When we think of Australiana we often think of those kitschy souvenir shops that stock plush kangaroos and koalas and tea towels and key rings. Australiana is also a distinct style that uses stunning natural wood, organic materials and exquisite designs that reflect the colours and textures of our amazing country. By choosing quality pieces with a tasteful Australian influence, you will be surprised at how the reinvention of Australiana can add beauty to your home.
Beauty Rich and Rare
The Australian landscape is diverse and awesome – full of open plains, dense shrub, weathered gums and also lush tropical rainforest. A home filled with the wonders of the Australian countryside can be both beautiful and rustic. The bright reds and ochres of the outback or the silver and olive hues of gum trees and ferny valleys will never fail to translate into a stunning home. Try painting a feature wall in your fave Aussie palette, or bring in a bouquet of native plants or flowers or some old pieces of wood as a display piece. Furniture in beautiful Australian wood is also an earthy and rustic addition to your living areas.
When you think of Australia you can't help but think of things like kangaroos, koalas, banksia, wattle and beautiful beaches. There are just some images that perfectly sum up the land down under. Designers and artists have captured the beauty and colour of Australia in prints, paintings, sculpture and other art that translates to stunning homewares and decorative pieces. Not just for lovers of vintage tea towels, our Aussie icons can be seen in many contemporary designs that are perfect for a modern home.
The Great Outdoors
Aussies love the great outdoors and we tend to give our outdoor entertaining area just as much attention as the indoor areas. A barbeque is a must as well as a lush lawn for a game of backyard cricket, and few shady trees. If you are an apartment dweller, a small Webber and a couple of outdoor chairs will do the trick. Bright and cheery colours reminiscent of an Aussie summer will add a bit of sunshine to your day all year round.
Cute and Kitsch
Of course, if you love vintage Australiana, who are we to stop you from indulging in a bit of kitsch cuteness. Old tea towels depicting Australian themes are being transformed into the most fabulous furniture pieces and homewares. Antique framed prints make for wonderful feature artwork when displayed in clusters; vintage pottery with Australian native plants etched into their surfaces are making a huge comeback. You don't have to go overboard with vintage Australiana – just a few pieces can give your home that cute kitsch without being gawdy.
Get the look . . .
- The Aussie outback is a fabulous source for colour and design. Beautiful Australian wood and the silver and green of gums, and ochres of the desert, are all fabulous palettes and textures to give your home an Australian feel.
- New designs and art featuring Aussie icons such as koalas and native plants are becoming increasingly popular and are a great way to add a sense of fun and colour to your home.
- Don't forget your outdoor area. A barbeque and some bright chairs give a sense of a sunny Aussie summer all year round.
- If kitsch is your thing you will find many designers who have found new and interesting ways to bring cute and kitsch homewares into a contemporary setting.
We recommend . . .
- #1 – homelife.com.au
- #2 – style-files.com
- #3 – the designfiles.net
- #3 – ninemsn.com.au
Katie Evans – Milan Direct