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Although decorating with nice, soft and natural colors is always the safest and probably the chicest way to go, sometimes you just want to spice things up a little bit, right? But, some people are usually afraid of going bold. Don’t be. Here is how you can easily incorporate bright, bold and strong colors into your neutral space without making everything tacky. The safest and probably the best option is to start slowly by adding various accessories. Here are some you could consider.

Rug

Rugs are the best and coolest accessories for every room. Besides screaming style, they also provide you with a warm fuzzy place for your feet, which makes buying a rug a total win-win scenario. Oh, and let’s not forget about their special role: hiding floor flaws.
If you want to spice things up a little bit in your neutral light space with light floors, opt for an area rug in a bold color such as red, orange, royal blue or purple. If your floor is dark, get a lighter shade such as champagne white or Pantone Greenery shade.

A group of accessories

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When you add a group of like-colored elements, it gives the room a huge impact. For example, you can add some bar chairs in the same color, a set of cobalt vases or something like that.

Painting

Paintings are a perfect choice for those who like their furniture and accessories minimalistic, but still want to add some color. Add artwork and photographs to your space. This especially goes for that all-white places, because the paintings will instantly give it that gallery-like impression and a perfect impact.

Pillows

They are giving you the best of both worlds, for sure. First of all, if you choose your pillow set correctly, the entire room will seem way more elegant, and second, they are providing you with comfort. Make sure that they’re soft enough as well as big enough. The perfect choice would be those fluffy down-filled 22-inch ones because, the larger they are, the better they look.

How to?

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80/20 rule

Basically, the 80 is for neutral, while 20 is for bold colors. It means that you actually don’t have to add that much in order to create an impact. If you don’t think it is enough, just remember the red lipstick. You know how small our lips are when it comes to our body proportions, right? Yet, our entire look changes once we change the color of our lipstick.

Warm vs. Cool

Before doing anything, you have to determine: do you like cool colors (blue, purple, green, grey etc.) better or the warm ones (reds, yellows, oranges etc.)? Once you do this, make sure you’re using them separately. Keep things simple all the time. Mixing cool colors with warm ones can go wrong in no time, and it is extremely complicated. You don’t need that much stress in your life.

Darks and lights

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While light colors open up the space, dark ones are making it appear much smaller. The key is in making a balance which will “deceive” our eyes. Vary the use of strong and dark colors from room to room to make a nice contrast between them. Also, make sure that your space itself has a great lighting. Not only light opens up the rooms, but it also makes every color seem a lot stronger and nicer.

Painting walls – yes or no?

First of all, you should know that painting walls is an exhausting and expensive process. Not to mention that painting every single wall is going to end up looking awful and make the space look smaller, and believe it or not – dirty. Instead, paint just one accent wall with a bold color of your choice. It is going to be far more effective.
That would be it. We hope our advice helped, and that you will have fun while decorating.

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World-renowned decorator, Eddie Ross, did not start his career as an interior designer. In fact, he is a graduate from the Culinary Institute of America and a former food editor, and he discovered his love and talent as a design director on a culinary TV shows. As strange as it seems, his passions merged perfectly: food and decorating, and he had gigs for Calico Corners, Ralph Lauren, and Bloomingdales (just to name a few). As if that is not enough, he also published a book where he reveals some of his time-saving tips and real-life shortcuts for decorating.

Eddie Ross holding a vase

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He is open and friendly

Eddie Ross is not your typical celebrity who will hide from the eyes of public and keeps his professional secrets. He talks openly about what inspires him, what he sees as passing trends, and what he couldn’t live without (it’s vintage mahogany pharmaceutical cabinet he inherited from his grandfather). He is active on Instagram and loves browsing vintage magazines and visiting flea markets when he feels like he needs more inspiration. He also admits his mistakes: one time he painted his apartment which was going to be in a magazine, but when he got up in the morning the colour was terrible. Instead of despairing, he changed the art and the furniture a bit and just went with the flow.

He loves flea markets

One of the things that make him so interesting to the wide public is his open love of flea markets and thrift shops. Decorating a room is not something you do once and never again: the room design should be changed often, and that is not something you can afford if you only buy high-end furniture and pieces. By choosing to buy things which are not expensive, you can move them around and replace them without feeling guilty. Having expensive lamps and couch may be eye-catching, but if you add colourful cushions with bold prints (think leopard, you can find a cheap material quite easily) you will get a wonderfully bright combination everyone will notice.

Magazine cover

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He improvises a lot

He is very honest about who he is, and that is one of the things that got him out of the Top Design show. He is traditionalist in some ways, but loves experimenting and improvising in others – He had a blue-ivory-and-gold Christmas instead of traditional red-and-green one and people loved it. He also said you shouldn’t get a Christmas tree that is so big that you have to rearrange the furniture completely so it would fit in the living room.

Being innovative and creative as he is, Eddie says that he loves constant changes and new discoveries. It is his advice to always improvise and channel your creativity so you can find as many solutions for a decorating ‘problem’ as you can. Always try to give new life to old things and you will love how different a room can look with tiniest changes.

Creating a decor around a single piece you love can make your life easier. You don’t have to think of a certain decor style, and rampage through furniture stores and flea markets to find every single piece that fits. Do it in reverse, find something you would just love to have as a regular addition to your interiors. Then, hunt down the matching items.

The Right Coffee Table

In order to deliver an excellent example of what we are referring to, we teamed up with Chairish (we just love the name of their website). We consulted with them and made a stlyeboard that uses one of their coffee tables as the star item. Everything else was easy-peasy. The coffee table in question is Large Gold Finish Iron and Glass Top Coffee Table. Check out the styleboard below.

Coffee table stylebeoard

We aimed at merging the metal decor with a touch of Bohemian spirit (just look at the carpet). 🙂

Surrounding Elements & Coffee Table Accessories

The rest of this setup includes other products from their amazing shop:

  • Starburst Chandelier
  • Royal Metal Art Deco Style Red Vinyl Sofa
  • Mid-Century Modern Brass Sculpture Sands Casino
  • 60s Gilt Metal & Glass Rolling Cart
  • Vintage Pink Turkish Kilim Rug

We hope you enjoyed this lovely styleboard and be sure to check out Chairish!

Living in Australia ensures social security, economic prosperity and a relaxed lifestyle. On top of that, being exposed to trends that dominate the Australian real estate market gives you a chance to grasp some of the most beautiful interior design solutions in the world. Since our continent-country is mostly situated on the coast, it is no wonder that most Australian homes are decorated in accordance in a laid-back, beachy way.

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Let the sunshine in

If you want your place to look like an average Australian beach home, one of the key features is to let the sunshine in. There is nothing more typical for a beach-oriented Aussie home than soft, light, white curtains. They prevent your home from excessive exposure to the sun, while still keeping it light and warm at the same time. After all, Australia is among the countries that receive a lot of sunlight, which should be used, but in a careful way.

In addition, if you live in a warmer climate, adding nicely varnished shutters is a great contrast to washed-grey or white curtains. Together they make a perfect combination for every home whose owner wants it to look like a beach house in Melbourne.

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Beach in colors

One of the most effective ways to evoke an Australian beach in your home is to enrich it with some typical beachy colors. Probably the first thing that depicts a typical beach near Sydeny or Brisbane is that gold-like sand. That can be the color of your furniture covers. When you lounge on your sofa, you will have a feeling that you are lying on Bondi Beach. Moreover, you walls should be painted in vanilla and peachy shades. Also, going for gentle vintage azure blue tones in your kitchen could is a great choice, too.

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When it comes to wooden furniture items, they should definitely be whitewashed. This color reflects the sun, preserving the furniture from ruin. Check some creative ideas for whitewashed, Australian-style beach furniture on Pinterest.

Accessories for sea feeling

If you want to make your home look like one of those beach bars near Sunshine Coast, you have to equip it with proper accessories. First of all, the materials you choose for your home accessories play an important role. You can’t miss with placemats or terrace chairs made from cane or bamboo. You just have to install a surfboard somewhere in your living room. It is one of the trademarks of Australian beaches.

Also, you can decorate your walls with some beautiful paintings or photos of Australian beaches. For example, printing a photo of an Australian beach in high resolution on a vintage paper could give that rustic, beachy look to your living room. Have a look at a gallery of photos with beaches selected by the Guardian. However, go easy on seashells and similar features. They are common-place decorations, which is why they should be avoided.

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Plants for tropical heaven

What makes you aware that you are on an Australian beach is definitely those large tropical plants that are usually lined along beaches and placed in beach cafes. That is why you should go for a small palm tree or other similar tropical plants to make your living space look like a beach home. Moreover, you can also put the plant pots in open-weave baskets, which will perfectly match other beach-like accessories. But first check what tropical plants can live indoors.

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Decorating your home so as to make it radiate positive beach vibes is neither expensive nor demanding. It just takes some time and creativity. We have offered some ideas that can give every home a nice touch of beach homes Down Under.