RECLAIM YOUR SENSE OF STYLE

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WOR DS : T R AC E Y HO R D E R N

Re­port­ing from the UK, it is fas­ci­nat­ing to see that while in­te­ri­ors styles may vary some­what, trends are es­sen­tially global. My favourite theme that is prom­i­nent in the UK – as it is in Aus­tralia – can be summed up as reclaimed style.

Es­sen­tially mod­ern rustic with a twist – reclaimed style is re­pur­pos­ing once-used ma­te­ri­als and giv­ing them a sec­ond life. It’s a clear and dis­tinct nod to­wards sus­tain­able liv­ing while bring­ing an aes­thetic that is less about per­fec­tion and more about prove­nance.

Both in Aus­tralia and the UK, the most com­mon ex­am­ple of reclaimed ma­te­rial is found in wooden pieces of fur­ni­ture. In­ex­pen­sive and abun­dant, wood is a glo­ri­ously nat­u­ral ma­te­rial and is the epit­ome of the mod­ern rustic look.

You can find reclaimed wood at mar­kets, garage sales, op shops and on­line if you know what you are look­ing for. You can also look out for wood dis­carded from tim­ber yards or build­ing sites and while reclaimed ma­te­ri­als can cost lit­tle, there can be some ef­fort re­quired to re­move nails, clean­ing and pos­si­bly treat­ing the wood.

Other re­pur­posed pieces prom­i­nent in the UK in­clude dis­used tea chests as side ta­bles, in­dus­trial spin­dles as din­ing room ta­bles, mat­tress tick­ing fab­ric fea­tured on bed­heads and vin­tage woollen blan­kets for small car­peted ar­eas, such as stairs.

The trick to pulling off reclaimed style in the home is the same as it is with any ‘look’ – don’t overdo it. Bal­ance out the old with clean lines, fresh colours and in­tro­duce qual­ity con­tem­po­rary pieces where ap­pro­pri­ate – to add a twist and jux­ta­po­si­tion to this pop­u­lar rustic style.

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