One word to describe the stunning and stylish Breust Residence in Australia: transparency. The house, flooded by light, is a gorgeous mix of sophisticated details, guarded by an infinity pool (also with a transparent structure) on a side and a marvelous garden on the other. The people responsible for accomplishing such a mesmerizing final result are the ones behind JUO, an Australian, Perth-based design studio. The living room is structured as a long (and transparent) corridor. The high ceilings and the glass walls create this perfect breezy atmosphere that enhances the feeling of freedom.
The Breust Residence is playful: striking shapes, contrasting materials were used in defining it. The two-story residence is spacious and luminous with incredible high ceilings, exhaling elegance (just take a look at the gorgeous copper-like circular bulbs hanging from the ceiling) but also piece of mind, due to the uncluttered décor. “The full height glazing not only maintains this main living area as an extension of the outdoors – with gardens and water on either side – but also allows for natural cross ventilation to cool the space efficiently and naturally without mechanical intervention or air conditioning. The view of water has been created through the use of glass to the side of the above ground lap pool, mimicking the extent of the volume between the two pavilions.”
The idea here is to mix and match contrasting pieces but still give them a common thread that links every single one of them. This common quality could come in the shape of a neutral backdrop, a few bold colors that are repeated throughout the room or geometric symmetry created by the placement of the decor. In small living rooms, make sure you pick a few fundamental elements and repeat them to give the room a more pleasing ambiance.
Using natural materials such as wood one can also bring a coastal or farmhouse vibe to the eclectic living room and a homeowner who travels the world and has a collection of rare decor pieces to boast of can create an eclectic-global look. While the 50 living rooms on display today might be hard to replicate, that is hardly the point. Creating that perfect eclectic living room will take time; you will get some things right and others wrong and constantly learn more about both yourself and what works for the room. It is a journey where the path is exciting and the end never truly definitive. This is what makes eclectic style so special, so memorable and so very personal.