Finally after years of being the safe and timeless colour palette, the obsession with beige, greige, and neutral tones will finally bow down to the exuberance of colour such as brights seen in Pantone's fashion colour report for Spring 2014: Radiant Orchid, Cayenne, and Dazzling Blue.
Have the courage to extend past having only colour for your accent cushions and throws, and try a Highprofile timber shutter in Cayenne.
Finally the colour in our homes that was lost after the 70’s is coming back. We are putting back a crisp vibrancy in our bathrooms with a pop of colour, through shower tiles, wall paints, and window treatments, like bright or muted plantation shutters. Feel invigorated!
Navy Blue is the biggest trend for 2014 and is the new black as it compliments so many other colours so well. We are seeing it on the runways, on the street, and of course in interiors. And although Navy is the star this season we are seeing a bevy of blues from the saturated hues of indigo to the vibrant colours of peacock, turquoise, and cobalt.
Be gone beige. Be gone all white walls. 2014 is seeing a surge in glamour with dark moody walls as back drops to our current zeal for metallic accessories. But glamour sits on a large spectrum and you don't have to be all large chandeliers, bold red velvets and mirrored tables. Casual glamour can be accomplished by focusing on accents, like a metallic paint ceiling, or gold framed mirror. But think polish and drama.
Honey toned and lighter fresh coloured timbers are the rage this year and are set to continue to take ground. A welcome change after the dark wenge trend we have been saturated in over the past decade. Walnut, oak, and cherry woods will be seen in furniture, doors, and of course plantation shutters.
Our obsession with using metals and metallic pieces is reaching more than the devotees of glam. Whether it be a large sculpture, a sunburst mirror, or metallic paint, keep an eye out for lustre in the home. Gold and silver, will always be popular, but 2014 will see an edgier use of metals with brass, pewter, aluminium, and copper. Warm-toned metals are making an appearance with wall coverings, lighting, furniture, and objet d’art.
Featured: Icoli & McAllister’s Copper Spica
Australians will no longer be satisfied with humble outdoor dining table and couple of deck chairs. In 2014 outdoor spaces will be as comfortable as the indoor space with the ability to be fully enclosed and tricked out with functional kitchens, soft fabric sofas, rugs, and flat screen TVs.
Ask about Weatherwell Elite aluminium plantation shutters to enclose and make secure your outdoor space.
With kitchens continuing to be one of the top renovation projects for the home, black bench tops and darker paint colours are what’s hot for 2014. For the past decade Aussie’s have gravitated towards the clean white look for their cooking havens, however it seems we are turning towards dark/light contrasts and more dramatic atmospheres. Look out for black quartz or granite bench tops paired with light or white cabinetry, and deep browns, dark reds, and even deep blues for kitchen feature walls.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
Windows are not the easiest feature of a room to style well, which is probably why most homeowners tend to install familiar furnishings such as blinds or curtains. But if you want to really impress the guests and neighbours, plantation shutters will tick all the design and practicality boxes.
Shutters are superior to their more traditional window-furnishing cousins – curtains and blinds. Shutter engineering continues to evolve, making them more durable, easier to use and more stylish. During warm and cool months, they provide insulation benefits. They offer total block out of light, whilst providing complete privacy, and when needed, they can open completely to let light and airflow in.
Here are some inspirational ways to maximise your windows' potential using shutters.
The simplicity of these shutters offers a modern look. Acting like a wall to provide privacy from the outside, the owner’s of this home, can choose to extend their dining room to include the fresh air and light from outside. The shutters sit on a tracking system, which allow you to push and fold the shutters to one side.
Looking to make a statement? Bold black shutters will do the trick. Shutters are typically a variation of white so going black will definitely turn heads. This black modern timber shutter, far from blend into the walls and furniture, making them a styling piece in their own right.
Contrary to common belief, shutters are very versatile and can fit any shape or styled window. The bright yellow timber shutter on this diamond shaped window works perfect for this children’s playroom.
The opposite of the bold statement look, colour blocking although simple can be very effective in a room. Paint your shutters the same colour as the wall for a clean, simplistic look and add colour and texture in the form of furnishings and home wares to complete the feel.
Looking for a homely natural feel? Then try natural timber shutters. They are a favourite for traditional spaces, but also look great in modern settings. Natural browns and timber grains offer warmth and a sense of homeliness.
Thursday, October 09, 2014
One of the biggest mistakes sellers make when preparing their home for the buyers market is neglect the outdoor areas of their home. Too often, focus is on the inside of the home, but more then ever, people are viewing decks, verandas and garden spaces as extensions of the home for family and friends to enjoy daily.
Below are some great tips to consider if you want to maximise your outdoor area’s potential.
Highlight the Best Feature
What is the best selling point of your outdoor area? Is it the pool, the expansive deck, manicured garden or view?
Make sure you highlight this feature by repositioning furniture and remove any distractions.
Photo Courtesy of Justin Long Design
Bring the Inside Out
This is an important one to consider. Bringing the inside out or the outside in is becoming more then ever a practical and stylish aspect of many homes. Too often homeowners only view their outdoor areas as just a place to sit outdoors.
Think strategically about how your outdoor area can merge with your indoor areas – Turn a nook into a day lounge, create an outdoor office space, expand the dining area into outdoors. If you’re concerned about privacy and temperature control, aluminium shutters are ideal. They’re durable, stylish, control light and airflow and offer complete privacy. Not to mention adding dollar value to your home.
Photo Courtesy of The Window Outfitters
The Illusion of Big
If you have a small outdoor area, consider minimalising by using slim and elegant furniture pieces that won’t clutter up your space. Long horizontal artworks on the walls give the illusion of length to a room. Mirrors are also fantastic for providing the illusion of a bigger room. They work great in dead-end areas.
Photo Courtesy of The Labyrinth Gardens
Well Maintained No Fuss Gardens
Unless you are retired and/or love to garden, most of us have way too busy schedules to be concerned with maintaining grass and gardens. Make sure your gardens are looking schmick by removing dead plants, trimming back overgrown trees and bushes and planting fresh leafy plants. Buyers may not notice the details, but they will definitely ‘feel’ the garden. If you can, replace high-maintenance plants with low maintenance plants. Natives and succulents are great as they require minimal watering.
Photo Courtesy of Utopia Landscape Design
Colour Pop & Textures
Brown and green tends to dominate outdoor areas so avoid brown furniture and homewares. Add pops of colour in the form of furniture and texture in the form of throws, cushions or artwork to really add design flair to your outdoor area.
Photo Courtesy of Zugai Strudwick Architects
Attention to Detail
It’s all in the details they say. Give your buyers a taste of what it will be like to live there by bringing lifestyle to your outdoor area. Choose the best feature and add lanterns, candles, cushions, plants, rugs, magazines and books to really make it feel homely and cosy.
Photo Courtesy of Highgate House