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    If you thought you had to go bold with your interior colour scheme to make a big  impact, think again. Paring back the palette with the right blend of tones and textures will create a home that is anything but boring. Bright toned trends come and go, but neutral is forever.


    The bedroom is the ideal place to explore a more restrained colour combo. Natural materials like wood and wool add a warmth to the space that will lend itself to a good night sleep. The Ocean Grove louvre bed from Snooze is a whitewashed country style that would pair perfectly with crisp white bedding and a mountain of throw cushions. Frame your bed with a wool shag rug for an elegant finish, or a jute rug for something a little more relaxed. When it comes to wall colours, either cooler undertones like grey and white or warmer undertones of beige or slate would complement the décor. Layer different hues of the same colour, for example using a darker toned grey for a feature wall and the lighter version of the same colour on the other walls, for a sophisticated finish. Use woven baskets for storage, or bring that basket style into your lighting choices with options like the dome basket pendant from Freedom. Plants really get the chance to pop when placed in a neutral space, so put a few in the corners to add to the calming effect. Keep things organised and minimal, as clutter can negatively impact sleep.


    Regardless of whether you have a tiny combined living space or multiple rooms to spread out in, a subtle colour palette will work wonders for the flow. Danish mid century-inspired interiors work well with these colours (or lack thereof) but for something a little different try an eclectic Californian influence. Think cacti, tan leather, lots of layers and one-of-a-kind vintage finds. It’s a look that is inviting and relaxing without trying too hard. Nick Scali’s linosa lounge would be the perfect signature piece to work the rest of the room around, and the addition of a few simple pieces would be all it would need. Freedom’s cacti framed canvas would set the mood without stealing the limelight, and Beacon Lighting’s Leconic Contra light pendant sets a low key vibe. Take it to the next level with a windowsill cacti garden that would require minimal upkeep for maximum style. A shelf for a collection of small white or grey pots would tie this project together for even the most amateur of gardeners.

    While it’s tempting to use a bright splash of green or pink in your dining space, this room has the most to offer when it comes to neutrals. Focus on Furniture’s Olinda buffet is a smart storage choice that looks chic without drawing too much focus. A clay lamp with a white shade, or a collection of vases would work a treat atop this piece. If you like to play host, experiment with servery that explores texture over colour. Wooden bowls and trays never go out of style, and metallics like the gold Paradise Leaf Platter from Domayne contrast well with concrete furniture or flooring.

    Experiment with neutral colours for a harmonious household with no shortage of style.

    For more ideas visit Homemaker The Valley, Corner Ann & Wickham Streets, Fortitude Valley

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