While furniture may seem the most important aspect when designing a space, HGTV host and interior designer Breegan Jane says you should never underestimate the power of pieces that help set the scene, such as lighting, wall coverings and fabrics.
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“If a room’s design was an orchestra, lighting would be the conductor of the space,” she said. “It determines the mood, the tones and hues, and so much more about how people visually take in the interior. That’s the transformative power of lighting.
“And people are looking to personalize spaces more, and wallpaper can bring in that stylish but sophisticated flair that makes a statement and adds a special touch to a home space.”
That thinking fueled the creative process behind Jane’s new lighting collection for Savoy House and her new fabric and wallpaper line for Clarke & Clarke.
Jane’s lighting collection made its debut last month at the Lightovation International Lighting Show in Dallas. The 35-piece line includes chandeliers, pendants and sconces inspired by Jane’s global travels.
One of Breegan Jane’s new lights from Savoy House.
“Ibiza, Spain, is my favorite place on Earth to travel, so much of the collection draws inspiration from the Mediterranean region,” she said. “The colors and textures there have a relaxed-but-luxurious appeal, and I wanted to infuse that into the lighting design.”
The collection features a mix of materials and finishes, including brass and hand-painted options.
“The frosted glass feathers on the Boa fixture present a classic Hollywood panache that I love,” Jane said. “The Lio is a quintessential Breegan Jane light — its metallic, warm brass sheen screams ‘modern luxury,’ and the cylindrical shapes have such a universal appeal.”
Jane said she and the Savoy House team were also able to modify some of their manufacturing locations, which made it possible for her to work with some unexpected natural materials to elevate the pieces.
“We discovered new materials like raw coconut that we could infuse into the design,” she said. “The intricate elements such as the leaves on the Grecian and the feather pieces on the Boa are perfect examples of how using innovative materials and manufacturing practices really can create art.”
Natural materials figure prominently in Jane’s fabric and wallpaper line, as well. The collection —which launched Thursday at Kravet stores nationwide and includes eight wallpapers and 10 fabric designs — was made with environmentally friendly materials and processes. The wallpaper, for instance, is printed on sustainably sourced, FSC-certified substrates.
Designs from Breegan Jane’s new textiles collection with Clarke & Clarke.
“It is imperative that the interior and home design industries reduce our environmental footprint and provide sustainable options for our clients,” Jane said. “I wanted this line to reflect my respect for planet Earth, as well as my commitment to preserve the land and do all I can to leave the world much better than I found it.”
That respect for nature along with Jane’s love of travel lent inspiration to the Clarke & Clarke line, which is filled with bold botanicals, watery abstracts and classic animal prints, along with solids and textural looks.
“I invoked the mental images and emotional affinity of my favorite places to visit,” she said. “The colors and textures will allow people to bring a bit of Ibiza, Africa, Venice Beach and so much more to their homes.”
Jane sees the wallpapers and fabrics working together in spaces, with patterns and colors made for layering and mixing.
“Throughout the collection there are bold and muted colors and patterns that complement each other,” she said. “That said, a bold wallpaper would work well with a softer, more subtle fabric in the same space.”
Jane — who most recently hosted the HGTV Dream Home 2024 special — said that she designed both her Savoy House lighting and Clarke & Clarke wallpaper and textile collections to offer enough variety to fit almost any home. But she hopes consumers will have a little fun with the bolder options in the lines.
“Going bolder is also a fun way to introduce artistry into home design, and that is definitely having a moment as homeowners look to do different things with their interior decor,” she said. “You’ll see some brilliant showstoppers as well as some muted but sophisticated selections perfect for any ambiance you want to create.”
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