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​Why Good Design Matters - A Home Which Works for You

Satara Sales - Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Pessimists will have you believe that design and architecture is all about trends, having money and showing off. But good design can be so much more than aesthetics. It doesn’t necessarily have to cost a lot of money, it can withstand fads and last the distance. Well-thought-out design can work for you, make your home more liveable, more enjoyable to be in, save you time, money and even be better than your health. Here are our thoughts on how design can positively impact your home life.

  1. Spaces that work for us as individuals and families are those which respond to our needs and wants. For example, a sitting room which is mostly used for entertaining guests and quiet reading or relaxing will be the most successful when the lighting, the materials, the furniture and placement allow this to happen easily. Sofas which are comfortable and relaxing (perhaps a deeper seat or feather wrapped foam cushion for instance), task lighting for reading without straining your eyes, a softer colour palette, carpet or rugs underfoot to absorb sound and smaller side tables for guests to place drinks are some small ways this can be achieved. Each space is different. Really consider what you want to do in each room and how you want it to feel. In smaller homes and apartments, one space may have to do several things (such as eat, watch television, entertain, relax). In these instances, furniture which is flexible and durable will help, storage will play a large role and consider materials and finishes which will withstand high usage.
  2. A home should reflect not only our needs and wants but our interests and personality too. Looking around your home, what do you see a lot of? Books? Art? Children’s toys? Photos? Travel mementos? Having these things around us tells a story about the inhabitants of a home, but when they’re organised and displayed beautifully, they also become a feature and a place we want to be in. Consider furniture like consoles, buffets and bookshelves to house these items. Frame your family photos professionally and create a gallery wall or invest in quality baskets for excess children’s toys. A gorgeous timber tray can hold your favourite books of the moment on the coffee table or mix memory filled travel souvenirs with other décor. Not everything has to be on display, but surrounding yourself with some items you love will make your home more authentic.
  3. Whether your building a new home, renovating, living in a completed home or renting, having a sustainable interior will always benefit the occupant and the environment. This can be considered from the start to the beginning of a project. From an architectural perspective, working with a knowledgeable architect or building designer can make the most of the buildings surrounding environment, the building materials and orientation to ensure the house uses less energy to heat and cool, is comfortable to live in and responds to what the client needs in a home. From an interior design and decorating perspective, attention can be paid to the window treatments, materials, finishes and floor coverings to also contribute to this. Smart furniture selections are also important. Firstly, new furniture can be sourced which is ethically created or even made from recycled or recyclable content. Or, older furniture can be given new life with reupholstery and refinishing. Buying once and buying well can also have a positive impact. While it can take a bit of a hit on the back pocket initially, quality products should last a very long time, saving you and the planet in the long-run. Look not only for quality but also furniture which can move and change with you and your family’s needs.
  4. The colours and materials which we surround ourselves also impact the way we interact and respond to interiors. These theories are used frequently in commercial and retail design to entice us to shop, to eat or relax- so why can’t we do this at home too? Consider thoroughly, or engage a designer, to compose a colour and material palette which will create the atmosphere you want in your home. A warm, earthy palette will exude casual comfort while a cool, shiny palette can be sleek and modern. This can be broken down into each room as well. A master bedroom with a soft palette (not just neutrals, it can include more muted versions of colours too) will encourage relaxation, while a darker, moody study space is formal but possibly also a shift from the rest of the home’s interior to promote work and studiousness. There’s so much information about what each individual colour evokes and symbolises online, to be found with a quick search if you want to know more!
  5. Outdoor Space. In Australia, we’re blessed with beautiful weather for much of the year, so we should make the most of our outdoor living space, from small balconies to large backyards. Having beautiful outdoor furniture is a great place to start to encourage alfresco living. You’re less likely to eat, read, relax or entertain outdoors if you have nowhere to sit. Outdoor furniture is an investment, but quality will last. Consider how you live, how you entertain (i.e. how many people frequently come over, do you have a BBQ, will the kids be visible in the pool close by) and how much time you would like to spend outdoors. Being able to throw a door or window open onto a veranda with plants on it, see the kids run around the backyard and enjoy the Sunday paper comfortably outdoors will really increase your quality of life and how much time you will want to spend at home.
  6. Everything has a place. It’s a familiar scene in any home, whether that be a bustling family home or a single person’s home. Where’s my keys? Missing shoe? Book? Paperwork? The list goes on. Ensuring everything has a place in your home will alleviate stress and wasted time spent trying to locate lost items. Easier said than done of course, but if you’re building or renovating, really take the time to work this out during the process. How many of each thing do you have? Where’s the best place for it? How is the best way to store it? If you’re not building but purchasing furniture, ask yourself similar questions. Will this provide enough storage? Is it easily accessible? On a decorative level, there’s so many beautiful baskets, containers, trays and vessels to hide, display or arrange your smaller items. A tidy and organised home is a less stressful one to live in!
  7. Let’s not forget rentals. Not everyone is living in a home which they can paint, knock down a wall or even change the window dressings. But this is not to say you can’t make your home a beautiful space to be in, you will just need to consider the things you can change or manipulate. Furniture, lighting, art and accessories play a huge role in how we respond to spaces and these are things you can do, regardless even of budget. Think of furniture as investments which you will take with you, no matter where you live. Art can be found at graduate shows and markets without huge commissions. Rugs, removable wallpaper and indoor plants really make a huge impact too. Enjoy the process of making this space feel less temporary than it may be- it’s your home!

Everything you Need to Know About Selecting the Perfect Cushion

Satara Sales - Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Cushions tick a lot of boxes in interior decoration. Want a new look without spending a lot of money? Cushions. Want to bring texture, colour or pattern into a room? Cushions. Sofa or chair not 100% comfortable? Add a cushion. While it all seems simple, with so many to choose from, it can be difficult to make a decision! We’ve pulled together our favourite tips to make the selection process a little easier. 

Shape and Size

Consider where the cushion will sit in a practical sense. An armchair may benefit from a rectangular, lumber style cushion while a deep-seated sofa could use some bulkier cushions to sink in to. The size of the cushion is important. Ensure it’s not too big that it takes over the sofa, or too long to sit nicely on an armchair. It’s great to have a combination of sizes and shapes on a sofa. Try a grouping of a medium-sized square cushion, a smaller square and a round or rectangular style for contrast.


We also asked Trudie Cox of Eadie Lifestyle (she’s a cushion expert!) what her hot tips were.

"Cushions can inexpensively transform the overall look of a room. We change our wardrobe for the seasons, why not take a leave out of the European way of living, and do the same for your home? I love making a living or bedroom space light and fresh for Spring/Summer by introducing soft colour palettes and light fabrics in natural fibres. When the cooler months are upon us, mixing things up with pops of strong colour, or introducing bold textures in a monochromatic colour scheme, can add warmth and cosiness to our living spaces".

Filling is Everything

Even the most boring of cushions looks better with a good insert. Sometimes that’s all that is required- a swap over of cheap, synthetic inserts with a feather or combination version. They feel and look fuller, plusher and inviting. While they may cost a few dollars more, it’s well worth the investment.


Contrast

Whether you aiming for a monochromatic, minimalist style home or a bohemian, country or eclectic interior, contrast is important. This can be found by contrasting shape or size (as mentioned above), contrasting colour, pattern, material or details (trims, embroidery, beading etc.). Contrast provides visual stimulation and interest. A Hamptons-styled, neutral palette can still benefit from using various textures, such as linen cushions pared back with a knitted style for example. A more vivacious home could find a floral teamed with a stripe and a plain coloured cushions- all on the same sofa! Subtler contrasts provide a chic, minimal or formal appearance, while a more obvious contrast brings fun, energy and charm. As Trudie mentions, not everything has to stay the same either.

“The Eadie range offers various Linens and Velvets in more than 23 striking colours. Most Importantly, have some fun with it! Unleash your creativity - it doesn't have to be permanent and can add vibrancy and a fresh new look to your favourite space."


Groups of Three

Grouping of odd numbers works particularly well in decorating and styling. There’s something about the way it feels complete and effortless which has professionals always reaching for the third cushion. Mind you- only do this where the space allows it, such as a master bed or a sofa! One corner of a sofa can be a happy home for three cushions. Try to contrast size, shape, texture or colour here. Start with the largest at the back and work to the smallest at the front. That way you can see all of your beautiful cushions in one glance.

Quality Classics

Investing in some well-made, classic cushions can form the basis for more spontaneous purchases which are more seasonal or trend based. For example, finding a simple, linen cushion in a colour which works with your sofa will always work with colourful or fun options down the track. Focus on the quality, with beautiful, sturdy fabrics and colours which will not date, such as greys, flax and oat variations.

Using Accessories to Complete the Home

Satara Sales - Tuesday, September 11, 2018

 

Accessories encompass a large range of items, from cushions to lamps, vases, candles, sculptural objects and beyond. They are the small elements which give insight into the occupant of the home. What colours and styles do they like? Where have they travelled and what interests them? They can be fashion items which are easily changed as the season’s pass, or they can be carefully collected over years and years. Even if you reside in a completely minimal home, a few curated objects will complete the space. Below are some of our tips for sourcing and arranging accessories at home.

Find a common thread

If selecting accessories makes you a bit nervous, try to find a theme, a colour or style that interest you. For example, if you love a Hamptons style home, collect accessories with a natural colour palette with hints of blue. Add items made from rope, polished stones, baskets, lanterns and white-washed timber vessels. If you have some existing accessories, ask yourself what you love about them. Is it the pattern? Is it the fact that it’s on-trend/ contemporary/ rustic? This will give you hints as to what aesthetically interests you and sets a palette. Pinterest is a great source of inspiration too. Finding a “goal” image is a good starting place to build on your home- with touches of your own personality too of course!


Objects with meaning

Some of the most successful homes are filled with objects that mean something to the occupant. They tell stories of their life, their travels, interests and, family. They may not be the newest, the shiniest or the trendiest pieces, but they move beyond this. These items may consist of gifts, photos, inherited pieces, travel mementos and special items purchased to celebrate an important time. Try not to hide these things in cupboards and bring them out for all to see. Mix store-bought pieces with something your child made, a collection of pinecones or an inexpensive piece bought in a marketplace on the other side of the world.


Found items

There is much beauty to be found in nature, that doesn’t have to cost a thing. A beautiful bowl filled with river pebbles is a gorgeous, tactile arrangement. Or large leaves and stems brought in from the garden to fill a simple glass vase. Elements of nature add depth, colour and texture to a space and can be changed easily and without a visit to a homewares store. Fruit and vegetables also work well in kitchens and meal areas. Pops of colour through citrus fruits or a pile of green apples. Wintery displays of pumpkins on a kitchen bench is an edible delight too.


Practical accessories

If you feel accessories are unnecessary or ostentatious, try to find objects which are beautiful but practical too. There are great utensils, desk items, and bathroom objects which make for beautiful displays but can also be used each day. Baskets for books, candles for their scent and interesting books are also props which can not only look great but have an important use as well.


Groups of three

There is something magical about the number three. Try it yourself with an arrangement of three objects on your coffee table or bedside. A tray on a coffee table, for example, looks complete when layered with two other items, such as a thick, hard covered book and a poesy of flowers. Or three cushions on a sofa. It just feels “right”. On hall console, try a lamp, a vase and a small, low dish. In a bathroom, a gorgeous soap, a timber brush and a shell or piece of coral group together nicely. If you’re more of a maximalist, keep with the odd numbers, five being another excellent combination.

Contrast for maximum impact

When grouping accessories, try not to be too coordinated. Don’t be afraid to combine different textures, shapes and colours. Materiality matters too. Try layering objects made from varying materials, such as timber, marble and leather. Or, glass, ceramics and timber. This allows for each individual item to be observed on its own merit, standing out from one another. With this said, there can be beauty found in arrangements of similar items, such as a collection of candlesticks or trinket boxes. Even here though, various heights, shapes and sizes will add the final touch within the vignette.

 

Creating a Visually Pleasing Interior - Using Colour (Part 3)

Satara Sales - Tuesday, August 28, 2018

An issue with modern design in my opinion, is the oversized, expansive open plan living areas. The excitement about opening up our living spaces, combining kitchen, living and dining areas in the hope of creating a relaxed environment, often leaves us with these large cold rooms that in reality do not promote intimacy or comfort. Some of you may love this feeling of expansiveness, however if like me you want to add a sense of intimacy, choose darker colours that work to close a room in. To instantly add atmosphere, add muted, spicy tones of brown, orange, yellow, red and purple. The darker versions from the cooler colour palette of blue and green will work however they won’t create the warmth that an oversized room requires. Add strength not only to the wall colour but also through the furnishings. Making a larger space more intimate is as much about placement of furniture as it is about colour, so create vignette areas throughout the middle of the space rather than attaching your pieces to the walls. Use strong colours that will give the effect of a reduction of dead space. Oversized rugs on the floor in intense shades give your furnishings a strong foundation.

There is a certain seriousness that comes with unearthing your sense of style, however don’t be too stressed about the process. Colour is supposed to be fun and the process of infusing colour into your home should inspire us. Use your intuition to guide you through your colour choices that set you on the path to creating an individual space, unique to your own sense of style. Rich tones of mustard carry all the positive attributes of yellow but have an air of sophistication. Work back with black, chocolate and cream for the most luxurious aesthetic, perfect for a lounge room or bedroom.

Image via [www.imgrum.org/tag/ambientesconestilo]

Creating a Visually Pleasing Interior - Using Colour (Part 2)

Satara Sales - Tuesday, August 14, 2018


If your room is dark for most of the day, your aim will be to maximise the light that is available to you. In this case you need to use colours that reflect any available light. Painting the walls white is most obvious, but be careful which shade of white you use as a bluey white can leave an already cold, dark room feeling icy. Use a warmer shade of white, that is, one infused with a touch of yellow to add a little warmth to the room. This then creates a simple backdrop for a décor of pale linen furnishings in fresh shades of aqua, turquoise, yellow or green. If your space is flooded with natural light you’ll need to tone it down, so avoid white at all costs. White is a reflective colour and a bright room painted white will be filled with glaring light, leaving you squinting. Stick to deeper colours that absorb the light, this applies to everything from the window treatments to sofa covers. Choose cooler colours in shades of blue and green, consider tones of red, orange and yellow if you need to warm the space even further. Orange is such a fun colour however it doesn’t have to be overbearing. You can turn the intensity up or down. Bright oranges will draw your focus, whereas an earthier Terracotta can work harmoniously with other elements in a room.

The colour you use in a small room won’t actually increase the available floor space it will however give the illusion that it has. In a small space colour works as a kind of mirage, it tricks the eye into thinking one thing when the reality is a much different story. If you want to make a small room appear larger, the key is to keep the colours pale. Add to the expansiveness by painting the ceiling white to give the room a sense of height. Cover floorboards in a white paint or lime wash to maximise the effect, if you prefer natural wood, choose timbers in a washed-out tone. If the room has carpet, choose a lighter shade. The going paler in smaller rooms rule works not only for the paint colours on the walls but also for furnishings. Lighter tones for your sofa, flooring and bed linen will keep the mood of the space upbeat. Ensure the fabric textures are light and breezy as heavy weight fabrics work to close a room in. Who says white has to be bland? Prevent white from looking clinical Use white as a canvas, then overlay with rich, natural tones to create warmth and depth. White can be successfully coupled with almost any colour from the spectrum. Combine it with brights (berry, aqua, lemon, orange, apple & lime) for an uplifting playful effect.

Image 1 by FlooringXtra featuring Satara Products [Aslak Sofa, Eden Cage Coffee Table, Sundial Dining Table etc.]

Image 2 by Satara via [www.satara.com.au] Featuring the Boomerang Coffee Table, Boomerang Kitchen Stools & Nordic Side Table

Creating a Visually Pleasing Interior - Using Colour (Part 1)

Satara Sales - Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Defining colours and decorating with them is a rewarding experience once you realise what can be achieved using simple shades. Explaining our responses to colour is about an emotional reaction as it is an exact science. There is something special about the personal and mysterious connection between colour and our emotions. We live with colour every day and yet it can be so intimidating. So why does the commitment to colour, especially at home, demand such an act of courage?

The question of context is crucial in choosing the colours that both move you and fit within your environment. Is your home period, modern, rustic or urban? If so you may like to consider a palette that enhances that particular period. An easy way to create colour flow is to use lighter and darker shades of the same colour throughout your home. Colour is a universal language, it stimulates emotions, shapes cultures and forms the background of our world. Quite simply, colour can influence mood, create atmosphere and lift spirits. Seeing colour, using it and surrounding yourself with a personal palette that works for you produces a calming backdrop for daily life. I think of colour as one of my greatest indulgences.

Image by FlooringXtra featuring Satara Product, the Lakes Lounge Chair

Creating a Visually Pleasing Interior - Hanging Art

Satara Sales - Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A great rule when hanging pictures is always hang your artwork at 145cm on centre. Meaning the middle of your artwork is always at 145cm. 145cm represents the average human eye height and is often used as a standard in galleries and museums.

A big mistake people often make is to hang artwork too high. Artwork should “talk” or connect to the other elements such as furniture, rugs and lighting. Hanging artwork and photos lower than usual will also give the impression of taller ceilings.

When hanging artwork relative to furniture or fireplace, position the bottom edge of the framed art 20-25cm above the sofa or mantle, again this ensures that the artwork connects with the furniture piece.

A “Gallery Wall” of pictures is a great way to create impact especially on a larger wall. Hanging pictures and photographs together can require practice to achieve an overall balance. You may like to position the grouping on the floor first moving pieces and seeing what works best together before committing to holes in walls. Again, think of your gallery as one picture and hang your centre piece first at 145cm then surround them with the rest of the group.

Image via [www.cutypaste.com/tag/minimalista]

Useful tips on how to create a visually pleasing interior give us great broad-brush strokes to help us design beautifully balanced spaces. At the end of the day your home should be your sanctuary, a place to unwind, escape and recharge. It should reflect you and all that is important to you. Surround yourself with the things that you love and express yourself honestly and you will, no matter what your surrounds, create the most nurturing home for yourself.

Image via [www.paperblog.fr/6256036/envie-de-changer-la-decoration-de-votre-salon]

Creating a Visually Pleasing Interior - The 60/30/10 Rule

Satara Sales - Tuesday, June 19, 2018

One of the most satisfying areas of an Interior Stylist’s role, is helping homeowners prepare their homes for sale. The brief is simple; to create a visually pleasing interior to increase the appeal of the property to potential buyers. Homeowners are often so impressed with the finished product they’re left asking why they didn’t think to employ a professional stylist for themselves sooner.

To make the most of your home just follow a few simple decorating rules and you won’t be in a hurry to leave your comfy nest anytime soon.

Have you ever walked through a home where every room features a different colour, and by the time you walk through the entire home you feel like you’ve visited the circus? Individuality in rooms doesn’t have to be as dramatic as featuring a different colour, in fact choosing a coordinating palette of colours for the entire home at one time will help rooms flow visually and won’t feel so jarring.

The 60/30/10 rule states that a well decorated space should consist of 3 different colours; A dominant colour which should cover around 60% i.e. walls, flooring etc. Start with a paler more neutral base. A secondary colour which takes up around 30% of the space and is usually used for furniture and finally a bolder accent colour at 10% used in smaller décor items.


New Design Businesses - Making the Most of Online Platforms

Satara Sales - Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Navigating the world of social media may seem daunting, time consuming or a waste of time. If done properly, it’s none of the above. Having an online presence is of course, not 100% essential for a new or established design business. But it can certainly can lead to new clients and allows you to connect with your audience. Particularly as a new business, it’s worth creating a social media strategy to leverage your name in a saturated marketplace.

Have a clear idea of your social media intention

Before you start madly posting, writing and pining on social media, consider who your audience is and what the intention of the interaction will be. Are you trying to gain new business leads and contacts? Are you hoping to connect with your existing clients? Or, are you wanting to communicate your look and aesthetic to the broader community? Perhaps it’s all of the above! Knowing this will help you focus on the right platforms and select the appropriate imagery.

Once your intention is considered, think next about what the demographic is of the client you have or a trying to attract. Images directed to a youthful, trend-orientated design sensibility are not going to attract the high-end, discerning client. In turn, images which seem unattainable to the “everyday” person could push your potential young family client away from your social media handles. What type of visuals/ information do your dream clients want to see?


Be consistent

While life can get very busy (particularly if you’re running your own business!), making time for social media regularly is very important for retention of followers, engaging with comments and feedback and generally being part of the online community. Consider social media as a business tool, not just something to do on the weekend when you’re on the couch.

Once you have decided what is realistic for you, such as one blog post a week or three Instagram posts a week, be consistent with this. There’s great planning technology for most platforms to upload several posts in advance and schedule them in. If you have some down time or a quiet period, take the time to get organised. Write a spare blog post to have up your sleeve. Take photos of a completed project or find an additional five images for the days you’re so busy you feel you don’t have the time. Schedule a weekly time to organise your social media if you think you won’t be consistent in your management of the platforms.

Image style and quality must be of a high standard. Always.

Interior design is a visual business, as you know! Clients are coming to you for your specific skills in all things aesthetically pleasing. Your images should reflect this. Ensure all images are of a very high quality, not grainy, blurry or with terrible composition. Some images will take a few times to get “right”.

If your project is something you’re particularly proud of, it’s worth getting a professional photographer in to record this. Their images will be worth the effort and expense. Images should also be consistent in style or vibe, reflecting your personal taste and work. Use similar formatting or filters if using Instagram for example.

Connect and engage with the community

On all platforms, such as Instagram, Facebook or a blog, there is generally a place for your readers/ followers to share, like, comment or engage in some way. They may ask questions, make a positive comment or show their appreciation. It’s important to acknowledge this and respond in turn. A simple “thanks!” is all it takes. In turn, take the time to look at other people’s blogs or feeds and connect with them. If you’re using Instagram for example, try to comment on other’s work a few times a week.

While many of these platforms are very visual, they are also a time to communicate your ideas, personality and style in a written sense. Be careful with what you write and consider if it’s reflective of your ethos while still being professional. Find your online “voice”. Is it factual or are you a story teller? Make the most of hashtags on your images and blog posts. This is an excellent way to connect with others who may not ever knew your business existed. See what hashtags are used commonly in relation to your business and use them on every post. Perhaps add one unique hashtag which links back directly to you or your business, such as #angietompsondesign or #angietompsonstyle for example.

Analyse the statistics of your activity and followers

Social media is so much more than just posting pretty pictures. You need to understand what your followers like and what they’re engaging in so you can do more of this to retain their loyalty. Do you get more traction if you post at a certain time of the day or day of the week? Did one image or article get a lot more feedback or “likes” than all the others? This data is golden. Use it to your advantage to grow your followers even further.

Textural Moodboard- Turning Inspiration into Real-life Palettes

Satara Sales - Tuesday, May 29, 2018

You may have heard of the Danish term “hygge” which is the design world’s current obsession. Loosely translated to comfort, or cosy, the word holds great meaning to the Danish people (and the Norwegians too, who share the words same meaning). For them, the idea of being comfortable, enjoying life’s simple pleasures and creating this atmosphere within their homes is so important. They achieve this through the use of candles, soft furnishings, slow cooking, reading, woollen socks…. You catch the drift. A key element of hygge is texture. Consider the Scandinavian homes you may have seen in magazines. Soft wools, raw timbers, baskets, knitted throws and reindeer hides are plentiful. In the pursuit of hygge, including various textures in your home is just one of the many benefits.


While texture may bring the visual and literal idea of comfort into the room, it’s also a celebration of true materiality. Texture is not just wool or felt, it comes in different forms. The beauty of timber and its innate characteristics are seen. Rope, woven materials from nature, leather and linens also add to the story. While glossy finishes, metals and flat surfaces are a texture in their own right, they are cool and need balancing with rawer materials if you’re trying to achieve a warm and homely look. Textural palettes suit all homes, even those which are cutting edge contemporary, it’s just a matter of how you apply this palette to fit within the style you’re aiming for.

Coastal homes work well with a highly textural palette, as do rural properties. They reflect the outdoors and the natural location of the property. By adding rope, woven materials, sisal rugs, linen drapes or upholstery and timbers, you are instantly creating a casual, eclectic and inviting space. These textures sit back with either a neutrals palette (such as all white) for a fresh look, or rich colours for a statelier and formal feel. Teamed with accessories, this is the perfect textural interior. Think: baskets of timber, pinecones or magazines, woven lamp shades, drift wood, linen or velvet cushions and other finds from nature.

More contemporary and clean-lined homes can also benefit from the textural palette. Even the most modern home can have a feature of timber (be it in joinery or a stand-alone piece of furniture) or cow hide rug. In some ways, the inclusion of texture needs to be considered more carefully in these spaces. Each item is sculptural and will be observed individually. An occasional chair is a great place to bring this piece to the contemporary interior. Try one which has elements of woven material, timbers or leather. All homes, no matter how minimal, see value from the warmth that texture brings. It is a home after all!

There are a great deal of places to find inspiration for your textural palette. Seeing the materials together is helpful to form a guide when choosing finishes and furniture. Create a flatlay to refer back to, like the ones which can be seen here. Note that they have variation in their texture. There are layers of softness, rawness and contrasting elements. Layering of texture creates balance and visual interest. Once you’re happy with your flatlay, you can allocate each of the materials to an actual finish, furniture item or accessory in your home. Some may be large, such as timber floors, while others will be small, such as a linen cushion. Keep coming back to the board to ensure you have each of the materials ticked off in the interior.

Textural combinations that are unexpected form beautiful points of interest in the home. Think outside the square and know there are no real “rules” as such. Team felt and leather, rope and timber or metal with timber. Find balance however and for every cool material, try to counter this with some warmth.

Nature is one of the greatest forms of inspiration and the provider of so much textural warmth for our homes. This doesn’t just have to be large items as well, like a dining table or kitchen joinery. Adding plants, flowers, beach-walk finds and anything else from the environment can be the way to include the warmth without the expense of a whole home overhaul. If you’re working within a budget, try other smaller accessories or furniture pieces. A timber tray on your coffee table, some new linen cushions or woven candle holders. These are items which will never date, as timeless as it comes when talking interiors.

Don’t forget to start with the flatlay or moodboard. Always an anchor point to refer back to if you get a little lost.



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