GET THAT SUM­MER LOOK

LIGHT AND UNFUSSY FABRICS, COU­PLED WITH SIM­PLE DECOR, CRE­ATE A SENSE OF CALM IN WARM WEATHER

Life & Style Weekend - - HOME - WORDS: SHAYNNA BLAZE

This is the time of year to kick back and take things easy and we all want to feel at ease around our home. In Aus­tralia we are all about the sun, the beach and water sports and keep­ing every­thing to a bare min­i­mum. The essence of these hol­i­days can be around you all year if you put your mind to it in your dec­o­rat­ing. Sum­mer is about light and unfussy fabrics, sim­ple decor and a sense of calm. Here’s how you can ap­ply this to your in­te­ri­ors:

1. Keep your fur­ni­ture and walls in the white and neu­tral palate. Don’t put white on its own as this can give an al­most clin­i­cal feel. In­stead, mix up to three-to-four shades of neu­trals in sand and bone colours to give lay­ers to your colour scheme.

2. Have the fabrics on your fur­ni­ture in drills, canvases and soft-brushed cot­ton and linen.

3. En­sure the style of fur­ni­ture isn’t too struc­tured and has rounded cor­ners to the arms to give a more ca­sual feel for loung­ing. To seat ex­tra guests have large-sized floor cush­ions on hand (at least 60cm).

4. If you don’t have pol­ished boards, in­tro­duce blonde tim­bers such as teak, oak and white­washed stains in your cab­i­nets, shelv­ing and lamp bases.

5. You don’t have to go with bold navy stripes on your cush­ions as this can make a room look at bit “try-hard beachy”. In­stead go for a few blocks of colours and pat­terns as well mix up the styles to cre­ate a ca­su­al­ness in the area.

6. Ar­range lots of pic­tures in white and nat­u­ral tim­ber frames of hol­i­days and scenery to re­mind you of fam­ily and friends and all the good times.

7. With cab­i­netry, choose only half of the units to have doors as you want to see the books and items on dis­play. This cre­ates a feel­ing that every­thing is ac­ces­si­ble and not too pre­cious.

SHOP THE LOOK: Main im­age – Benji Sofa and home­wares from ozde­sign­fur­ni­ture.com.au; In­set – Duck Egg blue linen bed­head ($349) from laven­der­hillinte­ri­ors.com.au. More ad­vice at life­style.com.au.

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