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Interior design powerhouse shares top sustainable design trends for turning houses into homes


Sarah Jobse, visionary behind design firm Oak & Orange and trusted partner of Andersens, has shared her insights on the latest interior design trends, focusing on organic and sustainable design choices that allow homeowners to create environments that are both visually stunning and eco-friendly.

“It’s really great to see Aussies getting more tuned into this trend! People are all about crafting interiors that reflect nature while still their own personal style. It’s like mixing eco-friendly vibes with your own flair,” Jobse said.

Biophilic design, which integrates natural elements into indoor spaces, is at the forefront, using raw and organic materials that connect us to nature.

“We’re not just thinking about aesthetics; it’s about making sure these spaces are as unique as you are, blending eco-friendliness with your own personal touch,” Jobse added.

When it comes to flooring, there is a strong preference for natural materials like timber, natural stone, and bamboo, known for their eco-friendliness and ability to work with most architectural styles.

“Flooring is a crucial element that can really make or break a space. It’s like the foundation of a great outfit—it sets the tone for the whole home,” Jobse said.
“There’s a strong preference for natural materials like timber, natural stone and bamboo that are known for their eco-friendliness and ability to work for most architectural styles. We’re continuing to see these materials being used in both new builds and renovations.”

In terms of colour, wooden flooring in bleached, light, and white oak is gaining popularity, with Andersens’ Timbre range of engineered timber flooring in the Ash Oak colour aligning perfectly with this trend.


For carpets, the timeless appeal of light earth-toned hues will continue their reign in creating harmonious and serene interiors, with textured carpets also on the rise, adding depth and interest to living spaces.

“Textured carpets are also on the rise, adding depth and interest to living spaces. Combining natural materials like sisal, jute, bamboo, and wool creates visually appealing effects. Yet you can achieve a similar look and feel with manmade carpets similar to the effect we created in our Dream Home 8 using Andersens’ twist pile carpet Byng in Wheat,” Jobse said.

As interior design continues to embrace natural materials, window treatments will follow suit, with plantation shutters and wooden blinds in warm beiges with green undertones or a spectrum of brown shades adding depth and richness to a space.

“Remember, interior design trends are just a starting point, not strict rules. This year, we’re innovating with colours, textures, and materials, and encouraging homeowners to create a home that truly reflects their unique style and personality,” Jobse concluded.

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