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Styling and renovation extraordinaire Kara Demmrich is one half of dynamic, down-to-earth duo and The Block favourites, Kyal & Kara. With over 35 renovations and design projects under their belt, this team knows a thing or two about making homes more beautiful. Kara joins us as our style ambassador and guest blogger.  

Embrace colour to the max this season, with a scheme that makes a bright, bold statement to create a room with a rich, decadent ambience.

The secret to using big colours is to maintain control by layering tones of the same or similar hues across the room, and you can include furniture, accessories, artwork and the walls themselves.

Applying layered colour allows you to be as bold as you like by adding colour in stages. To achieve the look, start out with a key piece of furniture in a statement colour. This will inspire your overall palette of variations to use throughout the room.

For example, a blush pink armchair may be your starting point. With this in mind, paint the walls in a variation of the blush colour and find bedding and a throw in a similar shade, to create a sophisticated look that sets a mood for the room.

This theming is great in bedrooms and especially works well using dark and moody tones such as purples, deep blues, dusky greens, and the jewel tones of emeralds, ruby and amethyst.

Keep in mind that darker shades tend to make a space look smaller and more intimate, while lighter colours will open it up and make it feel more airy. Both can really transform a room and give it a whole new feel.

Here are some of our favourite ways to achieve success with layered colour.

Air chair

Let colour flow outdoors as well as in, with these bright, UV-stabilised polypropylene stackable chairs made in Europe and available in both vivid and subtle shades $159 Out on the Patio

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Vanity scatter cushion

Yellow always adds a sense of fun and happiness to any room and these cheery citron cushions do precisely that, while the Renaissance-inspired pattern adds a sense of sophistication. $39 Remarkable Furniture

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Gilded Wren storage box

As alluring as it is simple, this beautiful box is elegance defined. The striking, deep-blue finish and unassuming gilded wren handle ensure it wouldn’t look out of place in the grandest of homes. $77.50 European Design

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Air chair

Let colour flow outdoors as well as in, with these bright, UV-stabilised polypropylene stackable chairs made in Europe and available in both vivid and subtle shades $159 Out on the Patio

STORE PROFILE

Vanity scatter cushion

Yellow always adds a sense of fun and happiness to any room and these cheery citron cushions do precisely that, while the Renaissance-inspired pattern adds a sense of sophistication. $39 Remarkable Furniture

STORE PROFILE

Gilded Wren storage box

As alluring as it is simple, this beautiful box is elegance defined. The striking, deep-blue finish and unassuming gilded wren handle ensure it wouldn’t look out of place in the grandest of homes. $77.50 European Design

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Lay it on with colour     

By layering variations of the same colour – rather than applying contrasting colours – you can create an elegant, opulent space that makes a bold statement without being overwhelming.

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