Pastel power

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Pastel references bring vibrance to this pared back space.

Pastel references bring vibrance to this pared back space. Image: Shannon McGrath

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A white-washed canvas is spiked with neons.

A white-washed canvas is spiked with neons. Image: Shannon McGrath

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Simple, clean lines are key in this functional space.

Simple, clean lines are key in this functional space. Image: Shannon McGrath

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From benchtop to light fittings, the designers have opted for neutral tones with subtle detail.

From benchtop to light fittings, the designers have opted for neutral tones with subtle detail. Image: Shannon McGrath

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A thoughtful arrangement of artful objects.

A thoughtful arrangement of artful objects. Image: Shannon McGrath

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An expansive glossy island becomes the focus of the kitchen.

An expansive glossy island becomes the focus of the kitchen. Image: Shannon McGrath

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Dots of pastels create a visual continuity throughout.

Dots of pastels create a visual continuity throughout. Image: Shannon McGrath

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The living space introduces warmer, earthier tones.

The living space introduces warmer, earthier tones. Image: Shannon McGrath

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White-washed brick and timber walls provide a fresh, inviting entrance for visitors.

White-washed brick and timber walls provide a fresh, inviting entrance for visitors. Image: Shannon McGrath

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The mint chairs make their way from dining room to office.

The mint chairs make their way from dining room to office. Image: Shannon McGrath

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Stone tiles and more creamy hues are applied to the bathroom space.

Stone tiles and more creamy hues are applied to the bathroom space. Image: Shannon McGrath

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Pops of pastel sit comfortably alongside pine floors and furniture.

Pops of pastel sit comfortably alongside pine floors and furniture. Image: Shannon McGrath

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A carefully selected art work gives depth to the space.

A carefully selected art work gives depth to the space. Image: Shannon McGrath

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This project by Melbourne-based interior designers, Hecker Guthrie, shows an elegant resurgence for long-maligned pastels within a refurbished space.

This mid-century modern home in Melbourne’s Caulfield, while highly relevant to the owners in an architectural sense, was less than desirable when it came to spatial layout and finishes. Though a home with character, what they wanted was true open-plan-style living and a fresh focus on simplicity and chic.

In a collaborative effort between designer, builder and landscaper, simple changes were made to the layout and flow of the house which in turn would result in huge changes in living. This was done without sacrificing the integrity of the original house. Knocking out a few walls and adopting a fresh white palette coupled with oak floors, they produced a series of ample, light and modern spaces and a soft backdrop upon which bolder accents could be added.

Gentle colour became key within the space - mint and lavender Wishbone chairs, pink and blue Eames elephants, Dot stools in dusky hues and other jolts of colour were introduced through carefully selected items. Further layers of art and object in a combination of neutrals, neons, and striking metallics added definition and texture and evolved the space from house to home.


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