Your nat­u­ral in­stinct is best for de­sign

Louise Olsen from Di­nosaur De­signs loves the use of cool ma­te­ri­als to bring warmth to our in­te­ri­ors

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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: co­core­pub­

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