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Heather Nette King: Local Boho the interior trend you need to know about in 2023

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‘Local’ or ‘modern’ boho is the new interior trend set to sweep the design world, with the style dubbed a ‘soulful celebration of creativity, nostalgia and unpretentiousness’.

The look is described as the ‘very antithesis of harsh minimalism,’ and was created by Heather Nette King, a Melbourne based interior stylist.

Minimalism, clashing patterns, vintage finds and laid-back styling are at the core of the trend, which will bring colour to any room with undertones of the ‘carefree spirit of the 60s and 70s’.

‘Local’ or ‘modern’ Boho is the new home interior trend taking over in 2022 and 2023, and was designed by Australian interior stylist Heather Nette King (pictured)

The style aims to be a 'soulful celebration of creativity, nostalgia and unpretentious home style', There’s colour, movement, and a celebration of handmade and vintage style

echoing the aesthetics of the '60s and '70s the style features minimalism clashing patterns, vintage finds and laid-back styling

The style aims to be a ‘soulful celebration of creativity, nostalgia and unpretentious home style’, echoing the aesthetics of the ’60s and ’70s the style features minimalism clashing patterns, vintage finds and laid-back styling

Ms King predicts interiors will see a return of the free spirited style of the bygone retro decades.

‘As a nation, we’ve always had a soft spot for the boho look. It’s easy to see why; with its focus on colour and nostalgia, and no-rules approach to styling, it’s a natural fit for our relaxed lifestyle and provides the perfect framework to create homes with heart,’ the Carpet Court ambassador said.

‘This modern boho look will have more polish and more emphasis on quality and craftsmanship than the classic boho look, creating ‘cosy luxury,’ she explained.

The style focuses on natural materials such as timber, and natural shades such as green, blue and coral, allowing the patterns and materials to clash in a relaxed and sophisticated way

The style focuses on natural materials such as timber, and natural shades such as green, blue and coral, allowing the patterns and materials to clash in a relaxed and sophisticated way

‘With roots in the slow movement and natural living philosophies, it’s about decorating your home to reflect your personal journey rather than following any prescriptive rules or decorating dos and don’ts.’

‘There’s colour, movement, and a celebration of handmade and vintage style. The focus is on authentic living, with farmhouse vibes in the kitchen and quality family time in the lounge.’

The designer said the bedroom should be a ‘dreamscape of relaxed colour, pattern and artful layering’ and the home office should feel like a creative studio. 

Ms King designed a home in the boho style using good quality pieces and furnishings

Ms King designed a home in the boho style using good quality pieces and furnishings

The style is a more polished version of classic boho

'Warm, earthy hues on the floors and walls form a cosy, neutral backdrop'

The style is a more polished version of classic boho, ‘warm, earthy hues on the floors and walls form a cosy, neutral backdrop’

'Styling is simple – pieces are given room to breathe to showcase their shape and texture,' Ms King said

‘Styling is simple – pieces are given room to breathe to showcase their shape and texture,’ Ms King said

‘Classic boho is often a riot of colour and pattern, whereas this new iteration is more considered. Warm, earthy hues on the floors and walls form a cosy, neutral backdrop,’ she said.

The look focuses on natural materials like timber and rattan, and natural shades of fabric like green, blue and coral.

‘Styling is simple – pieces are given room to breathe to showcase their shape and texture,’ she said.

The designer said that this look suits any architectural style: ‘All you need to do is unleash your creative self and let the decorating vibes flow.’

Previously, interior design experts shared their top styling tips with FEMAIL to ensure your home remains timelessly chic and trendy beyond passing fads. 

How Ms Nette King decorated an interior in modern-boho style

  • The designer first chose the flooring and window furnishings, opting for ‘neutral tones that convey a relaxed, organic feel, but are durable’
  • She then decorated the rooms with furniture, fabrics and artwork in muted greens, soft coral and pattern
  • The designer chose a warm oak-look, hybrid floor for the entrance, kitchen and hallway
  • She added soft S-Wave linen-look sheer curtains to the kitchen
  • She arranged relaxed seating and carpeted the living room
  • Ms Nette King added white blinds in the kitchen and living room to add privacy and prevent glare
  • She used a nylon twist pile carpet in a deep greige, vibrant artworks and contrasting patterns of coral and mustard on the bed of the main bedroom
  • She also added plump European pillows, embroidered cushions, patterned bedlinen, and a vintage-style quilt
  • A home office was transformed to a creative studio by adding contemporary and rustic rattan and timber furniture, a gallery wall, white blinds, and a chunky loop pile wool carpet in a gentle sage
  • The designer used Carpet Court furnishings, to deliver ‘a warm and characterful home that invites you to weave in tales of your adventures and experiences as your story unfolds,’ said the designer

Interior designer for 247 Blinds and 247 Curtains, Amy Wilson, said to keep it classic with your colour choices, experiment with patterns and incorporate greenery and house plants in your home.

Lucy Ackroyd, head of design at luxury linen company, Christy, said switching up soft furnishing like cushions and throws can revamp a space and to reuse and recycle old furniture and Jonathan Warren from bed specialists Time4Sleep says to balance new trends with timeless pieces. 

Below, the interior experts give their top six tips.

Interior design experts shared their top six tips to creating timeless style in your home including embracing greenery and house plants to add colour and improve air quality

Interior design experts shared their top six tips to creating timeless style in your home including embracing greenery and house plants to add colour and improve air quality

Complete the scene with greens 

House plants were a rising trend while people were locked in the homes during the pandemic and Ms Wilson said they are here to stay. 

Incorporating plants and greenery into the home is a timeless way of adding colour to the home plus they have been proven to improve indoor air quality. 

‘Greenery, both the colour and plants, is going nowhere, as biophilic design, incorporating plants into interiors, continues to be a focus of designers and wellbeing experts,’ she said. 

‘There is a plant for everyone, from those that require minimum effort to those which need daily attention, so do some research to find out what’s best for you. The plant pots themselves can also be a good way to add some colour or pattern.’

Blending new trends with timeless centrepieces, like rattan bed frames and bed heads, minimise the risk of the style looking dated in the future

Blending new trends with timeless centrepieces, like rattan bed frames and bed heads, minimise the risk of the style looking dated in the future

Balance trend with timelessness 

When thinking about a new look for a room, Mr Warren said it’s a good idea to blend new trends with timeless centrepieces to minimise the risk of the style looking dated in the future. 

‘When it comes to elevating a desired look or feel in your bedroom, the bed is a key feature to focus on, with this naturally taking centre stage,’ he said.

‘When considering the best bed for your space, ensure to choose one which supports your ever-evolving style by providing a timeless canvas.’ 

‘Wooden beds are an ideal option to give the room a touch of tradition whilst keeping things versatile. If you lean towards more modern trends, opt for a rattan bed frame to introduce some more playful texture.’

Kmart Australia’s range of rattan furniture, including their stylish bed heads, are an affordable option for having an on-trend centrepiece for you bedroom. 

Reuse and recycle  

Rather than replacing outdated furniture, many home stylists are getting crafty and giving their homewares trendy transformations like this bobble lamp created by DIY expert Geneva Vanderzeil who use soft drink bottles, white paint and plaster

Rather than replacing outdated furniture, many home stylists are getting crafty and giving their homewares trendy transformations like this bobble lamp created by DIY expert Geneva Vanderzeil who use soft drink bottles, white paint and plaster

‘Interior design trends are constantly changing and evolving. But at the same time, the interiors industry is becoming increasingly focused towards sustainability, so whilst you may be keen to jump on the latest trends, there are ways to do so without overconsuming,’ Ms Ackroyd said. 

‘There is a continuing effort to encourage us to buy less, shop vintage and do our bit to be more mindful and conscious consumers,’ Ms Wilson added.

‘This doesn’t mean we can’t buy anything new, but consider selling old furniture and buying second hand. Also take a look at the things in your home and see if you can upcycle them rather than simply buying something new.’

Rather than replacing outdated furniture, many home stylists are getting crafty and giving their homewares trendy transformations.

DIY expert, Geneva Vanderzeil, from Brisbane recently upcycled a plain floor lamp and gave it a stylish transformation using old bottles, plaster and white paint. 

How to make Geneva Vanderzeil’s upcycled bobble floor lamp 

What you’ll need

An old floor lamp 

Around 15 empty soft drink bottle depends on the size of your lamp 

Masking tape 

What to do

1. Cut the top third off the soft drink bottles with scissors and slice down the side of each bottle top

2.  Neatly cut the screw necks off the bottle tops

3. Remove the shade from the lamp and place the bottle tops onto the lamp base and repeat with the other bottles in alternating directions

4. Taped and secured each of the bottle tops together with masking tape to create rounded, diamond-like shapes 

5. Once the lamp post is full of bottle tops give the base and bottles a coat of white paint 

6. After the paint has dried, apply a layer of plaster onto the bottles to create a seamless look and allow them to dry

7.  Once the plaster is dry, use sand paper to sand the surface until smooth and reattached the lamp shade

Source:  TikTok/genevavanderzeil

An outdated piece of decor can be upcycled to give it a fresh look

Make an upcycled bobble lamp by stacking cut up soft drink bottles on the base, painting white and adding a layer of plaster

Make an upcycled bobble lamp by stacking cut up soft drink bottles on the base, painting white and adding a layer of plaster

Changing up accessories like cushions, throws, bed linen, and towels and bath mats is a great way to embrace trendy colours without doing a full style revamp

Changing up accessories like cushions, throws, bed linen, and towels and bath mats is a great way to embrace trendy colours without doing a full style revamp

Switch up soft furnishings

Changing up accessories like cushions, throws, bed linen, and towels and bath mats is a great way to embrace trendy colours without doing a full style revamp, Ms Ackroyd said. 

‘For the bedroom, I’d suggest investing in high-quality bed linen in a timeless neutral shade, then contrasting cushions and throws in varying textures, complementary colours, and different shapes and sizes for a stylish look that’s easy to update with changes in trends,’ she said. 

‘The same can be said for updating your bathroom – a new bath mat and towels colourway can transform the room completely. Deep greens and chocolate browns are having a real moment and these can make a bathroom feel super cosy and relaxing.’ 

Ms Wilson said adding pattern to a room through fabrics on blinds, curtains, and cushions is a great way to incorporate the latest trends to your space in a limited scale

Ms Wilson said adding pattern to a room through fabrics on blinds, curtains, and cushions is a great way to incorporate the latest trends to your space in a limited scale

Be bold with pattern 

Ms Wilson said adding pattern to a room through fabrics on blinds, curtains, and cushions is a great way to incorporate the latest trends to your space in a limited scale.

‘Pattern trends develop and evolve each year, with pattern clash and geometric shapes seeing increased popularity this year,’ she said. 

‘Checkerboard patterns are making a comeback and stripes have got broader and brighter. There are some stunning patterned fabrics out there that will elevate your décor.’  

While colours are very seasonal and different shades and tones become popular each year, Ms Wilson said there are safe and stylish colour schemes that last the test of time

While colours are very seasonal and different shades and tones become popular each year, Ms Wilson said there are safe and stylish colour schemes that last the test of time

Keep it classic

While colours are very seasonal and different shades and tones become popular each year, Ms Wilson said there are safe and stylish colour schemes that last the test of time. 

‘Bold colours, and colour blocks continue to be a popular paint effect, and can be achieved by anyone with a steady hand and a roll of masking tape,’ she said.  

‘The Pantone colour of the year, Very Peri, is bold and contemporary and has been seen in a variety of colour clash versions.’ 

She said those who don’t want to commit to painting can embrace colour with cushions, curtains, blinds and rugs. 

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