LIV­ING ROOM STYLING TIPS

Homes+ (Australia) - - STYLE & DECORATE -

I wanted a fresh, sum­mery look with an un­der­stated, ca­sual style, so I started with a neu­tral palette of light-coloured fur­ni­ture and white walls. To avoid be­ing too matchy-matchy, I went with a rug with a hint of turquoise, which ties in with the colours in the art­work and nicely com­ple­ments the main colour, lilac. Solid wood fur­ni­ture with clean lines and a pol­ished fin­ish, like this cof­fee ta­ble and arm­chair, give a raw yet re­fined feel, while adding warmth to a neu­tral palette. I chose a white side­board with re­ally sim­ple lines and just a touch of wood to help keep the room feel­ing fresh and not overly rus­tic.

I in­tro­duced pops of lilac through small el­e­ments such as this stool, cush­ions for the sofa, ce­ram­ics and the art­work (which also fea­tures other colours). These are clever ways to dec­o­rate with a hero colour, and can be eas­ily ex­changed for a new colour palette in fu­ture. You can achieve big im­pact with just a lit­tle bit of colour within a neu­tral scheme.

This beau­ti­ful raf­fia pen­dant light adds earthy tex­ture to the space. Its wo­ven fea­tures con­trast re­ally beau­ti­fully against the very modern, geo­met­ric shapes in the art­work – which sums up the or­ganic meets modern look per­fectly! To cre­ate your own colour­ful geo­met­ric art­work, fol­low the in­struc­tions on the op­po­site page.

When you have a large, dom­i­nant piece of art on a side­board, you don’t re­ally need too many other dec­o­ra­tive items. I opted for this state­ment tim­ber piece that packs real “nat­u­ral” punch – plus I love its round shape against all the tri­an­gles in the art­work. Just a cou­ple of books, a sim­ple vase and a can­dle holder were needed to com­plete the look.

Anita san­dals, $79.95, from Sports­girl. Bor­neo back­pack, $65, from Olli Ella.

Fresh and light Adding or­ganic ma­te­ri­als to clean, sim­ple lines cre­ates a more tex­tured feel.

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