This month, I decided to focus on something topical; turns out there’s very little you can do with an egg in luxury interior design, so I’ve gone back a step and looked at how chickens and hens can play a role within our homes. Sounds odd but bear with me.
There’s something very English about hens and so it’s a great option for those wanting something a little more homely and traditional. I’ve looked at fabric, home accessories and artwork to show that you don’t have to go overboard when it comes to bringing the chickens inside.
Cockerel and Spot Fabric
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My first find is the most delightful cockerel print fabric from Vanessa Arbuthnott. Her cockerel and spot fabric comes in four colour ways, making this a good option for a number of rooms and schemes. This kind of chirpy print (excuse the pun) makes for a wonderfully bright Kitchen blind; often it’s the rooms that are the most used that are in need of a shot of colour. Consider what colours and materials you already have in situ; yellow works well in Kitchens as it pairs well with natural stone and terracotta as well as wood and marble or granite. Consider the green for bathrooms or children’s bedrooms- soft enough for natural light to shine in but still brightly coloured and vibrant. The playful nature of this fabric means it works in both a modern and traditional home and when used in smaller quantities (think roller blinds rather than full length curtains) it’s a great fun choice.
The easiest way to incorporate any kind of animal into your home interiors is through art. These chicken prints from Ramsay are part of a set of six; if six is too many then pairs or even individual prints look just as smart. I like these sorts of prints simply framed as a way of dressing up a Hall, Dining Room, Spare Bedroom or Bathroom- the tones will work over patterned wallpaper just as well as over plain walls and you can play around with colours or keep to the monochrome for your desired effect.
Graham and Green
Rusted Wire Hen Basket
Simpler still is some kind of decorative item that can be put pretty much anywhere and I love this wire hen basket for adding a touch of Spring. Pop it on a shelf as an unusual decoration; fill it with eggs on a windowsill or keys in the Hall…the options are quite endless. If you can’t or don’t want to have real hens then this is probably the next best thing.
In keeping with the subtler interior touches, table decoration is always a good way to go when it comes to incorporating trends into your home. These rooster napkins are smart enough to use at the finest of dinner parties but will also bring a rustic touch to the simplest breakfast table or outdoor picnic. Hemstitched cotton with embroidery will pair with any cutlery, crockery or glassware but the rooster decoration adds a fun touch of true British décor.