How to design the $300,000 room
In one of his regular columns for myLJHooker.com, The Block judge and designer Darren Palmer, outlines just how far $300,000 can go in designing a room.
Starting with the end in mind
I see plenty of homes that have been filled with furniture and décor that the homeowner “just loves!” but just doesn’t work in combination. You can have a room full of beautiful things that are all perfect pieces in isolation; however, when you blend them together they don’t work.
The solution is not to buy things in isolation. Starting with the end in mind is the best way to end up with what you want.
Bringing in the character and life
When I created the $300,000 room for The Block challenge, I had to source all of the pieces to suit the warehouse brief and the size of the room in a day. I had to call every high quality designer furniture showroom I could find - poliform, space furniture, great dane, zuster - to get them to supply me stock that they had available for delivery two days later. If you have your heart set on designer furniture, especially from Europe, allow yourself 12-16 weeks for it to be made and shipped. You can usually get Australian made designer furniture within 8-10 weeks depending on your requirements.
To instill character and life into a space you need to show your personality. It needs to have décor items such as things from your travels: whether it be from your journeys overseas or your journeys down to the local shops. Art is just as important and thankfully there is no right answer to what art is right.
The finishing touches
Another very necessary layer in a beautiful room is plant life. Flowers, succulents, ferns, whatever it is that works in the environment and works for you is good.
The curtains in the $300,000 room framed the windows from wall to wall, falling 10mm from the floor. This creates a softening effect as well as emphasising the height of those amazing windows and the room itself.
To read all about Darren’s $300,000 room in full, visit myljhooker.com.au