CLAIRE BRADLEY TALKS
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.
HOW DO YOU SELECT WHICH SPACE TO SHOW ON YOUR COVER?
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.
WHAT ARE THE TRENDS FOR THIS SEASON?
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!
HOW CAN ONE AVOID COMMON MISTAKES?
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.
WHAT IS A SIMPLE THING OUR READERS CAN DO THAT WILL MAKE A BIG IMPROVEMENT?
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.
WHICH ROOM IN THE HOUSE IS THE EASIEST TO IMPROVE?
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!