Interiors: the must-have colours for Canberra summer

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Move over minimalism, it looks like wabi-sabi inspired interiors will be the number-one home décor trend for 2018. And while the undone style might celebrate imperfection, getting the look just right takes careful selection.

The ancient Japanese worldview is derived from Buddhist teachings about finding the beauty in imperfection and impermanence. In the home, the wabi-sabi philosophy translates to the use of organic materials, flawed pieces and authentic, eclectic design principals. A respect for natural, raw materials is important to the wabi-sabi way, so steal your colour palette from nature and go for earthy, neutral tones.

“No matter your personal style, there is one key factor to nailing this trend for your home,” explains Etsy trend expert, Dayna Isom Johnson. “Accepting the idea that your home does not have to be showroom-ready is all it takes. Keep it real, be authentic, and be happy that for once you don’t have to make your bed to be cool.” Sounds good to us!

Ahead, some inspiration to get you into the wabi sabi frame of mind…

sland Paradise, Lapis Blue and Niagara have caught our eye and we can’t get enough of them. They may be bold, but traditionally blues are calming colours, and in these crazy times, we all need a little calm, right?

If we had to choose only one, it would be the soothing Niagara. Its soft, grey tones make it an elegant choice to promote relaxation and serenity. Consider it for a bedroom space or as an overall theme colour, it’s distinct but not overwhelming en mass.

Lapis Blue is probably the queen of bold. She’s sexy and the centre of attention in any room. So girl, be brave and cover the walls! Or if you feel like coming back down a little closer to earth, she’s the perfect highlight colour for your accent chair or artwork to bring out the best in your space. Like your favourite jeans, Lapis blue can go with anything, any room, any style.

Island Paradise, the colour of our dream holiday, seems like an especially brave choice from Pantone. Yes it’s tropical but there is something a little royal about this colour. Stunning as a feature, think outside the box, with tiling or as a shadow line. Beautiful as it is, we suggest caution coupled with consideration when dabbling in Island Paradise. Unite with muted tones or deeper blues (Niagara and Lapis Blue are perfect), there are too many disaster stories that have butchered turquoise to the interior designer. But we have great faith in its Renaissance. Don’t fear it, but be inspired by the following inspo.

Need some ideas? You’re in the right place. Here are 12 ideas on how to use this year’s Pantone blues in your home.

By Sienna Maill


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