How do you recreate the Empire theme?
Ideally you start with a calm neutral colour palette as the backdrop and then add vividly coloured accessories such as jade and brass and chocolate to bring it to life. Adding lush velvet furnishings and gold accents adds another layer of opulence. The extensive use of marble tiling and rich hardwoods also helps add weight to the luxurious nature of this captivating style. Layering and a strong attention to detail are paramount to pulling this theme together.
The Empire style is on display in all its glory at the Doulton in Burwood East, Victoria. Senior Interior Designer at Metricon, Jacinta Evans, said of the Empire style: “It emulates the grandeur of the opulent orient, but we’ve also made sure it still retains the relaxed feel that’s so integral to Australian home design. Throw cushions, rugs and greenery have been strewn throughout the house to achieve that elegant, yet comfortable feeling.’