Drawing inspiration from the mid-century, the Havana 29 display home at Newhaven estate in Tarneit has a classical appeal that is sustainable and liveable. This is the first time the Havana floorplan and Vogue facade has been on display.
For Senior Interior Designer, Mitra Whittle, the starting point in the home’s design meant looking back to the ’50s and ’60s, where popular style seemed to incorporate the use of timber finishes.
‘Mid-century style has a Scandinavian flavour, but is darker, more polished and perhaps is more formed as opposed to geometrically straight up-and-down, giving potential to feature more curvature styles in the shapes.’
Curved and retro furniture styles among walnut timber - as opposed to traditional Scandinavian birch - create a mid-century feel with Mitra saying her favourite features are the curved pendant lights and mirrors, which have a retro, mid-'50s look.
Dark grey Polytec kitchen cabinetry is complemented with like-tone feature timber panelling in the kitchen and living areas to create overall consistency.
Mitra says by introducing dark greys to the home, you create a more polished, mid-century look that steers away from coastal or Scandinavian styles. A darker, neutral backdrop also provides a canvas to add accent colours that pop.
‘As an accent colour, teal is my choice of colour in this home, but the neutral palette and darker backdrop allows anyone to use any colour that they want to.’
‘Black is also featured a little bit throughout the home as very current colour and because it’s easy to live with.’
‘I’ve also bought in texture, aided by walnut timber, to allow some homeliness to the style and a hint of warmth. Brass and gold also provide a bit of opulence and luxury and is also reflected in the artwork of the home.’
The front retreat room of the Havana 29 is designed mainly for interaction, with a TV placed the living area only.
‘I wanted to keep front retreat a place where we can sit down with our friends without the distraction from TV, this makes it a little more formal and glamorous. The darker tones of the teal in the room also break up the neutral hues of the carpet and feature panelling.’
Floor tiles have been placed throughout the rest of the home, being preferred material of the time, and helps to create a refined, sleek look that has also become prevalent in later years.
‘The key furniture pieces in the home are mid-century in feel and style, but the good thing about mid-century is that we continually see a resurgence and it’s not something that dies down completely. Some interior styles are more prominent than others but the more classical styles never go out of fashion - they simmer in the background and then resurrect.’
‘In recent years, coastal has been prominent, but I also love giving attention to older, classical styles.’
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