Channeling Almodovar: Spanish-inspired Style

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There’s nothing quite like a good foreign film to get you thinking outside the box, and Spanish cinema has to be one of my all time favourites.

If you’re not familiar with this genre, a great place to start is Pedro Almodovar’s films. Everything about them is out-there, in your face, and visually stunning. He’s got a clear passion for life, leaves no taboo subject unexplored, and his tangible adoration of strong female figures is admirable.

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Volver, 2006. Via livejournal.com

Apart from the kookie characters and crazy plot developments that shock and delight in his films, colour also plays an important role in communicating the story.

Bright, vibrant colours that reflect the emotions of each character. Not a nod to neutrals in sight, this pop of Catalan colour is a great place for style inspiration when decorating your home.

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Broken Embraces, 2009. Via shortstorydesign.blogspot

Statement colours

If you ask me, beige on beige (on beige) isn’t much fun. We’re talking bright, bold and statement colours that pack a punch – no offence to pastels! If you’re starting with a neutral base, all it takes is a colourful accent to completely transform your look and create a new feel in a room.

In your dining area, scatter bright Bentwood chairs around your modern dining table for an eclectic look.

Bentwood chairs by Fameg, available at zanui.com.au

Bentwood chairs by Fameg, available at zanui.com.au

Opt for a colourful couch or armchair in your living space, or for a quick update, you can’t go past a feature side table to add interest.

All available at zanui.com.au

All available at zanui.com.au

Graphic goodness

From tropicals, to chevron, plaid, paisley and retro-flashback, it’s all about the prints right now (in fashion and interiors, as the lovely Ida so aptly recognised). I’m not saying you need to go as loco as an Almodovar heroine, but you get the gist.

Don’t be shy now! Sneak a graphic cushion or ottoman into your couch zone and you’ll be amazed at how much it lifts your look.

From top left: Monroe Patchwork Pouffe by Amalfi, Mrs Obama Cushion and Obama Cushion from Shine Shine, Holida Isle Cushion from Furniture Runway. All available at zanui.com.au

From top left: Monroe Patchwork Pouffe by Amalfi, Mrs Obama Cushion and Obama Cushion from Shine Shine, Holida Isle Cushion from Furniture Runway. All available at zanui.com.au

Wall art is also a perfect way to develop the unique character of your space; from a bold decal to a feature print or painting.

Eco Chic offer a unique range of pieces that will be custom-made in your choice of fabric, from kitsch palm tree prints to retro inspired geometrics.

Portofino Console Table and Ancona Square Side Table, both from Eco Chic at zanui.com.au

Portofino Console Table and Ancona Square Side Table, both from Eco Chic at zanui.com.au

As the bedroom is your personal paradise, it’s only right that you should be allowed to express your personal style. Linen House offer a fab range of bed quilt sets that celebrate the end of winter with their signature brights and layered graphic looks. Loving it!

– Anne

Tulum Quilt Cover Set and Brasilia Quilt Cover Set from Linen House at zanui.com.au

Tulum Quilt Cover Set and Brasilia Quilt Cover Set from Linen House at zanui.com.au