Lucy is the creator of The Design Files
), one of Australia’s most popular blogs covering Australian design in all its forms – from architecture and interiors to art, craft, graphic design and illustration. Launched in early 2008, the site has 150,000 unique visitors a month, and a social media following of 700,000 across Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
What has inspired and informed your interiors style?
As a stylist and editor I find myself inside beautiful Australian homes every week, and having access to these authentic local homes is what inspires me the most. I’m less inclined to be inspired by glossy magazine spreads, or swoon-worthy interiors from elsewhere in the world – for me, seeing interiors trends come to life in real homes, and translated into the Australian context is what is most relevant.
What design trends will we be seeing in 2018 and which ones are you most excited for?
1970s inspired interiors – after years of mid-century appreciation – the 1950s and 60s, we’re finally seeing a renewed interest in the design trends and colour palette of the seventies. Think deep orange and nutmeg tones, dark timber, as well as decorative woven textiles, and cane/woven rattan detailing. Looking ahead to 2018, we’re predicting a renewed interest in layered, cosy spaces – less Marie-Kondo inspired minimalism, and a return to more personalised, eclectic interiors.
When it comes to styling a room, what does your design process look like?
When it comes to interiors styling, you rarely start with a blank canvas. First and foremost, I consider the existing conditions – even a seemingly nondescript room or space will tell you where to start. A Victorian or Edwardian home has a particular feel which needs to be respected. An industrial style space or warehouse can be most versatile due to its robust features and open-plan layout, whilst a seemingly minimal, modern space usually benefits from a careful, layered approach to add warmth and comfort.
After considering the existing space, I usually start with a wall colour! Our recent scheme for The Design Files Open House pop-up project in Melbourne started with a soft pink base – Dulux ‘Friends’ and terracotta accents – Dulux ‘Very Terracotta’. Once selected, this bold, slightly retro-inspired palette informed every selection.