LIV­ING ROOM STYLING TIPS

Homes+ (Australia) - - STYLE & DECORATE -

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.

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