Q&A with our Melbourne Interior Designer - Nikita
I’m Nikita, the Lead Interior Designer for Icon By Design’s Melbourne Showroom. I’ve been in the creative space for several years now, dabbling in different creative fields. It’s in my blood; my mother was an events coordinator in the gallery and exhibition space, and my father is a Director of Photography who works in film and television. After spending my younger years as a makeup artist, I knew I needed to expand my creative reach. As I have always loved interiors, it was a natural fit. Post-Covid, I returned to university to study a Bachelor of Interior Design and here I am today.
Why interior design? What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about collaborating with my clients to create an aesthetically beautiful space that flows and functions to suit the specific wants of each individual. Everyone has their own unique style and needs; uncovering this is always exciting and challenging. Seeing the impact my work has on the day-to-day lives of my clients is the most rewarding aspect, by far.
Do you have any tips for someone wanting to create a minimalist, Scandinavian-inspired home?
The key factors to keep front of mind for a Scandi-style home are light, natural timbers (preferably solid oak) and a colour palette that’s light, neutral or monochromatic. Textures and patterns (e.g. in your cushions or rugs) should also be kept to a minimum, with an emphasis on softer materials and tightly woven fabrics. To add a modern twist to your Scandinavian space, try adding a floor lamp with a unique shape.
What is your favourite colour palette?
This is like asking someone to choose their favourite child! However, my personal favourite colour combination right now is deep, warm greens paired with rich terracotta and various shades of beige. It reminds me of the Australian landscape, which has always been a huge source of inspiration for me. It creates a connection to the outdoors and makes me feel so calm and grounded – something we can all use when we get home after a long day.
What interior design trends have you noticed in the last 12 months and which ones will endure?
An emphasis on sustainability in the retail sector of interior design and styling is a big trend that has emerged over the last few years, and is definitely here to stay. People are far more aware of the impact their everyday decisions have on our environment, our climate and, ultimately, our future. People want to make mindful choices when it comes to furnishing their spaces and living sustainably is the way to go.
What is your favourite Icon By Design project and why?
Every project I’ve worked on has a special place in my heart, be it the first one-bedroom apartment I worked on to a 5-bedroom, double storey AirBnB along the coast. All have their own highlights and challenges, but the varied nature of my work is why I love it so much. I’m looking forward to working with more clients to help them create the home of their dreams.