OL D I S N E W AGA I N
Here’s how to make neutrals as exciting as brights. This room has just a dash of hipster flavour – it’s a nod to the mid-century, an ode to muted colours and a lesson in layering, with none of the bold splashes of colour or the stark monochrome palette that so often define a statement room. Yet there’s no denying its wow factor, with a lived-in look that harks back to grandma’s place and still retains a distinct modern edge.
The vintage-vibe, white rattan table, the dense gallery wall, the rustic rug, sleek marble-topped coffee table and pot plants all conspire to help this room pack a unique punch. Instead of being dowdy, the browns scream old-school cool.
Sydney interior stylist Emma Blomfield, of The Home, warns: “Neutral colour schemes can sometimes be a little boring and uninviting.” Here are her five keys to avoiding the pitfalls of dowdiness … 1 Pattern: it should be subtle but inviting. 2 Texture: this room has thick, grey wool fabric on the armchairs, a rattan side table, ceramic decorative items, and a marble-topped coffee table. Diverse textures add interest and depth. 3 Layering: add a scatter cushion to an armchair, a throw to a sofa, or a rug. 4 Timber: can bring warmth to any space, particularly beautiful knotty timbers which lend character. 5 Quirky touch: add a dash of the unexpected. This room has the heavy-set gallery wall.