Putting the finishing touches to your house with furnishings, lightshades, rugs, the right type of couch, the colour of cushions and all those other things to give it the look and feel you want requires a certain taste and sense of style. To help, REDnews will be running an occasional series asking some of New Zealand’s top interior designers to tell you some of the trends they are seeing here and overseas.
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Bronwyn Turton and Mel Oliver are two designers working from a boutique studio, Turton/Oliver, in Hamilton who are passionate about creating beautiful spaces for their clients. The pair work on a range of projects in residential and commercial and assist with clients, architects, and builders to create spaces that exceed expectations and add value to projects.
A few interior design trends Bronwyn and Mel are currently seeing in New Zealand are:
- Mixing textures through natural elements with a minimal palette of colour are the main foundation for our interiors. Walls, floors, kitchens, and bathrooms are all-encompassing a natural organic feel and touch. Gone is gloss – Matte is celebrating. Marble and timber are dominating our cabinetry for kitchens and bathrooms.
Timber is warm and smoky.
Hot tip for moving forward: Black fixtures are going to be significant. Black sinks, taps, showers, door hardware. Silver fixtures and fittings will be replaced with matt black.
- Furnishings are relaxed and layered, yet sophisticated offering a more inviting feel with a slightly tailored edge. At the Milan fair 2014 the furniture can best be described as 50’s redefined for today. Timber finishes showing deeper tones and marble been used extensively on table tops for dining and coffee tables.
Comfort and quality are key foundations when furnishing your homes. Invest is good quality, long lasting pieces. Buy once – buy right.
- Statement lighting, varying textures that are layered, exposed brick and sophisticated furnishings are just four of the key foundations for interiors of 2014.Get the basic elements right and it doesn’t matter if you live in a converted warehouse, suburban home or a country property, with these elements any home can embrace this look and feel.
- The lighting of today provides us with so many great options with which to make a big statement in our designs. Lighting can either be functional or decorative, and sometimes both. When selecting a
statement fixture, focus on color, shape, material or scale, or all of the above. Let your imagination flow and have fun. More than anything let the fixture be a true representation of you and your aesthetic.
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