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Neale Whitaker design guru on why we are mad for botanicals

Written by The ReReport

The Courier-Mail caught up with The Block judge and design expert Neale Whitaker at the recent launch of Porter Davis’s World of Style display store in Fortitude Valley to find out why Australians are mad for botanicals.


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Whitaker said while he wasn’t an avid believer in trends, Australians’ love for colour and botanicals was hard to ignore.

“I think there is a growing love for colour – we’re in the most generous period that we’ve been in for a very long time,” he said.

“It’s just been about neutrals – neutrals, neutrals, neutrals.

“But at the moment, people are getting more experimental when it comes to colours.

“Whether they’re introducing it with a coloured tile in the bathroom, or through a few cushions on the sofa, they’re playing with colour through decoration in a way that they weren’t before.”


Whitaker said botanicals were “really on trend”.

“I think green has been popular for a couple of years now and that whole botanical trend started with the tropical fruit we were seeing and the palm trees,” he said.

“It segwayed into a very Australian take on that, through Australiana – with Australian plants and Australian flowers being very popular.”

When it comes to redecorating the whole house in colour and botanicals, Whitaker said to “take it easy”.


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“It’s much easier to introduce this to your home through a cushion – don’t wallpaper a whole wall,” he said.

“You have to be really committed to something to go for a whole wall, but I suppose you can always paint over it.”

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