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Behind the Design: Modern Australiana



SHOP THE LOOK: Eucalyptus Quilt Cover

Iconic and effortlessly beautiful, this spring our new quilt covers feature hand painted designs of two Australian native florals; Eucalyptus and Kangaroo Paw. We caught up with our textile design team here at Bed Bath N’ Table to share the inspiration behind these designs.


With most of our designs hand painted in the heart of Melbourne, it’s not unusual to see paintbrushes, colour palettes and sketches around Bed Bath N’ Table Head Office. Each season our talented designers create original designs that transform into beautiful pieces for your home; from printed dining plates to intricate quilt covers and pillowcases. We caught up with our textile design team to talk us through our new Australian inspired range of quilt covers and homewares. 



What is the inspiration behind the Eucalyptus and Kangaroo Paw designs?

The Australian gardens and bushland offers so much for our design team to explore. The colours and plants themselves are fascinating, and living in Australia there is always that feeling of wanting to bring the outside in.

Capturing the soft dappled light that plays on the Eucalyptus leaves and the scent of the gums that lingers in the air is something we wanted to celebrate in our bedlinen designs this season. 

For the Kangaroo Paw quilt cover design, we were inspired by balmy summers, the wind blowing gently through the stems and tiny honeyeater birds gathering nectar. We wanted to capture the Kangaroo Paws growing up the bed en masse, as the colour palette moves from soft yellows through to emerald and teal greens with hints of coral and red. These tones create lovely highlights through the design.



Talk us through the design process.

Wherever possible, we always paint and draw from real foliage, flowers and plants, this way we can pick colours from the existing flowers and see all the interesting details. We tend to start by mixing colours together and painting different motifs. Once we've explored a variety of motif sizes and angles, we begin working on them from the computer to build the design there. Here we're able to manipulate the colours, place the design in an appropriate repeat and make any changes. Once the artwork is complete we progress to a printed sample so we can finalise colour accuracy, quality and finishes before it’s ready to be released in stores.


How can we incorporate the Modern Australiana theme in the home?

There are many ways to enjoy Australiana themes in the home; bunches of Australian native flowers and foliage, beautiful quilt covers, printed cushions or even kitchenware. There is always something appealing about having something a little bit Australian indoors.

Natural textures and refined finishes complete this look with repeating floral patterns that bring a sense of the Australian bushland indoors.