Trend alert: soft minimalism
According to trend forecasters, there has been a noticeable softening in interiors in recent months, with a simpler, quieter aesthetic.
Pale and tonal hues, organic curves and sumptuous textures are combined for a look that’s laid-back and inviting.
“The idea of a pale interior conjures up visions of a stark, all-white space, but this look―which we’ve called Into the Pale―shows just how warm and welcoming a light-toned interior can be,” says Heather Nette King, interior stylist and Carpet Court style ambassador.
“A tight palette of gentle, earth-drawn tones such as beige and blonde, with hints of ginger and amber, touch-me textures and natural materials such as timber and stone, create a feeling of relaxed elegance. It’s a scheme that instantly elevates your home and feels distinctly Australian.”
Although it’s a warm palette, it’s not just suited to toasty winter interiors in cooler states. It also works well in coastal and tropical homes, and with both period and contemporary architecture.
“Dialling up the texture is key to achieving this look―from furniture, carpet and rugs to wall finishes, window treatments and soft furnishings. The idea is to create a touchy-feely wonderland that makes you want to curl your toes into rugs, walk barefoot on timber floorboards, nestle into crisp, linen sheets and snuggle up on the sofa in a pile of soft, tactile cushions.
“Texture is just as satisfying to look at as it is to feel, so remember to include a mix of different materials that give your eyes an interesting plane to traverse―think velvet, raw timber and rattan,” she says.
“Curves, arches and rounded organic forms in furniture and accessories are also important. They add softness to the look, along with that extra layer of comfort.”
Go warm and tonal: avoid contrasting colours and select a tonal palette of warm white, cream, beige and blonde with hints of ginger, amber and russet to set a soothing tone.
Turn up the texture: use a mix of natural materials such as rough-hewn linen, corduroy, raw timber and rattan across furniture, upholstery, flooring and window treatments.
Embrace curves: arches, curves and rounded organic forms will add softness, creating that relaxing feel.
Select hardwearing foundations: timber floorboards and wool carpet will provide a durable and long-lasting base for any space.
Maximise light and views: make spaces feel bright and open by opting for pale sheers or plantation window shutters that gently filter the light and allow you to enjoy a verdant outlook.