As easy as ABC

A decorative solution that’s as easy as learning the ABC, designers have taken inspiration from the alphabet this season.

Saturday, 20th September 2014, 5:00 pm
The Alpha Chest, 995GBP, See PA Feature INTERIORS Typographical. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature INTERIORS Typographical.

They’ve lifted the written word from our screens, books and magazines to 
really send the message home.

From inky letters and bold initials, to sharp lines and swirly script, typographic pieces are a great way to bring some contemporary flair to our living space, with endless opportunities for making a statement.

“The eye is drawn to words in a room, so opt for statement pieces which are a chic way to subtly introduce the trend, or go for brights that pop; a really fun way to individualise any corner,” says Ben De Lisi, designer at Debenhams.

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Indeed, communication is a natural part of everyday life, and with texting one of our favourite pastimes and a keyboard always close to hand, lettering and typography is a great way to create a personal and bespoke decorating scheme, with all sorts of imaginative acronyms.

As designer Rory Dobner points out: “Whether it’s spelling the family names with whimsical tiles or hanging prints and pictures with sentimental slogans in a favoured font, the options are limitless and a lot of fun!”

Taking it one step further, lettering doesn’t have to be confined to indoors and can also be used on patios and terraces, with wall hangings such as ‘Don’t Forget’ signs in slate - that way you can even pen additional quick notes to yourself or a loved one. After all, letter-inspired homewares can be decorative, practical and even secretive. And what could be nicer than reading a special hand written message?