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Liberating the senses with Salon Libertine London

21st June 2019

A couple of weeks ago, we had the honour at Paint the Town Green of listening to Salon Libertine London’s founder, Victoria Hill, talk about how to ‘Uplift the senses in the home’.

The showroom on Allfarthing Lane was ablaze with colour and texture with incredible fabrics falling from the ceiling, paint and wallpaper swatches which adorned the shelves at the front of the showroom and it was with great anticipation that our guests gathered keenly to hear the story behind this new London-based luxury interiors brand.

One of the things we admire the most about Victoria is her instinct. She is not a trained interior designer, which she says plays to her advantage as she doesn’t know the rules. She makes decisions based on raw instinct. With a French mother who used to work for Dior and the V&A, Victoria has grown up surrounded by creativity, fine art and music. Her family home in Provence has greatly influenced her creative decisions and it is her unlimited appreciation for the arts, nature and colour that has driven her to create a home furnishings collection that is designed to evoke feeling. For Victoria, there is a difference in admiring a straight-forward aesthetic and feeling joy when it comes to home decor.

A student previously of History of Art and French, Victoria – after a long and successful career in marketing – returned to her creative roots and founded a bespoke soft furnishings and interior decor company. Some years later, Salon LibertineTM was born following a visit to an immersive Chagall experience in the caves of Les Baux de Provence where huge projections of his work were displayed and animated. Already a lover of the masters of Colourists, Impressionist and Expressive painting as well as emerging Abstract artists from the London art scene, this couldn’t help but inspire and 18 months later ‘Ephémère’ was launched. Six designs celebrating the ephemeral beauty of nature, with timeless elements celebrated in a maximalist style.

Multi-layered and textured, the designs have been painstakingly developed with fine artists in acrylic or gouache, then digitally manipulated into vibrant and stunning fabrics and wallpapers. Victoria describes her own designs as intense with hedonistic plays of colours (inspired by visits to India, Morroco and France) and bold textures or dreamy and ethereal with romantic soothing pastels. And just like original artwork, every design can be styled to work in any environment.

Says Victoria:

“We live and breathe colour and are constantly in awe of how it can transform the mood of a room or a person. We believe that nature’s floral bounty and our skies are quite simply the most beautiful works of art ever imaginable. Our designs reflect the desire to bring the joy that these elements inspire us, into the home.”

As our guests nibbled on delicious chai fusion canapes as the glorious sun poured through our showroom windows, they listened with great interest as Victoria talked about the many different ways you can create an uplifting contemporary or traditional decor scheme, making use of colourful decorative pattern and our very own versatile range of paint colours.

When we first met Salon Libertine and started colour scheming their designs with our paint colours, it was astonishing. The possibilities were endless. Dream On paired up with Nature as Art created a completely different effect to when the very same design was paired with Fisherman’s Blues. It was exciting.

There is no doubt that Salon Libertine designs are evocative. From featuring Gouache painted porcelains styled flowers on canvas to London Winter Sunset which uses loose, rapidly conceived brushstrokes reminiscent to Turner skies through to the heady Perfumes of the Night which captures the essence of the sweetly intoxicating balmy summer evenings in Provence and features, in the Floral edition, Van Gogh inspired peonies and roses, Salon Libertine London certainly do deliver in their mission to evoke feeling.

Our absolute favourite has to be the new colourway, Rococo Pink, for Perfumes of the night, Floral Edition which was inspired no less by our very own signature pink Sweet Caroline.

Backed with a opulent black velvet, it gave what is a seriously romantic design a wonderfully majestic feel. Within the designs there are so many colours that can be picked out. In London Winter Sunset, Victoria zoomed in two of our more intense and intoxicating shades Nicky Haslam’s Agate and Purple Rain. Hazy Shade of Winter complemented beautifully ReverieButterfly, as did Pure and Simple. It’s almost impossible to describe but it was extraordinary how well our paints and Salon Libertine’s designs worked in harmony together. Whether it be a cushion, a wallpapered wall, curtains or complementary furniture – there were so many ways to bring colour and pattern into the home.

 

It was a delightful morning and hopefully our guests left inspired. For more information on Salon Libertine London, please go to www.salonlibertinelondon.com

Salon Libertine cloths are available in British Cotton Velvet, Irish Linen, Heavy Cotton Sateen and Cotton/Silk. Base cloths also include a Irish linen union, a mid-sheen velvet and an outdoor fabric.

Wallpapers come in 10m rolls and 70cm wide with a full pattern repeat of 140cm. For advice on wallpaper hanging or how much wallpaper to order, please contact hello@paintthetowngreen.co.uk and we will be happy to advise.

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