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30Mar
30Mar

Brown is the new Grey

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Warm Browns are the new Grey!  Grey hasn't gone away completely as it's still being paired back with these ever so popular warmer earthy tones, but it certainly has taken a back seat.  The great thing about this emerging colour is the warmth and how versatile this colour palette is.  Earthy colours are timeless and don't tend to date, so you can be assured that this colour scheme is going to look as great as it does now for many years to come.  Brown is the perfect colour to look at if you are wanting to create a neutral interior, but with a bit of depth.  And there are so many variations of brown from soft latte colours right through to rust browns and walnuts.  Brown teams backs perfectly with whites, blacks and greys and it's how you layer the colours that makes the difference.  Think of going monochromatic (different tones of brown) for depth and colour, or use accents of browns to create features within your space.   

23Mar
23Mar

Painted Cupboards

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Many of us are self-isolating at the moment and trying to find things to do around the house or looking for small projects to begin.  Painting is something that can be done to help pass the time and to keep yourself socially distant from others.  Many of us have an outdated kitchen, bathroom vanity or piece of furniture, so why not refresh your outdated cupboards with paint?!  Sometimes all it takes is 2 coats of paint in a new colour to really transform your space...... it can be really that easy.  And the best thing about paint is that it's not that expensive and a very painless fix.  Unsure about what colours to choose for your cupboards?  Well we have found some ways in how you can modernise your cupboards just with a new paint colour. 

08Mar
08Mar

Lime Wash

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

If you love mixing a bit of old with a bit of new and want a paintable texture for your wall, then look no further than using a Lime Wash Paint! Lime Wash will instantly give your wall some depth with variation of tone and texture, creating a soft feature within your space.  The great thing about using Lime Wash paint is that it can be tinted to almost any colour, making it very versatile with many decorating styles. Lime Wash can give your contemporary space some warmth and interest or can give a classical space a real tuscan / Parisian feel.  You can also play around with the application to achieve the texture you want.  And if you need your wall to be wipeable, a matt wall sealer can be easily applied over the paint for extra protection.  Porters make an interior Lime Wash paint - Porters Interno Lime Wash which can be applied to most suitably prepared plasterboard, plaster, masonry and previously painted surfaces.  Check out how adaptable Lime Wash can be to any interior with these ideas........

23Feb
23Feb

Latest Tile Trends

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Fashion and styles are constantly changing and so too are Tile Trends!  No longer do you only have the option of white, grey or beige when selecting tiles as the market for Tiles has increased and so too have the options.  Tiles can be used either as a feature, or kept plain to blend into the background.  Tiles now come in many shapes, sizes, colours, textures and designs with suppliers keeping their designs up-to-date with the latest fashions coming from Milan.  Your clothes can be fashionable, so why not your Tiles?!

Neutrals such as whites and greys are still around, however there has been a noticeable shift towards the more earthy warm tones with terracottas making a come back.  Subway Tiles are also still very popular, but now with the use of colour being used in the tiles or in the grout.  Greens and Blues are the main colours currently being used as a feature in many tile designs and can be seen everywhere.  Modern clean lines are still apparent in some of the latest wet area designs, however there seems to be a move towards more transitional designs with the use of the heritage tile design creeping its way back onto the market in many forms.  Trends do come around with Terrazzo tiles and soft pastels and geometrics reflecting back to Art Deco times, but with a more modern approach.  Wet Areas seem to be becoming more of a feature with their choice of tiling so don't be afraid to add some colour and personality to your tiled area!

09Feb
09Feb

Shipping Container Homes

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

If you are wanting to build or extend then think outside the square (or in this case inside the box) and consider a Shipping Container Home!  Shipping Container Homes can be an easier and quicker way to build as you already have the frame and they are easy to adapt to many designs and layouts.  They can also be the cheaper alternative especially if building on areas that are difficult to erect on such as sloping blocks of land.  Shipping Container Homes area also a very Eco-friendly option since they are made from recycled shipping containers, often preventing the extra use of bricks and cement.  The boxed shape of a shipping containers is ideal for a modern home as it's in keeping with modern architectural form and can easily be transformed with the addition of timbers, cladding, tiles and other materials.  Another positive is that shipping containers are structurally sound and designed to be stacked ontop of each other so ideal for strong weather conditions as well as creating levels to your home.  Check out these endless options when it comes to creating your own Shipping Container Home........

26Jan
26Jan

Outdoor Patios

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Who doesn't love being outdoors?  These dreamy Outdoor Patios will leave you not wanting to go back indoors ever again!  It doesn't matter the size of your Outdoor Patio, it's all about making the most of the space you have.  Outdoor Patios are now seen as an extra room of the home and are now styled accordingly.  Long gone are the days of basic outdoor furniture as now it's all about making your Outdoor Patio as comfortable, stylish and inviting as it can possibly be.  Think outdoor floor rugs, design inspired furniture, coffee tables / ottomans, outdoor cushions, hanging seats and don't forget about the greenery whether used in landscaping or in pots scattered around your Outdoor Patio.  Lighting is another important key feature when designing an Outdoor Patio.  Pendant lighting will give your outdoor space an intimate cozy feeling, as well as creating a feature.  Whereas if you want to create a little more softness and keep things simple then opt for fair or festoon lighting.

12Jan
12Jan

Interior Archways

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Many people consider Archways to be outdated and many try to remove them or square them off if they can.  However they don't always need to date your space.  It's how you use the Archway that makes the difference.  You can still have a modern interior with an Archway.  And sometimes all it takes is how you dress your space or choice of materials to make your Archway work within your room.  You can either make your Archway the centre of attention by highlighting it with paint colour or adding detail to your Archway with materials, or allow your Archway to stand back by adding accent decor and furniture to your room, taking the eye off the Archway.  However you want your Archway to be, we've found some inspiring ideas in how to make any type of Archway look good and how it can still keep your space modern and current.

29Dec
29Dec

Beach Houses

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

There are many decorating styles when it comes to Beach Houses.  Just because your home is on the beach it doesn't necessarily mean you have to stick to the blue, yellow and white colour palette that many think of when they think beachy.  Neutrals work well with coastal views and you can still mix modern Industrial with the beach.   Which ever style you choose, opt for natural materials (whether in their natural raw state or coated) to compliment what is outside.  If you have amazing views of the beach, then try to capture these and make them the feature within your space.  Keep furniture low-line and simple as well as keeping your windows unobstructed to really enhance the beach views.  

15Dec
15Dec

Modern Art Deco

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Trends come and go but one style that keeps re-appearing is Art Deco.  Modern Art Deco is a take on the classical style of Art Deco which had a huge influence on Architecture and Design during the early 1900's, but mixed with current modern pieces bringing this style into today's era and lifestyle.  Art Deco has a very much sharp edged, linear appearance with the use of geometric forms such as zig-zags and chevrons and these characteristics are still very much a part of Modern Art Deco, but with a more up to date approach.  Think wall paneling, moulded ceilings & cornices, geometric shapes including arcs and gold accents to add that hint of glamour to help create this look. The great thing about Modern Art Deco is the colour palette as there are no real restrictions ranging from soft pastels through to rich deep gem tones..... any colours really go.  If you like geometry with a modern and elegant yet sophisticated feel then Modern Art Deco is the style for you!

01Dec
01Dec

Wall Partitions

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Wall Partitions are the perfect choice if you are wanting to divide a space or create some privacy and intimacy. They are a better option than a solid wall, especially for a small space as they don't close a space or interfere with the natural lighting within a room.   Wall Partitions not only are practical but they can also be decorative and can become a feature within your interior.  Choice of materials are endless when it comes to Wall Partitions as they can really be made out of anything that is structurally sound - i.e. timber, metal, glass, plastic etc.  They can also come in any shape and size dependable on your space.  If you are finding your modern open space is a little too open then check out these ideas in how you can make your room a little more cozy and separate.

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