Every now and again the Leoline design team likes to explore the blurred lines that bring together the realms of fashion and interior design. Looks often wing their way off the catwalk and into our homes!


Every now and again the Leoline design team likes to explore the blurred lines that bring together the realms of fashion and interior design. Believe it or not, crossovers do occur, and it’s not rare to see a look wing its way off the catwalk and straight through our front doors! Mid-2016 saw the emergence of a ‘transparent’ look in fashion, so we thought we’d explore what this could mean for our homes.

We know what you’re thinking. Surely combining ‘transparency’ and ‘fashion’ completely negates clothing’s primary purpose: to cover up! However, this is not transparency in an absolute state, rather a shift towards sheer-panelled dresses, coats and accessories. This is an approach that would lend itself to, say, the production of fabrics… you can see where we’re going with this.

A theme that centres around subtlety, an element of guile is required when thinking ‘transparent’, something we’re unaccustomed to when the bold and brash nature of modern society is considered. In practical terms, it’s time for sheer curtains and drapes, introductions that allow for the gradual emergence of light, and indeed life, into a room.

Fully embrace ‘transparent’ ideology through mirrors and reflective surfaces, and spend those pennies on statement items such as daring dining chairs. The form of a Charles Eames piece is admittedly recognisable, but the use of transparent material (check out our showcase shelves, above) puts your space in a category of its own: novel, unique, and above all else discussion-worthy.

An alternative path is to embrace ‘transparent’, but in a slightly reduced form; as we’ve emphasised before, there’s no shame in doing this if it works best for your home. Instead of using fully transparent resources, search for lighter greys and silvers that offer a similar, yet often easier-to-apply, effect. Surfaces are where this tactic works well, Bilbao slate and Chatel marble providing for an excellent foundation from which to build your scheme. Light, airy and welcoming are key underfoot.

We should never underestimate interior design and its power to bring tranquillity to an otherwise hectic lifestyle. The ‘transparent’ trend may have originated on the catwalk, but 2017 will see it hold sway in our homes, clean and clinical while refreshingly minimalistic in approach.