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QI really want my bedroom to feel cosy and inviting, and would love some tips for warming up the space. Sam, via Instagram Layering is key to a cosy bedroom. Create a colour palette of calming, muted tones such as beige, baby blue and mauve, and layer them in various shades throughout the room. Texture is also important, so don’t shy away from all of the soft furnishing­s — think rugs, fuzzy throw blankets and cushions in various shapes, fabrics and colours. A textured wallpaper is another great way to add character and warm up the space.

EMMA BUCHAN, DIRECTOR, EB INTERIORS

QHow should I go about designing with pattern? I am looking to incorporat­e it into my living room but don’t want to go overboard. Danielle, via Instagram

If you haven’t worked with pattern before, a great place to start is by adding a statement piece of furniture. Selecting a gorgeous cabinet in a neutral colour with an interestin­g pattern will allow you to inject some personalit­y into your space without overwhelmi­ng it. Miniforms’ ‘Célia’ cabinet is a high-impact piece comprised of ash or walnut timber screen-printed with a stunning copper-scalloped pattern. Inspired by the Art Deco movement, this cabinet is the ultimate statement piece and will elevate your space. GEORGIA DANOS, CREATIVE AND BRAND DIRECTOR,

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QWhich building products would you recommend to help protect our home from the elements? Catherine, via email Finding the perfect material that is both durable and beautiful can be difficult.

The humble brick is a timeless material that has many benefits for climate-dependent living. When designing for warmer climates, use a lighter-coloured brick that will reflect the sun, as it will save on energy costs.

For a design solution that is both practical and striking, Austral Bricks’ La Paloma bricks in Miro deliver an incredible visual impact while being highly durable, weather-resistant and maintenanc­e-free. BRETT WARD, GENERAL MANAGER INTERNATIO­NAL MARKETING,

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QI love the look of coloured kitchen cabinetry, but I’m worried about choosing a colour that will go out of style. Do you have any advice on colours that won’t date? Jane, via email

Using colour in the kitchen is a great way to inject personalit­y into your space and liven up the heart of the home. Navy blues and muted greens are so classic that they are often considered to be an extension of a neutral colour palette. Two great options are Laminex Spinifex (below), which is a soft, organic green with a grey base, and French Navy, which is a classic deep, rich navy. You really can’t go wrong with either of them as they work in so many different spaces. SACHA LEAGH-MURRAY, GENERAL MANAGER

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At this home in Sydney’s Cronulla, Emma Buchan’s use of tone and texture has resulted in many layers of success.
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La Paloma bricks in Miro, $2655 per 1000, Austral Bricks.
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FROM ABOVE Spinifex and French Navy laminates, from $81.07 per sq m, Laminex.
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The striking Miniforms ‘Célia’ cabinet, $6638.50, from James Richardson Furniture, is silk screen-printed on ash.

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