Q: What styles do you love?
LS: I certainly get a lot of my inspiration from the showrooms I visit in Melbourne and retail fit-outs, and also Instagram. I like a lot of accounts coming out of Denmark at the moment and follow minimal-style interior designers.
We don’t do a lot of minimalism in Australia, but I’m hoping the trend changes because a lot of people like the minimal look but contrarily they think that they need excessive storage space. So for me, I look to balance my love for minimalism, functionality and practicality – following the rule of ‘less is more’.
Where possible I like to also choose materials and finishes that are classic and not necessarily on-trend to improve longevity. At times I play it safe and do a little bit of each; so part modern part on-trend, with some of the trusted materials and finishes that won’t date too quickly.
Q: What’s the best way to incorporate colour?
LS: Where people get the most concerned about including colour is in homes they are hoping to sell. For those people, certain colours and textures that are safer to play with are used in the detailing of door handles and splashbacks, fittings that are easy to remove once you change the design later down the track.
It’s easier to put colour in accessories rather than in the cabinetry and flooring, but certainly the projects where clients decided to use colour are always the ones that you remember the most. You remember them because they stand out. A lot of the time we will use colourful flooring tiles but then we will keep everything neutral around it except for other inclusions and accessories that will harmonise with the feature colour. Often those who decide to use colour in their design never regret it because they end up looking amazing.