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.

Homes+ (Australia) - - READERS’ TRENDS - In­spired by Jess

LAY­ERED MONO­CHROME

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.

MULTI-TEX­TURED BED­DING

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.

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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

Faux cowhide,

190cm x 210cm, $249, from Lor­raine Lea.

NICE KNIT

Akori cush­ion, 35cm x 55cm, $49.95, from Free­dom.

WARM AND FUZZY Faux fur blan­ket, $89.99, from H&M.

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