Aussies go­ing bloomin’ mad

It seems we’re go­ing batty for botan­i­cals but de­sign master Neale Whi­taker’s ad­vice is to use cau­tion

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The Courier-Mail caught up with The Block judge and de­sign ex­pert Neale Whi­taker at the re­cent launch of Porter Davis’s World of Style dis­play store in For­ti­tude Val­ley to find out why Aus­tralians are mad for botan­i­cals.

Whi­taker said while he wasn’t an avid be­liever in trends, Aus­tralians’ love for colour and botan­i­cals was hard to ig­nore.

“I think there is a grow­ing love for colour – we’re in the most gen­er­ous pe­riod that we’ve been in for a very long time,” he said.

“It’s just been about neu­trals – neu­trals, neu­trals, neu­trals.

“But at the mo­ment, peo­ple are get­ting more ex­per­i­men­tal when it comes to colours.

“Whether they’re in­tro­duc­ing it with a coloured tile in the bath­room, or through a few cush­ions on the sofa, they’re play­ing with colour through dec­o­ra­tion in a way that they weren’t be­fore.”

Whi­taker said botan­i­cals were “re­ally on trend”.

“I think green has been pop­u­lar for a cou­ple of years now and that whole botan­i­cal trend started with the trop­i­cal fruit we were see­ing and the palm trees,” he said.

“It seg­wayed into a very Aus­tralian take on that, through Aus­traliana – with Aus­tralian plants and Aus­tralian flow­ers be­ing very pop­u­lar.”

When it comes to re­dec­o­rat­ing the whole house in colour and botan­i­cals, Whi­taker said to “take it easy”.

“It’s much eas­ier to in­tro­duce this to your home through a cush­ion – don’t wall­pa­per a whole wall,” he said.

“You have to be re­ally committed to some­thing to go for a whole wall, but I sup­pose you can al­ways paint over it.”

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