Most of us dream of getting away for some sun at this time of year, but renowned interior expert Will Taylor has recreated Mediterranean style in his urban home.
Ask Will to describe his home decor and his answer is unhesitating: sea-inspired style with a touch of sunshine.
“I’m often at my happiest by the ocean with salty, windswept hair, barefoot, with sand between my toes, and nothing to crowd my mind beyond the endless roll call of blue hues.
“I like to use these dreamy experiences and blue pool tones to inform the decor of my own interior space,” explains the author of the gloriously illustrated Dream Decor: Styling a Cool, Creative and Comfortable Home, Wherever You Live.
The book opens the door to beautiful spaces throughout the world, as well as his own home.
Taylor’s design ethos certainly explains why his apartment is more evocative of a Mediterranean sunspot than its actual urban London setting. Brilliant white walls are the perfect backdrop for cheerful splashes of colour provided by collections of framed prints, and there’s an array of vivid accessories, from lamps to vases.
“Blue and white is one of my absolute favourite colour combinations and nowhere is it more crisp and vital than in the jewel-bright setting between the Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea,” he enthuses.
“Combining these shades in varying degrees of intensity is often a winner for decor, whether a deep and cocooning indigo, or refreshing sky blue.
“Also, when I’m working on a scheme, I always try to bring a touch of sunshine to each room with an injection of yellow.
“I believe no matter where you live, your home should be cool, creative and comfortable. It’s lovely to experiment and have fun.”