The Best Decorating Tips From our Favourite Australian Interior Experts

Lauren Powell

Dreaming of creating a Pinterest-worthy home? Well, we’ve got you. We asked our top interior experts to reveal just one of their top decorating tips so we can all create spaces that look like they could grace the pages of our favourite interior magazines. Read on, be inspired by the pros, and then get decorating!

Greg Natale, Interior Designer

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Greg Natale

Top tip: “Whether you’re decorating a large or small area, you still need the same key pieces of furniture and soft furnishings to create a warm, layered space. The trick is getting the proportions right. Large spaces require sizable pieces, while small spaces require more petite pieces with slimmer silhouettes.”

Mr Jason Grant, Interior Stylist and Author

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Lauren Bamford

Top tip: “Personalise your space—decorate with what you love, and incorporate mementoes and nostalgia and things that create happy memories. It’s okay to create some warm, fuzzy moments.”

Megan Morton, Interior Stylist

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Jason Busch. Styling by Megan Morton.

Top tip: “Don't buy a light, rug and lounge all at once. Doing this leaves no room for the magic stuff to happen and for you to acquire it naturally and with layers. All you need to do is fall in love with one thing, the rest is like adding to the stew that's on the stove!”

Darren Palmer, Interior Designer

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Top tip: “Decoration is about layering the final flourishes that make a home a home, and gives you an opportunity to tie together disparate elements in the space. It can make sense of them as an overall scheme by simply repeating colours, patterns, shapes or materials in contrasting ways. For example, if you have a large blue couch you might lay out one or two blue books.”

Juliet Love, Interior Stylist

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Juliet Love

Top tip: “The most harmonious rooms are those that have been considered in terms of balance and proportion. The easiest way to do this is to take a photo of your room, divide it into four by placing a line down each axis, and anything out of balance should become immediately apparent. Keep furniture in proportion, but play with one or two oversized items that will become the focal point in the room. A stylish lamp or striking artwork will work well to catch the eye.”

Steve Cordony, Interior Stylist and Style Director At-Large of Belle

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Edward Urrutia. Styled by Steve Cordony.

Top tip: “Creating little vignettes around your home can tell story. Style-up a console or bedside table with interesting objet and decor, and using books to create height and layers. As a general rule, think in three’s and use your "design" eye to get the right balance. Be it asymmetrical or symmetrical balance.”

What is your top decorating tip? Tell us below!

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