Cornwall LivingIssue #100

Engaging interiors

Interior designer, Chloe Woods finds novel ways of using sustainable materials to design engaging interiors.

Living by the sea, Chloe is acutely aware of the impact an interior renovation can have on our environment. She is keen to use local suppliers and source sustainable and recyclable materials where possible. Her recent find is a carpet made of plastic waste recovered from the world’s oceans: “You might think a carpet made from recycled fishing nets would be coarse under foot, but it’s actually very soft and durable too.”

We asked Chloe what she loves most about her work: “I enjoy finding inventive ways to make an impact using simple materials.” For example, the feature wall of the hydrotherapy pool at St Michaels Resort in Falmouth is made from projecting frames clad in reclaimed timber and their Garden Kitchen light fitting is a bespoke piece using reclaimed timber, jute covered lighting cables and exposed golden LED light bulbs.

Chloe runs Interior Design evening classes at Truro and Penwith College where she helps people to feel confident about their own interior design choices. Chloe suggests choosing a starting point, whether that’s a piece of furniture, or a fabulous work of art, and building your scheme around it: “Collect inspirational images that work well with your starting piece, then look for common themes to help you settle on a palette of colours, textures and finishes which can inspire your future choices and purchases.” 

She is passionate about the use of colour and advises: “Don’t be afraid – build confidence with paint finishes first, because if you don’t like it you can always paint over it. Alternatively, you can add colour using accessories and soft furnishings which are more cost effective to replace.”

Chloe is also an upholsterer: “I enjoy using techniques that were developed over 200 years ago to extend the life of furniture, it makes good environmental sense too, which is a key aspect of my work in Cornwall.”

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Chloe’s stunning poppy chair will be auctioned for charity later this year. Visit the website to register your details and receive information about the auction.

Chloe Woods Interiors
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