Stylists share their se­crets for cre­at­ing beau­ti­ful rooms

Pilbara News - - Property - Cy Clay­ton

One of the key ways to cre­ate time­less in­te­ri­ors is to work with the space’s ex­ist­ing qual­i­ties, ac­cord­ing to Lara Staunton of in­te­rior de­sign stu­dio La­haus.

“Choose el­e­ments which in­ter­act and con­nect with the ar­chi­tec­tural qual­i­ties of the house,” Ms Staunton says.

“By us­ing the ex­ist­ing qual­i­ties as your in­spi­ra­tion, you will cre­ate a space which is con­nected, the house will read as one, and a time­less style and aes­thetic will be achieved.”

“One of the most im­por­tant el­e­ments of keep­ing a room time­less is mak­ing sure it’s func­tional,” Andrea Pien­aar of Siba In­te­ri­ors says.

“Don’t scrimp on stor­age or func­tion­al­ity.”

Light­ing is an­other key in­gre­di­ent of rooms that work, ac­cord­ing to in­te­rior de­signer Jen­nifer Turner, of Turner In­te­rior De­sign — both nat­u­ral light and your light­ing scheme.

“Make the most of nat­u­ral light where pos­si­ble,” she says.

“This comes in when ori­en­tat­ing the lay­out of the space.” For Ms Turner, nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als — be it nat­u­ral stone or tim­ber ve­neers — are the best choice for de­sign­ing time­less in­te­ri­ors.

“By eye, we adapt bet­ter to nat­u­ral fin­ishes over the man­made al­ter­na­tives,” she says.

“Nat­u­ral fin­ishes re­main time­less; they don’t al­ways fall un­der ‘trends’ as they will al­ways be around.”

“Pick two or three colours and tones that all match and use these in all your fin­ishes,” Ms Pien­aar says.

“Ty­ing el­e­ments to­gether with tone will help cre­ate a clas­sic and el­e­gant room.

“You can keep things on-trend with your soft fur­nish­ings and decor if you need to.”

Use smaller-scale items to add in­ter­est while keep­ing ma­jor el­e­ments clas­sic.

“Tie to­gether your clas­sic el­e­ments with some­thing more cur­rent like black pen­dants or taps to give it a more cur­rent feel,” Ms Pien­aar says.

Pic­ture: Carla At­ley

Light­ing is key to suc­cess­ful in­te­ri­ors.

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