The allure of a Coastal aesthetic are the simple and clean lines and natural materials and textures that are used in the space, combined with a neutral backdrop with steel, wooden, and woven materials.

Colour

The colours used to create a Coastal aesthetic are very neutral colours that can be highlighted with pops of brighter colour. Most Coastal styles incorporate yellows, oranges, and coral colours for a warmer hue and tone. They can also be paired with greens and turquoises to achieve a cooler hue and tone.

Furniture

When finding furniture for your Coastal living space then you will want to stick with more modern pieces with clean lines. You can even lean toward more natural elements like wood furniture to add warmth and a more contemporary feel to the space. Canvas chairs can also create a neutral tone and base to add splashes of color and other accents later to tie the furniture in.

Lighting

For lighting, a more classic yet industrial style works well with Coastal design. Stainless steel fixtures, chrome, and even aluminum are eye-catching and clean and work well with a clean backdrop.

Décor

The décor is where you can add in the pops of turquoise and other colours that embody the Coastal style. These colourful pieces such as pillows, rugs, or artwork, can add a statement and even a focal point to the room and tie in all the elements together for a more cohesive and finished look and design.

When you think of Coastal, people tend to think of the beach. Remember this when choosing art pieces and furniture for the space. You can design the space to be reminiscent of the ocean and adding in elements like a mosaic glass piece in seaside colours, to turquoise fish to hang on the wall, you are creating a beach aesthetic that ties the outdoors in with the indoor space making it breezy, relaxing, and fun.

A Coastal style should be peaceful, serene, and comfortable. Soft furnishings, neutral and clean backdrops, and ocean hues will inspire the look of the ocean and provide a beautiful and warm space.

If you want to transform your space from ordinary to extraordinary but don’t know how to proceed or which style you want to embrace, then the eclectic style encompasses a number of different periods and styles that can transform the look and feel of your home with the use of different colors, textures, shapes, and finishes.

Elements of an Eclectic Style

For an eclectic style, it is important to consider the layout of the space including where the furniture will be placed, where the artwork will be hung, and even where each lamp or area floor rug will go. The layout is what will provide you with a comfortable room and will tie all the element together seamlessly.

You should also remember to choose a focal point for the space. A focal point should be an eye-catching element in the room like an accent wall that may be painted a different colour, a fireplace, area floor rugs, or another décor item that stands out and attracts attention when you walk into the room.

Colour can serve as an equaliser for any space or style so it is important to choose a colour that can help pull the look together. Even while choosing the accent pieces, you want to keep in mind the go-to colour of the room so you can achieve a more cohesive design.

Eclectic style can be a mix of old and new elements, a mix of all your favourite styles; however, it is important that the room is still functional, even when you are breaking the rules and traditions of style.

Other Design Elements

Mismatched furniture is an eclectic element you can add to the room as long as you achieve balance and tie the furniture in with the overall look of the space. You can use a more modern bench but can add throw pillows that add a pop of colour and texture to the space.

If you choose to paint the walls white, then you have a blank canvas in which you can spatter your other design elements in for a look you love. Art can become the focal point or a magnificent lighting fixture. You can even add an oriental area floor rug for a new level of style and mix it with newer elements.

So, if you cannot decide which style to go with to transform your space, then considering an eclectic style can allow you to include all of your favourite elements from each style to make the space your own.

No room is complete without a little texture, colour, and pattern underfoot, but choosing the right size rug is just as important as selecting a design style or colour palette. Whether rectangle, round or runner; the perfect size and shape is important for good design balance.

The size and shape of a rug can help define sitting, dining or accent areas of a space by emphasizing groupings of furniture. Area floor rugs can be used to define space in a room.

Smaller rugs can be used on their own, or layered together to create a warm and homely environment. The main rule for all spaces where you are considering placing a rug, is that the size of the rug doesn’t overpower the space but still provides comfort and practicality.

The Living Room

Don’t be afraid to choose a larger sized rug for your space. For a grander statement in larger areas; choose a 280 x 190 cm, 320 x 230 cm or 400 x 300 cm rug.

Make sure your rug will accommodate all four legs of your coffee table. You may want to choose a rug large enough to accommodate all the key furniture pieces in your room, or simply the front legs of your furniture grouping.

If the rug is to be the focal point, a large design element should be used to draw the eye down toward the space. If a piece of furniture or an architectural feature is to be the primary focus of the room, an all-over or repeating pattern should be considered.

Dining Room

A good rule of thumb is that area rugs should be 1m  – 1.5m larger in length and width to the dining room table. You should be able to pull a chair out and sit at the table without the chair legs falling off the edge of the rug. Placing a rug under the dining table defines the dining area without confining it. If spills are a consideration, choose materials that are spill or stain resistant such as Heat Set Polypropylene for carefree dining.

Bedroom

Choosing a rug large enough to accommodate the rooms furniture, with a symmetrical border of exposed flooring on all sides of the bed can create a sense of grand splendour. You can also choose a smaller rug to add an accent to your bedroom – large rugs will create a sense of space, while smaller sizes will create a cosy sensation and can make your setting appear smaller as well.

In most average sized rooms, the bed will cover the majority of the rug, so you may want to choose smaller rugs to be placed around or at the front of the bed instead. Outdoors

Rugs have the ability to personalise and add comfort to any outdoor setting and are becoming increasingly popular.

All our outdoor rugs are waterproof, UV stabilised, washable and won’t fade or warp under the harsh Australian sun. Many outdoor rugs are beautiful enough to be used indoors, especially in areas where spills are a concern such as kitchen, dining and bathroom areas.

Choose a rug large enough to allow for a symmetrical border of exposed decking or patio material on all four sides or, in smaller areas, a size that will provide equal borders top and bottom and side to side. You may want a rug large enough to accommodate all your outdoor furniture, or simply one that allows for the front legs of your furniture grouping to rest upon it.

 

Rug Styling Guide

Rugs, cowhides, sheepskins, cushions and ottomans can be used to complement your existing décor or as the foundation from which to draw inspiration for the entire room. You may choose one piece as the centre point of your home, or use rugs of different styles and materials throughout to create a flow of movement from one area to the next.

Area floor rugs can be used to define space in a room. Large rugs are becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to wall-to-wall carpeting for creating moveable living spaces that are easy to update, especially in open plan living. Most popular in living rooms and bedrooms, this size can be used as a statement piece or neutral base to create a décor island while maintaining a sense of openness and space.

Smaller rugs can be used on their own as an accent piece in space conscious settings, or you can layer multiple rugs together to create a warm and homely environment. We recommend achieving the layered look with rugs of a similar palette, with varying textures and materials to create interest and appeal. This works especially well when incorporating non-traditional floor coverings such as cowhides and sheepskins.

Style Trends

Generally, most rugs will fall into the following styles: traditional, transitional, modern or contemporary.

Traditional rugs are faithful reproductions of genuine hand knotted pieces. They are perfect for a classic setting, or you can use them to add old-world charm to modern décor. We also have the real thing – contact us for a Handmade Catalogue!

Transitional rugs will work in both classic and modern settings, and often feature unique finishes like a vintage wash look to recreate the style of a hand knotted piece at an affordable price. They will usually feature a colour palette that aligns with today’s fashion trends.

Modern rugs are a broad category, from delicate neutrals to bright geometric patterns. This style features every size, texture and material you can think of! You can style a modern rug with décor of a similar style.

Contemporary rugs are ultra-modern, with bold patterns and modern production techniques creating a stylish product that is best suited for fashion forward customers looking for a statement piece. A block colour rug can also be considered a contemporary style, when the materials create interest by incorporating modern fibres such as art-silk to create subtle variations for a minimalist look.

Rug Care Tips Rotate your rug every six months to reduce uneven wear and tear Use a rug pad to extend the life of your rug, prevent sliding and to protect your floors Have your rugs professionally cleaned every three to six years, depending on the level of use Vacuuming Lightly vacuum once or twice a week. Use the hard floor attachment and the lightest possible setting Avoid powerful vacuums that may pull fibres loose from the base of the rug Vacuum the base of your rug occasionally, as dirt can accumulate here as well Spill and Stains Blot spills with a paper towel or colourless cloth, and do not wipe or scrub When spills may cause a stain, you can immediately apply a small amount of mild soap and warm water Blot excess liquid with paper towel or colourless cloth, removing as much soap as possible as residue can act as a magnet for dirt Make sure you choose a very mild soap free from any bleach or hydrogen peroxide In most cases, warm water and a small amount of soap will take care of spills if attended to quickly For further cleaning tips, please contact your rug cleaning professional Easy Care Options Non-shed (less vacuuming): microfibre, polypropylene Low shed (less vacuuming): short pile acrylic, vintage wool Spill and stain resistant (less cleaning): polypropylene, acrylic Dirt resistant (easy to clean): sisal

Texture is the secret element that every interior decorator knows will have your home looking its best.

Using a variety of surfaces and adding layers of texture in every room is the key to to creating a beautifully warm and comfortable home. When a room lacks layers of variation in texture, it can feel cold, sterile  and one dimensional even if your home is filled with the latest, uber cool or most expensive accessories.

Are you ready for a few pointers on adding texture to your home?

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Kate Spade New York is a brand synonymous with sophistication and glamour.

This always gorgeous and quirky stationery and accessory collection by Kate Spade New York, brings a hint of whimsy and style to the everyday. Each piece in the collection is that little bit extra special with bold and colourful designs in the quintessential Kate Spade spirit.

With notepads and journals in a range of sizes and designs, gold foiled sticky notes; large gold-bow paper clips; cream-coloured pencils each inscribed with a cheeky phrase, and a stunning Pencil Pouch with zipper in the shape of a gold spade.

So go on…. pretty up your desk with a few of Kate’s (and our) favourite things!

Surprise your mum this Mother’s Day with a gift from the Kate Spade Collection.

I love this trend! 

Known by a few names – dip dye, colour blocking, paint dipped – this trend has been going strong in the UK for a while.  I think it looks fabulous on wooden furniture and wooden kitchen accessories such as wood serving planks, wooden spoons, wood bowls and so on.  I love the clean lines of this look – it inspires to me to want to rip up the carpet in my house, lay down some wood, paint it white and then dip dye my furniture!

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With the glorious autumn weather finally here and those scorching hot summer days behind us, I felt inspired to give my bedroom a fresh look but didn’t want to have to spend a lot.

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Interior Stylist Kristen Gallard, is back with a great style article for anyone who is renting a house and finding it tricky coming up with style ideas or working within the limitations of a structure that can’t be altered. Over to you Kristen….

Having recently gone from owning my own home to renting, I know all too well the frustrations of not only finding the right rental property to suffice all of your lifestyle needs, but one that is neat and tidy, visually appealing, and still within your weekly budget.

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The colours and textures of the fashion runways can easily jump from hanger to room. In this blog article, we’ll look at how to translate some trending combinations into your interiors.

Neutrals & Shearling

On the Runway: Isabel Marant paired slouchy white pants with a shearling vest for a look that’s cosy and uber cool.

In a Room: Whether draped over furniture or gracing the floors, shearling’s lush pile mixed with a serene color palette may result in an almost dangerously cosy space. Colour-phobes, take note: A hint of shearling is a great way to add visual texture to your space without going outside your neutral comfort zone.

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