Living the retro minimalist glam and Brooklyn modern industrial life

Retro: minimalist glam.
Retro: minimalist glam.

INTERIORS with a sophisticated, urban edge are on trend for the home as we continue through the cold season.

Two standout looks are retro, featuring moody blues, sumptuous textiles and lashing of gold, and Brooklyn: a streamlined, modern take on the industrial trend.

“The retro look is elegant and urbane, while Brooklyn has more of a New York loft vibe,” Carpet Court stylist Heather Nette King said.

“But both focus on colour, texture and layering, so they’re perfect for creating that welcoming feel we crave in the cooler months.”

Heather shares how you can work both looks into your living space.

 

Retro: minimalist glam

Simplicity is key to making this look work.

The palette is deliberately effortless: tonal blues paired with low-key neutrals and highlights of gold.

Seek out classic pieces with clean lines and give them breathing space to shine and then ramp up the glam factor with accessories such as side tables and mirrors in gold and copper.

Balance out the vibrant blues and gleaming metallics with a light tone grey carpet, which will provide contrast and make a room feel bright and open. Or for a richer neutral base, try a smoky grey carpet.

Timber-look flooring would also look stunning: steer towards blonde and light tones.

Brooklyn: modern industrial.

Brooklyn: modern industrial

This style features raw timbers and exposed detailing: gone are the heavy wrought iron bases and rough-hewn timbers the industrial look was known for.

Seek out furniture such as coffee tables and shelving with slender legs and simple lines in mixed materials such as weathered timber and steel.

Scour your local second-hand shop for interesting, salvaged items such as metal dining chairs or lighting – don’t worry about the old nick and scratch as they add character.

Go for a richly textured loop-pile carpet in deep brown or charcoal.

For wooden floors, choose a warm mid-tone timber or one with a weathered, greyed-off finish.

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