Living Room - ManlyMediterranean Living Room, Sydney
Salt Interiors custom joinery was featured in the August issue of House & Garden Magazine. For this project, Salt Interiors worked with Senior Interior Designer for Coco Republic, Natasha Levak to provide custom joinery for the 1930s Spanish-revival home. Levak’s vision for a neutral palette helped to determine the polyurethane paint for the renovated joinery unit Salt installed in the room.
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Keep it simpleSpanish Mission and modern houses from the 1970s often had decorative arches incorporated into the interiors. These homes are now popular choices for updating. Refresh by smoothing dark, heavy brick walls with render, remove and replace outdated wall claddings and coverings, repaint with a white and neutral colour palette, and install newly designed doors and windows.Tip: Use steel-framed doors and windows for a slim-profile frame within the arch.
Be water wiseOver- and under-watering are major hazards for houseplants. Make use of technology to keep your watering on track. Read your plants’ care labels (photographing before disposing of them is a great idea) and set reminders on your phone for watering day. Before watering perform the ‘finger test’ to determine whether the soil is moist or dry. Place your finger in the soil at the base of the plant and dig down two to three centimetres. If the soil feels moist, leave off watering and check again in a couple of days’ time.
Neutral hues“Tan works really well with other neutrals like charcoal, off-white or punchy black,” says interior designer Tennille Burnup of Tennille Joy Interiors. A statement piece, such as a leather upholstered coffee table or a vintage armchair, pairs perfectly with a muted colour palette ranging from white and light taupe through to darker greys and slate.See more neutral living rooms
Clear the airFor a truly calming interior, include indoor plants to purify the air, such as this Strelitzia nicolai, better known as the giant bird of paradise. Studies have shown that plants can dramatically improve indoor air quality by ‘breathing in’ carbon dioxide and ‘breathing out’ oxygen. They also play an important role in eliminating harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that are emitted from furniture, paints and computers. For living areas, choose plants that can tolerate shade – think potted palms, maidenhair ferns, orchids and peace lilies.Health benefits of house plants