Using elegant tones, soft texture and clean lines, Coco Republic‘s senior designer Natasha Levak takes a sophisticated approach to interior design,
What are the three fundamentals for a good space?
Firstly, use balance and symmetry to ensure a sense of calm will dominate. Secondly, comfortable furniture. The furniture must look desirable to sit in, lie in, dine at. Finally, lighting; it can enhance a room in a whole different way.
What’s your go-to colour palette?
It has to be neutral linens in interesting textures, teamed with smart charcoal, deep navy and freshened with crisp white. I love using white to accentuate deeper tones because it is both classic yet fresh and modern all at once. Colour is a tool I use to balance a room, choosing it either as a feature aspect, e.g. a key floor rug, or as a focal point for the eye – in the way of a great artwork or upholstered chair.
Floorboards or carpet?
Floorboards. Not only are they practical, but, to me, they represent a more luxurious way of living. Whether they are polished boards or rustic reclaimed specimens, floorboards create a harmonious back palette for furniture and a home.
What about window dressings?
To me, full-height curtains, whether it be sheer or a full, interlined drape, are the way to go. Roman blinds in an interesting textured textile with a soft-finish end panel are a neat, effective method – and always my preference over a roller blind. Plantations can be effective in the right space, but the devil of them is that they can block out a lot of important natural light and appear too heavy. Venetians, vertical or upright, are a N-O.
What trends are you avoiding?
Anything too decorative or shiny. I am enjoying simple print fabrics, adding detail through a piped seam or an unusual frame. Bronzes and slight uses of muted brass really have my attention.
What’s your best tip for a quick style refresh?
Rework the floorplan if need be, to ensure symmetry is present. Paint the walls, ensure the rug is the correct size for the space and update scatter cushions or table lamps.