Repli­cate seren­ity of lux­ury Bali re­sort

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - HOME - Laura Tri­este HomeS­pace by Dar­ren Palmer ( (Mur­doch Books). RRP $39.99, in a all good book­stores and on­line

IT IS not hard to imag­ine why the in­te­rior de­sign trend for re­sort-style liv­ing ap­peals to so many.

Mak­ing your home re­sem­ble the style of a se­cluded par­adise in an ex­otic lo­ca­tion is more than just aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing.

In­te­rior de­signer and judge from The Block Dar­ren Palmer says the tran­quil and lux­u­ri­ous feel­ing that comes with re­sort-style liv­ing is a wel­come es­cape from our hec­tic life­styles.

“I think peo­ple re­ally love the idea of it, even if it’s just cre­at­ing a bath­room where they can shut the door and feel like they are in a day spa,” he says.

Palmer took in­spi­ra­tion from one of his favourite places in the world, a lux­ury ho­tel in Bali, to cre­ate this feel­ing for the own­ers of a home in north Bondi.

The stun­ning re­sults, along with four other ex­am­ples of his in­te­rior de­sign work, can be seen in his new book HomeS­pace.

“If you look at Bali’s lux­ury ho­tels, it’s all about open­ness, it’s all about clean and crisp and mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary but with a lay­ered ap­proach to ma­te­ri­als,” Palmer says.

“It’s a very nat­u­ral pal­ette – it’s lime­stone and sand­stone and tim­ber.”

The fo­cus should be on cre­at­ing a mood in­stead of repli­cat­ing their look.

“It’s a sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence so you’ve also got to think about smells and sounds and touch as well,” he says.

If an open-plan de­sign is not a good fit for your home, giv­ing your bath­room that re­sort spa feel­ing can be a nice com­pro­mise.

“It’s about hav­ing dif­fer­ent light­ing sources, hav­ing mu­sic and try­ing to give your­self the lux­ury of space,” Palmer says.

Pic­tures: Felix For­est

An open plan de­sign and nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als were used to give the north Bondi home a lux­ury re­sort feel. Images from Dar­ren Palmer's new book HomeS­pace.

In­te­rior de­signer Dar­ren Palmer. Below: mo­saic tiles in the north Bondi home’s mas­ter en­suite. Pic­ture:

Felix For­est

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