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31May
31May

Home Theatres

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Whether you are building or renovating, a Home Theatre is often one of those rooms many of us dream about.  If you already have a Home Theatre or adding one to your home, there are several things you want to consider.  Of course you want your Home Theatre to look good, but you also want it to be practical.  Choice of lighting, warm under foot flooring and comfortable seating is a must for any Home Theatre.  You want dimmable lighting and no direct lighting over your big screen as the last thing you want is light glare ruining your viewing.  And since you'll be spending hours at a time in your Home Theatre you want to make sure you are comfortable so correct choice of seating is also important as too is flooring.  If you prefer hard floors for your Home Theatre consider your choice of material and opt for something that absorbs sound and don't forget about adding a floor rug to your seating area for wamth and comfort.

17May
17May

Create your own Home Office

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Our lives certainly have changed since Covid-19 and many of us are now working from home.  But not everyone has a home office or a space set aside for working from home or for studying.  Many living and house expenses can be claimed through tax if you are working from home, however in order to do so you need an area designated as an office space.  This means an actual desk and chair to sit at and not just at the kitchen table.  But don't worry if you don't have an overly large home or room as you don't need an enormous space to create your own home office, just a small nook or area that will fit a desk and chair.  Home Offices don't need to be boring either.  They are an area you'll spend a lot of time working at, so you want it to look good as well as being practical.  We've found these simple yet stylish ideas how you can add a Home Office no matter the size or style of your space.

03May
03May

Stain your Timber Black

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

One trend that has been around for years and is still ever so popular is Black Stained Timber.  If you are wanting that Black Timber look it can either be painted black (to hide the timber look) or stained to still show the character and grain of the timber.  The great thing about Black Stained Timber is that if you don't like the natural colour of your timber, you can hide it easily while still retaining the timber look.  Black Stained Timber works with many decorating styles and is a timeless way to protect your timber. It's also very versatile as it can be used with cool tones or with a warmer colour scheme, depending on how you use it.  And Black Stained Timber can be used for interiors as well as exteriors as it works back nicely with bricks, stone, concrete, metal and other timbers.  If using for exterior and a good quality product is applied it can last longer than clear timber coatings due to the pigmentation in the product, making it an even better choice for exterior timber.  Check out these ideas how you can add Black Stained Timber to your next project.

19Apr
19Apr

Timber Cladding

Posted in Help & Advice By Tanya Graetz

Timber Cladding has been a well used material for many years and is still being used today in current modern architecture and interior design.  It's a great material of choice for using in highlight feature areas such as ceilings & walls and perfect for disguising surface imperfections.  Timber Cladding can be left as natural timber for a textural earthy organic look or painted over with an enamel (to make it chip resistant) for added colour to a space.  If you are wanting to add some height to your space, then hang your Timber Cladding vertically, but if your space is lacking length then think about hanging your Cladding horizontally.  Timber Cladding is a very versatile choice of material as it can be used internally as well as externally and it teams back well with concrete, stone, brick and other timbers. 

05Apr
05Apr

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.

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