A mix of ma­te­ri­als adds a feel-good fac­tor to Amanda’s lovely home.

Homes+ (Australia) - - READERS’ HOMES - In­spired by Amanda

LAY­ER­ING A ROOM with touchy-feely el­e­ments helps bring warmth and char­ac­ter to your home. “Never un­der­es­ti­mate the im­por­tance of tex­ture in de­sign. It’s what makes a room pop... and af­fects how we feel about a house,” says Amanda.

Start from the floor up – look for wo­ven rugs in wool, sisal and more to com­ple­ment floor­boards, tiles or car­pet. Chunky knit or cro­chet throws in nat­u­ral fi­bres, wicker baskets, leather hold-alls, wo­ven lamp­shades, ceramic pots and preloved or dis­tressed wooden fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories add a ca­sual, com­fort­able am­bi­ence. Us­ing a mix of ma­te­ri­als in a room boosts the tac­tile qual­ity of the space, and helps make it in­stantly more in­ter­est­ing and invit­ing.


1 A nat­u­ral, wo­ven rug anchors the liv­ing room and adds warmth. The leather chair, wicker foot­stool and dis­tressed wood and glass cof­fee ta­ble pro­vide even more beau­ti­ful tex­ture. ”I am drawn to pieces I want to touch. They make for a more wel­com­ing home,” says Amanda. “Tex­tures pro­vide a sense of cosi­ness.” 2

The large cir­cu­lar wall-hang­ing steals the show in the se­cond liv­ing area. Made from twigs, it adds a rough tex­tu­ral qual­ity to the pan­elled walls and com­ple­ments the smooth­ness of the tan leather sofa be­low. 3 An over­sized wo­ven light shade, round wo­ven rug and dis­tressed tim­ber shut­ters on pan­elled walls com­bine to give the din­ing area a wel­com­ing rus­tic feel.

1. Jodh­pur mir­ror, 32cm x 70cm, $89, from Free­dom.

2. Casa Uno Ox­ford hand­wo­ven wool ot­toman in Beige, $139.95, from Zanui. 3. Jazz lamb rug in Grey, $125, from Matt Blatt.

Cosy cor­ner Nat­u­ral, earthy tex­tures and tones fea­ture in the liv­ing room.

Mix it up

Dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als add vis­ual and tac­tile in­ter­est to this liv­ing area.

4. La­guna planter, small, $48, from Matt Blatt. 5. Iron hang­ing lamp in Rusted White, $88, from April & Oak. 6. Easy leather cush­ion, $119, from MJG Store. 7. Alseda stool, $59.99, from Ikea. 1. Jassa bowl, $29.99, from Ikea. 2. Jarah wall baskets in Nat­u­ral/Black, $59 for set of 3, from Ez­ibuy. 3. Round jute rug, 180cm, $39, from Kmart.

Aged char­ac­ter The painted shut­ters add a dis­tressed tex­ture to the pan­elled walls.

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