Break the rules and in­ject spark

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - HOME - Laura Tri­este

FROM mis­match­ing colours to clash­ing prints and mix­ing style eras, there is not one rule of dec­o­rat­ing that So­nia Warner is afraid to break.

The Woods and Warner in­te­rior de­signer is a firm be­liever that con­trast and lay­ers are key to mak­ing a home look its best.

“Peo­ple don’t have enough fun with dec­o­rat­ing,” she says.

“Gone are the days where peo­ple match their lip­sticks and their hand­bags with their shoes.”

Warner, along with her co-di­rec­tor Jac­inta Woods, has used meth­ods that are usu­ally con­sid­ered to be a faux pas to cre­ate in­di­vid­ual styles for their clients full of per­son­al­ity.

“For small spa­ces, peo­ple are fear­ful of putting big pieces in but large items cre­ate drama,” she says.

Bright colours and bold pat­terns can also be used to a stun­ning ef­fect.

“Be bold, but re­strict your pal­ette by choos­ing three or four colours,” Warner says.

“You also need to keep the pat­terns co­he­sive, for ex­am­ple, you can work with a geo­met­ric pat­tern in dif­fer­ent scales.”

The same can ap­ply for your fur­ni­ture. In­stead of painstak­ingly search­ing for the same shades of wood, Warner says many peo­ple are sur­prised to see how much bet­ter dif­fer­ent coloured pieces will work.

“You don’t want the ma­te­rial to look like it has all come from the one tree,” she says. See more ideas at wood­sand­

Woods and Warner used a mix of bold colours and tex­tures to cre­ate a dra­matic style through­out this St Ives home.

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