Living room: The latest looks … & how to get them

Massimo Living room. Photo: Supplied

Massimo Living room. Photo: Supplied

INTERNATIONAL

This living room by Massimo Interiors in a Malvern house speaks of easygoing glamour. Massimo Speroni says he tends to layer whimsy and tradition. “I have an eye for sophisticated symmetry, combining order with bursts of colour and optimism. Consistent throughout my work is a sense of glamour drawing on classical and contemporary references.” Massimo grew up in Milan and says he has unconsciously acquired the grandeur of his hometown and his work shows the influence of the Italian masters in either subtle or bold strokes. The family room (inset) is relaxed while retaining an element of tailored style and elegance. Andy Warhol’s Marilyn prints were the starting point for the colours.

Massimo Living room. Photo: Supplied

Massimo Living room. Photo: Supplied

Evolution

Glamour has never gone away and never will.

 

How to put the style together

Borrow colours from a significant item in the room, for example the Marilyn prints. Mix classical and contemporary elements.

 

Essential elements

● the large, quilted ottoman immediately makes a statement

● a little bit of sparkle on the walls

● a bit of fun

 

BEST TIP: Enjoy playing with colours.

 

SCANDINAVIAN

The Scandinavian style of interior decor is very much at home in Australia. Our love of light, fresh colours and uncluttered design is a unifying element. Emilio Fuscaldo of Nest Architects overcame the visual and practical restrictions of working with small spaces in this Albert Park cottage by practical and visual means, and designed joinery to maximise the use of space. “Everything is light, hardly touching the ground, so it doesn’t feel as if the furniture is filling the room.”

Nest Architects Living room. Photo: Supplied

Nest Architects Living room. Photo: Supplied

Evolution

Scandinavian ideas have influenced Australian housing since the middle of last century. Now that retro furniture is so popular, the synergy is very evident.

 

How to put the style together

It’s all about light and lightness. Don’t use heavy blinds or curtains; let as much light in as possible and choose furniture that is light in both design and colour.

 

Essential elements

● lounge furniture with angled legs; thin cushions

● pale wooden floors and furniture

● limited palette – soft blues and greys, and milky white

 

BEST TIP: Paint the floorboards white.

 

HIGH DRAMA

Melissa Bright, director of MAKE Architecture, was blessed with brave clients when she designed the renovation of this Californian bungalow. It won several awards last year including the national prize for residential alterations in the AIA 2015 National Architecture Awards.

MAKE Architects Living room. Photo: Supplied

MAKE Architects Living room. Photo: Supplied

Evolution

Concrete is coming into its own now.

 

How to put the style together

This look is hard to achieve without the professional magic dust.

 

Essential elements

● a sense of adventure

 

BEST TIP: This look demands attention. Don’t be shy.

 

 

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