The Australiana interiors trend is picking up pace of late, and I couldn’t be happier to see it taking shape. In a design climate that draws so much inspiration from overseas looks (Hamptons, Scandinavian, French Provincial – to name a few), it’s nice to see a trend built on an aesthetic a little closer to home.
The images in this post highlight what make the trend so amazing. They’re from the most recent Dulux 2018 colour trends forecast. This look is what the team at Dulux call ‘Kinship’ (more on it here), but to me the colour story here has Australiana written all over it. The tones and textures – and inturn the entire mood – is unlike anything we’ve seen of late here in Aus. And what a welcome change it is!
So let’s explore how you can take the best moments from this look and create your very own Australiana interior.
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A Muddy (but Marvellous) Palette
The colour palette is the starting point for the Australian trend, and there’s a rich combination of colours at play here.
Warm terracotta tones and burnished reds seem to stand out the most, and they’re at home against the equally stunning faded green shades. This wonderful sense of balance makes the look a vibrant one, but it’s not at all overbearing.
Muddy blushes, cool greys, steel blues and deep ochre shades also make an appearance, creating a palette that feels both earthy and cosy.
And don’t worry; you can ease into using these colours. If you’re looking at the imagery here, feeling wowed, but worry you can’t commit to a green wall, fear not! You can easily paint some smaller sections of wall in these tones, or bring in some accessories, cushions or artworks that use these hues.
Ease into the look: hit Etsy to find some unique decor from local artists, or explore your op-shop and paint some pieces in the colours you see here.
Important Textural Elements
In terms of textures and materials, the approach is more refined than what a typical (or more mature) Australiana interior might usually adopt. The wood furniture, for example, is less battered and bruised. But the wood grain can still be seen. The colour of the timber itself is blonder and less red; a more contemporary take on an Australian farmhouse.
There’s also a sense of craftsmanship in the decor here. Handmade vases and ceramics are important and give the look character. Pieces feel loved and handed-down. There’s also a good amount of softer handmade pieces too; macrame and other wall hangings play alongside woven rugs and hand-printed tablecloths.
The images here definitely pull inspiration from global culture, but I reckon it’s nice to ramp up the local look. Don’t be afraid to hit Etsy to find some unique decor creations from local artists, or explore your op-shop and paint some pieces in the colours you see here from Dulux.
A sense of nature is also present in the Australiana interior. And I don’t just mean in the native florals you’ll want to display everywhere. They’re important, but look to bring in that sense of nature elsewhere too. Soft organic cottons in bed linen are a good starting point, as is bamboo or timber flooring. You’ll also want to embrace the detail in woven baskets and hand-knitted throws, too.
The look also plays well in homes that rock an indoor-meets-out vibe. Embrace open doors and windows and let the light and air floor in. Have greenery sit either side of your doors and windows to blur the lines between the in and outside world.
Are you loving the Australiana Trend?
Let me know what you think of the Australiana interiors vibe that’s going on in this trend. Are you loving or loathing? I’d love to know in the comments below.
The images in this post come via Dulux. Styling by Bree Leech and photography by Lisa Cohen.