CARIBBEAN PAR­ADISE

Su­per stylist Tah­nee Car­roll re­veals her se­crets to styling your space with the coolest new in­te­rior trend, and the lat­est range of cush­ions from Rapee.

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SUM­MER VIBES

With warmer weather on the way, it’s time to start giv­ing your place that hol­i­day-at-home feel­ing, and what bet­ter way that with some Caribbean-style home­wares? Bring on the trop­i­cal feel with cush­ions printed with palm tree, hibis­cus flower and surf mo­tifs. Break this up with a few geo­met­ric pat­terns and solid colours.

Cush­ions will up­date a room in­stantly, but don’t for­get about throws! For sum­mer, pick one in a light cot­ton fab­ric that works with your colour scheme.

COOL COLOURS

Colour is im­por­tant when de­sign­ing any space. When you’re go­ing trop­i­cal, wa­tery blues and cit­rus hues will work just as well as greens. Try to stick to three colours when mix­ing and match­ing cush­ions and add a lit­tle bit of white to pull it all to­gether.

If you’re go­ing all out with colour in your soft fur­nish­ings, ++++k+eep ev­ery­thing else neu­tral in or­der to main­tain some vis­ual calm.

NAT­U­RAL TOUCHES

To set off your soft fur­nish­ings, tie them in with fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories in nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als. Cane and rat­tan en­cap­su­late the Caribbean look per­fectly; try these ma­te­ri­als in a cof­fee ta­ble, bench seat or arm­chair. Pot­ted plants, too, will lend a trop­i­cal feel to your in­te­rior. Stick to plants such as palms or those with large glossy leaves. As for light­ing, go nat­u­ral – a wo­ven pen­dant light will work a treat over a liv­ing room ar­range­ment. And art? You can’t go wrong with a beach or ocean scene.

Lanai cush­ion (45cm) in Multi, $49.95. Ven­tura cush­ion (35cm x 50cm) in Multi, $44.95.

Batch cush­ion (50cm) in Lime, $39.95.

Calais throw (127cm x 180cm) in Aqua, $69.95.

Lock cush­ion (45cm) in Aqua, $49.95. Whis­per cush­ion (50cm) in La­goon, $49.95.

Greek Key cush­ion (45cm) in Aqua, $49.95.

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