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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.

17Nov
17Nov

Dulux Forecast 2020: Essence

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Dulux have just released their new Colour Forecast for 2020: Essence.  Their Colour Forecast is the future of interiors with colour to cultivate, nurture and regenerate.  Discover your Essence with these colour palettes: "Grounded" - A simple neutral colour palette filled with plenty of warmth, "Comeback" - Colours to blend contemporary design with elegant vintage style, "Cultivate" - A tonal green palette to nurture & regenerate, "Indulge" - Cocoon yourself in this charismatic, immersive and opulent palette.  Essence lives in the heart of everything we experience and this new Dulux Forecast will lead you to the very Essence of happiness at home and at work. 

03Nov
03Nov

Golden Accents

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Modern Interiors can sometimes feel a little cold and sterile.  An easy way to add some warmth to a modern space is by adding some Golden Accents and it doesn't necessary mean you have to break the bank to create this look.  Think of adding hints of Gold in the form of furniture, decor, lighting, tapware, tiles, wallpaper or even paint a small feature within your room using a Gold paint.  Golden Accents not only instantly warm your space, but can also give your room the feeling of more luxury and sophistication.  And if you really want to highlight your Golden Accents, then think about teaming your Gold back with gem like tones such as green, blue, red or if you prefer a more calming look add soft tones of pinks, blues, greys & beiges.  If you prefer to keep your colour palette neutral then black as well as white works well with Golden Accents and for materials working back with Gold think marble, timber, concrete, velvet, leather and other lush fabrics.

20Oct
20Oct

TV Designs

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Nowadays the Television is a staple to any Living Room.  Our lives have become focused around the TV and with open plan living designs we now tend to do our daily activities whilst watching TV.  So why not make your TV a feature in your room?!  Long gone are the days of sitting your TV where ever you have spare bench space as many are now designing rooms around their TV when it can be done tastefully and part of your overall Interior Design.  Modern living is all about keeping out the clutter and sticking to clean lines without the fuss and this can apply too when it comes to TV design and where you place your TV in your room.  Check out these stylish ideas in TV designs and how you can make your TV a sophisticated feature in your space......

06Oct
06Oct

Featured Ceilings

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

If you want your space to stand out from the rest then look at adding a Feature Ceiling.  Featured Ceilings are a perfect way to add interest to a room and can be quite easily achieved.  Think of adding a different texture to your ceiling such as wallpaper, metal, timber, mouldings, paint effects, brick or tile or if working to a budget then re-paint your ceiling in a bold or contrasting colour to your walls.  Featured Ceilings can be very individual and can really show off your personalilty as they can be customised to any taste.  You can be as daring or as subtle as you wish by your choice of materials.  Check out these endless ideas in how you can add a Featured Ceiling to your space......   

22Sep
22Sep

Transitional Design

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

If you love both contemporary and traditional then Transitional Design is the style for you!  Transitional Design is the mixing of modern and classical coming together to give you the best of both worlds.  Think classical architecture with modern pieces of furniture and contemporary colours.  Or a modern clean line home dressed with some classical pieces.  This style is perfect if you have traditional pieces from either your previous home or that have been handed down to you as you can still use these but with a modern approach and without dating your space.  The best part about Transitional Design is that it's timeless unlike many current trends, so ideal for those that don't like to re-decorate very often.  Check out these ageless ways in how you can make your space Transitional.......

08Sep
08Sep

When Outdoors meets Indoors

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Many of us are lovers of nature and being Outside.  Our lifestyles now involve entertaining Outdoors and having Outdoor spaces that have become like another room of our home.  There has been a shift in building design where we are now wanting to bring Outdoor and Indoor spaces together to create one large open plan living area.  Not only does this give us more entertaining and living space but is also a great way of bringing more natural daylight and greenery to our Indoor spaces.  Outdoor Kitchens have also become the in-thing and ideal for those that don't like cleaning as it takes the mess out of cooking as well as eliminating those food odours that seem to get trapped Indoors.  And when you have guests over you can still cook in your Outdoor Kitchen with your guests sitting either Inside or Outside without feeling too far away from them to socialise.  So not only is it very practical when Outdoors meets Indoors but can also be a stunning feature to your living space!  Check out these impressive ideas in how you can bring your Outdoors In......

25Aug
25Aug

Brick Walls

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

To paint or not to paint - that is the question....... when it comes to interior Brick Walls.  Brick is still a current trend and a well used choice of material when it comes to feature walls.  Some people like exposed Brick and some people hate it.  If exposed raw Brick is not your thing then the easy and affordable option is to cover it over with paint.  But if you have a love towards the Brick then flaunt it and show it off as a feature.  How you choose to show off or hide your Brick makes the world of difference when it comes to the look and feel you are creating within your space.  If Industrial is the look you are going for then opt to leave your Brick rustic and raw for that edgy natural element to your space.  Whereas if you are going for more of a light, airy minimalistic look then block out the Brick with a neutral coloured paint like a White to give your space that less is more feeling.  Whichever is your style, check out these examples of how to make Brick work best for you and your space.....

11Aug
11Aug

Modern Nomadic

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Modern Nomadic is all about being free spirited and all about the mixing of different cultures.  Think Boho meets Aztec meets African meets Moroccan.  Modern Nomadic can be quite colourful with rich and vibrant hues or can be more tamed down with neutrals and earthy tones.  If you are a collector of souvenirs, ethnic pieces and favour vintage stores then this is the style for you.  You can also have a bit of fun with Modern Nomadic as there are no real limits when it comes to this style - add some wildness to your space with cute cactuses or add texture with rattan and weaves.  And don't forget about adding Aztec prints in rugs and soft furnishings to really top off this look.  Check out these exotic ideas to help you create your own Modern Nomadic space.

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