The Style Curator recaps how to create a contemporary home for a young family, as featured on Love It Or List It Australia.
We just saw the first episode of Love It Or List It Australia, where a young family of six had to decide if they should stay in their beloved heritage Queenslander or list it for an opportunity to upsize.
I'm in awe of what Neale Whitaker and his design team pulled off to modernise their original home.
He rejigged the floor plan to take advantage of wasted space (such as an unused staircase at the back of the house) and create better flow throughout the home - this created an opportunity to add an ensuite and walk-in-robe to the master bedroom, a new laundry, and a dining space.
Above all, the home was given a fresh, young and stylish overhaul with clever paint colour choices, new furniture and décor. Let’s talk about how they did it.
1. On-trend colour palette
The heritage paint colours (forest green and peach) certainly didn’t work as well on the interior of the home as they did on the exterior – in fact, they were creating a dark and dated feel so it was the first thing on the list to be changed.
Neale selected a family of on-trend paint colours from Taubmans of warm whites, greys and blush pink, which helped to create a lighter and more airy feel throughout the home. It set the perfect, neutral base to begin styling while also making the home appear larger.
If you’re looking to modernise the interior of your home, take a lead from Neale and repaint – it’s one of the quickest and most affordable ways to create instant impact.
2. Play with texture
Did you spot the textured tile splashback in the new laundry or handmade subway tiles in the bathroom? Or timber veneer benchtop from Wholesale Kitchens in the laundry? Playing with different textures creates a confident and sophisticated interior, and when you pair that with slightly quirky styling (more on that below), it adds that youthful element.
Many people are shy to use bold colours in the home so a ‘safer’ way to add interest can be to stick to a neutral palette but mix up the textures. Here’s an example of how a similar handmade subway tile in a white satin finish can add depth to walls in wet areas:
Just some of the opportunities to bring textural elements into the home are with tiles (3D, wood finish or linen effect, just to name a few), wallpaper (such as seagrass), and wall sheets or panels (like the original VJ walls of this home).
3. Style with natural elements
From feathers to coral, leather cushions to fur throws, cowhide rugs and linen cushions, we saw A LOT of natural elements injected into the styling of this home and for good reason – they add dimension, warmth and often a playful feel.
If you want to create a youthful but sophisticated interior, using natural décor is an easy and versatile way you can achieve this. The tricks to getting this right are:
- Have a vision (boho, coastal or Scandinavian are just a few of the most popular styles).
- Keep to a common colour palette (this doesn’t mean everything needs to be matchy matchy but having some common colour references throughout rooms is important).
- Play with height and scale.
- Mix up patterns and textures.
4. Add interest with artwork
From floral artwork in the master bedroom to horse photography artwork in the dining room, loads of new artwork was brought into this home.
With the wide range of affordable prints available now, you can find large format pieces that will add a wow feature to rooms.
5. Indoor plants for days
A cluster of hanging planters in the bathroom, wall-hung greenery in the dining space, and trio of indoor plants in the kitchen, were just some of the on-trend ways greenery was added to this home.
Indoor plants don’t just look great, they’re also said to have a range of health benefits from improving air quality to helping to reduce blood pressure. With indoor plants trending now more than ever, you can find a wide range of ways to display these in your home.
I just love that macramé hanging shelf that they added to the new laundry of this home – genius!
So there you have the top five ways you can create a modern and youthful interior, thanks to Neale and his team!
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