Add layers of interest with texture.
“Texture in furnishings is one of my favourite ways to make a house a home,” says Clare Grove. “I designed an amethyst and gold Hollywood Regency-inspired runner in our hallway (pictured above) and love the way it complements the black lacquered console with brass details. In my scatter cushions I like to combine fabrics such as silks, velvets, linens, metallics and chenilles.”
Auckland stylist Fiona Hugues of Gatherum Collectif says she’s always looking to bring back old ideas with a modern edge: “It gives design instant endurance and everlasting style. Use blind or button tufting in upholstery where it is unexpected – fat, diamond puffs in fabrics that are surprising, from rich plush velvets to heavy, raw linens. Finishing with nail-head detail is another way to create abiding style. Created back in 17th century France to tighten silk upholstery, today’s new modern metal colours, size options and clean angular furniture lines make this old-fashioned technique cool.”
Timber & stone
A combination that adds timeless warmth.
Angelique Armstrong often adds natural materials like linens and wools, timber and stone to interiors. “These are products and materials that will stand the test of time and look good year after year.”
Guy Tarrant also likes the combination. “Timber and stone imbue a space with textural richness and warmth.”
Charlotte Minty says: “Two timeless materials I often use are oak timber and white subway tiles. Oak is neither too light nor too dark, and has a lovely even grain. It works for flooring, furniture, shelving. The classic white subway tile is robust, versatile and instantly adds a clean, classic finish.”
There’s a reason it’s been stylish for centuries.
Says Emma Gould: “Natural stone or marble is definitely something everyone should have in their home. If you couldn’t do a whole bathroom or kitchen due to budget restrictions, even just a splashback in a powder room can be stunning.”
When Stephen Cashmore renovated his bathroom, the Carrara marble used on the vanity was a piece he bought from a second-hand shop 25 years ago and shifted house with. “An Italian friend told us Carrara will be cut out in 50 years. The guys who fitted the vanity top couldn’t understand why we wouldn’t just go out and get a new piece... it’s because the next generation won’t have any. Marble mosaics are timeless and seen in New Zealand houses from the 1880s.”
This superior natural textile is a top pick.
“Linen curtains are a favourite choice,” says Vic Bibby. “They look beautiful and in soft grey or ivory, will truly be timeless and work with any colour combination.”
Alana Broadhead says linen is very in vogue and she doesn’t see that changing. “Quality linen lasts decades and – like George Clooney – gets better with age. From bedding to curtains to kitchen textiles, linen is both laid-back and yet luxurious and who doesn’t want that feeling in their home?”
Window treatments can make or break a room.
“Always, always consider your window furnishings,” says Janice Kumar-Ward. “Drapery doesn’t have to be expensive – consider using sheers as your drapery and blackout lining on a separate track or roller blinds so you have the best of both worlds. Consider track height and fabrics and always get a recommendation on a great drapery maker as bad curtains are a bad investment.”
Bridget Foley agrees simple, wellmade curtains and blinds are a musthave. “I never tire of off-white linen or silk, or plain good-quality roller blinds. Curtains are expensive to have made properly, so you don’t want to be changing them all the time.” >
‘Natural stone or marble is definitely something everyone should have in their home’
– Emma Gould, White Interiors
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