The Emerald HouseContemporary Bedroom
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Le Roy’s tips include: Less is more: avoid using more than one set of pendants in an open-plan area. If you have hanging lights over your kitchen island, don’t also use them over the dining table beside it.I’m generally not a fan of hanging lights as the only light source in a main room (such as a single pendant in the centre of the living room or bedroom). A layered lighting scheme works best. When using a coloured hanging light, keep the rest of the space neutral or pick up the colour of the hanging light in accessories, such as cushions or a rug. Carry textures through: if using a textural hanging light, use other organic textures elsewhere in the room, such as a sisal rug or tasselled cushions and throws.Read more decorating stories
The first-floor master bedroom is light-filled and comfortable, and connects to the ocean-facing deck adjoining the main living area. The master suite also features a spacious ensuite and dressing room.
Location: Melbourne, VictoriaArchitect: Ned Architecture & DesignWhy we love it: It’s all in the detail. Note the skirting boards – they’re the same stormy blue as the walls – and the strip of timber where the wall meets the ceiling.
What to look for when hiring an interior designerWhen you are looking at employing an interior designer, it is very important to think about what you want to achieve visually and spatially, and to look for a designer whose own style will complement your project. It is vital to research the kinds of projects they take on, and if possible, try to view some of their previous work to get a good feel for the designer themselves. Even better, bring along some visual cues, such as mood boards, even the names of brands or designers whose products you love – make sure you can tell them why. Try to understand why you like a particular style, fabric or finish – but when you involve an interior designer, try to go in with an open mind. These people are experts, and their opinions should be treated with respect. Try to combine your ideas with their suggestions; they may come up with ideas or combinations you would never have thought of, or know of places that create something similar for less. Similarly, they should treat your vision for your home with respect – the relationship should be one of mutual understanding, respect, give and take.