STYLING SOFT FURNISHINGS
We love the way Jess contrasts black and white with the softness of faux furs and animal prints to create a stylish look for warmer months.
A predominately black-and-white colour scheme can add a modern, sleek, urban edge to just about any room. This monochromatic mix works well when it’s repeated in different ways throughout a space. Fabrics, in an assortment of patterns, plains and textures, keep the look strong and fresh. A collection of black-and-white photographs, prints or art, framed in a similar style, will further amp up the theme. Accessories or furniture in complementary wood tones add a touch of warmth while rugs and throws soften the look. Include a stand-out piece – a lamp, artwork, accessory or feature wall – to lift a monochromatic look to interesting new heights.
USING FAUX ANIMAL PRINTS
The trend for faux animal skin is as strong as ever. It adds texture, warmth, a sense of fun and a touch of luxury and works equally well in a living area, bedroom or family room. Classic furniture takes on a more relaxed, modern feel when teamed with a faux fur throw or cushion.
It’s easy to get carried away but faux animal skin looks best when used sparingly – too many pieces and the impact is lost. If you’re looking for a faux cowhide or animal print rug, choose one that will complement your space in both size and colour. It should be big enough to make a statement in the room – too small and it may get lost.
Layers of sumptuous fabrics add softness, comfort and cosiness to the bedroom. Work out a colour palette you love and go from there. Start with crisp cotton sheets in the highest thread count you can afford, add a beautiful blanket, bedspread or quilt and then layer on pillows and cushions. Look for textured fabrics such as knits, velvet, embroidery, sequins – whatever takes your fancy. Finish off with a throw in a feel-good material such as a chunky knit, mohair, velour or faux fur.
Light relief Texture in the throw, rug and pendant soften this mix of mono.
CHANGE YOUR STRIPES Breakfast Chenille cushion in Geo, $8, from Kmart. GET IN LINE Vårgyllen cushion cover, $5, from Ikea. LIGHT TOUCH House & Home faux fur rug, $19, from Big W.
WILD CHOICE Morgan & Finch Arctic faux fur cushion in Snow Wolf, $49.95, from Bed Bath N’ Table.
FUR GOOD Morgan & Finch Mongolian faux cushion in Cream, $59.95, from Bed Bath N’ Table.
NEW BLACK Fluffy cushion in Black, $20, from Target. GO FAUX
190cm x 210cm, $249, from Lorraine Lea.
Akori cushion, 35cm x 55cm, $49.95, from Freedom.
WARM AND FUZZY Faux fur blanket, $89.99, from H&M.