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