It’s hard to recreate the hotel vibe at home, but with the launch of Gleneagles Townhouse, we certainly wanted to try it.The new designer hangout on St Andrew’s Square in Edinburgh is a treasure trove decorating ideas – From luxurious canopies in bedrooms to unconventional mirrors in membership clubs.
Charlie North, the designer behind Gleneagles Interiors and VP of Interiors at Ennismore, and H&G share five keys Interior Design Tips From the most luxurious brand new opening in town. Here’s how to recreate townhouse style anywhere.
1. Place plants to draw attention to the building
“In the 19th and early 20th centuries, palm trees were often used in grand spaces, so we also chose a combination of palm and banana leaf plants to show their scale.
“We strategically place plants to fill gaps in the floor plan, but also vertically. We often use them to frame views and draw attention to other areas. For example, the palms in the centerpiece are what draws your attention to the ornate ceiling Plumbing. I love large plants in the house – especially banana leaf and fiddle leaf figs – as long as they are well cared for. They are not difficult to take care of, but they do love a routine.
2. Make a statement in the bedroom
“The upholstery focuses on modern interpretations of traditional pieces, whether it’s the shape of the furniture or the patterns and colours of the fabrics
“Like the Gleneagles room, colour was important to us, but we used a modern approach and we deliberately removed layers of traditional little patterns from the design at an early stage. We love the canopy, It helps give the bed a grand feel, but no four-poster frame is needed in the room. Again, we’ve used modern fabrics so the canopy doesn’t feel dated or tweed. It reads like a confident statement.
“There are so many styles of curtains and drapes that it’s worth researching and choosing the one that fits your home and ceiling height. I always pull the curtains all the way to the ceiling, regardless of the window position, to make the room feel as high as possible.
3. Flirt with textiles in the dining room
‘Despite Spencer’s size [the restaurant] It is difficult to create effective layouts. Instead of a sea of square tables, a central bench helps ground the space and fill in the void. Restaurant designers were tasked with making sure there were no dumb seats in the house—everyone loves sitting on a bench.
‘Upholstered chairs are a great way to bring upholstery into a dining setting, and I avoid cushions unless the chairs are deep enough to accommodate them comfortably. Don’t forget that textiles can be placed on or off the table. Cloths, runners, placemats and napkins all add layers to your dining experience.
4. Use mirrors to accentuate your space
Decorating with mirrors goes a long way in creating drama. “Mirrored ceilings serve three purposes: During the day, it helps to bounce light into the room, and it really illuminates and enlivens the space by creating reflections. It also helps to give the illusion of a higher ceiling, which at Lamplighters This is especially useful in the planning permission as the height is appropriately restricted. Third, at night we see soft reflections of flickering candlelight, which all adds to the ambience and atmosphere.
“I can’t imagine adding mirrors to the ceiling in my home, but I always use mirrors to increase the sense of space in a room. Just like curtains, I always recommend making mirrors as high as possible to help increase the perceived ceiling height. Mirrors Twice the size of the space indeed. When you look in the mirror, go beyond your reflection and you will see your room from a new angle that you would otherwise not be able to see.
5. Use neutral pigments – then add color through materials
‘Gleneagles Townhouse is a listed building and Spencer has many valuable features which are strictly protected. I’ve never been a big fan of the color of the full height granite columns, especially when they struggle with the strong crimson paint on the existing ceiling. When we introduced dusty pink into the room and lightened the ceiling, the tones complemented perfectly and the columns became beautiful, no doubt, just as they were when they were built.
“Choosing paint colors for your home is never an easy task. I tend to keep neutral colors in rooms with natural light and let the sun create different warm tones at different times of the day/year. Then, you can Introduce multiple shades through textiles and art to add layer and depth to your home.
whether you want your best houseplants or how to balance room color ideas Through textiles and paint – this hotel is the inspiration you’ve been waiting for.
Gleneagles Townhouse (opens in new tab), 39 St Andrew’s Square, Edinburgh EH2 2AD. You can discover more information and book online.