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15Nov
15Nov

Many struggle with choosing exterior paint colours for Character Homes due to the amount of features and areas that need to be painted. It's always easiest to start from the top (roof) and work your way down. If you have exposed brick or stone, this also needs to be considered when selecting paint colours as they need to compliment each other as well as still keeping these areas as a contrasting feature to the paint colours. It's always best to select your Colorbond or Powdercoat colours first before finalising your wall and woodwork colours as these colour ranges are limited and it will then make the rest of your colour selections easier as you'll then know tones and strength of colour to select. Colorbond colours are also a good starting point even for paint colours as they've been tried and tested for exterior surroundings and lighting. Also if you need to replace your gutters or need to select any gates or screen doors in the future you can choose the matching Colorbond colour without having to change your entire colour scheme.

Make choosing colours for Character Homes easier with these colour schemes........

01Nov
01Nov

With Summer around the corner there's no better way to cool down than being in your own Pool. Whether you like to go swimming or prefer to lounge around the Pool, Swimming Pools are the perfect way to wind down and relax. There's nothing more calming than floating in water. And depending on what you want to use your Pool for, you don't necessarily need to have a huge back yard as Swimming Pools can come in various sizes and shapes.

When selecting your Pool design, think about the feel and style you are wanting to create for your Outdoor Space as well as how you are going to use your space. If you want your Pool to be the real feature, then keep the rest of your colour scheme neutral to contrast against the Pool. If you are going for a tropical feel and going to add lots of greenery with your landscape, then think about having darker coloured fences or walls as your backdrop behind your greenery. Having a darker background colour will highlight your greenery and make it really pop. Whereas if you are going for a more lighter breezy coastal theme, then opt for white walls and light coloured flooring and keep your Pool colour as the Pop of colour. Whichever decorating style you choose, we have found some Perfect Pool ideas for any Outdoor Space........

18Oct
18Oct

Windows can really make a space. They are often a necessity in a room, but they don't always have to be plain and boring. If you are building or renovating, you can think about the shape and size of your windows and the impact they'll have in your space. If you want your interior to have lots of natural daylight and want to make a statement, then opt for oversized windows. If space is lacking on your side and you can only choose a narrow window, think about selecting a taller window to make the most of lighting and to make your space feel larger and with more height. Window proportions are also just as important as well as choice of material when it comes to window frames. Black window frames are perfect for modern interiors with an industrial feel about them and work well with exposed brick, metals, timbers and stone. If your space is more organic then opt for timber frames for that natural earthy feel, however just bear in mind that you will have to maintain timber window frames regularly by re-coating them with a stain or coating every year or so depending on the product you choose and the location of the windows. But if you prefer a more neutral scheme then look at using white or natural anodised windows so they blend in with your interior whilst keeping your space still light and airy. Be ispired with these Impressive Window ideas.........

04Oct
04Oct

Dulux have just released their new Colour Forecast for 2021 and it's based on three nuturing palettes that evoke familiarity and comfort: Nourish, Reset and Retreat. These colour trends are about creating a sense of renewal whilst holding onto nostalgic elements in your home. "Nourish" is all about natural beauty with biophilic hues of mossy and sage greens, tumeric and citrus. "Reset" is made up of uplifting hues of blue-green and energetic reds inspired by the 70's. "Retreat" is based on stormy blues that channel tranquility, with essential whites and a touch of burgundy.

20Sep
20Sep

French Wash

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

French Wash is a subtle marble like finish that was discovered centuries ago by European masters.  This paint technique may have been around for many years but it can still easily be used with today's modern spaces and architecture.  This elegant yet timeless ragged effect can easily be created yourself with applying Porters French Wash over a lighter colour of Porters Low Sheen Acrylic to create a soft broken look. It can be applied to most suitable prepared plasterboard, plaster, wood, masonry and previously painted surfaces.  French Wash is perfect if your space is needing some subtle soft texture.  And it's not just for feature walls.  Think about French Washing your ceilings or even add some more interest to your space by applying two tone French Wash - one colour above picture rail or dado height and a contrasting colour below.  See how versatile and timeless French Wash is with these ideas.......

06Sep
06Sep

Window Treatments

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

When it comes to decorating there's one question many ask and that is "should I have curtains or blinds on my windows?"  The answer to this question really depends on the following - what you are trying to achieve, what are the views from your window and what is the style of your interior?  If you require night time and day time privacy, then you'll need a form of Window Treatment that has block out properites for night time and then maybe a sheer for during the day.  And if you have views outside you may not want to complete hide them with your choice of Window Treatment.  Curtains and blinds do both offer night time and day time privacy with the choice of fabrics.  Curtains can add softness to your space whereas blinds are more clean line and don't take up as much space.  Both styles can look as good as each other however one may be more suited to a particular window style and shape.  We have found some very effective ways how you can add blinds and curtains to your space and hopefully this may help you decide which way you will prefer to go when it comes to Window Treatments.

23Aug
23Aug

Kitchen Window Bars

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

If you love entertaining outdoors or just chillling outside, then a Kitchen Window Bar is a must!  Kitchen Window Bars are a great way to combine your indoor space with your outdoor space and are also very practical and useful.  By having a Kitchen Window Bar it means you can still be in the kitchen preparing food and drinks while your guests are outside but are not too far away from you so you don't feel left out of the party.  Kitchen Window Bars are also perfect if you are wanting to add some extra casual seating to your outdoor space as stools can easily be added.  And Kitchen Window Bars don't take up too much space so are ideal for any sized space, especially if your outdoor are is a bit more on the smaller scale.  Kitchen Window Bars can easily be created on any budget from adding an outside bench to an existing window to creating your design from scratch.  There are many types of windows available for Kitchen Window Bars and the choice of window depends on how you want it opened and how you want to use your Kitchen Window Bar.  Check out these ideas for inspirations when it comes to Kitchen Window Bars......

09Aug
09Aug

Palm Springs Style

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Palm Springs Style is a mix of mid century modern design come coastal but with a touch of glamour.  This style originates from sunny Palm Springs in California USA and the style is just like its location - bright, glamourous and influenced by architecture.  Palm Springs Style is part old-world Hollywood elegance with a minimalist modern side to it.  Think White with pops of bright colour as well as pastels combined with geometrics, metallics and timbers. Since Palm Springs is coastal but still near the desert, the palm tree as well as the cactus have become icons for this decorating style.  Many of us may not live in the US or even close to it but you can still create your own touch of paradise in your own home with Palm Springs Style no matter the country you live in. If you've always been fascinated by Hollywood glamour and Palm Springs, now is definitely the time to bring a touch of this into your own home especially as many of us won't be travelling for quite some time (in particular internationally)!

26Jul
26Jul

Concrete Floors

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Concrete Floors are an easy and practical option when it comes to choice of flooring.  Concrete Floors can either be left as polished concrete for a natural look or easily painted for a solid coloured look.  Polished Concrete Floors work well when creating an Industrial Interior and team back nicely against timbers, metals, stone and other natural materials.  Neutral painted Concrete Floors are ideal for earthy organic spaces or even ideal for Minimalist Interiors.  Or if you want to have a bit of fun, then think about adding a bold colour to your painted Concrete Floor, or even adding some stencils to create your own floor tiles.  The options are really endless when it comes to Concrete Floors.  We have found some easy ideas in how you can add Concrete Floors to your space no matter your decorating style.

12Jul
12Jul

Walk-In Robes

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Walk-In Robes are any fashionesta's dream and definitely a must have!  Walk-In Robes can either fill a small space or can make up an entire room.  They can be luxurious and decorative with extra comforts such as seating, or very simple and minimalist with just racking, shelves and drawers.  Some people like to have all their clothes and accessories on display and others prefer to keep things concealed behind closed doors and drawers in their Walk-In Robe.  Whichever your style is, you want your Walk-In Robe to look good but also for it to be practical.  If your Walk-In Robe is lacking space, then you want to make sure you are making the most of the limited space with the correct layout and design.  You certainly don't want wasted space in your Walk-In Robe, especially if you don't have much storage in any of your other bedrooms.  When creating your own Walk-In Robe and trying to make the most of space, it's always worth the extra money speaking with a designer to make sure the layout works with you, the space and your clothes and accessories.  We have found some impressive Walk-In Robes that'll knock the socks off anyone!

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