22nd May 2017 Your complete guide to brutalist interiors

Taking the rough with the smooth!

If brutalist architecture hit hard in a post war Britain, and our fondness of the stark, bold and even ugly interiors is again on the rise, could a parallel be drawn between hardy interiors and periods of unrest? 

Don’t get confused, this is not the new shabby chic! Brutalist interiors are not in the business of gentrifying rundown suburbs, they want to shock. The style is purposely gritty, incorporating concrete, steel and sculpted metals. It’s a scene from the nightclubs of 1980s Berlin or perhaps the newer Jam Hotel, found in the  capital of Belgium.

Amongst a row of grand townhouses, sits the Jam Hotel. A hotel designed by inspired austerity. Bare brick walls framed by concrete sewer pipes, slightly softened by the addition of wicker seating with fluffy rugs.

JAM is not the only hotel to succumb to the rising trend of brutalism, as establishments across the world creating stark interiors with instant instagrammable appeal! And as the trend grows, we ask how we can bring elements of the style into our living spaces, without recreating the post apocalyptic atmosphere of an average NCP car park.

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Concrete Evidence

Design junkies may be ready to completely commit to concrete, however others may prefer to tread more carefully and add more subtle accents! Here are some top tips!

Once simply regarded as a cheap building material, concrete is now a very cool contender for kitchen work surfaces. A hard wearing product, which develops a natural patina over time. The pared back lends itself to large kitchens with centre islands, smaller kitchens can nod to the trend with concrete dining tables. Soften the look with warm coppery accessories.

Over in Brecon Beacons South Wales, Laura, also know as Loops spends her time curating fabulous accessories for your home. A business born out of passion for stylish interiors, Loop The Loop certainly have some fabulous finds. And if you are looking for accessories to pair with stark interiors, Loop The Loop have a section of their webpage dedicated to industrial interiors

Traditionally an outside material, you may feel reluctant to bring it indoors, so don’t! Concrete outdoor loungers, seating areas and fire pits are low maintenance outdoor furniture options, crazily cool and no concerns about weathering.

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Colour Carefully

Brutalist interiors don’t allow themselves to suddenly burst out with colour, the style has a concrete love for palettes of silver, grey and platinum. The purpose absence of colour, enables texture to take centre stage. For those embracing the trend but wanting a softer look overall, warm brass or gold accents are in keeping with the movement.

Welcome to Feather and Nest! You know you have found the right shop to assist you in your pursuit of all things brutal when you visit their bricks and mortar store in Oxfordshire. Perfect treasure trove of products, flanked with bare industrial walls.

Check out this instantly eye catching juxtaposition of warm brass against the steely grey backdrop

Lights Up

Creating the perfect lighting for an interior inspired by the eccentricities of a disused warehouse, can be challenging. In true keeping with the concept, authentic factory lights are vital for completing the look. Check out these lamps and lanterns from the wonderful Mayfly Vintage.

Mayfly Vintage is an online retailer based in Hampshire. Each and every item has been carefully curated and unlike other retailers, Mayfly products are authentic.

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More Metal

We have celebrated metal in collaboration with other brutalist materials, but it also worth mentioning as a stand alone concept. In a movement that sometimes masquerades as industrial chic, there is always room for decoration…largely with metal. 

The brutalist movement challenges our entire notion of interior design. Exposed elements, blocky forms and a fondness for geometric shapes. It challenges us not to strive for perfection, but to rethink our concept of imperfection and the beauty it can offer. It’s hardwearing, tough and withstands all the tests of time!

Elisabeth x

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