Local stylists say don’t worry about trends
Trust your instincts and don’t be too worried about passing trends in interior design. That’s the advice of local stylists, writes JARRAD BEVAN
Home interior design trends change quickly but personal style is something a homeowner will never need to update, says Shift Property Styling co-director Donielle Luttrell.
Her advice to homeowners looking to give their property a modern lift was to add a few pieces of on-trend furniture or homewares from the present season.
“If you can bring a little bit of trendy stuff into your home — but not spend too much money because those items might be out of style quickly — you have a winning formula,” she said. “If you spend a lot on one piece that you love, then naturally you will want to keep it for longer.
“Trends change but styles don’t. Classic styles are a classic for a reason, like Scandi [Scandinavian], which has been around forever.”
Mrs Luttrell said not every trend would appeal to everyone.
In her line of work, house styling consultations and styling homes to maximise their value on the real estate market, she is abreast of what is hot and what is not.
“Things like tapestries and the bohemian style are trendy at the moment but while they suit some houses they don’t appeal to me personally,” she said. “Sometimes things won’t make it here before they are on the way out, and Tasmanian shop owners are smart in buying only what they feel will fit our market.”
In Tasmania, Scandi style furniture can suit our wide variety of houses, from modern to heritage, because the design is airy and gives the illusion of space.
Stephanie Scali, from recently opened furniture store Nick Scali in Cambridge, described Australian tastes as “in line with the trends emerging from Europe” rather than classic or conservative styles. She said Australians were adventurous.
“We have become more savvy about interior decorating and linking design themes across different pieces in the one room, or even throughout their whole house,” Ms Scali said. “Right now, retro is still big. There’s a lot of demand for furniture with a strong 1970s, Scandinavian influence.”
Ms Scali said in contrast, there was a move to modern concrete finishes that made a real statement to the eye but also to the touch.
“The retro look and a modernist concrete finish can actually work beautifully together,” she said.
Mrs Luttrell said Tasmanian stores were still offering a lot of copper and marble decorative pieces.
“Look out for a spin on terracotta and cork, those two are on the way back into fashion,” she said.