Feeling Distressed

Our homes are getting more and more distressed lately and we seem to like it? What started out a few years ago as a little bit of DIY crafting, with some Annie Sloan paints followed by an application of briwax has now turned into a full blown obsession.

Everything from furniture to wallpaper is now available with a distressed finish. The poster boy for this look is Piet Hein Eek, who brought us his scrapwood furniture designs and wallpaper, which has become widely imitated. Rockett St George and Bodie & Fou have a selection of wallpaper designs by this Dutch master.

If you love this look, widely favoured by photographers and stylists for shoots, you can book into the Rough Luxe Hotel in Kings cross London for the real deal. Each of the beautiful rooms have been left a little time worn and are, in my humble opinion, all the better for it.

For a sneak peek of what’s available for the home in this style take a look at my design board.

  1. Shimla Pendant ~ Decorum lighting
  2. Distressed pots~French Connection
  3. Scrapwood Wallpaper~ AS Creations
  4. Strappy table ~ Loaf
  5. Vintage leather chair ~ Rose & Grey
  6. Shoreditch Chest ~ Rose & Grey

Finally I can’t sign off without telling you about this leggiero white distressed flooring which I found in B&Q the other day. It looks fantastic and is a laminate click and fit flooring so really easy to fit and cheap at £18.00 a metre.



  1. Anonymous 22 March, 2014 / 10:05 am

    Hi Karen,
    Love the look of the Hotel at Kings Cross. Will look out for this when next in London.
    The flooring at B & Q is a real find.

    • Karen Barlow 22 March, 2014 / 1:13 pm

      The floor looks great down, we bought some for a shoot the other week and it's got a really authentic look.

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