Into the navy blue

Navy blue is one of my most favourite colours (after mint green and pastel pink of course). Using navy can add depth and sophistication to a room, it’s such an adult colour. The question I can hear you asking is, “How on earth do I work navy into a room so it’s not boring?” Well I have a few tips for you below!

1.Don’t be afraid to be dramatic

navy couch

navy wall

Navy curtains

Don’t be afraid to be full on with using dark colours. It creates a moody and dark room, yes, but it feels like it’s about to swallow you up into a safe cocooning space. Navy blue gives off a sultry and rich feel in a dark room and pairs well with charcoal grey and chocolate leather. If you’re going for a dark OTT room, why not play with textures using thick luscious curtains or a sexy velvet couch. However, a dramtically dark room needs some balance so add lightness through accessories like a lighter floor rug, metallic lamp or tan leather couch.

2. Funk it up with bright colours

navy tiles pink rug

pink and navy

navy chair gold stool

navy emily loungeroom

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Funking up the navy blue with bright turquoises, pinks and mustards is a colour combo that makes my heart sing! It turns the navy from be sophisticated and moody like our last look to quirky and playful. If you want more inspiration google image search Emily Henderson, (MY HERO, I LOVE YOU, CAN WE BE BEST FRIENDS?) as she is the queen of using navy blue in eclectic spaces. While you’re at it google Jonathan Adler… cue drool. If you want to be daring use emerald green, it would make my grandma quite uneasy as she always said “Blue and green should never be seen without a colour in between” …well, in my opinion rules are meant to be broken… Sorry Grandma.

3.Gold + navy = mid-century sexy

Navy sofa

navy and mustrad bedroom

blue and gold

It’s not moody like look one nor playful like look two. The marriage between gold and navy looks like something out of Madmen- classy, glamorous and elegant. Although this marriage lasts longer than any in the show… it’s a combo that will never age. Do it, buy that big mid century couch/armchair/bedhead, I dare you. The best way to bring the gold in is with lighting fixtures, side tables, chair legs and other small decorative objects.

4. Use it sparingly as a pop colour with white

light navy

navu pouffe

navy and white bedroom

Now this doesn’t mean go nautical which white and navy so often do. Add small splashes of colour and don’t go to heavy on the stripes. The rooms above work well because of the mostly white styling and feature pops of navy. This look ensues a light and airy feel in which its elegance comes from the depth of the navy.

Please don’t be scared of navy. It’s your friend, and looks good in so many different rooms. If you have any other colour questions please send them through to askjacqui@stylelingual.com.au

Happy styling friends!

 

Street art for your home

Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 6.44.07 pmA few weeks ago I went to the Ikea Art Event which showcased 12 art works created by street artist from around the world. Yep, cool stuff. So cool in fact, that I now have two hanging in my own home.

I love that with the street style of these posters, you can be causal about hanging them with washi tape or bull dog clips, or you can stick with the traditional frame. And they are big…. 70x100cm. The best thing is they only cost $14.95. Yep, what a bargain! Get onto buying them quickly as they are limited edition and your favourite print may sell out…. RUN!

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Home Call: Kat and James

Step into the quirky, eclectic and much loved home of Kat and James. This home looks and feels good, and the best thing is it’s been decorated on a limited budget. It’s full of preloved gumtree and Vinnies finds, given a second chance. It also has wise new investment pieces and many D.I.Y elements. If you want to some tips on how to make your home look good on a tight budget, grab and pen and paper and watch the interview below!

Off the grid

Hi friends!

It’s fashion week here in Sydney, (thank you Instagram feed for reminding me every single minute…) so to feel included I thought I’d do a fashion inspired post. I’ve noticed lately more home accessories are mirroring the fashion trends… like the grid print. Sounds mundane yes, but its simplicity is oh-so-beautiful. It’s been floating around the fashion world with Josh Goot, Cameo and Country Road having these sexy yet simple grid patterns splashed across shirts, skirts and dresses. It’s very modern, minimalist and chic.

Josh Goot

Josh Goot

Josh Goot

Josh Goot

Cameo

Cameo

Cameo

Cameo

Country Road

Country Road

Love it? Below are my favourite grid patterned homewares- and not restricted to just black and white! Enjoy.

Grid Items

Style Steal: Jessa

Fashion has always inspired our interiors, and vice versa, which is why I’ve taken to Jessa, from the hit TV series Girls for her cray style. Yes, like every other twenty something girl (and closet male) I am obsessed with the show. She’s a boho princess, a rocker and someone who just doesn’t give a damn. With her carefree attitude comes a unique style (or five) we can all learn from. Below are some classic Jessa looks and how to incorporate them into your home.

showcase_GIRLS_724331_LD_PILOT_JJW_111810_23791. Earthy colours work well together
Earthy colours look so beautiful on Jessa, and no matter how many hues she wears, it just … works. Think browns, beiges, oranges and ochres, teamed with neutral white to brighten it up.

It’s the same concept with interiors. I’ve always opted to use white for the majority of a space – on the walls or floors, for example, as it lifts the mood. Notice here how the white walls and bathtub lift the otherwise dark and moody colours in the rug and wall art.

These earthy colours work well in this eclectic bedroom and make for a cosy retreat. To get the same look, use natural textures like leather, animal hides, wool and cane to complement the earthy colours. If you want to liven it up, don’t be afraid to mix in a brighter orange – it pares back beautifully with browns and timbers, as you can see here the pop of orange from the flowers and pillows.

showcase_GIRLS_735664_1349392_4256x28322. White, floaty and soft creates the perfect boho style 
Yes, think lace, white on white and layer upon layer, like Jessa’s wedding outfit.

In the home, this look can create a perfectly soft, absolutely cocooning and undeniably relaxing room. It’s light, natural and pleasant for the eye.

To get this look stick to white and beige palettes and layer in different textures. I recommend using linen, woven rugs, marshmallow soft couches, macramé, beaded chandeliers and if you can sneak in some lace you get extra points. Keeping the palette very light and neutral is key.

showcase_GIRLS_757467_1921041_3456x51843. A bit of rock could be the edge you need
Jessa has an edginess to her; it comes with her whole attitude of not giving a damn of what others think of her. So yes, she rocks a dark T-shirt and plum lips every now and then, what of it?

You can inject some rock ‘n’ roll into your house with small touches. A great way of doing this is an edgy artwork, like this updated Frida. This way it won’t compromise your personal style but will add that edge you may need.
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4. There is a time and place to be outrageous 
Clash colours, play with textures, (yes, I’m referring to those amazing feathers), throw in pattern and be outrageous!

This bedroom by Alida and Miller is a great example of how perfect opposites can work well together. The cushions and bedhead wouldn’t traditionally go with the dark wall colour and horse painting in this room, but it works nonetheless, in a good clashing kind of way.

A great way to get feathers into your room is by using Juju hats, also known as Bamileke feather headdresses. They look sexy yet soft when hung on your wall.  Don’t be afraid to mix up the colours and sizes to create an interesting feature wall.

showcase_GIRLS_757460_Girls_JM_ep304_5_3_13_72485. Paring it back gives you a chic look
Sometimes we just want a simple outfit we can slip into and feel a million dollars in. There’s nothing sleeker than a plain white silk dress with red lips and black heels.. thank you, Jessa.

It’s the same for your house. Sometimes you want a relaxing space with no distractions that simply looks good. The bathroom and bedroom are where this clean style works best, where all the relaxing usually happens.

Choose two or three neutral colours and work with natural materials such as white linen and timber. Leave the room free of clutter and keep decorating to a minimum.

You can catch Girls on Showcase at 7.30pm on Mondays, express from the US.

YOUR SAY
Which Jessa look do you gravitate towards most?