GO BOLD AS BRASS TO ADD WARMTH

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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

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