With 2021 finally behind us (what a year!), it’s the perfect time to take a look at what’s hot in interior design and the trends we’ll be seeing across the Northern Beaches this year.
To find out, Nook Money’s Mortgage Broker Cat Denney spoke to the very talented Brianna Sandstrom from Brianna Sandstrom Design. A Northern Beaches local, Bri was one of the original founders of the much-loved Boathouse Café in Palm Beach. Today she is known for creating inviting spaces that reflect the true character of her clients.
Bri, what are the most popular interior design styles on the Northern Beaches right now?
I’d say ‘Modern Coastal’ is the most common brief I receive at the moment. It describes a style that exudes a serene and sophisticated aesthetic but with a relaxed holiday vibe.
Inspiration for the style is often drawn from the natural landscapes that surround the Northern Beaches, So we use lots of natural materials, neutral colour palettes and, of course, keeps things nice and light. The style incorporates soothing natural hues, flaws in products and subtle rough textures that create the feeling of earthiness.
What about Hamptons – will it disappear in 2022?
Hamptons style will always have a place here on the Northern Beaches. It’s classic and appeals to a lot of people. That being said, I am seeing a shift in the style away from traditional details like ornate interior trims and marble finishes. Instead, cleaner lines and more refined finishes are being incorporated which help create calm interior spaces.
Cat’s tip! Check out Bri’s Instagram feed for some scroll-worthy inspiration www.instagram.com/briannasandstromdesign/
Interior styles and trends are constantly changing, what’s on the way out?
‘White on white’ is a trend that has become – to be frank – a little passé. Don’t get me wrong, white walls are timeless but it needs to be balanced to enhance other features in your home.
In contrast, slightly warmer whites, neutrals and sandy hues are becoming more popular as they add a little more warmth and character to a space.
What about floor plans and layouts? Are you seeing changes in response to COVID?
Definitely. COVID has made people rethink their homes and especially the need to balance multi-functional spaces with dedicated spaces for each family member.
I’m seeing more flexibility in open plan living, with more spaces that are connected but can also be closed off via sliding or pocket doors to provide privacy and flexibility.
Bri, with over 15 years in the design industry, what are your top tips for someone looking to refresh their home for sale?
First off, paint, paint and paint. A fresh coat of paint will lift the mood of your home. It’s also inexpensive if you’re willing to do it yourself.
Second, make sure to revamp the entrance to your home. By that, I mean create a welcoming space before a prospective buyer enters the home. This can be as simple as painting the front door, adding pot plants or some furniture.
Also, consider updating window furnishings and treatments as this can be really transformative when it comes to the overall impression of the home. There are many DIY online companies that offer on-trend fabrics and fixtures that won’t break the bank.
Lastly, consider updating kitchen splash-back and handles. The kitchen is the heart of the home and buyers focus on it closely. While updating the whole kitchen is often not an option due to time or cost, updating the splash back and handles can help to freshen and modernise the space.
Feeling inspired after reading Bri’s tips and wondering how you can fund some renovations at your place? Check out this article on 4 ways to fund a renovation.