Your natural instinct is best for design
Louise Olsen from Dinosaur Designs loves the use of cool materials to bring warmth to our interiors
STONE and metal are being used to add warmth to home interiors, says creative director of Dinosaur Designs, Louise Olsen, who is a judge for the 2017 Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards.
“It’s wonderful to see all the new materials in these award nominations, with beautiful stones and metals being used in a really warm way,” Ms Olsen said. “The designers have added a sense of the environment and light ... that seems to be a wonderful common theme running through the entries.
“There’s an emerging sense of metallics with interesting metals and warm metals. There’s also a beautiful stone theme mixed in with coppers or matt silver or pearly whites.”
Ms Olsen said as Australia ages and we understand our own environment, more designs would emerge using a better sense of our unique environment.
On the topic of colour in design, Ms Olsen said she was a big believer in ditching the trends.
“For me, colour is more about relationships and instincts,” she said.
“When you start talking about trends, you’re talking about being a follower of something, it’s better to find your own individuality.”
Ms Olsen said when looking to choose colours for your home, consider your environment and the light that enters your home. “There’s a certain sense of having a bit of courage with colour, following your instincts and looking at your surroundings,” she said. “Look at the light, space, windows, it’s a sensory thing, so you kind of really have to feel your way through it.” White opens up a space and gives it a fresh look.
The 2017 Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Award winners were announced on May 25. For more information, go to: cocorepublic.com.au