Living | 31 January 2017

Consumed by contemporary living

by Danielle Taylor

If you consider yourself a hip and happening type of person and old world traditional leaves you feeling a little underwhelmed, you need to take a look at Contemporary Living for a fresh new take on ‘here and now’. Signature sleek lines and a focus on form, bring a wonderful simplicity to this styling, and while less is definitely more, the emphasis is on eye-catching spotlights of delight.

We have 5 key tips from our Interior Design Team, to introduce a taste of Contemporary Living into your home.

Keep it neutral with your big pieces…
With an underlying theme of ‘being in the present’, it’s important to keep your large room pieces, such as couches, chairs and tables in a blend of refined neutrals such as cream, black, white and shades of grey. This way you can create a striking backdrop for your theme and focus on keeping accessories like cushions, rugs and artwork rotating with the latest in patterns and textures.


The gleaming high gloss tiles, grey wool sofa and clean lines of the all-white kitchen form the perfect backdrop for the contemporary geometric rug centrepiece in the Augusta on display at Greenvale Gardens

Lighting in a monochromatic palette As per most décor themes, lighting holds the key to nailing the look. Contemporary Living embraces an essence of light and airiness throughout, created by clear glass, white or black shades and diffusers. In addition, polished or high gloss surfaces to reflect the light, with chrome, porcelain tiles and glass, simply bring the whole look together with a dash of glamour.


Simple clear glass and solid black pendant shades in the Augusta on display at Greenvale Gardens, create the perfect light source without intruding on the contemporary theme.

Patterns and texture complete the picture…
Introducing elements with pattern and texture for the perfect complement to the elegant neutral baselines, is the glue that brings this popular look together. Don’t just focus on that one geometric cushion, think tiling, artwork, mirrors and rugs. Repeating patterns give this style its edgy ‘here and now’ feel. Simple accessories that can be rotated will have you creating new looks with each season.


The popular subway tile on display in the Piermont at Aston Estate Craigieburn and the simplicity of framed prints in the Manuka on display at Merrifield Estate Mickleham, embody the Contemporary Living theme.

Indoor greenery keeps this style fresh…
With a palette of mainly clean neutrals and monochromatic features and patterns, nothing beats adding the zest of life like fresh flowers and indoor plants. Arrangements of green glossy leaves, like the on trend Monstera, or pots of Fiddle Leaf Figs in woven belly baskets, beautifully offset this style.


Fresh greenery perfectly offsets the devotion to geometric patterns in the Cottesloe on display at High grove Estate Clyde North.

If Contemporary Living resonates with you, check out the full collection in the Inspire by Carlisle interactive gallery, to get your creative juices flowing.

For a behind the scenes experience and to get the scoop direct from the design team, be sure to follow us on Instagram, @Carlislehomes.

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Danielle Taylor

Interior Design Manager

With over 25 years experience in residential building, it’s no wonder Danielle’s colleagues are in awe of her ability to continually create new and on-trend interior colour schemes for the Carlisle display homes.

However Danielle’s passion for creating beautiful interior and exterior design themes doesn’t stop at selecting colours. Danielle wants the display homes to not only look beautiful but also be attainable for our customers. Her days are spent researching and selecting the perfect furniture pieces, decorator items, wallpaper, lighting and fittings to create a complete home they could move straight into.

“Sometimes you need to see something on display to realise what you like. I love that our displays inspire our clients decisions on furniture layouts, lighting and colour to complete their dream home”.

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