Photo Gallery: NH Design Interiors
See rooms that wow.
A breathtaking spiral staircase and arched passageways evoke centuries past.
“Believe it or not, this is a ‘new build’ in the English countryside,” says Nicky Haslam, principal and founder of NH Design. “We really pride ourselves on looking ‘settled’, which takes some doing. In designing classical spaces, I think its important not to make things too symmetrical. Allow a few quirks — architect William Kent certainly always did.”
How to make an entrance.
"This striking doorway is really my homage to Dorothy Draper," Nicky, who is pictured here, explains. "While all the plasterwork is bespoke, it is always worth considering painting doors in black and white, which is easily done."
A boldly striped floor adds impact.
“This is a great example of using architectural language to maintain a hierarchy of spaces,” says Nicky Haslam, principal and founder of NH Design. “The double doors leading into the salon are grander, and black and white, while the secondary doors have less detail, and are simply white. This is a wonderfully simple space that still manages to be glamorous.”
Mirrors add sparkle and visually expand the space.
Contrasting custom cabinets, a faux-bois carpet and animal-print chairs offer style and texture in this room. “Remembering to treat your ceilings is important, too,” advises Nicky Haslam, prinicipal and founder of NH Design. “Here, we painted the ceiling cyan blue lacquer which, contrary to popular belief, can really lift the space. It prevented this interior from being too monochromatic.”
Shapely sofas and tall drapes strike a grand yet relaxed note in this lounge area.
“This is a recent project in Monte Carlo showing a very lighthearted approach that suits the client and locale,” says Nicky Haslam, principal and founder of NH Design. “The point here is to really tailor your interiors to suit your lifestyle, entertaining habits, and your looks! After all, the important thing is to that your interiors should make you look beautiful and my client certainly looks ravishing in these shades of tobacco.”
Gilded mouldings and a golden chandelier offer warmth and sparkle.
“This quietly grand interior may seem more classically inspired than some of our other work, and it is,” says Nicky Haslam, principal and founder of NH Design. “When it suits the clients’ needs it is important to exercise restraint, and yet there are still layers and unexpected furniture placements here if you look closely. Note how the furniture has been split into two separate seating areas, for example. This can be charming, even in smaller living rooms.”
A green settee, patterned wallpaper and quirky mismatched lamps add personality.
“This vignette is the corner of a garden room in the south of France,” says Nicky Haslam, principal and founder of NH Design. “It’s a good illustration of my frequent suggestion to paint lampshades pink. I often do the inside of the shades pink, but as you can see here, pink outsides are wonderful, too.”
Romantic floral fabrics, ornate mirrors and French doors contrast with a bold Picasso painting.
“This is the quintessential country in the city expression — a dream really,” says Nicky Haslam, principal and founder of NH Design. “The wall colour is particularly good, it’s a bit old white, a bit lavender, a bit griege — one of those hard to describe metamorphic paint colours that don’t dominate, but are uplifting.”
An ornate mantel, antique sconces and an ombre wall treatment give this room an antiquated feel.
"I love the grand tour feel of this room — very undone and lots of interesting objects," says Nicky. "Also, it's a nice idea to use a table and chairs behind a sofa rather than a console."
Opulent wallpaper and a spectacular chandelier dominate this space.
“This room has recently been included in ‘America’s Finest Rooms,’ which was flattering,” says Nicky Haslam, principal and founder of NH Design. “The mix of colours, patterns and antiqued gold was an enormous success and the lesson here is not to stop short of mixing a lot of patterns.”