AB­STRACT WA­TER­COLOUR

James Tre­ble ex­plains how to bring the sub­tle shades of this de­light­fully arty look into your home.

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IN­CLUD­ING HAND­MADE ar­ti­san crafts in our homes is an in­te­rior trend that’s con­tin­u­ing to grow in pop­u­lar­ity. As cre­ativ­ity and the hand­made items that re­sult be­come more val­ued, wa­ter­colour has been rein­vented. With its hand­painted ap­peal, wa­ter­colour is the coolest kid on the dec­o­rat­ing block.

There are many easy, ef­fec­tive and bud­get-con­scious ways to in­tro­duce wa­ter­colour in your home, no mat­ter what in­te­rior style or colour pal­ette you have. It’s such a soft sooth­ing vibe that it can be added to your home with­out the need to rein­vent a whole room. Art­works, a piece of fur­ni­ture, some soft fur­nish­ings and a few ac­ces­sories let you use the trend with­out it tak­ing over the space.

So be cre­ative, have fun, make like Monet and start colour­ing in your home this week­end!

TREND 2# FUR­NI­TURE

Wa­ter­colour’s nat­u­ral hand­made ef­fects are also be­ing in­cor­po­rated into fur­ni­ture. This adds another ex­cit­ing layer and more op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­clude this look in your home.

One new piece, well placed in a liv­ing or din­ing room, can make a soft yet strik­ing im­pact. There are so many colours avail­able that you can ei­ther work with your ex­ist­ing scheme or add a new ac­cent colour to up­date the whole space.

Con­sider sling­back chairs and up­hol­stered pieces like arm­chairs and so­fas as an easy way to in­cor­po­rate wa­ter­colour. Even the ad­di­tion of a sim­ple ot­toman can cost-ef­fec­tively and ef­fort­lessly trans­form a liv­ing area, with­out be­ing too over­bear­ing for the rest of the space.

TREND 3# SOFT FUR­NISH­INGS

For me, cush­ions and throws are the most cost-ef­fec­tive and strik­ing way to up­date any room. Whether you’re look­ing in lux­ury or thrifty stores, there are many op­tions avail­able so you can add calm­ing wa­ter­colour ac­cents to your space. And they’re easy to find, trans­port and put in place, so your room can be changed on a bud­get, all in one af­ter­noon.

To help with your colour di­rec­tion, re­mem­ber to con­sider your ex­ist­ing art pieces and ac­ces­sories. This will al­low you to tie the new items in with the rest of the room, mak­ing the trans­for­ma­tion easy. Another im­por­tant tip is that wa­ter­colours can add much needed sum­mer colour, with­out the big bold im­pact of stronger hues.

TREND 4# DECOR

With warmer weather here, now is a lovely time for en­ter­tain­ing. Decor items, es­pe­cially those used for din­ing, are a great way to show that you are up to date – and al­low you to re­fresh that tired look­ing din­ner set!

From cof­fee cups to serv­ing trays, there are many decor items where wa­ter­colour can work to cre­ate char­ac­ter and make even the most sim­ple of meals an event.

For colour in­spi­ra­tion, look to your ex­ist­ing pieces – such as hand-blown drink­ing glasses with a tinge of green, or geo­met­ric place­mats – and you’ll be re­laxed and en­joy­ing that Sun­day bar­be­cue in wa­ter­colour, if not with wa­ter views!

So add a lit­tle oomph to your home and em­brace the wa­ter­colour look – it’s an in­te­rior trend that can work for any home, no mat­ter what your age, style of decor or bud­get.

Splash of colour Just a few sam­ples in this trend can re­ally lift a room. Wa­ter­colour cush­ions and prints (here and above right) from United In­te­ri­ors.

FEET TREAT Casablanca rug, 155cm x 245cm, $598, from Au Rugs. FADE TO GREY Fader cush­ion in Mint, $49.95, from KAS.

DREAMY DIN­ING S&P Cu­mu­lus 12-piece din­ner set, $119.95, from Tem­ple & Web­ster. SPOTS & STRIPES Round throw cush­ion in Rose Gold and Black, $48.20, from Zaz­zle.

Per­fect part­ners Washy hues work so well with tim­ber and white.

JUST FOR FUN Teardrop bean­bag in Colour Splash, $19, from Kmart.

SU­PER SOFT Wa­ter­colour Ex­per­i­ment­ing throw blan­ket (130cm x 152cm), $49, from So­ci­ety6.

GOR­GEOUS GLAZE Or­ganic Melt mug, $34.95, from Robert Gor­don.

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