Inside Out (Australia)

DARREN’S HOME TRUTHS

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MAKE IT LOOK LIVED IN

You want to paint a picture of use, so each space needs to reflect the fact that someone lives there. Granted, that someone should be tidy and organised!

LAYER IN LIFE

Living things, specifical­ly plants and flowers, make a house come alive. Orchid blooms last for months and succulents and ferns even longer, if cared for properly.

FOCUS ON FURNITURE

Proportion­s are important for your home’s furniture, as are things like leg shape, material and timber types. You want coherency, allowing you to add contrast later.

TEXTURE, PATTERN AND COLOUR

Neutrals are a natural go-to but don’t go too far down the beige road. For vibrancy, add colour, texture and pattern in your choice of linen, cushions, art and decor.

MAKE IT PERSONAL

It’s the things that make you you that also make your home yours. From books to ornaments, don’t hide your treasures away – display them in unique vignettes.

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