VIVA Magazine – Bowie Inspired Interiors
About Viva Lifestyle Magazine
VIVA Lifestyle Magazine is an exciting addition to the world of lifestyle. VIVA launched in Manchester and Cheshire in May 2010 and has soon become an established and much sought-after brand. The magazine was voted No.7 in the UK’s top 20 best Lifestyle Magazines in October 2018.
Luci owner and director of Luci Living Design has worked with VIVA as online columnist for a number of years and also writes articles covering design trends, interiors and home decor for the magazine.
VIVA Magazine aims to set the trends others follow. From our online website, social networks and printed publications, VIVA covers the Manchester’s vibrant scene with photos and interviews of all top celebrities, local business, creative and talented people.
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As well as readers picking up the printed publication they can also log on to the online lifestyle website www.vivamanchester.co.uk where the latest and previous magazine is available to read online as well as news updates, competitions, latest features and invites to first class events.
In this article Luci Roper reports on this season’s interior design trends...
Here at VIVA we are Bowie bonkers so in our interiors section we thought what better way to remember the great man than to get creative, break out our inner showman and come up with some fantabulous Bowie-inspired home décor ideas.
We enlisted interior designer, Luci Roper, to take a look at the fashion and pop icon’s influence. There are just so many looks, names and personas it would be impossible to reflect them all so we opted for one of our favourite looks and asked Luci to go full-on Ziggy Stardust. This over-the-top, glam style encompasses plenty to translate into interior design, including; colour, neon, geometrics, psychedelic patterns, metallics, glitter, cool lighting, pop-art and statement accessories. At VIVA we love it all!
Wall décor is the starting point to transform any space and here it has to be orange in our opinion. For other ideas Luci recommends Little Greene’s Retrospectives range which contains authentic seventies colours including a brilliant shade of groovy orange called Marigold.
Luci points out that seventies style has seen a huge revival in recent years. The retro look is nearly as popular today as it was back then and there are plenty of interior design and décor products to choose from. Whenever possible add glitter and sparkle to your life. This mantra fits perfectly with our Ziggy home style. Luci recommends glitterbugwallpaper.co.uk for their fantastic range of reflective wallpapers.
Maybe consider bold monochrome stripes on walls reminiscent of one of our favourite Bowie tour outfits – his black and white bulbous cat-suit by Kansai Yamamoto. Black and white striped Mimi wallpaper by Harlequin hung horizontally fits the bill and will give real impact to your room. Once you have determined your wow-factor wall, Luci suggests you go white, light and bright in the rest of the space to avoid overpowering the design.
No Bowie-esque room is complete without geometrics, zig zag patterns and a lightning bolt or two. A carefully chosen piece of Bowie art, with some printed cushions and maybe a highly patterned rug, will be perfect at this point. For something special why not commission Manchester’s very own acclaimed artist Jay Smith or produce your own tribute piece. Try a trip to Fred Aldous in Manchester’s Northern Quarter to grab the required canvas, brushes, paints and mandatory glitter.
For Bowie super-fans redbubble.com have hundreds of cushion designs to choose from and The Rug Seller, based in Trafford Park, has some groovy colourful chevron rug designs. BHS sells awesome lights in the shape of guitars (because Ziggy played guitar) and lightning bolts both of which come with vintage, circus-style ribbed bulbs.
Add some well-chosen furniture in which to relax and admire your efforts. Go for retro styles, psychedelic patterns and velvet which best reflect the period. If budget is not an issue check out London-based jimmiemartin.com for punchy, unique, glam-rock, designer furniture creations, lighting and homeware.
Finally, accessories always add the final flourish and, with such a kaleidoscope of funky, fun stuff around, there is plenty to go at. Luci’s favourite go-to shop, Home Sense, usually has plenty of these. Don’t set too many limits on your searches and purchases. Weird and wonderful finds, from a variety of sources, will all work well to enhance this style of interior. Most importantly, take your time and evolve the look.
In the words of David Bowie – “I don’t know where I’m going from here but I promise it won’t be boring.”