Break the rules and inject spark
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 woodsandwarner.com.au
Woods and Warner used a mix of bold colours and textures to create a dramatic style throughout this St Ives home.