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Norwood Green Interior Designer Antonietta Sofia shares her insights on what makes a house a home and the easy decor updates you can make right now that are on trend and on budget.

q: What are the interior trends for 2020?

a: Tranquil dusty colours such as blue, pink and green are proving popular. One of our favourites right now is Dulux Spanish Olive: a dusty grey green colour. I think these colours help create calm spaces and havens where we can leave the hustle and bustle of our busy lives behind.

q: What are some simple and effective interior updates people can make right now?

a: An easy update is to add plants: they introduce tranquillity to a space and clean the air. Plants bring the outside in and provide good ‘bang for your buck’. Painting walls with textured paint that looks like polished plaster also adds texture and interest and is cost-effective

q: Are you noticing any changes in the products people are purchasing?

a: People are starting to think about where products have been made and how they are sourced. The desire to support local businesses and artists is growing. People are more interested in products with ‘back stories’ too such as rugs made from recycled plastic bottles. I think the rise of stores reselling other peoples homewares has, and will, keep increasing too.

q: Where are some of your favourite places to shop in Norwood?

a: Twopairs is great for unusual pieces. Heyne’s Nursery has an amazing indoor and outdoor plant range. Local hardware stores like Mitre 10 are also good places for plants and pots. Abbode Interiors has stunning wallpapers and soft furnishings too.

q: What design philosophies inspired the interior design for Norwood Green?

a: We embraced timeless, ‘non-fussy’ design that enables buyers to use our interiors as a foil to add their own personal effects regardless of their style – and without being too much of a blank canvas. We’ve added interest to spaces by selecting benchtops and tiles with natural textures and tones instead of colour; which can be personal. We’ve also purposefully selected honest materials like undyed woollen carpets and unpolished timber floorboards where imperfections are seen as positive aspects – and not defects.

q: What makes a home ‘home’ to you?

a: I believe every room needs a ‘hero piece’: something that adds an element of surprise and makes an impact. This could be a piece of furniture, an artwork or an unusual item collected on holiday. It is an item you fell in love with the moment you saw it. These are the items that suddenly turn spaces into homes: personal and one of a kind.