The Little black dress – classic in style, beautifully tailored and made to last you many seasons, absolutely worth the investment yes, but sometimes you also want to be on trend right? Easy enough to do when it comes to your wardrobe, just pop on a colourful shoe, a great clutch or an of the minute cool tassel earring and presto, what was a perfectly classic dress is now so this season! Our interiors are much the same, we want our furniture pieces to stand the test of time and remain stylish and classical for years to come but we also want them to reflect how we live today! This poses the question; how do we update our investment pieces from season to season without investing too much?
My first tip is to keep your big-ticket items to a timeless neutral colour palette, I’m talking anything from Crisp Whites to all shades of Grey, Greige, Charcoal or even Navy and always in the best quality fabrics that your budget will allow, this will lengthen the life of your upholstered pieces and will help them to stand the test of time.
The easiest way to keep your interior fresh and up to date is with colour! In the same way you can update a LBD you can introduce colour with easy to change accessories; cushion covers, objects, lamps and artwork.
Every year trend forecasters like Pantone inform us based on what will be the “new black” and what we will be living with and wearing in the coming months and years, Millennial Pink is the big one of recent years and pink is here to stay for now…which I am more than happy about!
This brings me to my next point, colour is completely personal. We all have an emotional response to different colours – for example, I have a friend who is obsessed with a very current and on trend shade of yellow, so much so that it has informed every purchase she has made of late and as a result this happy, joyful and intellect stimulating shade of sunshine is splashed across everything from walls to bath mats to her kitchen kettle… however a mutual friend who I won’t out (oh what the heck, it’s me) is not a huge fan and shudders every time she reaches to boil the kettle to make a cup of Turmeric Tea!
The key to success is to choose a colour palette, whether that be just the one colour or a mix of complimentary colours and to use them to create a sense of unity and balance throughout your home, so that it feels and looks as though your décor choices have been considered. The best way to do this is through repetition, by using the same mix of colour, pattern and textures throughout your home, a fabric, wallpaper, paint colour or pattern repeated will help your eye travel from one space to the next…like a visual leap frog and making it feel like each area is a chapter in the same story.
Finally, the most important factor when choosing anything for your home is to choose what you love, if you love something it will make living with it a joy…and nothing stays in style like authenticity!
Jed Murphy is a Sydney based colour consultant and award winning interior Design Student offering an original and strong client focussed vision for thoughtful and beautiful interiors.