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Greg Natale is a multi-award-winning Australian designer is known for his masterly use of pattern and colour, and his bold application of both in creating tailored, curated and sophisticated spaces. Since its launch in 2001, Greg Natale has brought his expertise in architecture and interior design to the creation of stunning, sophisticated and unforgettable spaces. In this article, we will talk about the patterned and colourful interior design ideas from Greg Natale!
His designs have featured in numerous local and international publications including Architectural Digest, Harper’s Bazaar, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, Vogue Living and Belle Australia. Among the many awards to his name is International Luxury Designer of the Year for 2016 at High Point Market in North Carolina and, locally, Belle Interior Designer of the Year for both 2011 and 2014.
The bold use of pattern and colour for which Greg Natale is known has become one of the practice’s signature features, together with an intricate approach to layering that speaks of luxe livability. Greg Natale offers a full design service for its clients including architecture, exterior and interior design and interior decoration. With projects spanning classic apartments and coastal residences to contemporary houses and sprawling rural estates, in locations from New York to Oklahoma to all around Australia, Greg Natale operates from its Sydney studio, a custom-designed headquarters that showcases the practice’s refined design approach and inimitable style.
This four-storey, four-bedroom oceanfront residence is a beach house like no other, and its sophisticated palette, materials and layout have been beautifully tailored to suit its surroundings. Collaborating with an architect to redesign the exterior, Greg Natale worked as an interior designer and interior architect, taking the idea of a coastal pastel palette and giving it an opulent interpretation through high-end finishes and furnishings. Space is imbued with a serene lightness of look and softness of feel, its palette of grey, blush and teal subtly echoing the tones outside. Designer and custom furniture and rugs are organic in line, linking with the landscape outside. With a pool, gym and cellar among its many features, this unconventional beach house exudes luxury on every level.
The interior of this Victorian-era house took its inspiration from an earlier creation by Greg Natale. The clients loved the combination of powder-blue walls, white ceilings and skirting and monochrome elements that appeared in one of the residences in Greg’s book The Tailored Interior, and requested a similar look for their home. For this four-bedroom house, a more intense duck-egg blue was chosen for the walls with the colour brought into furnishings, artworks and even floor tiles for a cohesive effect. Subtle white panelling on the ceilings keeps the focus on the walls, while metallic touches throughout bring glamour and warmth.
This grand estate in Victoria is a country house like no other. The two-storey, five-bedroom residence is glamorous, luxurious and sexy, a treasure trove of vibrant colours and lavish finishes set against a dramatic backdrop of black-stained timber, ebony and brass. Their clients requested a warm, generously planned residence for their growing family. Texture and tone were important factors, with intense tonal variations being preferred to straight contrasts. Starting with black-stained American oak-panelled on the walls and in parquetry on the floors – the studio created a richly layered family dream home that blends formal spaces effortlessly with entertaining and family zones – a remarkable property that features art by famed artists like Andy Warhol, Dale Frank, Dion Horstmans.
This elegant family home occupies a subtly sloping hill site in a leafy corner of Rose Bay, Sydney. As an architect and interior designer on this new build, the five-bedroom home enjoys a marvellous cohesion of form and shape between the inside and out. White was a key part of the client’s brief and from the exterior to the interiors, it enhances the crisp detailing. Internally, blue and grey are employed to coolly break up the white. Though impactful in creating a sense of arrival, the brilliant blue double-door entry is the sole, bold, design statement in the home. For the most part, introductions of colour and pattern are more delicately explored in the living and sleeping areas. A home built for living and entertaining on a grand, refined scale.
The brief for this four-bedroom beachside apartment designed by architect Ian Moore was to create a lavish, layered interior full of colour and glamour. The client was keen to move away stylistically from the existing white minimalist interior and draw on the vivid greens she loves in an island-themed painting that now hangs in the sitting room. For Greg Natale, these greens – together with the warm golden tones of the travertine floors and the abundance of natural light – provided the starting point for a design that brings luxe LA style to the Sydney shores.
Winner of Room of the Year 2021 in House & Garden’s Top 50 Rooms awards, this two-storey, three-bedroom apartment showcases the creative use of curves in a palette that merges soft pink and yellow with elegant white and grey. The new design and fit-out led by Greg Natale uses the interior architecture, furniture and accessories to form beautifully fluid lines, beginning with the living area, in the contours of the staircase, fireplace and the built-in low bench and cabinetry that wrap around the walls beneath. A selection of modern European furniture here and in the adjoining dining area echoes those lines, with brass accents bringing a warm gleam to the apartment’s soft tones. Curves are a highlight in the hand-carved grey Carrara marble kitchen island, and on the bathroom walls, covered in delicate mosaic finger tiles. Designed on organic lines, the master ensuite features a walk-in robe, free-standing bath and luxuriously furnished living area. That blend of luxury and comfort continues throughout the apartment, with curves and colours working together to create a sophisticated yet serene space.
From its elegant blue walls with their white trim to its archways and Art Deco furnishings, this three-storey, five-bedroom house is a beautiful fusion of classic style and contemporary living. The Edwardian-era residence underwent a major gutting and reworking, with Greg Natale meticulously recreating original details such as panelled ceilings and doors, and adding French mouldings which, although not typical of the era, make a striking feature of the walls. New archways and a relocated staircase provide graceful lines, allowing for better flow between spaces. Offsetting the blue and white backdrop are monochromatic elements such as black-stained oak floorboards on the lower levels, and a black and white patterned stair runner and carpet upstairs. Art Deco-inspired rugs and custom furniture bring clean, contemporary lines, with blue and burgundy forming a stunning tonal pairing in the formal living room and adjacent bar area. Panelling in the kitchen and mosaic marble tiles in the bathrooms continue a focus on finishes and intricacy of detail throughout to create a luxe modern residence with a calm, classic mood.
This magnificent 1000-square-metre house is the result of a complete gutting and remodelling by Greg Natale, transforming the thirty-year-old building into a luxe, Art Deco-style modern residence in which marble plays a starring role. The entrance makes the house’s grand statement, with the floor featuring a series of concentric rectangles in white Calacatta and grey custom marble. Its bold lines are echoed in a stepped stucco ceiling and offset by the curves of a grey marble staircase. Marble appears in lavish expenses through various rooms of the house, while panelling on the ceilings, walls and cabinetry adds intricate detail. Soft furnishings in navy velvet bring sophistication to the interiors, highlighted by brass accessories. Outside, a stone fireplace, pool, sauna and steam room sit alongside formal gardens created by leading Australian landscape designer Myles Baldwin. From architecture to interior and exterior design, the emphasis throughout this three-storey, five-bedroom house is on beautiful materials and a sense of grand yet comfortable living across different spaces.
Captivated by the beauty of the neighbouring multi-award-winning resort, Qualia, the studio clients approached that property’s architect to begin the design of their very own expansive private clifftop hideaway. An exceptional vacation home for a young family, one of the features this eight-bedroom property shares with tropical Australian resorts is a focus on bringing the outdoors in. The house enjoys exquisite views of the Coral Sea through the native hoop pines, as well as abundant plant life at its doors – as an interior designer establishing a connection to those elements was central to the concept. Enjoying a breezy, open plan means the villa comprises a series of interconnected pavilions that flow onto courtyards, lawns, pools and secluded coastal lookouts. At every turn, tree trunks, leaves and water are not only visible but also accessible.
Luxe finishes, contemporary furniture and a postmodern palette of pink and grey make a powerful impact in the renovation of this four-storey, three-bedroom house. Pale pink walls and ceilings create an inviting shell that takes a dramatic turn with a feature wall and ceiling of Porter Teleo wallpaper, which highlight the double-height dining space. Framing and enhancing the space with their attractive brass balustrades are a staircase and first-floor bridge, which links the upstairs bedrooms. Downstairs, a graceful wall of three arches separates the dining room and kitchen, while allowing open flow between the spaces. Pink tones are paired throughout with elegant grey, which appears in rugs, in the sleek lines of modern Italian furniture, and in terrazzo flooring and kitchen benchtops. Pink marble in the kitchen splashback, bathroom vanities and outdoor terraces bring soft glamour. The use of fluting, in kitchen, bathroom and bedroom cabinetry, in bathroom wall tiles and glass shower screens, and on the terraces, showcases an intricacy of detail in a house that celebrates its delicate palette through the beauty of its finishes.
Pretty in Pink… The client for this new build came to them having fallen in love with their Rose Bay House project in Sydney, Australia. Their love for the art-deco inspires contemporary residence to lead the studio to collaborate on a fresh take on this popular property – this time riffing on a palette of blush pink, grey and light timber floors. Furnished with a mix of Minotti and European vintage pieces, the four-bedroom home is adorned with Greg Natale decorative accessories in marble, ceramic and the warmth of polished brass. The custom spiral grey terrazzo stair features brass inlay with a limited edition piece from sculptor Dan Murphy taking pride of place at the foot of the stair. The master ensuite of the home creates a lasting impression with Greg Natale’s Moire pink mosaic tile design for Bisazza gracing the walls. Designed for entertaining, much of the family home opens out to the Myles Baldwin designed gardens and pool. Custom metalwork features in the home’s grills, balcony rails and gates with Greg Natale tiles welcoming guests in the portico.
Like a jewel box, this Midtown Manhattan apartment reveals its treasures with the opening of its front door. Chic navy blue is a defining element of the design, from the painted walls of the entrance and living areas to the patterned wallpaper in the master bedroom and the rugs throughout. Contrasting this are white ceilings, cornices and skirting boards and black-stained oak floors, for a crisp, tailored look, between which different plays on pattern take place, highlighted by metallic accents. Greg Natale created higher ceilings in the living area by installing white crown mouldings and faux beams to suggest a larger space, introducing detail with malachite patterned wallpaper in the ceiling panels. With a snakeskin-print rug below and rugs elsewhere in geometric and organic prints, the effect is cocooning and opulent. Vintage pieces feature to striking effect in the apartment, while gold and brass in furniture, lights, sculptures and accessories bring a beautiful gleam. The effect is a polished space, layered with pattern and luxe finishes, which speaks of sophisticated city living.
Housed in the 107-year-old refurbished Armadale Theatre in inner-Melbourne, this luxuriously appointed interior sits within the 1400 square metre James Said luxe furniture showroom on High Street, also designed by Greg Natale. Originally opened in August 1912, this grand dame of Melbourne’s upmarket Armadale has seen life as a 1200 seat cinema, then a Vaudeville playhouse, a toy factory, auction house, and even an indoor ski school complete with a ski slope. The James Said Bistro now offers a mixed seating floor-plan with bar seating, lounge areas, banquettes, tables and chairs as well as a unique arched private dining room for special events. Natale has taken the opportunity to showcase James Said’s furniture and lighting offering in a unique experiential capacity where all furnishings can be enjoyed and purchased! The custom-painted ombré walls are a signature of the space graduating from the black stain timber floors through to the white ceiling overhead. The richness of the blue paint is carried through the upholstered furnishings as well as the fluted wall treatments that separate the arched private dining room from the bar area.
Greg Natale has brought his signature style to a much-loved hotel in the NSW Hunter Valley. The Sebel Kirkton Park was in need of a revamp worthy of its spectacular surroundings its guests can now enjoy one-of-a-kind hospitality in one of Australia’s finest wine regions. First impressions are all-important, and Greg Natale has ensured that arriving at the Sebel Kirkton is an experience to be savoured. A grand, open entry hall, a guest-friendly reception with double seated check-in desks, and a light-filled atrium with a custom-built circular bench all bring a sense of luxury and occasion, while smaller seating areas lend intimate touches. It is not only the hotel’s design that reveals Natale’s vision but much of its décor as well. The entry hall, reception and atrium are all magnificently hued in Atlantic Pearl, a sophisticated blue that pops through the entire hotel and is complemented by a monochrome palette as well as gilt and brass finishes. Monochromes feature in the stunning new split-level bar and lounge, where Natale’s patterned carpets enhance the luxurious atmosphere. Here, a sunken lounge radiates from the working fireplace and leads up to a black and brass-detailed bar designed to be accessible in the round. Inspired by the Sebel’s collection of blue and white china, the elegant bistro, centred around a four-sided, high-backed banquette, offsets blue wallpaper and leather dining chairs with a sultry dark timber floor and the chic white of timber shutters.
A sophisticated, moody vibe with plenty of timber panelling was the brief given for this two-storey, seven-bedroom residence. Charcoal and grey offset the warm timber, teamed with sultry mauve, burgundy and gilt accents. The size of the house allowed for the delineation of different breakout areas centred around furniture and artworks, with clever touches added such as panels of wallpaper to break up the white walls. The design is a study in balance and contrast of textures, hues and shapes. The dramatic entrance, where the angles of the ceiling, windows and doors are juxtaposed by the circular ottoman, chandelier and organic-patterned rug, offers a taste of the dynamics within.
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