The Canberra Centre’s second stage of The Monaro Mall redevelopment has opened will a whole new range of masterclasses targeted to helping you understand how to style your modern home.

November kicked off with Donna Hay and Lucy Feagins. This blog post is all about Lucy Feagins and her tips on how to understand colour trends and apply it to your home.

Q. What does lifestyle mean to you?

Lucy Feagins: Choosing what you want your world to look like, rather than having it decided for you.


The Design Files, Australia’s most popular style blog, was created by Lucy Feagins back in 2008. Within a year it was named as one of the as one of the top 50 design blogs by The Times UK. Lucky also writes for other publications, such as Inside Out, The Age Melbourne and Sunday Style.

Lucy started by explaining how in order to understand where a colour trend begins we need to look back, because what at first glance may seem like a non-eventful series of colour choices, has actually laid the basis for a trend. The origin’s of this year’s trend, Millennial Pink, can be seen in everything from movies to restaurants.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel (photo credit:imdb)

Paris based architect and designer, India Mahdavi, created the dusty pink design of Sketch restaurant in London.


Lucy gave the following tips for those wanting to dip their toe in the water and explore colour in their own home;

  • Contain colour to one space to get started – a sofa, a kitchen bench, etc
  • Think about colour for more than just your walls. Try it in artwork or textiles – purchase some cushions or a rug. They are easier to replace if you don’t like it and perfect for those who area renting and can’t change wall colours!
  • Change your bedlinen. Your bed is possibly the largest item in your bedroom so changing just your bedlinen will make a huge impact.
  • Deep Green is another predicted trend, so try it as an accent – a cushion, a single chair, or a panel on a wall.

Colour isn’t only about colour, it’s about the texture because that changes the way you see colour.    – Lucy Feagins

Lucy’s last piece of advice? When looking at social media and magazines, remember you aren’t seeing the entire room. So take it with a grain of salt. Trends will come and go. Stick with what you like and just take cues from what is in fashion.


The amazing spread by Woodbrook CBR

Written by Nadia

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