GO BOLD AS BRASS TO ADD WARMTH
RICH tones and opulent feature pieces are making a return to interior decorating as one homewares brand reveals its winter collection for 2015.
This season Ruby Star Traders continues its collaboration with traditional Indian craftsmen to create its signature look.
It is a process owner and founder Karin Gardener has been perfecting since establishing her business 20 years ago.
The brand, which is distributed across Brisbane, the Gold and Sunshine coasts and Toowoomba by Brave Agency, is known for reflecting bold decorating trends.
Brave Agency director Chris Sayers said this season, brass an and copper statement pieces w were gaining popularity.
He believes the promotion of a Ruby Star Traders retro co copper sideboard on reality TV sh show The Block Triple Threat h has helped fuel the trend.
“I think the coppers and warmer tones are back because people are tiring a little bit of hard surfaces and silvers,” Mr Sayers said.
“There is definitely a lot of w warmth and opulence coming ba back into the market.”
Mr Sayers said buyers were al also increasingly confident en enough to try creating their own style with feature items.
From Kantha chairs upholstered in vintage Indian saris and finished with traditional linear hand stitching, to tables of camel bone inlay specific to the Udaipur region of India, the collection offers an independent look outside many of the ordinary trends.
Mr Sayer said incorporating feature pieces into a home was all about expressing individual style.
“For some, the bone inlay furniture would be an entrance piece with a simple mirror above it,” he said. “That might be all you do, whereas other people might use coloured pots and a coloured mirror.”
Mr Sayer said his top tips for working with feature pieces were to be bold, stand out and, if you were not sure about committing to a big-ticket item, to then go with cushions and accessories to quickly update a look.
The Ruby Star Traders winter collection focuses on occasional furniture featuring accent chairs, brightly coloured sofas and showpieces such as consoles and sideboards.
Stockists include: Black and Spiro, New Farm; Biku Furniture and Homewares, Bundall, Happiness Place, Paddington; and Jamiesons Home and Fashion, Woolloongabba.
EYE CATCHING: Designers and interior stylists recommend the use of standout feature pieces to add vibrancy to a home