Sorrento House Living RoomContemporary Living Room, Melbourne
"This is an example of one story being told holistically: the architecture and the interior talk to each other - beautifully. Unadorned materials are used inside and out completing the narrative'. Rob Mills Photography Earl Carter
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Left exposed on the interior walls, concrete introduces an edgy, urban feel. While it’s a bold design statement in itself, its soft, neutral colouring and subtle texture also create the perfect backdrop for colourful artwork and statement furnishings. It also pairs beautifully with other raw finishes, such as timber and natural stone. Good to know:Building with concrete requires engineering expertise and an experienced builder.It can be expensive. If heavy panels need to be transported and/or craned into site, costs can quickly escalate. Using the tilt-up method reduces transportation costs.Using pre-cast or pre-fabricated panels will reduce on-site construction times.Once installed, concrete walls will require no further finishing, making it the ultimate maintenance-free material.
15. Lean on me. Melbourne, Victoria
10. Location: Sorrento, VictoriaArchitect/interior designer: Robert Mills Architects and Interior DesignersWhy we love it: Cool concrete is made cosy with the addition of slubby linen and injections of bright orange. Tip: Low-slung sofa styles will give you a casual, relaxed vibe.
We all know that artworks are an easy way to add accent colours to a room. To make sure it looks purposeful and carefully considered, add one or two other elements in a similar hue. In this living room, for example, orange books on a coffee table reflect the colourings of artworks on the fireplace ledge, as does the other decorator piece in the room: the tribal totem. This repetition of colour helps the eye travel all around the room, and really gives the viewer a chance to appreciate all elements in the room rather than just one bold piece.
Thankfully, as the following rooms show, some people still have the good sense not to organise their entire living spaces around the telly – and even if you have to have one in the room, there are myriad ways of hiding it away.
Solution: Check it twiceFirstly, be careful when buying online or from a printed catalogue and make sure you know if items can be exchanged or returned if they are not the right fit.As for online purchases, there are websites that test your computer’s colour vision and allow you to update your computer so you receive the most accurate colour information on your at-home computer. If you decide to shop with a photo of an item, make sure you remember the kind of light you took the photo, and take a moment to compare the photograph with the object before you leave the house.