Australian Summer Style Steals For Your Home


Love the Aussie summer? Imbue your home with its charm all year-round with these simple style cues taken from its natural beauty.

Australia is made for summer. The landscape comes into its own, from its tropical tips to its desert interior and its cobalt seas. It’s a country of stark contrasts and rich hues.

It’s just made for blurring the boundaries between indoors and out.

Here are some style steals that take their inspiration from this country’s flora and fauna, desert palette and sassy beach culture.

Have You Met Miss Jones Palm Leaf Wide Mouth Vase, online at Zanui.

Lush rainforest

In far north Queensland and the Northern Territory, the climate is tropical savanna. Summer is sultry, humid and lush throughout the wet season.

Love that leafy look but blessed with a brown thumb? You don’t need to be Don Burke to embrace this verdant style.

Draw the outdoors in through your choice of décor. Pair cushions and wall art with oversized foliage motifs and bold blocks of emerald green. (This colour’s trending now.)

Contrast these deep colours with jute rugs and runners, wall hangings and baskets for diverse textures. Cushions with jute borders marry plush with coarse for visual appeal.

A La Mode Studio Breakers Framed Print, online at Zanui.

Surf’s up

From the white sands of Bondi to Whitehaven in the Whitsundays, the beauty of Australia’s beaches is well documented.

Whether your bliss is staking out a spot amidst the oiled-up bathers on the city beaches or strolling along pristine stretches of sand and sea, the allure of the ocean is irrefutable.

Pinch some of its tranquil charm for yourself. Imbue your interiors with seaside style with moody blues and desert neutrals. These colours emulate the sea’s meditative quality.

Rather than reaching for that classically nautical look (think anchors, driftwood, lobsters and shells), opt for art that celebrates Aussie surf culture and iconic spots like Bondi Icebergs.

A La Mode Studio Equatorial Canvas Print, online at Zanui.

Subtropical florals

From its storm-drenched equatorial tips to its dusky desert interiors, Australia has some truly beautiful wildflowers. The kangaroo paw, banksia, protea, wattle, and the flowering gum to name just a few.

Invest your home with their vibrant colour and unique forms through artwork and ornamental cushions. Pair with furniture and homewares crafted from acacia wood for warm timber tones.

Consider faux flowers or an artificial plant such as a rubber plant to add sculptural form to your room.

Rapee Waverly Cushion, Orange, online at Zanui.

Sunburnt hues

Australia is smote with rich hues, from the rust-coloured soil of the Coonawarra region to the Red Centre. With terracotta and burnt orange firmly on the horizon for next season, this is the perfect time to add playful pops of earthy colour to your living areas.

Turn up the heat in your décor with cushions and throws within this brazen colourway…

Rapee Hayman Cushion, Blue, online at Zanui.

Island home

Transform your space into a tropical oasis with accent cushions and throws featuring palm fronds, banana leaves, birds of paradise and other exotic floral motifs.

Opt for citrus-spiked hues paired with turquoise for a palette that’s an instant pick-me-up. Evoke that island-hopping lifestyle, even if you’re landlocked.

Complete the sensory experience with some tropical-inspired scented candles. Palm Beach Collection does a series of delicious options, including coconut and lime, watermelon, French vanilla, jasmine and lime, and more

Urban Road Flowering Gum I Canvas Print, online at Zanui.

Go bush

Eucalypts or gum trees are integral to the Aussie identity. They feature in our myths and legends (Waltzing Matilda – Eucalypt Coolabah) as well as our children’s songs (Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree) and stories (Snugglepot and Cuddlepie).

They’re dominant figures in the Australian landscape. The blue haze from their oil is responsible for giving the Blue Mountains its name.

Add Aussie flair to your entertaining with servingware featuring eucalyptus designs. Or add sprigs of eucalyptus on your dining, side and console tables. These hardy plants are long lasting and look equally good dried.

Alternatively add aromatic character to your interiors with eucalyptus-scented candles.


Hero image: Rapee Iris Cushion, Laguna and Indy Cushion, and Rapee Zuma Cushion, Aqua

Kay is a feature, blog and copywriter. She collects empty jam jars, academic degrees and tawdry dreams in the hopes of turning them into something useful someday. Her work has been published in ACP magazines, ABC fiction, Overland, Brittle Star, Seizure, trade publications and online forums. Her creative writing has won several awards.