Swiss Chalet

A property’s location is a great source of inspiration when planning the interior design. Surrounded by picturesque views of snowcapped mountains and evergreens, this was certainly the case when we started working on this chalet in the Swiss Alps.

Much of the design of this Swiss chalet was authentic and original however, the interior was in need of redecoration to reflect modern living. The aim was to create a cosy interior that maintains all of the chalet’s character and charm. We began by knocking through the wall that separated the kitchen and living area on the first floor, creating an integrated space that is full of light. We also installed a window in the wall between the kitchen and hallway, allowing the light to filter through to this darker space.

We retained much of the original pine panelling on the walls and ceilings of the chalet, as well as the terracotta floor tiles on the first floor.

When planning the window treatments, we headed to Chelsea Textiles. Renowned for faithfully re-creating antique hand-embroidered textiles, their flora and fauna designs were the perfect scale for the windows.

We also maintained the original sanitaryware fittings in the property’s bathrooms in homage to the its original interior. We replaced much of the flooring and tiles with a neutral, hexagonal design which works well with the property’s existing fabric and structure.

When selecting the colour palette for the interior, we were mindful to select tones that contrasted slightly with the warmth of the existing pine and the terracotta floor tiles. We used pinky reds, deep green for the stair runner, and a sage hue on the wall downstairs, which brings a slightly retro feel to the design.

The chalet has a large balcony across its upper floors which acts an extra room when the sun is shining. With a selection of pine furniture and cosy throws and cushions arranged beautifully on the comfortable seating, this is the perfect place to enjoy the magnificent views of the Swiss countryside.

Emma Sims-Hilditch