This look works in the trend for raw, natural layers with a refined edge.  Styling – Sarah Cousens. Photo – Denise Braki.

This look works in the trend for raw, natural layers with a refined edge.
Styling – Sarah Cousens. Photo – Denise Braki.

For our Neutral Classics shoot, T&W stylist Sarah Cousens worked on-trend textures and layers into an elegant yet natural living space. Here’s how.

This look is all about the current trend for layering raw textures, but with a refined edge so it’s big on natural beauty but keeps clean lines and a classic look at the same time.

A neutral palette brings the layers together.  Styling – Sarah Cousens. Photo – Denise Braki.

A neutral palette brings the layers together.
Styling – Sarah Cousens. Photo – Denise Braki.

Neutral colours
Keep your colour palette neutral so you can add layers while keeping the overall look calm and refined, rather than raw and messy.

Add interest with textures. Styling – Sarah Cousens. Photo – Denise Braki.

Add interest with textures. Styling – Sarah Cousens. Photo – Denise Braki.

Layers & textures
Chunky knit cushions, macramé-style weaves and hides all bring in interest through pattern and texture rather than colour. Plus they’re perfect for cocooning in cool weather.

Keep timber refined rather than raw to balance the look. Styling – Sarah Cousens. Photo – Denise Braki.

Keep timber refined rather than raw to balance the look.
Styling – Sarah Cousens. Photo – Denise Braki.

Timber
Choose one tone of timber and stick to smooth, Scandi-style pieces rather than unfinished, industrial-style coffee and side tables.

Organic shapes and sculptural florals complete the look. Styling – Sarah Cousens. Photo – Denise Braki.

Organic shapes and sculptural florals complete the look. Styling – Sarah Cousens. Photo – Denise Braki.

Organic Shapes
Accessorise with handmade or organic-looking ceramics in the same colour family to create warmth and interest. Also make use of a sculptural plant element like the cotton bush here, or try magnolia or foxtail.

Add a little polish with metallics. Styling – Sarah Cousens. Photo – Denise Braki.

Add a little polish with metallics.
Styling – Sarah Cousens. Photo – Denise Braki.

A hint of polish
A little contrast makes the look work. The brass and glass of this floor lamp add a refined edge, and I even added a little gold detailing on the wall to complete the picture.

 

Want the look? Shop the Neutral Classics sale here.

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