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How to do classic style interior design

Whether you’re creating your first home or forever home a classic interior will confidently stand the test of time. Keeping true to what I know lights me up, my take on a classic look leans to a broody and masculine feel but feel free to spin it however your heart desires.

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Conceiving the colour palette

Nothing feels more classic to me than a simple and strong, black and white colour palette. Because I love a space with mood and meaning, my darks are inclined to outweigh my whites but your approach can be anything you want it to be. I was drawn to the warm, brown undertones of this particular paint colour. It’s a softer take on a standard black paint and in general and it’s indicative of a movement happening in the interior where you can expect to see warmer undertones in colours across the board.

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Selecting your hard finishes and fixtures

Marble or marble-look is a staple in a classic scheme whether used as a floor tile, bathroom wall tile or as a splashback, it always says elegance. It’s hard to go past the organic vein of natural marble but if the budget doesn’t allow it, marble-look finishes can achieve a similar effect. In this case, I’ve opted for the Cava Borghini Satin tile (a marble-look) for its honey-hued veins which I’d lay on a bathroom floor but I’ve also added some real marble by the inclusion of the fluted marble mosaic which would make a luxurious shower tile. If you’re choosing a big slab of marble for something like an island bench, I suggest visiting your stone supplier and personally selecting your slab. Natural stone can vary wildly from slab to slab, which is in fact, the beauty of it. 

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The Heritage wall panelling is synonymous with a classic scheme, but I think it can be used in so many styles of a home if you’re looking for a way to add character. The dark timber-look vinyl flooring I selected here I love for its richness and warmth and of course, with a bigger budget you would opt for an engineered timber. Vinyl serves the purpose of being cost-effective and being relatively indestructible but it’s hard to go past timber.

The polished chrome T handle pops off this board, elevating the look to more luxurious than casual. Polished chrome is the ultimate in simple elegance and works beautifully with matte black hardware if you’re inclined to mix your metals.

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Soft furnishings 

Your soft furnishings selections process is crunch time. It’s your opportunity to really double down on your scheme. I will never not love a stripe. To me, it’s hands down the most versatile pattern which can swing between classic and contemporary depending on the type of stripe and the greater context. I especially love to see an elegant ticking stripe (fine stripe) in partnership with a larger scale pattern in similar colourways. It’s an opportunity to create subtle contrast without adding colour. It’s timeless and effortlessly chic.

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Creating a mood board for the design of your future home will not only assist with communicating your vision to your colour-selection specialist but will also give you confidence in the outcome of your home design. A reference you can always go back to in future, keep your Classic inspired mood board close when during your home selections process.

Don’t forget to share with us your mood board design by tagging @ausmarhomes on Facebook and Instagram.

Warm European-style home with neutral interiors

A European-inspired scheme feels especially on-point right now. It’s centred on a look that’s rich in texture, reflected in a tonal colour scheme, layered in neutrals with warm undertones. When it comes to decoration in this scheme, it’s about showcasing few pieces but making sure each piece is a piece of art in its own right.

Conceiving the colour palette

I kept the colour palette in this look very tonal which highlights the range of textures in the materials. The warm pink undertone of the tile was my starting point and in painting the batten board in Dulux Eggshell Pink Quarter I’ve extended the colour, allowing the materials to do the talking. Laminex Peruvian Clay and Laminex Porcelain blush are perfect laminate colours to complement the scheme. I’ve seen these colours work beautifully together in joinery. 

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Selecting your hard finishes and fixtures

The Laminex batten board (Laminex Surround Batten 25) feels very contemporary with its deep grooves and linear architectural profile. I love how it juxtaposes the more organic, fluid pattern in the tile and would make a striking wall detail. 

The simple, small square tiles add to the materiality without introducing a new colour. They’d add life to a kitchen splashback or bathroom wall. It’s also worth noting that you shouldn’t feel compelled to tile an entire bathroom. The floor and shower walls obviously require tile or alike, but you may prefer a wall panelling or even just plasterboard on the remaining walls.

The aged bronze handle adds a sense of warmth to a space and its muted finish makes it very easy to work into any scheme. You could also use brushed or living brass or copper (warm metals) in this scheme with similar success. The scale of the handle also adds an element of drama, perfect for a restricted colour palette such as this.

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The rich walnut timber grain laminate provides enough contrast to help anchor the look and is a more budget-conscious option than a timber veneer to apply to kitchen cabinets, TV units or bathroom vanity. And the PGH Morada Ares brick is the most sublime colour that I would easily introduce on the face of an indoor fireplace and/or plinth. The PGH Fieldstone Aspen dressed, is the organic element that this space needs to keep the space feeling relaxed.

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Soft Furnishings

The approach to decorating your European scheme relies on providing layers harmoniously. Grasscloth wallpaper has been used for hundreds of years in homes. It adds texture without adding a pattern into the mix, which I think goes towards the timelessness of this scheme. 

Boucle fabric included in the scheme is having a real moment in interiors right now. Its highly tactile composition adds a sense of sophistication and softness that makes you want to curl up and just melt into the space. It’s even more luxurious paired with a rich, smooth velvet. Then there is tan leather which can just so easily slip into any interior scheme like a quiet, loyal friend, ideal on a sofa or banquette seat.

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Let’s Get Started

Creating a mood board for the design of your future home will not only assist with communicating your vision to your colour-selection specialist but will also give you confidence in the outcome of your home design. A reference you can always go back to in future, keep your European inspired mood board close during your home selections process.

Don’t forget to share with us your mood board design by tagging @ausmarhomes on Facebook and Instagram.

What is coastal interior design style?

It’s easy to understand why Australians love a coastal-inspired aesthetic when we enjoy some of the best coastlines in the world. However, drawing inspiration from our coastal surroundings and applying this in your home interior can be easier said than done. Start by creating a mood board that depicts an array of inspirational images and a suggested colour palette to give you a sense of the overall look and feel of your ideal coastal-inspired space. 

Whilst there are many different interpretations of a coastal scheme, I have put together what I would coin quite a traditional coastal look in terms of colour, modernised by pattern and texture in my selections.

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Conceiving the colour palette

I’ve often said a good, true navy is like a neutral. It will stand the test of time. Dulux Surf n Dive, would make a striking feature as kitchen or laundry joinery or even a bedroom wall colour. And I advocate painting all walls in a space the one colour to avoid stark contrast that can come from feature walls. 

Layering similar shades of one colour and saturating the space creates a feeling of calmness and consistency, which is where materials such as the Laminex French Navy and Laminex Winter Sky come into play. Both would make for impactful cabinet fronts and at a slightly lesser cost than 2pac painting.

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Selecting your Hard Finishes and fixtures

The large tile that forms the foundation of this mood board sets the tone for this scheme. I fell instantly in love with the Frammenta tile from National Tiles which is inspired by an Italian stone and is something I’ve used in multiple interiors already. The irregularity of the aggregate and subtle variation of colour provides a really interesting, neutral base from which to build a palette. The sandy colours that appear in this tile offer an opportunity to include other warmer neutrals which are fundamental to any good interior. Whilst whites and greys can play a role in this look, they need those warmer tones that come from things like the beautiful organic face stone

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The colour of the Aspen Dressed Fieldstone from PGH Bricks, references other blonde shades in materials, such as the oak timber engineered flooring, cabinet handles and the timber grain laminate. Timber grain laminate always makes for successful joinery and my brass selections, as depicted by the tapware, seamlessly add to the tonality of the board.

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If your budget can accommodate some wall panelling, a simple 100m vertical joint board is synonymous with coastal design and is so effective at adding depth to an interior. The more interest you can achieve in your building materials, the less work you have to do in the decorating process.

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Soft furnishings

It is however the decorating process that is always the cherry on top in interior design. Think of your soft furnishing choices like jewellery. The type of fabrics you choose for things such as your window dressings or bench seat cushion tops will decide whether your coastal home is casual, formal, contemporary, classic or whatever mood and style you want to achieve. Contrasting patterns and scale is a sure way to achieve a home packed with personality, which is a home you’ll always be proud of.

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Let’s Get Started

Creating a mood board for the design of your future home will not only assist with communicating your vision to your colour-selection specialist but will also give you confidence in the outcome of your home design. A reference you can always go back to in future, keep your Coastal inspired mood board close during your home selections process.

Don’t forget to share with us your mood board design by tagging @ausmarhomes on Facebook and Instagram.