While summer trips to the tropics may be out of reach, it’s time to embrace the staycation trend and transform your home into a luxurious sanctuary.Â
Creating an oasis within your home isn’t as hard as it may seem, says interior designer Simone Mathews. Focus on the aesthetics and pull together a cohesive look that champions light and freedom of movement throughout the space.
â€śI am a big believer that the key to achieving that holiday style is to mix it up, thatâ€™s how you create your own unique look and feel,â€ť she explains, pointing to her latest project, The PAUSE, a stunning light-filled home in New South Wales.
The starting point to create this summer retreat was to combine three key styles together; minimalist, organic and a classic layer to finish.
“By taking the best bits of each style Iâ€™ve created contrast and depth to add visually to each of the rooms, complementing the entire design of the property.â€ť
Welcome in nature and embrace simplicity
â€śWe are simplifying the way we live, and a key factor of that is integrating nature into our lives and appreciating how nature makes us feel,â€ť says Simone.
To create an atmosphere that feels like a calm oasis from the outside world, try a ‘less is more’ approach when choosing colours and materials.
“Using a base palette of coastal white against natural timbers and brass, the key is to mix the materials, natural fabrics and textures in similar colour palettes to create the final look,” suggests the interior designer.
In the PAUSE home, Mathews merged the indoors and outdoors with the use of textured timber furniture and rattan, wood and linen in the design and accessories.
Natural light will add the most visual character to a room, she explains.
Sheer curtains are a great way to achieve a soft light and provide a certain mood to a space,â€ť says Mathews. â€śWe used the Sheer Wave Curtains from the new LuxaflexÂ® Curtain Collection to create our look. Luxaflex curtains create a light show; moving against the concrete floors, combined with the morning and afternoon light, it really creates a magnetic energyâ€ť.
Soft layers and smart functionality
Balance functionality by layering curtains with other treatments to create a feeling of soft luxury.
â€śWe layered the curtains with LuxaflexÂ® DuetteÂ® Shades to create a cohesive and functional combination. The balance of light control, privacy and the energy-efficient qualities, makes it perfect for an Australian home,â€ť says Mathews.
Creating an outside area to entertain, play and relax in will help create the free-flowing feeling that’s key to a summer retreat at home.
â€śI wanted everyone who came to The PAUSE to feel as if they were suspending ordinary life and enjoying a breather and focus on rejuvenating.”