The room: Maria and Nick’s living and dining room, a tribute to the transformative power of colour to create a lively, uplifting space.
Jordan and Russell’s vision: Italy in general – and gelato in particular! The design duo stripped back the room and introduced larger pieces of curvy furniture and ice-cream shades to carve out zones within this multifunctional space.
The colour scheme: A medley of pastel shades with a bit of an edge, from Simply Refresh Rock Salt and Cucumber Water to Prom Queen and Delicate Cornflower, as well as a splash of Coral Charm to establish a section of the room as the TV viewing area.
What we learned: You can soften the edges of a boxy room with rounded furniture, such as the oval-shaped dining table and globe pendant lights.
The project we can’t wait to try: The wide, wraparound painted stripes on the ceiling over the dining table – the perfect backdrop for an evening meal. Bookmark our how-to article, featuring a video tutorial and step-by-step instructions so you can recreate the look in your own home.
Biggest surprise: That table! Russell and Jordan sourced a piece with solid eco credentials (the top is made from recycled chopping boards) that is just *Italian chef’s kiss*.
Best quote: Jordan’s hilarious description of his craft project: “We are making a one-tiered cake stand – otherwise known as a plate!”
Made by Marianne: “The ceiling is often a forgotten ‘5th wall’ in your room, so we love how Russell and Jordan have used it to make a striking feature in Maria and Nick’s dining space. If the dramatic, bright tones of Cucumber Water aren’t doing it for you, you can still create a beautiful gelato-inspired effect using a slightly more understated shade such as Willow Tree, or Tranquil Dawn perhaps. Pistachio ice-cream vibes, but just with a little less bite.”