, wartime 40’s, an important decade that fostered a host of different styles, décors and techniques of design.

This unique style of décor is about contrasting an austere, industrial look - think recycled wood, metal furniture and rough canvas fabrics - with that quintessentially British ‘homely’ feel, think grandma’s fine china, antique cutlery… the familiar and the cosy.

The result is a timeworn yet timeless décor with a deep sense of pride and history. As a style it is incredibly accessible, and its versatile elements allow it to be integrated into a variety of interior spaces. Scroll the gallery for some inspiring tips on incorporating a little ‘Old Kent Road’ into your home, or shop our curated range of homewares inspired by this meaningful era.

written by Camilla Wagstaff

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    British wartime décor inspires a contrast between the austere and functional and the vintage and homely, creating eclectic spaces brimming with a timeworn elegance.

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    In this dining space, mismatched chairs crafted from recycled woods and metals compliment the rough timber floors. The look in finished off with charming accessories and a vase of yellow blossoms.

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    This style embraces the vintage and the homemade, as is reflected by this gorgeous sewing nook framed by exposed timber beams.

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    You want to avoid matching too many elements in the room – furniture and accessories should look as if they have been collected through generations.

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    Don’t be afraid to feature the unexpected, like an old trophy cup filled with English roses or an antique clock propped up against the wall.

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    It often comes down to those small finishing touches to truly capture the essence of this style; think brass cutlery, dainty teapots and vintage style milk jugs.

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    Set that raw industrial look against something far more delicate to create fantastic contrasts. A start wall area has been brought to life by this antique shelf painted a wonderful robin’s egg blue.

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    In this bathroom, a vintage style sink and tap set become a stunning feature when set against the lightly stripped cream wood panels.

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    If you’re looking to add just a touch of ‘Old Kent Road’ to your interior space, simply opt for this beautiful shade of British blue in a paint, a printed wallpaper or an accent fabric.

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