Armchair traveller visits the opposite side of the world, Australia. Surrounded by stunning landscapes, an impressive coastline, and abundant sunshine, Australia has topped the world’s happiest country list more than once!
Australian interiors have coined the laid-back look, a timeless, personal, and distinctive style that’s very relaxed and simple yet incredibly sophisticated, with an international flavour. Since there’s so much space to be had, open-plan living is also incredibly popular, as is bringing the outside in.
When it works, the Australian style appears effortless, but how to achieve that sophisticated simplicity in the Four Shires isn’t always so evident. Here we look at several looks that will give you a touch of the Australian in your own home.
Brohemian: Brohemian has been a popular look throughout Australia this year and quite easy to achieve in the UK. This look takes a classic boho-coastal aesthetic and gives it a bit of tribal, masculine grit. Add black, deep brown and petrol blue tones to and all-white aesthetic. If you are looking for a focal point with your furniture then embrace wood and metal that has an industrial feel to it. When it comes to soft furnishings try tribal, geometric patterns on cushions, rugs and bedding for a touch of this style that can easily be achieved and replaced if needed. When it comes to texture add leather, aged metallics and weathered stone to complete the look.
Australiana: To pay homage to all things Australian look towards a colour palette that includes olive greens, burnt reds and rusty terracotta tones. Pair this with a grey base so not to overpower your room. Look to lighter wood furniture with clean lines but visible grain to couple with this, along with soft textures, which can be achieved using organic linen and woven rugs for example. For a smaller nod to this idea add one statement piece which has a handmade, rustic feel with a matte finish.
Romance: In order to achieve a romantic Australian look embrace dark tones on walls like black, plum, burgundy, maroon and charcoal grey. Large-scale floral prints will make a great statement piece for especially in wallpapers, artwork or soft furnishings. Brass accessories will help to keep a luxurious but not completely feminine feel to your space. A few ornate additions wouldn’t look out of place with this style, for example tufted headboards, button-trim furniture and embellished mirrors with set off this aesthetic beautifully.
Fashionista: To be fashion forward with your Australian additions keep your colour palette crisp; black and white are both prominent colours for this look. Accent these colours with grey, dark browns and maybe some gold and silver tones. Pops of greenery can be achieved through indoor plants, whilst graphical posters will add a statement, focal point to any room as well as adding a little personality to your space.
Minimal Calm: This is a less strict look and more of a considered approach to the decorating aspects of your home.Think neutral but still colourful; muddy blues, greys and greens mixing with beige tones, complement very well.Paint walls in a colour other than white; Use white as a smaller accent in decor or lighting.Your choice of materials are of huge importance, look out for pieces of great craftsmanship and with lines that a clean. This look works best when clutter is avoided and there is an open, airiness to your rooms. Instead of achieving focal points through extravagant artwork choose textured walls or wallpapers instead.
With so many different looks to choose from bringing a touch of Australian living to your own little piece of the Four Shires couldn’t be easier. Aspects of all of these looks will marry very well with any property no matter what your personal tastes or style.