Are you building or renovating? Whether you like to keep up with what's hot or are on the search for some inspiration for your new home or reno, a couple of local colour experts have teamed up to assist Sunshine Coast locals to sort through the confusion and find clarity with colours through art classes for everyone.
As someone who’s been helping people to buy art online in Australia, owner and manager of Maroochydore-based Go Arty, Wanda James, says when it comes to decorating, probably the one thing people stress about more than anything else is choosing colours.
"That’s because colour is complex," Wanda says.
"It can manipulate a space, create a certain mood, be calming, frustrating or make you happy."
Wanda says she keeps up-to-date with current trends by listening to what her clients want, travelling to annual gift and homeware shows, reading the latest industry magazines and looking at what people are doing around her.
So, what's hot this year?
If you're a fan of eclectic colour clashes, tribal designs, homewares with a story and sustainable designs, then you're in luck; because Wanda’s research tells her these are all hot trends livening up our living spaces over the upcoming next 12 months.
“My top trends are based on the latest research published by Lifestyle Channel's Penelope Quinn and can be summarised as follows:
• Metallic and black - strong darks will help anchor shimmery metals like gold and copper, as well as some peach and smoky ice blue is being thrown into the mix.
• Beachy chic - the nautical look will remain as one of the top trends over the coming year but it will have a more natural, beachy feel.
• Eclectic personal style - making your home look like it has come together over years of collecting gorgeous pieces, not purchased in one weekend with everything matching.
• Natural finishes and tribal textures - keeping life simple and using natural light, materials and raw textures and finishes.
• Folk and oriental patterns - add some global inspiration to your next interior design project with oriental-inspired patterns in softer shades, rather than the geometric and abstract patterns that we're used to seeing.
• Lovingly hand made - bespoke statement pieces such as wall hangings and original artwork (especially work you have done yourself!).
• Bring the outdoors in - because of where we live, the natural trend is to bring the outdoors in with the use of indoor plants such as large leafy plants like fiddle leaf figs, monstera and rubber plants.
• All creatures great and small - from prints to animal-shaped vessels, our love for animal friends doesn't seem to be going anywhere.
• Goodbye made-to-order art, hello gallery walls - you don't need to pick art to match your cushion covers anymore... expect to see more of the gallery wall trend that includes an eclectic mix of photographs, prints, paintings in different frames and 3D objects like plates or textiles.”
So, as you can see, there is lots to learn from the current trends and the complex world of colour, however if you are still feeling confused, don’t worry.
Based on client demand, Wanda, together with local colour consultant guru Fiona Dawson, have designed a half-day workshop to share tips and tricks to help you feel more confident about choosing the right colours for your home or space.
With expertise in colour as a qualified Colour Designer, and currently working for a reputable paint company within the industry, Fiona offers a real understanding of products and finishes needed to successfully complete a project.
“At the workshop, participants will create their own mood board for their personal project and we’ll work closely with each person to assist them with finding colour clarity,” Fiona said.
“We’re guarantee our workshop participants will leave feeling empowered to go home and decorate your own room or home with confidence.”
When: Sunday 28 August, 2016 (Updated!)
Time: 9am – 12:30pm
Where: Go Arty, 7 Norval Crt, Maroochydore
Cost: $147 (+gst)
Bookings: Places are limited. Call 5451 1445 to book your spot.
More information: https://www.goarty.com.au/colour