Interior Stylist Hannah Cork Talks Layered Grey
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 ever popular 'Layered Grey' look.
What was the overall feel you wanted to achieve for this room?
The dove grey of the wardrobes really set the tone for the room. Grey is currently such a popular colour in interiors that I wanted to show how a layered room with lots of shades of grey can be so sumptuous and appealing.
How did you apply the grey layered scheme?
I chose a taupe grey sisal carpet from Kersaint Cobb for the flooring. A natural material like sisal gives a rougher edge which is more contemporary than a traditional cut pile carpet, whilst still being cosy underfoot. I chose Farrow & Ball’s Pavilion Grey for the walls which worked really well next to the wardrobe doors themselves. I wanted a snug vibe with an edge so used shutters on the windows, as opposed to curtains or blinds, which are painted in Mid Lead by Little Greene.
How did you stop the room looking bland?
Lots of shades of grey can certainly feel dull and lifeless so I made sure to use an accent colour. A punchy mustard works really well in this scheme, so I introduced it in small accessories such as the throw, vase, cushions and even coffee mug. I was mindful to introduce a range of materials as this gives the space a ‘real’ feel. The dark brown leather armchair and reclaimed metal and wood stool are perfect examples of this. The marble base of the bedside lights and worn wood of the side lamp also helped bring in different textures and materials.
What elements help create this hotel vibe?
Scale is important. I used big bedside lights and side lamps to give a grand sense of purpose. Something small and fiddly would definitely have not achieved the same impact.
A sumptuous bed is always key to a sophisticated bedroom. Don't scrimp on cushions, pillows and bedspreads. Layer the bed up. It doesn't have to look pristine or take ages to make every morning - a slightly dishevelled, untucked bed like this can be achieved in seconds! I used gorgeous charcoal grey bed linen from Soak & Sleep which ties in perfectly with the dark grey lampshades on the bedside tables.
How has the positioning of the wardrobes helped overall?
I love how the wardrobes almost create a divider between the bedroom and seating area behind. You don't need a huge space to achieve this. It’s lovely to have a little area with a chair and natural light from a window. Think how positioning the wardrobes can help configure your room.