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Dare to be bold

August 18, 2011

The West Australian

As the in-house designer for Perth builder Switch Homes for Living, Brian Haftka is faced with the constant challenge of styling bedrooms and living areas to stand out among others on the market.   Coming from abroad has helped shape the look and feel of Mr Haftka’s unique interiors, which dare to be bold in comparison with the ultra-modern, often generic aesthetic commonly seen in new homes.   Mr Haftka’s portfolio offers a glimpse of his distinct signature style, which is an eclectic fusion of edgy, contemporary, classic and elegant influences. “Injecting some classic elements into contemporary design creates a warm and inviting space in which to live,” he said. “Dark smoky woods and sumptuous textiles are just some of keys to creating successful and luxurious interiors.   ”Mr Haftka’s most recent project, the Switcheight180 display in Caversham, was completed just weeks ago and is a space he’s immensely proud to unveil.   “It’s the latest showcase of my work, utilising some of the best new-to-market products,” he said.   “The home’s design providing a stylish and exciting stage for a sophisticated and calm design.”   Of all the rooms his favourite is the opulent main suite, which he described as taking a “slightly modern take on the traditional European style”.   “The queen-sized bed is the focus of this room,” he said. “This gorgeous shaped headboard and base is fully upholstered in a linen-based fabric flocked with burgundy velvet.”   A wallpaper feature wall adorned with motifs of European postage stamps is a striking feature behind the bedhead. Complementing the room’s dark timber shutters and dark wood-look ceramic tiles in the ensuite is the built-in wood-grain laminate shelving which fills a wall space next to the bed.   An array of books, trinkets and photo frames, which lend a homely, lived-in vibe, adorn the shelves.   Mr Haftka said that while homewares and decor were imperative in creating a warm and inviting space, it was the interior finishes such as the tiles, furniture and textiles that were key to styling the home as a whole.   It was also important not to overdo the decor, particularly with many of the rooms featuring built-in furniture and shelving. “This home has a lot of built-in furniture so not over-styling the home was very important,” he said. “There is a lot to see, so carefully selecting key accessories ties my look together.”

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