Create The Look With Hannah Cork: Charcoal Eclectic

Hannah Cork is an Interior Stylist for commercial shoots, incorporating stills and moving image. Her work, known for its strong lifestyle edge, can be seen across look books, brochures, brand campaigns, online adverts and press events.

Hannah styled the most recent photo shoot for Sharps and explains how she created the 'Charcoal Eclectic' look.

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What was your inspiration for this room?
I was excited to put dark wardrobes in a dark interior. #thedarkside is such a strong inspirational look that has been sweeping Instagram and Pinterest, all started by British interior designer Abigail Ahern a few years ago. Think moody, rich and opulent, but with a eclectic edge. Don’t be afraid to really go for it! It’s very anti minimalist and not remotely clean but feels so atmospheric and inviting.

What elements were essential to achieve this look?
The dark grey paint on the walls is key. It creates a cosy cocooning environment. I used Night Jewels 3 by Dulux, which is a perfect charcoal shade that I've used on lots of projects. All the colours in the room then jump out from this backdrop. Add to that the rich velvet button back headboard in berry fabric, made by Sharps, and gold accents in the bedside lights and pendant which add some luxury.

How do you stop a room like this looking naff?
It’s important to mix textures and fabrics. I've used velvet, fur and leather in this room, all creating contrast against the wooden floor. Don't stick to one fabric - If the bed was solely dressed in silk or velvet for example, then it would look cliched. Mix it up in a considered way.

I've also incorporated some design classics - the Saarinen pedestal table in background, and battered mid century armchair, all help give the room a timeless feel. Avoid buying everything brand new!

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