A Q&A with Q Interiors, the designers behind our latest show home, The Elder

  • The Elder Living Room

Our first show home of the year has launched - in our 3 bedroom Elder house style at Meadow View, Houghton-le-Spring. We asked Q Interiors to tell us more about the scheme behind its stunning design and how you can achieve that desirable show home look in your new home.

• Is there a particular trend and/or designer you were influenced by for this show home?
At Q Interiors we work closely to the brief and visualised this home for a young professional couple, or a couple with a young family. Therefore clean lines and modern, contemporary furniture were chosen. Neutral colours are still trending but using textured wallpapers and fabrics gives depth and interest to a room, with carefully chosen accessories.

• What made you choose this look?
We are all spending more time at home at present and calm colours are key; a soft pallet of greys, blues and warm taupes gives a cosy feel without feeling cluttered. Tactile cushions and throws soften the look.

• Where do you look for inspiration when designing a show home?
We work closely with our suppliers and strive to find interesting and original pieces. Instagram and trade shows are a great source of inspiration as well as brainstorming within our design team!

• Are there any style rules you follow when designing a show home?
We consider the floor space and the rooms must ‘flow’ with the use of furniture and the colour scheme. Sofas and chairs in the lounge need to seat as many people as possible without being oversized and a dining table and chairs in the kitchen or family room is ideal for family meals and entertaining. Bedrooms need storage, and a well dressed bed and headboard will give the wow factor. Lighting creates an ambience, ceiling lights need to be bright enough to light the whole room and table lamps give a softer light, ideal for the evening.

• What would you say are the key interior trends this Winter? (In terms of colourway/fabrics/furniture design)
Key trends for this Winter are neutral tones - creams, greys and taupes with an accent colour of slate blue or charcoal. Fabrics are cosy and tactile with detail, for example fringing around a cushion or a panelled headboard to add interest. Furniture is a mix of wood, metal and glass with a metal inlay.

• Are there any trends you are excited for this Spring?
Neutrals remain a strong favourite, but with stronger accent colours. Dark wood grain with brass and softer shaped sofas are giving a more relaxed living space. Ceramics can be seen in lamp bases and accessories which gives an Artisan feel, and a strong splash of colour in artwork can lift the space.

• What are your top tips for creating an ‘Instagram-able’ home?
Carefully chosen pieces grouped together, textural wallpaper and fabrics, and simple but well made soft furnishings. Create a warm, inviting feel using wood, metal and glass.

For further information on The Elder or our Meadow View development, click here.