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Lisa Lalaounis, Senior Interior Designer, Shares Equestrian Design Tips:

Equestrian design encompasses a wide range of styles, from traditional to modern, and incorporates elements that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Whether you are looking to create a stylish equestrian-inspired room or design a horse barn, here are some design tips to consider:

1. Blend Equestrian & Luxury:

– For equestrian-inspired interior design, consider blending equestrian elements with luxury accents. This could mean incorporating plush fabrics, rich colors, and elegant finishes into the space.

2. Consider Equestrian Colors:

   – Draw inspiration from the equestrian world when selecting a color palette. Classic colors such as deep browns, rich greens, and warm neutrals can evoke the feeling of a traditional equestrian setting.

4. Use Equestrian Art and Photography:

– Incorporate equestrian-themed art and photography into your design to capture the essence of the equestrian lifestyle. This could include paintings of horses, vintage equestrian prints, or photography of equestrian events.-

-Include elements of various equestrian disciplines into your design. For example, showcase vintage riding helmets, trophies, or ribbons to celebrate the equestrian sporting heritage.

5. Create Outdoor Equestrian Spaces:

   – When designing outdoor spaces for equestrian use, consider natural landscaping, fencing, and practical layout for riding rings and turnout areas.
   – Integrate seating areas and observation points to allow for a comfortable and enjoyable experience for spectators.

3. Embrace Classic Equestrian Aesthetics:

   – Incorporate elements such as leather, brass, and wood to capture the classic equestrian style.
   – Look for vintage riding gear, such as saddles, bridles, and stirrups, to use as decorative pieces or functional accents.

7. Create a Horse-Friendly Environment:

   – When designing a space for equestrian use, prioritize functionality. This could include efficient storage for tack, grooming supplies, and feed, as well as easy access to outdoor riding areas.


   – Choose durable materials that can withstand the wear and tear of equestrian activities, such as rubber flooring in stables or mudroom areas.

6. Focus on Functionality:

   – When designing a space for equestrian use, prioritize functionality. This could include efficient storage for tack, grooming supplies, and feed, as well as easy access to outdoor riding areas.

– Choose durable materials that can withstand the wear and tear of equestrian activities, such as rubber flooring in stables or mudroom areas.

Equestrian design can be both stylish and functional, capturing the spirit of horsemanship while creating beautiful and practical spaces for both owner and horses. Whether you’re designing a home or a stable these tips can help you achieve a stylish and authentic equestrian design.

Q & A with Architect Annie Carruthers

With over 30 Years of experience in equestrian design, architect Annie Carruthers is an expert in her field. Annie designs equestrian homes, showgrounds, and communities and has a close working relationship with The Decorators Unlimited.

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