Award-winning interior designer Fiona Lynch is known for her artistic approach to interiors. She says that clients often come to her with storage issues and a compromised floor plan. She suggests collating imagery and finishes before sketching out a plan on how to resolve any problem areas. After a course of action is confirmed, then it’s time to focus on the finishes. When it comes to colour, less is more. Restraint is key, according to Fiona. “We use colour in a limited way, especially on joinery,” says Fiona. For white walls, Fiona recommends Porter’s Paints Almond White and, when it comes to colour Dulux Spanish Olive. However, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. “Each of our projects is unique in the way we select and treat materials,” she says. Her own family weekender in Victoria features a blend of hardwood timbers, white walls and black laminate joinery. There are also plenty of windows to frame bushland views. Flooring is one of the biggest surface areas to consider and Fiona likes the timeless appeal of Dinesen’s solid oak flooring. Other favourite suppliers in her little black book of design include BDDW, a small American furniture company, and Carpenter’s Workshop Gallery, which offers a range of sculptural objects for the home. Australian favourites include 20th-century vintage specialists Nicholas and Alistair, and Criteria Collection, which sells an exclusive range of furniture and homewares from around the world. For lighting, Fiona turns to the distinctive designs from Apparatus. With fabrics, she uses the Raf Simons collection from Kvadrat, and is a fan of the Phillip Jeffries Chromatic range of wallpaper. (03) 9079 2500; fionalynch.com.au
CLOCKWISE, FROM ABOVE Fiona used a restrained palette of white and sandy-toned timber in this bedroom at her Victorian weekender; interior designer Fiona Lynch; the bushland escape is clad in metal sheet roofing.