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Create Your Very Own Retreat With Natural & Organic

Thursday, June 04, 2015

In a fast paced world where technology, work, family commitments and socialising play a major part in our every day lives, there’s a growing desire among us to escape to a world of relaxation, peace and calm. While there are many ways to achieve this through running, meditation, yoga, or a well deserved holiday, what better place is there to consistently escape to for such delish relaxation, than your own home? There’s a growing trend seen among interior designs that incorporate natural and organic elements into the home, which help foster a welcoming blissful environment. Below are 5 ways you can bring the natural and organic beauty into your home.

Live the Alfresco Lifestyle

Natural light and open views in the home are by far one of the most soothing elements you can add to your home. Weatherwell aluminium shutters allow you to fuse the indoors with the outdoors. A favourite among high-end architects and designers for their strength and beauty, Weatherwell aluminium shutters are low maintenance, offering protection from the elements all year round. Available in multiple applications, sliders and multi-fold are by far the best options at opening up your living space to the natural environment.

Timber Plantation Shutters

Highprofile timber plantation shutters are 100% organic and renewable, requiring less energy to be produced than any other inorganic material. This makes them a favourite among designers and decorators alike who are looking to add that sustainable natural look and feel into a room.

With beautiful grains providing a fine texture and flawless finish, a truly bespoke product, timber shutters can be customised to suit individual styles.




Green Plants and Floral

Gone are the fake plastic plants that collect dust and become quickly off trend. Try adding real plants such as succulents or hardy indoor plants, which require minimal maintenance and fuss.  They bring an evergreen natural appeal to the room, softening lines and cleaning the air at the same time! Or if you prefer a bit more colour, cut flowers are always a delight. Providing the senses not only with a visual beauty but also a subtle smell of floral. Or try a bit of Zen, and create an indoor Zen garden, perfect for contemplation.




Natural Timber Furniture Pieces

Individualised natural wood furniture is making their way back into the home. From antique to chic, rustic to modern styles, the beauty of natural timber furniture in the home are set to remain on trend over the next few years. 




Earthy Colours

Captivate your senses with earthy colours. Earthy colours in either warm or cool browns, tans, creams, greys, greens and orange are taken from mother nature herself. Known to provide a relaxing vibe, these colours are great in the bedroom for creating that special retreat.






Window Furnishings Uncovered!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Whether you’re looking to reduce energy costs, compliment your home furnishings or simply add another feature to impress your guests, there is no doubt that adding some window furnishings will have immense benefit and value to your home. From the myriad of blind varieties to aluminium and plantation shutters, there is a near endless stream of product choices, which understandably can be quite confusing! So here is some pointers from us on what some of our favourite choices are and their benefits!




Roller Blinds
Roller blinds are the most functional blinds and are widely used for the office room at home. Usually, these blinds are made from plastic material or a light fabric. The most remarkable feature in roller blinds is that they don’t allow the morning light to shine directly through. They can be found in an array of colours in and designs.







Venetian Blinds
Venetian Blinds are the most popular types that are made of horizontal slats, attached one above one other. The hanging slats are suspended with a cord and will be rotated to nearly 180 degrees to allow light as required. Since the slats can be closed completely, they are perfect for easy use in bathrooms and washrooms. Venetian blind are available in a variety of materials such as metal, timber, plastic and more. Venetian blinds are ideal for those who are looking for stylish and effective window coverings at relatively low cost.




Timber Shutters
All Shutters and Blinds plantation shutters are available in a wide range of styles and colours, and are made of high-quality timber. They are an elegant window furnishing that will no doubt add value to your home. These products are fully customisable, from shape, mid-rail splits and finish. The construction of our plantation shutters ensures they can withstand varying temperature, light and daily usage without deterioration and come with a standard 5 year paint, 15 year structural warranty.




Aluminium Shutters
Aluminium shutters are generally used outside to protect windows and doors and reduce the heat entering the building. They are the ideal shutters for outdoor areas and can even be used to create rooms or enclose balconies or patios.

Aluminium is used because it offers extremely high strength for its weight. Also because it is impervious to water it is not attacked by termites. The durability ensures the shutters will give you many years of service.

Aluminium shutters are available in a wide range of sizes and colours, including wood grain finishes and powder coating in a number of colours, with custom Dulux colours available on request. All Shutters and Blinds Weatherwell aluminium shutters come with a standard 10 year paint and structural warranty.

 

Choosing Colour Tips & 2015 Dulux Colour Trends

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Choosing the right colour scheme for your home can be challenging, but if you do it right, colour can be among your most powerful tools in transforming your living space into a fabulous environment. Dulux, one of Australia’s trusted paint suppliers, have released their 2015 colour trends and we just love the combinations they have chosen. Whether you’re building or looking to reinvent your space, below are a few tips to help you get started along with some inspiration from Dulux’s top designers.

CHOOSING A COLOUR SCHEME

Start with the room elements first. They are your least flexible items to change, so it is best to choose your paint colours based on your furniture pieces, fabrics or wallpaper. 

When choosing colours, go for a mix of values - one dark, one light and one bright colour. This will prevent your colours from looking chaotic. Out of the 3, choose a dominant hue and use the other 2 colours to highlight, tone down or break up areas of the dominant colour.

Stick with colours you are comfortable with. There’s no need to always go with the latest colour trends and designs. Classics will last a lifetime but that said, you it doesn’t hurt to be little adventurous with pops of colour using home accessories. That way, if you get bored of it or find it’s not working for you, you can easily update. Better than repainting an entire wall!

LIGHTING



Lighting can have a significant impact on colour. As colour is a reflection of light, the amount of light and type of light in a room will affect the visual hue.

Explore natural light and artificial light. How does the light affect the colours of the room and therefore affect the mood of the room? Daylight is considered the best light to view colours in. If your room doesn’t receive much natural light, try warmer colours to tone down the shadows and cooler colours for brightly lit rooms.

When choosing colours for particular rooms, keep in mind, when the rooms are most likely to be used and choose colours based on when and how the room is utilised. For example, a sunroom might primarily be used in the mornings, when the warmth and sunshine is abundant, so you would choose colours suitable to the morning light.

2015 DULUX COLOUR TRENDS

We like Dulux paints because at All Shutters & Blinds we can colour match your chosen Dulux paint, and customise your timber or aluminium shutters to that colour. No longer are standard whites the only options available for shutters. Shutters don’t have to blend into the background of your walls. They can be just as dramatic and beautiful as a feature painting or wall hanging. 

Select designers have come up with 4 Dulux colour trend combinations for 2015. The theme is Connection. Four colour palettes inspired by the ever increasing desire for us to connect in the ‘real world’, a break away from our technology driven lives. We feel at least one of these palettes will please even the fussiest decorator!

Below are the 2015 Dulux Trends to inspire you.


DULUX PALETTE 1: WILDLAND


DULUX PALETTE 2: SILENT SHIFT


DULUX PALETTE 3: MODHAUS


DULUX PALETTE 4: EARTHWERKS



 

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