LIVING ROOM STYLING TIPS
I was inspired by this indigo velvet sofa and wanted to create a bold contrast against crisp whites in the walls, curtains and sideboard. Deep blue and white are such a match made in heaven! To avoid a heavily nautical look, I subtly introduced the water theme through accessories like this watercolour-style cushion.
To help fill out the empty wall space, I hung two smaller pieces of artwork next to the large framed sea print. I kept the colourings in all three artworks similar but chose styles and shapes that were completely different – this makes the look refreshing and less predictable.
While I kept to the blue and white palette, I prevented it from becoming boring by using blues of the same hue in varying shades, like this armchair and cushion. The same rule works for timber tones. This creates a look that’s really cohesive but still interesting, because there is variation.
Dark floors are hugely popular at the moment and offer a beautifully elegant feel. They look especially striking when styled with furniture in deeper shades. Here, the deep oak vinyl flooring from Gerflor works to ground the whole space and makes the white walls pop with freshness.
I styled the shelves of the sideboard with white accessories in a mix of heights and shapes. Placing some of them in a tray or on top of a stack of books makes the look feel more connected and less bitsy. On top of the sideboard I placed an artwork and textural white accessories for a lovely vignette (pictured below). The blue book ties in with these details and the rest of the room.
TOP SHELF Candle in holder in Citrus and Violet, $4, from Kmart. MIDDLE SHELF Wooden tray in White, $24.99, from H&M Home. RAWW vase in White, small, $49.95, from Salt & Pepper. For similar succulent, Botanica D2 Jute cactus
artificial plant, $2.99, from Spotlight. BOTTOM SHELF Striped-effect candle,
$59.95, from Zara Home. Muse Davinci hourglass, $20.95, from Pillow Talk. Terrazzo pyramid in White, $24.95, from Salt & Pepper.