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3 Mar 2017

Celebrating Scottish Design and Decor

A showcase of some of Scotland’s loveliest interiors

Article first published on Houzz

Scottish Contemporary Property Interiors

Kate Burt, Houzz Contributor

From architecturally bold rooms making the most of the rugged scenery outside, to striking city terraces full of contemporary touches and period properties updated in clever ways, Scotland is bursting with exciting interior design. Tour some of the region’s most covetable spaces featured on Houzz, and prepare to be inspired.

Cliff House - Isle of Skye
Photo by Dualchas Architects – Browse contemporary living room photos

Bringing the outside in
As you might expect, jaw-dropping views are quite a theme in our roundup of some of Scotland’s loveliest interior design. Here, in Cliff House on the Isle of Skye, a modern living space is pared back to pay homage to the dramatic scenery beyond the huge windows. I love how the soft, sludgy colours in the textiles and furniture echo the craggy terrain.

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South Crown Street Contemporary Kitchen
photo by Brown + Brown Architects – More Scandinavian kitchen photos

Scandi meets Scottish
Before this Aberdeen house was renovated, it was – in the words of its architect – a ‘monument to 1970s interior décor gone wrong’. The previously dingy interior was transformed with a clean and airy makeover.

Key features of the new look include layers of white (for a softer effect than monotone), plenty of textures to further smudge any hard edges, lots of light-reflective surfaces, and simple, rustic Scandinavian furniture. The floorboards – sanded and treated with white oil – complete the look.

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Hamilton Drive

Classic with a twist
Bold, unusual wallpapers are a recurring feature in this quirky yet sensitive update of a period Glasgow property.

In the living room, there are clever hints of rural Scotland in the décor choices, with the sofa’s mossy greens and the thistle wallpaper nodding to the wild Scottish uplands.

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The Sheiling

A neutral backdrop
The interior of The Sheiling, a stone cottage perched between the Crinan Canal and the sea in Ardrishaig, Argyll, had a pretty good design head start – spectacular views across Loch Gilp to the Isle of Arran.

The architect behind the project opened up the original Victorian villa with vast glass panels to frame the stunning scenery outside. The pale wood floor and neutral walls create a seamless, pale backdrop that lets nature take centre stage. A flash of strong red, in the chairs, provides a striking contrast to the blues outside.

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Grosvenor Crescent

Make it a large one
Many period Edinburgh properties have enormous windows and high ceilings. An architectural luxury – but how do you create an interior scheme that won’t be dwarfed by such drama?

Here’s a perfect example of exactly how to do it: large-scale bespoke fittings (that luxurious kitchen island can certainly hold its own), statement window dressings, giant paintings and pockets of vibrant colour to break up the supersized space.

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A Highland palette
If you crave a hint of Scottish nature in your interior, but baulk at the idea of a thistles and antlers theme, focus instead on your paint choices. A simply decorated, open-plan kitchen is eminently accessible – just hunt for heathery hues with which to paint furniture and highlight design features. A touch of complementary tartan ties it all together – subtly.

Arniston House

Past perfect
Arniston House, on the outskirts of Edinburgh, has been owned by the Dundas family for more than 400 years and the painstakingly preserved interiors celebrate centuries of Scottish history.

The Palladian-style mansion house was designed by Scottish architect William Adam in 1726 for Robert Dundas, the first Lord President – head of the judiciary of Scotland. The designer’s sons, John and Robert Adam, subsequently completed the grand house, which is now open to the public.

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Painted Kitchen

Good wood
There are lots of ways your home can reflect its surroundings – and this welcoming Scottish country kitchen was made using native hardwood sourced from south Ayrshire. The colourful patchwork floor adds to this room’s sense of homespun charm.

Lambs House Pavilion

A colourful nook
In the 17th century, Lamb’s House, in Leith, was a merchant’s home. The building’s unusual renovation features strong colours throughout. It gives the entire interior a creative look, especially in this dinky jewel of a bedroom, bursting with sunshine-y shades.

A decent joiner would be able to build a similar cabin bed; in a period property, careful research will help you to source appropriate architraves and incorporate sensitive decorative details. What a sweet space.

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Retreat from it all
The wild Scottish countryside may excite you, but feeling cocooned from the elements can be just as joyful. The glowing uplights around the freestanding tub in this cosy yet glamorous bathroom help to create a sense of sanctuary, as does the frosted glass window, blurring nature’s rugged edges outside.

Cliff House on the Isle of Skye by Dualchas Architects

Cliff House – Isle of Skye

Now explore some extraordinary Scottish exteriors

Major Scottish Buildings

Key Buildings in Scotland Articles – architectural selection below:

Scottish Buildings

Scottish Croft

Scottish Hydro Arena

Glasgow Theatre
Glasgow Theatre
photo © Adrian Welch

Theatre Royal Glasgow

Website: Glasgow Institute of Architects

Glasgow Building Designs

SECC Glasgow

Burrell Museum

Scotland Street School

Scottish Ballet

Scottish Health Buildings

Scottish National Indoor Arena

Scottish Planning

Scottish Power Headquarters

Scottish Provident

Scottish TV Glasgow

Armadillo Glasgow

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