CLAIRE BRADLEY TALKS

Inside Out (Australia) - Inside: InsideOut - - Front Page - WITH editor-in-chief CLAIRE BRADLEY

This sea­son’s trends

The eas­i­est room to im­prove

De­sign mis­takes to avoid

In this is­sue of In­side, we’ve teamed up with In­side Out mag­a­zine to de­liver an ex­clu­sive Q&A with Editor-in-Chief, Claire Bradley, on the cre­ative work­ings be­hind in­te­rior de­sign. With a fo­cus on prac­ti­cal im­prove­ments any­one can make to their home, hear about the hottest trends this sea­son, com­mon mis­takes you should avoid, and why the heart is the best source of in­spi­ra­tion for a beau­ti­ful home. Check out the tips and get an in­side peek in to In­side Out.

Q

HOW DO YOU SE­LECT WHICH SPACE TO SHOW ON YOUR COVER?

A

We know that our au­di­ence loves to see a warm and invit­ing liv­ing room – I per­son­ally like to imag­ine that some­one has just put down their cof­fee cup and walked out of the room. But they also take in­spi­ra­tion from in­ter­est­ing build­ing de­tails, such as gor­geous bay win­dows, ex­posed brick­work, a great light void, etc. For me, it’s about mak­ing sure our au­di­ence feel the mood of the space on the cover and feel ex­cited that they might be able to cre­ate some­thing sim­i­lar in their own home.

Q

WHAT ARE THE TRENDS FOR THIS SEA­SON?

A

We’re still lov­ing beau­ti­ful pas­tels and met­als, but keep an eye out for some bolder vari­a­tions on the pal­ette. Think teal greens, oceanic blues and deep ma­roons to bal­ance out the softer tones.

As far as styles go, we’re see­ing a strong ’70s in­flu­ence in the fur­ni­ture stakes, and peo­ple con­fi­dently ‘mashing up’ dif­fer­ent styles. A mix of bold tex­tures and sur­faces in the util­i­tar­ian rooms, such as kitchens and bath­rooms. It’s great to see that kind of con­fi­dence!

Q

HOW CAN ONE AVOID COM­MON MIS­TAKES?

A

I think the best way to keep a home on track is to fol­low your heart. If you love it, you can make it work – a home should re­flect who you are and there’s no point in try­ing to recre­ate a cookie cut­ter ap­proach to in­te­rior de­sign. That said, it’s much harder than you’d think to make an ‘eclec­tic’ look work. So if you’re not sure, pare it back and start with a sim­ple pal­ette. You can al­ways em­bel­lish down the track.

Q

WHAT IS A SIM­PLE THING OUR READ­ERS CAN DO THAT WILL MAKE A BIG IM­PROVE­MENT?

A

Edit your home, then slowly add pieces back in. Cre­at­ing a beau­ti­ful home can be a bit of a puz­zle, so it’s some­times worth pulling ev­ery­thing out and fig­ur­ing out if the pieces should go back to­gether in a dif­fer­ent way. De­clut­ter­ing can re­ally help you take a fresh look at your space.

If you’re start­ing from scratch, make an ef­fort to start with some form of a mood-board. It sounds a bit naff, but it’ll keep you on track when you’re mak­ing the big de­ci­sions. Take note of the colour pal­ette you’re drawn to, and the kind of sur­faces you lean to­wards – they should guide you when you’re set­ting up the frame­work.

Q

WHICH ROOM IN THE HOUSE IS THE EAS­I­EST TO IM­PROVE?

A

Tough ques­tion! On a small scale, a quick makeover on a tiny bath­room can be pretty amaz­ing. A coat of tile paint and some new ac­ces­sories (there are some beau­ti­ful dec­o­ra­tive tow­els on the mar­ket) go a long way. How­ever, it’s easy to change up the mood in a liv­ing space with a new rug, a few small pieces of fur­ni­ture and re­ar­rang­ing the way it all works to­gether. Don’t make me choose!

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