This Designer Proves That Aussies Are Leading The Way In Design
Characterized by muted colors, natural light and milky tones, Aussie spaces are unashamedly laid-back, yet intentionally sophisticated. With neutral color palettes and clean lines, Australians are leading the way in the minimalist look we’re eager to recreate.
To give us a better sense of the look, we tapped Melbourne-based designer, Carole Whiting, for her expertise on the notable Aussie look and her classic-contemporary take on the sought-after style. The Australian designer has become all the rage in the world of design, while stealing our hearts with her signature relaxed, refined and clean aesthetic.
Australia’s stunning landscapes and pleasant weather have a major impact on their designs. “I think the reason our style is so distinctive is based largely on our weather. We have a temperate climate and we tend to place our design in that world between seasons. It’s not too heavy, and not too light,” says the Aussie designer. “We’re a country of travelers. We take our design cues from all over the world and we are very aware of what’s happening in the design sector. We’re open to new ideas and challenges but we’re not afraid to find our own paths.”
There’s a certain effortless sophistication to Carole’s look, demonstrated in her often monochromatic palettes. She takes notions from Scandinavian design, as seen in her inclusion of streamlined forms, skillful use of color, and Asian-influenced light installations.
Her tips to perfecting the Aussie style? “Keep your palette light and your materials natural,” Carole tells us, noting that timber, stone, black and white are fail-proof color choices.”
We asked Carole about her Netherlee project, and we’re betting you’ve seen this one circulating on Pinterest. “The kitchen was the centre of the project, with a huge island bench with room to sit, and designed for a client who loves to cook. We gave her a pastry rollout section in marble on the rear benchtop and loads of storage,” the designer tells us. “A groove-paneled wall conceals doors to the fridge, laundry, pantry, storage and powder room. The overall palette is warm but simple and clean. Furnishings and lighting are restricted to mostly black, white and pale timber, and the light quality in the home is sublime.”
Carole’s work has been characterized as a “liminal balance between whimsy and minimalism” (by Est Living Magazine), and we can’t think of a more fitting description for her work. “I lean towards natural materials, primary forms, craftsmanship, a simple palette and a relaxed attitude,” states Carole. “ I like to collaborate with my clients and have a great relationship with my suppliers and a fantastic team around me.”
Lastly, the designer offered us a bit of advice when it comes to spending on your space. To really hone in on that Australian look while saving your money, “don’t buy cheap, just buy less,” she advises. But, something she’ll never regret splurging on? “Beautiful bed linens,” she tells us.
It’s not just their style we love. If you’re lucky enough to call an Aussie your friend, you know exactly what we’re talking about. Now, if you just start using words like “keen” and “heaps”, you’ll be right in our book.