When it comes to creating a really relaxed beach house vibes the Aussies really do have this one nailed. Of course they have the weather for it, but they also have the style and attitude. When you think of Aussie Interiors, especially beach house vibes, think Hamptons with a twist. Interiors that show off dreamy relaxed styling with an abundance of natural textures and soft soothing colour palettes. So wonderful to gasp at but also so calm and easy to live with.
So what elements make up the general trend we are currently seeing down under?
Let’s start with…
White has uplifting qualities so naturally the Aussies love it, but with all the light they benefit from naturally, they can afford to go less stark with their shade replacing our favoured strong white with a more vanilla/milky white. It’s a much more relaxed shade, softer on the eye and to some extent easier to compliment. Colour palettes used in Australian interiors can, in general, be more muted taking inspiration from natural surroundings and materials. Tones like hessian or linen, pale greys, soft muted blues and sea greens, all reflecting the ocean, sandy beaches, pebbles and vegitation.
Image courtesy of Interiors Online, Australia.
Just like in Scandinavian interiors, there is a great allegiance to natural textures and traditional craftsmanship. In fact whilst many an interior designer might loathe beige, the Australians embrace its, but in natural forms. Think stone plant pots, linen cushions, seagrass baskets. Wood is a material that is used in abundance but to seem extent in a more rustic style relevant to that part of the world, rattan, bamboo, acacia.
Image courtesy of Homes to Love, Australia.
Indoor plants have made a real come back here in the UK but our Australian counterparts have had a long standing relationship with them, realising their health and mood benefits and placing them in practically every room they can! Lucky enough to have such a fabulous variety of large leaved tropical plants, an Australian interior is unlikely to be without a feature sizeable plant in their main living areas.
Image courtesy of Beach House Abodes
Clearly Australian lifestyle is all about the great outdoors so it’s no wonder that in architectural design of a house, creating a seamless flow from indoors to outdoors is a top priority. Bringing the outdoors in is vitally important, As you can see even from this ensuite bathroom that appears to float outside. But equally with the explosion of fabulous outdoor accessories these days, we can also continue our interior styling design scheme and style from indoors to outdoors through the use of rugs, cushions, throws, candles etc. Something to think about when you are considering your open plan living space and outdoor dining/lounging areas.
Image courtesy of Australian House Garden Original, Australia.
Whilst the traditional Hamptons look is quite contrived and more formal, the Australian version is much more paired back. Preferring to mix and compliment various different pieces to create that relaxed vibe. Living rooms feature oversized sofas with deep seating in natural textures, designed for comfortable family living. Rooms are not cluttered or over-decorated but carefully styled so that the look is effortless and space flows freely. Family life is paramount so individual pieces are practical and free to be seen and used.
Image courtesy of Three Birds Renovation, Australia.
We all know that many Australians are well travelled given their proximity to some of the most beautiful parts of the world, so to truly recreate the Aussie look you clearly need some accessories that have been collected from around the globe. Don’t think a few shells cut it either, collect pieces which might reflect traditional cultures and craftsmanship. Objects that will remind you of wonderful times and joyful moments. Remember that simplicity is key but a few well loved items create a home that is truly unique. The Aussies like us also love to layer accessories for those occasions when the weather turns so there will always be a throw on hand and an abundance of sumptuous cushions to snuggle in to.
Image courtesy of Pamela Makin, Australia.
So whilst we love the Hamptons styling, its a lot more contrived and with 5 kids and 2 dogs between us its not as easy to live with or uplifting as the Aussie counterparts, so for us they are the clear winners.
For further inspiration on Australian Interiors take a look at our blog of favourite Aussie Instagramers here.