If you’ve never heard of the great Australian dream, then you probably don’t have much appreciation for the Australian architecture and design. This idea of “pride and ownership” is rooted deeply into homes and interior design solutions of Australians.
When it all started mid-century, this home-centered lifestyle was heavily mocked by the famous Australian architect Robin Boyd in his book The Australian Ugliness, describing it as a bourgie indulgence in bad taste with no sense of landscaping.
Despite the public outrage, it seems Australians did consider his remarks and became one of the leading forces in contemporary home design.
How to Design the Australian Dream
A big backyard was an essential concept for most Australians. But with many backyards slowly tailing away in major cities due to growing urbanization, Australians integrated their beloved outdoors in their interior.
This aesthetic solution has been marked as the “signature strength of Australian architecture and design.” And no wonder, as it is the perfect balance between the openness (both spatial and social) and private, homely, and sheltered.
This makes for a reservoir of creative solutions that can’t be exhausted because the basic concept is wide enough to go with just anything and still live up to the main idea behind it.
However, it is usually made so that it features an open-plan area, resembling the mix of Minimalist or Scandinavian home design.
Minimalism is present with its appreciation for illuminated, clear space where lighting and windows play a central role in decoration, and also its opposition to “featurism” attacked in Boyd’s book.
Scandi style, on the other hand, represents – not the conceptual orderliness of Minimalism, but orderliness of a household, a harmony and, most of all, coziness. With light, weightless colors and natural materials, Scandi promotes the nurturing feeling that the functionality of Minimalism usually disregards.
Australian style seems to merge the two, appreciating both the functional and the aesthetically unified with the natural, cozy, and personal. Colors are predominantly earthy, although some designers like to combine this with Hampton style and its beach-like blues. Wood such as soft oak and raw finishing, stone textures are combined seamlessly.
With architecture being functional and carefully thought out, it falls down to styling to make it personal. This is where you get to express the unique, the quaint, and the sentimental. It is where the aesthetic laws allow for a little disobedience in defense of charm.
We might be unaware of this, but what makes our surrounding personal is the story. Stories create sentiments in seemingly plain objects. And Australians love this. However, this is elevated to a decorating style, and prized pieces are expected to give off a little story themselves, being extravagant or exotic.
Finally, the inevitable table centerpiece. This is a large oak dining table which Australians love for their high regard of timber and its natural and warm air. Just like in Minimalist decoration, the centerpiece is crucial as it dictates the rules of the room around it. A few good pieces are better than a clutter of “featurism.”
But unlike Scandi furniture, these are heavy pieces and are not likely to be moved once installed. This is where you’d need professional help, especially if you want to move. You might want to look for local services such as Removalists Sunshine Coast, that can guarantee you no risk of damage.
But this is not the only case. Because of the indoor-outdoor intersection, more and more outdoor furniture is created to suit this concept. Although they don’t lack in quality or taste, they are probably a lot easier to move and rearrange for social occasions.
Knowing all of this, you can design your home more freely and to your liking. These are just the basics to guide you, but there is no rule you must conform to. And you can see this as some trends appear to be changing in 2019.