Meet the stylish Italian Interior designer - Leila Rossi

With her extraordinary eye for style, Leila Rossi, mixes mostly neutral spaces with carefully selected pops of color. Her classic-meets-modern aesthetic characterises her interiors, which are recognised through their understated elegance of classic and timeless global chic design.

 

Leila Rossi interior design
 
 

What is your background?

Prior to Singapore, I have lived in Italy, Paris, London and Dubai. My aesthetic influences go back to when I was a little girl. My mother used beautiful fabrics to create dresses as well as being surrounded by my Father's passion for collectable antique pieces. I was also introduced to art via my aunt, who was a painter in Italy.

I gained my PhD in Literature and Masters in Marketing between Italy, Paris and London. My career changed when I gained professional training and recognition in Interior Design at the KLC School of Design in Chelsea, London.

 
 
 

Do you have a design muse?

I am not sure I can identify a major influence. My design style draws from my multicultural background, having lived in so many different places - different not only geographically but also culturally. I have always admired British Interior designer Helen Green for her luxurious and liveable spaces; Candy and Candy for their pursuit of perfection and extreme attention to detail; Norwegian designer Helene Hennie as well as American Victoria Hagan.


Helen Green

Victoria Hagan
 
 

Do you favour Italian products for your projects?

In my projects you can certainly perceive my Italian legacy, both in the furniture & design pieces, along with the fabrics. I select both to create upholstery items and soft accessories. Each project evokes different emotions and design choices, which is why I don't limit myself to choosing only Italian furniture and fabrics.

I source pieces from around the world according to how my clients live and the items required for their spaces. For me it is always important to create balance. I certainly have my style - A love of open, well-lit, airy spaces and I try to bring as much of the exterior into the house as possible.

 
 
 

"I like my clients to be happy with their own homes and feel they are in their own sanctuary. I strive to deliver a harmony of signature design work, tailored to personal tastes."

 

Favourite Interior stores?

For inspiration my go-to stores are ABC New York, Flamant Belgium & Liberty London. In addition, all the boutique furniture and decoration stores along the Kings Road, London and the Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, Pentreath & Hall, Bloomsbury, Tom Dixon, Atelier Abigail Ahern, Islington.


Atelier Abigail Ahern

Flamant
 

In Milan, Son Milano for furniture and design accessories, Poltrona Frau and Bottega Veneta.

In Paris Decour Decoration, Veronese, Astier de Villatte, Caravane Chambre 19, Merci, Galerie Triff, Le 2 Mille Feuille. I could continue, but I better stop here!

 

Favourite social media& bloggers that you follow ?

Apartment Therapy, Architectural Digest, Remodelista, Habitually Chic, Harper’s Bazar, Vogue and Prada.

 

What is one piece of advice for every home?

I suggest not to overlook how you light your home. Light plays a big part in the aesthetic of a room and can be used in very creative ways to set moods throughout the day and infuse a space with a particular atmosphere.

 

Do you prefer neutral or colour?

I prefer working with neutrals and add accent colours and use different textures to create a balance between large and small items. I also use textures and accent colours to create contrast and give the room character. The right combination can elevate your mood or inspire a beautiful calm.

 

Pop of colour for 2016

Worldwide colour authority , Pantone, has made its influential Colour of the Year prediction for the months ahead, with Rose Quartz and Serenity being chosen as the favoured shades for 2016.

 

I can certainly see shades of Rose Quartz and Serenity lending an ethereal feel to a bathroom, a sense of calmness in kids bedrooms, fluidity and balance in a living room. Rose Quartz has certainly more of a feminine note which can be used to counterbalance greys. Serenity is more masculine and could be used in combination with Rose Quartz or providing contrasting borders and piping for statement accessories. Cottons and linens work perfectly in these colours to introduce a luxurious touch.

 

What are some easy ways to add some glamour to the home?

For year-round touches of glamour you can invest in an elegant chandelier - it will make your room immediately more ornate - or change your window treatments- for a dramatic effect make sure your new curtains will drape on the floor.

 
 

If you don't want to go as far as changing the curtains, you might consider just upgrading the curtain hooks, or adding a gold sash to the top of your curtains for a glamorous touch.

For a more seasonal choice, a more glamorous look can be achieved by displaying pillows in elegant textures and fabrics as well as layering your coffee table, table, sideboard etc, with candles, golden accessories.

 
 
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