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

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - CONTENTS -

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.

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