These design tips explain how subtle washes of colour and comforting textures bring a sense of calm throughout the seasons.
Keep it simple. Create a calmness and simplicity by keeping the colour palette clean and clear. The key is layering cream and white, then adding pinks and metallics to add interest. I always like a sense of calm in a bedroom and this colour theme creates the mood.
Mix your textures. Combining materials and tones adds a sense of warmth. On rugs, cushions and throw, pairs linens with luxurious texures such as wool and faux fure. Keep accessories simple to settle the aesthetic and find the right balane between too many and not enough – it’s always good to start with a number of items and the pare them back.
Make it trans-seasonal. The bedroom can be the perfect year-round room – cool and relaxing in summer but easy to warm up in winter. This is as simple as adding wintry essentials – such as woollen cushions and throws – in warmer textures and richer tones like deep chocolate browns.
Article appeared in Yours magazine, February 19 2015.
How to decorate with cane.
Create a laid-back oasis with these tips from Penny Dunn, interior consultant and buyer for The Orient Express.
Create a natural palette on walls and floors. Use timber flooring or a feature wall in a darker colour as the hero. The space won’t seem sparse – wooden furniture, especially cane, adds warmth and character.
Keep it personal. The beauty of this palette is that it works well with a blend of new and old furniture. To add colour, change your cushions, rugs or curtains.
Pay attention to the details. Unusual cases or vessels, wooden bowls or baskets filled with treasures, wooden candle holders and a stack of colourful coffee table books for personality are all must-have items. Frame artwork in white to modernise the feel.
Think seasonally. Cane is perfect for summer. For a cosy feel in winter, add a textured basket full of throws, some knit cushions and a wooden bucket filled with pine cones. Place some wood next to the fire and you’re done!
Don’t be afraid to experiment. People don’t live with one look in their homes anymore, we’re all collectors and love to have interesting pieces around us. So incorporate old and new together where possible. Be brave by splashing out on a statement or vintage piece you love and work from there.
Article appeared in Womans Day, January 19 2015.
Tropical styling is perfect for bringing the outdoors inside.
Here we are in “at home” magazine on the 8th November.
” Happy Homewares – Banish those heavy fabrics and dark colours from your home. Summer is about being bright and light. And with a few quick changes and a bit of a clear-out, your interior will be summer-ready in no time.”
We must have “impressed” the guys at the Herald Sun, as here we are in Home magazine on 27th September 2014.