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1. Start with black and white.
It’s as timeless as the double c’s and has a knack for making any space look instantly polished. You can take baby steps, with a few black and white photo frames or prints before working your way up to larger pieces, like a chest of drawers or side tables, that are for keeps.
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2. Add some (totally affordable) art.
Forget about buying an expensive couch – adding a few statement prints is the smartest way to update a room. If you’re new to prints, you owe it to yourself to check out these top Aussie artists: Blacklist Studio and Castle and Things.
Castle And Things Embroidery prints, from $190, Castle and Things.
3. The big cover up.
Nothing disguises drab, worn-in carpet like a few bold floor rugs. The trend right now is to mix and match fibres and patterns, like Aztec with stripes and chevron with florals for impact. Although Freedom and IKEA have affordable flooring down pat, you can’t go past Urban Outfitters for their quirky collection of mats that are perfect for prettying up small spaces, like hallways and kitchens.
If you're looking for some hardcore black and white decor inspiration, get thee to Alexander Wang's office space. Pronto.