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06Jun
06Jun

If you are wanting to add a subtle touch of luxury and sophistication or wanting to add large scale drama to a space, then think about using Porters Alchemy Liquid Gold Paint! Porters Alchemy Liquid Gold comes in a range of colours - Antique Gold, Rose Gold and Bronze Gold. It's a water based decorative metallic paint suitable for most interior surfaces and sometimes exterior surfaces. Since it is a metallic paint, it can be applied in various methods to achieve different results and effects.

Porters Alchemy Liquid Gold is also the perfect choice if you are wanting to add some warmth to your modern space. Gold is naturally a warming colour and it works well with modern materials such as concrete, timber, stone and other metals. Gold instantly adds a sense of luxury and sophistication to any space and colour scheme. For your Liquid Gold to really stand out, think about teaming it back with darker colours for a strong contrast. The Liquid God

25May
25May

Nothing is more relaxing and cozy than sitting in front of a Fireplace. So why not add a Fireplace to your space?! Fireplaces have now become more than just about heating like they were once only used for, as they have now become a main focal point within a room. Modern Fireplaces vary in design and choice of materials used are now based on your decorating style and the look you are trying to create.

Fireplace designs have also become a little more detailed as Fireplaces are often now incorporated with inbuilt shelving and / or seating, are often positioned next to or below your TV and sometimes are even free-stading in the middle of a room. The options are pretty much endless when it comes to Modern Fireplace Designs as there's a Fireplace out there for any size and style of room.

Check out how you can keep warm with these Fabulous Fireplace Designs.......

09May
09May

Upholstered Walls have become the new feature wall! Not only do they create a statement within a space they can also add instant softness to a room. Upholstered Walls are perfect behind large pieces of furniture such as beds and seating to form a type of headboard and to really highlight the piece of furniture or seating setting. Upholstered Wall panels can be made in any type of fabric / leather and the designs can vary depending on the panel sizes, layout, thickness of padding etc. For a more classical look, think about adding studs to your upholstered wall and for something even different, why not add upholstery to your room doors or cupboard doors?

Upholstered Walls are very versatile and can be used for really any type of decorating style. They are also a great way to help absorb sound within your space so they are very ideal for those more noisier rooms and commercial spaces. There are also more options to creating your own individual look with an Upholstered Wall compared to a painted wall, as you can play around with fabric texture and an Upholstered Wall has a more three dimensional feel about it than a painted wall.

Check out these ideas in how you can soften your space with an Upholstered Wall.......

25Apr
25Apr

Pop Art is an art movement that began in the 1950s and become very popular during the 1960s especially in America and Britain. Pop Art draws inspiration from popular and commercial culture. It changed the direction of art during its time as artists starting using everyday objects and media as their inspiration such as newspapers, comic books, magazines, soup cans and other mundane objects to help produce vibrant compositions. Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein were two of the artists that become very popular during this art movement and today you can still find replicas of their artworks. Pop Art is one of the most recognisable forms of art to date and is still being used for inspiration.

Pop Art is all about vibrant bright colours and recognisable imagery such as soup cans, road signs, photos of celebrities, newspapers and other popular items in the commercial world. Humour was also used by artists during Pop Art Movement as well as mixed media and collage.

Check out these ideas how to go bold with Pop Art inspired rooms......

11Apr
11Apr

Porters Industrial Lustre gives your exterior and interior surfaces a rich shimmer and intriguing effect created by the addition of Micaceous Iron Oxide. Industrial Lustre has excellent protective qualities making it the perfect choice of paint for metal gates, fences, trim, garage doors etc as well as broad wall areas. Industrial Lustre has 'fish scale' properties, making it durable while providing protection, also making the paint subject to scratching and scuffing. This water based acrylic coating is suitable for interior metal as well as exterior metal and masonry and is available in 7 different colours to really make your metal shine and stand out; Nautilus, Hematite, Mooraker, Silver Ash, Quarry, Base Metal, Spanish Bull and Herculaneum.

Check out these ideas how Industrial Lustre can be used on your interior and exterior........

28Mar
28Mar

Storage can sometimes be an issue in a space and Built-Ins are often added to solve this problem. However Built-Ins don't always need to be plain and boring! Built-Ins can be added to become the main focal point within a room by the choice of colour and design, or they can have the opposite effect and blend in with the background. If you want your Built-Ins to stand out, then think about opting for a contrasting colour, or choose some bold door hardware or even consider the profile or type of material for the door fronts. All these extra details will have a huge impact on your Built-Ins and will change the look and feel of them while giving them your own personal touch.

Be inspired with these different types of Built-In Cupboard Designs.........

15Mar
15Mar

Cubby Houses are Cool again with almost every parent these days having one in their own back yard. Cubby Houses are easy to source as many department stores now stock them, or are easy to purchase on-line and if you have some woodwork skills, then why not build your own from scratch!

Cubby Houses can come in all different sizes and styles, making them ideal for almost any back yard. Most Cubby Houses are made out of timber, giving them many options to choose from in terms of paint colours or timber coatings and stains. And Cubby Houses have come a long way since we were kids, as parents are thinking more outside the square with the addition of decking, adjoining garages or carports and verandahs. Cubby Houses have become a miniature version of the modern home with everything from furniture, accessories through to window treatments and even plants. Let your kids' imagination run wild with these Cool Cubby House Ideas.......

21Feb
21Feb

Striped Walls are a good choice if you are wanting to add some interest to your space. You can either paint stripes yourself using coloured or textured / effects paint with the use of painters tape or if this is too difficult for you opt for striped wallpaper instead. You can have fun with stripes too and play it up a bit with the direction of stripes, thickness and boldness of colour. Striped Walls & Ceilings are also a very versatile as they compliment almost any decorating style and if done correctly can be very timeless and won't date easily. Stripes are also a great way to enhance nib walls or bulk heads as the lines of the Stripes will bring your eye to these features by creating their own artistic pattern within the lines and the different surfaces. Stripes and how they are applied can also create an optical illusion within a space. If you are wanting more feeling of height in your room, then opt to have your Stripes running vertically as this will instantly make your walls appear taller. Whereas if you want your walls to appear longer, then apply your Stripes horizontally to give more width too a space. And instead of running your Stripes for the entire length of your walls or ceilings, be creative and apply them onlyy to one section or have your Stripes running up your wall and then continuing along your ceilings. The options are really endless when it comes to Stripes, so play around and have some fun!

07Feb
07Feb

Copper is one of the very few metals that has a warm appearance to it and can instantly add warmth to a space. Metals have become a popular choice of material in both architectural and interior design as they work well with natural materials such as brick, stone, concrete and timber. Copper is also very versatile as it suits many styles from either ultra modern industrial to more classical timeless spaces. And Copper is pretty much used anywhere these days from walls, splash backs, exposed pipework, tapware, handles, light fittings and other fittings and fixtures including home decor.

And now you can create a Copper surface yourself using paint! Haymes make a paint in their Artisan Range which is made from Real Copper. Haymes Real Copper also comes with an Oxidising Patina so you can easily add that naural aged Patina look to your Copper paint finish. Haymes Real Copper is a water-based paint containing real copper flakes. It can be used both inside and outside, is suitable for most paintable surfaces and responds well to a variety of application methods.

See how effective the addition of Copper can be with these design ideas........

24Jan
24Jan

The use of Concrete has become quite popular in today's modern architecture and is being used for both interiors and exteriors. Inside Concrete is now being used as a choice of flooring, feature walls, ceilings and even as a material for benches in the kitchen or in the wet area. Outside Concrete is still being used for pathways and pavers and is now also being used for exterior walls and eaves. Both internal and external Concrete can be coated with a clear product for protection or even washed with a product such as Porters Concrete Wash to give some colour to the Concrete while still highlighting the texture of the Concrete.

Porters Concrete Wash is available in 6 different colours ranging from light to dark and you can control the intensity of colour depending on the technique used to apply the product. Porters Concrete Wash is recommended for interior floors and suitable for exterior masonry. It's just not suitable for drive ways or car parking areas. When used on interior flooring, it is suggested to apply Porters Clearcote over the Porters Concrete Wash otherwise it will gradually wear away, but can be refreshed when required.

Make your Concrete stand out with these ideas of how you can add a wash of colour to your Concrete.......

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