Do It White! Get White Decor Right.

Do It White! Get White Decor Right.

White decor is misunderstood. You might think that all-white rooms do little to inspire. But a correct understanding of white decor can lead to incredible interior designs.

White decor can excite, relax, and create a sense of volume and space in your home. White doesn’t necessarily mean “blank canvas.” It’s a style in and of itself – and one that can create a dramatic effect.

But doing white right is difficult. Here are some pointers to get you started.

Consider Different Tones In White Decor

People imagine that decorating with white involves using a single shade of white, painting all surfaces and only using matching furniture. But like the true colours, white comes in all sorts of shades and hues. So white can be used together in extraordinary ways.

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For instance, some whites are yellower than others. Yellower whites help to create a more relaxing and warm atmosphere. A yellow-based white is ideal for rooms you want to spend time in during the evenings.

Bluer whites generate a feeling of coolness and alertness. So a blue-based white is perfect for bathrooms if you shower in the morning.

Grey-based whites can be very elegant and formal so can be used in living spaces and bedrooms, in a kitchen and in entry ways and foyers.

In my work as an interior designer in Adelaide, my favourite whites include;

– ‘Chalk’ from Bauwerk
– ‘Popcorn’ from Porter’s Paints
– ‘House White’ by Resene
– ‘Super White’ by Benjamin Moore (USA)
– ‘Ammonite’ by Farrow and Ball (UK)

 

Mix Up White Decor Textures

If you can’t use differences in colour to create interest, you have to do it in other ways.

Fortunately, whites are highly amenable to different textures. This allows you to create visual interest while keeping everything relatively neutral or monochromatic.

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Try mixing wooden paneling with cotton pillows, knotty woolen cushions, and relaxed loungers. Use mirrors to reflect whites back into the room.

And use off-white colours, like the brown of a wicker basket, to create neutral accents that do not disturb the overall effect.

 

Use White Flooring

Using white flooring can help take the whiteness of a room to a whole new level. Flooring is usually darker than the whites on the walls or the ceiling.

Consider using off-white or beige tiles or carpets. If using carpets, make sure to invest in regular carpet cleaning to keep them looking their best.

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If you want white floorboards, use patio paint not interior paint. Patio paint is much more hard-wearing and easier to clean than regular interior paint.

Washing will remove staining and help to keep the fibres fresh and vibrant.

 

Anchor Elements

When going for an all-white decor theme, it can sometimes be difficult to bring everything together. Rooms often need anchor elements, like furniture or rugs, that unify all of its features.

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Choosing the right rug or item of furniture can be tricky. Sometimes pieces of furniture can be too big for a room, dominating the space.

Appropriately-sized rugs are ideal for placing underneath a set of furniture. Rugs that are a different shade to the flooring create interest and provide a clear delineation between seating space, and gangways. Rugs look great underneath armchairs, coffee tables and ottomans.

 

Avoid Going Too Bright, Cos it’s NOT Right

White naturally reflects light. A white room can look too clinical when light is bouncing off all the white surfaces.

Strike a balance when using white by adding textures and some neutral tones to soften a room’s appearance. For example, a sheepskin rug, a blonde wooden stool or pale beige linen ottoman.

Top interior designers use the 60-30-10 rule when designing a white-themed room. Sixty percent of the room is dedicated to the primary palette – in this case, white.

The primary palette should incorporate the walls, ceilings, window frames, and floor. 30 percent of the room should be what designers call the secondary palette.

The secondary palette includes colors that are not quite white, such as wooden furniture. The final 10 percent is for “hero pieces” – items that bring a sense of uniqueness and character to a room.

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Hero pieces can be an interesting lamp, a stunning coffee table, or a plant pot. These elements help to break up a white room, helping it to feel cozier.

Unless it’s a bathroom, bright lights in white rooms are a definite no-no. The white paint reflects the bright lights and can sometimes dazzle. This is NOT what you want when you’re trying to unwind cozily on a winter’s evening after work.

Choose LED lights with filters that reduce the output of blue light and preferentially allow orange and red lightwaves through.

These LED lights will help to make an all-white room feel cozier in the evening, even if it feels minimalist during the day.

Choose Greenery To Pop In White Decor

White has a clinical, synthetic appearance. It’s rarely found in nature and can feel a little alien. Apple uses white for its computers and phones because it knows that it appears futuristic and artificial. White is associated with technology.

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Greenery helps bring white rooms back down to Earth, making them feel more natural. You can hang plants from the ceiling, use pots near the windows, or create custom baskets along the calls. Exotic plants work best.

Viva La Minimalism! A Minimalist Interior That’s Right.

Viva La Minimalism! A Minimalist Interior That’s Right.

A minimalist interior is probably different from what you think. It’s not white rooms and only a chair for furniture. In fact, a minimalist interior is likely the decor for which you are striving, you just know it yet.

All things eclectic and vintage have been decor directions for some time, bamboozling us with their randomness, disorder, and colour. However, there is a stalwart of fans that aren’t willing to let go the joys of a minimalist interior.

These perfectionist folk with their eye on sleek lines, blocks of monochrome colour and clutter-free living adore the concept of minimalism. Show home looks seemingly used to boast about their airy feel, their spacious living areas, and white walls.

 

Nowadays, minimalism has taken on a whole new meaning. People realise that white walls, white sofas, and white carpets simply aren’t practical for young families, banshee-like toddlers and everyday living. Instead, the concept of a minimalist interior has remained with more personality, a cosy feel and definite Hygge influences.

Take a look at how you can still utilise the concept of minimalism in your home. But beware… the satisfying outcome and style may surprise you 🙂

 

A Minimalist Interior Is Fresh

A minimalist interior needs to feel spacious. It doesn’t matter whether you have a poky apartment or an open plan living area, you can create the illusion of space.

Maximise the natural light in your rooms by painting the walls white. Utilise the gorgeous original floorboards that you have or lay a simple light hued carpet, whip up a couple of mirrors and enjoy the natural light bouncing around your living and bedroom areas.

It’s important to accentuate the natural light with some greenery. You can click here to marvel at the joys of a spot of greenery within the home. Opt for a Yucca, a Monstera Deliciosa or a young sapling.

Bringing the outdoors inside can have a fantastic uplifting effect on mood and can be the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of your working life.

Ensure you use texture to add warmth and personality. Texture such as woolly rugs, knotty cushions, a velvet or mohair throw, and wicker lampshades will not detract form a minimalist interior. They will add interest and stop the room feeling like a dental clinic.

 

A Minimalist Interior Isn’t Cluttered

Minimalism and clutter do not go together. If you have items that you haven’t used in over six months cluttering up your shelves, it’s time to get rid or at least shift them into the loft.

However, this doesn’t mean you have to take down your precious personal knick knacks or photographs. Minimalism doesn’t mean the clinical and sterile interiors of old.

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White walls are still comforting but so are your family photos, your souvenirs from your travels and postcards from your pals. A minimalist interior with the human touch is much more sought after in the twenty first century.

 

A Minimalist Interior Has A Deft Furniture Style

While you might think that minimalism is futuristic, modern and designer, you can add a touch of vintage to your interior. Mid century Danish designs are on trend at the moment and look incredible within a minimalist interior.

G-Plan sofas, Ercol dining sets and 1960s Scandinavian nests of tables are classic and timeless designs for which people yearn. Scour your local auction houses, vintage shops, and even eBay to pick up classic retro furniture for much less than a modern piece from a showroom.

Look around to mix and match your furniture effectively.

Although you want to add a touch more colour, flair and imagination into your interior, you aren’t willing to say goodbye to the minimalist concept just yet. Follow this guide and bring your minimalist interior into the twenty first century.

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Think Like A Decorator With Expert Tricks

Think Like A Decorator With Expert Tricks

Would you like to think like a decorator? We all want our homes to reflect our personalities and suit our lifestyle. Those important elements don’t need to be sacrificed in order to create a home you love with the style you crave.

Yes, you can easily think like a decorator with a few key tips and a mindset change. One of my key tips is to try and view the room to be redecorated as belonging to someone else.

Sometimes taking a step back and not being so emotionally involved WILL help you to make better interior design decisions.

So bear that in mind, observe the tips you need, and save the others for another room.

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Think Like A Decorator For Changing the Size of A Room

Wen you are working with four walls unless you knock out a wall you’re not going to change the ACTUAL size of the room. However, you can make it LOOK bigger or smaller with some visual tricks.

  • Make low ceilings look higher by installing a vertically striped pattern on the walls. Think paint, wallpaper or wood. This applies to all rooms from wet areas to living and bedrooms.
  • If a room has high ceilings and you’d like it to feel more intimate, use a rich, dark wallpaper with a small pattern, such as paisley.
  • Remove large pieces of furniture or other objects blocking windows. When you allow more natural light into a room you’ll give the impression of space.
  • Use glass and other translucent materials for chairs (such as ghost chairs), dining and coffee tables. When you can ‘see through’ objects the space will appear larger (try Temple & Webster for replica Phillipe Starck ghost chairs).
  • Choose sofas, ottoman, chairs, and dressers with feet. Having furniture raised off the floor will give the impression of more space as there is clearance underneath.
  • Small rooms, such as the toilet or powder room, look dramatic and bigger when you hang highly decorative wallpaper (yes, really).
  • Use mirrors to reflect light and other areas of the room, therefore giving the illusion of being a bigger room.
  • Make windows look bigger by hanging drapes on a track that’s closer to the ceiling than the top of the window. Ensure drapes then fall to the floor even if the window doesn’t.
  • When designing small spaces, simplicity is the key to a great result. Keep things simple with an unfussy colour palette and clean lines in furniture.

 

Think Like A Decorator

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Think Like A Decorator When Adding Wall Features

  • Add fun additions to any room with motifs, geometrics or a mural with temporary wallpaper. Wall decals now come in many forms and are great for a nursery, children’s bedroom, bathroom or going up stairs. I’ve seen decals that depict kitchen equipment or large clocks that liven up an open plan kitchen.
  • The artwork of Canadian artist Shandra Smith has been made into wallpaper murals with colour and dynamism. Easy to install and they look like a mural.
  • Take tips from Interior Designer and ‘The Block’ Judge Shaynna Blaze with 3 easy paint ideas to decorate a bare wall. Add geometric shapes and fun kid-friendly ideas.
  • Stencils are also a terrific DIY solution for tired or bare walls. let your imagination go wild with these charming wall stencil ideas.
  • Don’t dismiss wallpaper because now the options are endless. Patterned and metallic papers are great for a feature wall without giving that ‘display home’ feel. They are perfect for large walls or difficult spaces such as under the stairs. Wallpapers now are much easier to install so you may be able to DIY.

 

Think Like A Decorator

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Think Like A Decorator When Adding Texture

  • Add a sense of the natural to your home with grass cloth. It’s made from woven grass fibres, which add texture to a sophisticated home.
  • Monochromatic rooms need texture in the form of rugs, throws, cushions, and drapes in textured fabrics. Think knotted wool, faux fur, hide rugs, linen, brocade, sheepskin, etc.
  • Throw sheepskin rugs over the back of several dining chairs for a warm Scandi feel.
  • Use salvaged wood for walls and ceilings to add rustic charm. Old pallets are very popular or salvage wood from a demolished home or sleepers from the rail yard.
  • Want the look of expensive stone but you’re on a budget? Pick key spots only to add impact, not expense.
  • Glass and matte – use glossy stone and tiles on surfaces you don’t use all the time, to minimize dulling.

 

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Think Like A Decorator When You Have Kids

  • If you have children and pets, you might need tough, stain resistant fabrics that help keep your décor looking fresh. Check out exterior fabrics you can use inside.
  • Choose one of the many new washable paints in thousands of colours that will easily erase the inadvertent art attempts of small children.
  • Teach children from an early age to tidy up by providing easy to access toy boxes and bins. Incorporate storage and activity centres in the design process.
  • Allow children to be part of the design and colours of their own bedrooms. This will give them a sense of ‘ownership’ and teach them some new skills.
  • Don’t choose strong colours like red or orange as they are too vibrant for a bedroom. Use restful colours and add vibrancy in accessories.
  • If you have small children, choose furniture with rounded edges
  • Consider washable slip-covers if your child has a sofa or covered chair in their room. This will save you time… and sanity.
  • Place furniture against the walls to provide floor space for play
  • When using night lights, ensure they have a soft and warm glow

 

Think Like A Decorator

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Think Like A Decorator When Finishing Off A Room

  • Give your rooms a luxury feel by taking tiles right up to the ceiling, especially in wet areas. It makes the space look more ‘finished’.
  • Give a co-ordinated look by wrapping fabric around a drum lampshade – highly personal, you can match with other colours and textures in the room.
  • Ensure drapes are well hemmed to fall beautifully to the floor. With lightweight fabrics, sew a few glass stones into the hem to encourage a good drop.
  • If you want to add a rug, choose one that is the correct size for the furniture. The back legs of chairs should NOT fall off the edge of the rug.
  • Style ‘vignettes’ on flat surfaces by including objects with different heights and position collections in odd numbers; 3, 5, or 7. Use a beautiful tray to delineate the area and use books to add height – place items such as scented candles, shallow bowls, and other objects on the books so provide height variety
  • Floor and table lamps add character and ambiance to a room so don’t simply rely on overhead lights
Think Like A Decorator

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Second Storey Additions And The Advice You Need

Second Storey Additions And The Advice You Need

Second storey additions are a space-suitable way to add more room and possibly add value to your home. However, a costly mistake is something you will definitely want to avoid.

If you have decided you need more living space but don’t want to leave your existing home, second storey additions could be the answer.

Extending homes upwards is becoming a popular home improvement. Second storey additions don’t take up extra ground space, and gardens can be kept in tact.

It can also be less expensive and stressful than moving to a new home.

However, there are stages to work through to make sure that building upwards is successful and safe. Seeking professional advice and planning well bring second storey additions to a successful outcome.

Second Storey Additions Need The Services Of An Architect

You really need to engage an architect if you are intending to add another storey to your home.

An Architect is a highly qualified professional who will develop detailed drawings of your new space. They have the expertise to create a design for a small or awkward space considering engineering, the house below and best use of the new space.

Discuss with your Architect specifics including;

  • how high can the ceilings be?
  • how will natural light enter the space?
  • where will the stairs go?
  • how much downstairs space will be lost due to stairs?
  • how large can the space be?
  • what exterior cladding can be used?
  • how will privacy be retained?

The answers to these questions and more will affect the final plans.

An Architect will also work with a structural engineer and surveyor to assess the existing structure and land for building a second storey.

 

For Second Storey Additions, Employ A Reputable Builder

This is not the sort of job that just any builder can do. It takes specialist renovation builders to have the knowledge required.

Seek quotes from two or three reputable builders and see examples of their work. Ask friends fro recommendations and be scrupulous with your questions. You are investing a good deal of money so you must be confident you are engaging the right builder.

I am an interior designer in Adelaide. In my interior design work, I engage Master Builders in whom I have great confidence. They are small and independent builders not big companies. In my personal experience, engaging an independent builder has been better than working with a big building company. They are more flexible, don’t generate mountains of paperwork, are more communicative and do excellent work.

All building work has to be done in a particular order and should be to the highest standards to pass building inspections. The time and effort in finding the right builder for you will be well worth it.

 

Does It Comply With Local Regulations?

A good builder will be able to help you with relevant permits and regulations to ensure everything is in order before they start.

At this stage, it is easier to go back to the Architect to change items that may not comply or if development approval is required.

Different states of Australia have different regulations with which you must comply. Between your builder and Architect, they should be able to sort out all the permits and permissions you require.

You also need to consider your neighbours. Second storey additions may affect their light and privacy so they will object to such plans.

Out of courtesy, if nothing else, you need to let them know what you are doing and try to find solutions to any issues they may have. Having your neighbours on your side could help when planning permits are being applied for.

 

Ready To Go!!!!!

Once all the approvals and plans are in place, your second storey can be started. Then you have to decide if you will stay in your home or move out while the work is being done. Sometimes, the existing ceilings are not affected, and then staying is not so bad.

You will have to understand that all your services will be disconnected from time to time though. It is this that makes many people move out until the work is complete.

You need to discuss with your builder the likely effects you and the family will suffer while the works are carried out, and then you can make this decision.

When the work has been completed, you will be happy that you made this choice and that you have the extra room you wanted.

If you have used professionals all the way through, it might not have been as daunting as the prospect first seemed when you conceived the idea.

 

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Mood Enhancing Decor To Love Where You Live

Mood Enhancing Decor To Love Where You Live

Mood enhancing decor can take your home from bland to grand with a few simple tips. Even if you are renting, these five expert ideas will give you inspiration and motivation.

Your home really is your castle. Mood enhancing decor that’s personal to YOUR lifestyle is essential to making a house a home. However, sometimes it’s not easy to decide what you need to do.

You may ask yourself “How do I style my home the right way? To match both your tastes and your lifestyle it can be difficult to make decisions. Because trying to pull together comfortable living spaces isn’t as easy as it sounds.

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Of course, you could hire an expert interior designer in Adelaide (that would be me, haha). However, if you relish the challenge of pulling the different elements together, then let’s have a look at them.

 

Mood Enhancing Decor Needs The Right Colours

Colour plays a key role in the mood of your home. Consider how you use the room. Is it for sleeping, relaxing, studying, entertaining, cooking?

Generally, you should choose softer colours for relaxing spaces – bedrooms and bathrooms in particular – and more vibrant colours for living spaces. Now, this doesn’t always mean painting a vibrant colour on the walls. It could mean neutral walls and dynamic curtains or blinds, for example.

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How do you want to FEEL in the space? Relaxed? Energized? Inspired?

Painting a ceiling black, for example, won’t make the room feel smaller or the ceiling feel lower. On the contrary. A black ceiling can ‘disappear’ making the room feel more expansive. And a statement light fitting will really POP against a black ceiling.

 

Mood Enhancing Decor Has A Controlled Atmosphere

Colour is linked to the atmosphere which can also be controlled via lighting. Not every room needs a central light fitting on the ceiling, for example. Create atmosphere with table lamps, floor lamps, concealed lighting and up-lighting.

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Another way to create atmosphere is to control the heating and cooling. For this, you will want to control the temperature. When installing an air conditioner, climate control is one area that needs thorough consideration. Set each room to your desired temperature and you’ll control the mood and ‘feel’ of the room too.

 

Mood Enhancing Decor Has A Distinct Purpose

Keep the function of each room squarely in mind. Bold, rich colours and a hot temperature are not mood enhancing in bedrooms, for example.

Yes, it’s important to make sure that you have personality around the home, but you need to live in it. So it’s essential for you to make sure that each room has its set purpose. Tap into your style sense and understand the real use of each room.

 

Mood Enhancing Decor Means Fabulous Furniture

The furniture you choose has a great impact on the mood of spaces. Functionality is very important but we all want fabulous furniture too.

Measure each space very well so you can ensure the furniture you choose is the right size and shape for the room. I have often seen clients choose a gorgeous sofa only to find it won’t fit through doorways or looks too big and bulky in the space. So also measure the furniture – height x width x depth – BEFORE you purchase it.

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Also bear in mind the view from the room. If the back of a sofa or your dining chairs are too high will they block a view? Look at where the furniture will be positioned and take note of the various views from that spot.

 

Yes, Focus On The Mood (not as obvious as it seems)

Finally, consider the mood you want to feel in your home. Is it light and breezy and beachy? Or darker and moodier for your theatrical personality?

Keep that mood in mind when looking for wall art, rugs and accessories. Don’t look at one single piece to decide if you like it or not; consider the room as a whole.

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Often, a piece will look different in a different environment than it does in a magazine or in the store. Be bold, be creative, use your instincts and create the perfect Hygge inspired decor for your fabulously comfortable and welcoming home.

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Designing A Warm Bedroom For The Winter

Designing A Warm Bedroom For The Winter

Designing a warm bedroom when it’s cold and wintry outside is a simple luxury within the reach of most home owners and renters. Just a few simple tips and you’ll be toasty and cozy in no time.

Your bedroom is quite possibly the comfiest room in your house. It’s the place where you can lie back and relax, with a good book and a strong wifi connection. However, designing a warm bedroom isn’t just about being covered in blankets with a soft mattress beneath you.

You can dig through the wardrobe and put on your own comfy style parade. Dress up in silky satin pajamas or throw on a pair of old shorts and a dressing gown.

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All in all, you love your bedroom, and now’s your chance to revel in that completely. Our tastes tend to change with the seasons, and winter IS coming for many readers! So change up your style and be inspired with winter warming ways for designing a warm bedroom

Update Your Mattress

There’s a good chance you’re going to be spending more time in bed now that the winter is here. When the sun goes down earlier it’s telling our bodies we need to hit the hay sooner.

So you’re going to need a mattress that can keep up with your stronger need for sleep, and the longer hours you’re going to be spending in it. The clocks go back and we all rejoice at the idea of an extra hour in bed!

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Why not look into buying yourself a king mattress, to go along with your new king bed, the one you’ve been promising yourself for a long time now?

You’ll be able to roll around for what feels like miles in a warm bed, perfectly catering to your temperature needs. Call it an early Christmas present for you and your partner if you need extra justification.

Have a Rug Next to the Bed

To make sure you’re never stepping foot onto a cold floor. With frigid temperatures making you want to retreat back under the duvet before the day’s even begun, why not put a rug under your bed? Not all the way under, of course, but peeking out enough for you to swing your feet straight onto when you wake up.

Not only does it keep your toes warm, but it helps to pad out the room a little more, making sure there’s less room for the cold to bounce around in.

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Whilst sleeping in some colder temperatures is usually optimal for a good night’s rest, you don’t want your conscious body to have to combat the room temperature as well.

And on that topic, add cushions and throws in faux fur, wool, or velvet for extra special coziness. Tactile fabrics that ooze winter warmth are perfect for snuggling.

Add Some Wood Furnishings

A quick point to finish. Natural furnishings always make us think of warmth, and convincing yourself you’re warm is half the battle! Why not update your bedside tables for something a little more Oak, with visible planks and rustic colour tones?

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Wood will work better with your central heating; it’ll really bring the winter lifestyle together!

Designing a warm bedroom for the winter doesn’t have to take much time; you just need to think about what keeps you feeling warm and cosy, and then implement those ideas.

Top Design Ideas To Modernise and Beautify Your Home

Top Design Ideas To Modernise and Beautify Your Home

Top design ideas differ from trends in that top design ideas have longevity as well as style. There are ways to modernise and beautify your home without great expense and without fearing a short-lived trend.

Perhaps you love your home – the location, the neighbours, the amenities – but you need some tweaking to make it more of a dream home. The top design ideas below will help you to create the home you desire by simply tweaking what you have.

Top Design Ideas for Your Kitchen

Your kitchen is a place where everyone comes together so it must be functional and safe. However, if you don’t have the budget to take out a wall to create an open-plan space, then consider some other ideas. For example, replace some cupboards with open shelves to create the illusion of space.

If you want a change of colour, the easiest option may be to replace the splash back. This is a relatively easy and cost-effective option. You could paint the doors yourself but this is rarely a stylish long-term solution.

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New Excava weathered industrial countertop and splash back from Caesarstone

Or just replace the door handles with luxurious rose gold, industrial wrought iron or modern leather pull tabs.

Perhaps you could install a fabulous and dramatic central light fitting or a row of three pendant lights along the breakfast bar.

In fact, one of the simplest ways to cheaply upgrade your kitchen is by clearing the countertops of clutter.

 

Go Bold

Don’t be afraid of bold colour, especially deep jewel colours. Rich and dark colours in small rooms are dramatic and cosy. Colours such as burgundy, rich raspberry, navy blue, indigo, emerald and deep green are luxurious especially when mixed with gold.

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Interior design by Highgate House

Forgo white and dig down deep into your personality. What deep, rich, jewel colours do you love? From a feature wall to a whole room, bold and rich colours are indulgent and glamorous. How can you lose?

If you’re not convinced, start with a small room, such as the powder room or toilet, to give you some confidence. With touches of white for freshness and warm metallics – rose gold, brass, gold, brushed nickel – deep, rich, jewel colours are divine. You can’t lose.

See our article on how to think like a decorator and get more ideas and expert tips

 

Think Double

Do you live with a partner? Then you’ll probably know that it’s good for ‘stuff’ to come in twos. For example, bath towels that come in his ‘n her variants – not matchy-matchy or monogrammed; but complementary colours and patterns.

And if you share a bathroom at the same time of the day then you’ll love to  have an extra sink installed too.

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If you have the room, there is a great sense of luxury to have twin sinks, especially under-mount sinks and a stone countertop. You can style with twin mirrors, instead of one large mirror, which also amps up the luxury.

 

White, White, White!

Whilst I love colour, I’m not anti-white. In fact, white can make colour stand out. As an interior designer in Adelaide I have two top design ideas about the use of white.

1. if you want a white room, then make sure you have LOTS of texture – rugs, cushions, throws, drapes – have sheepskin, faux fur, velvet, knotty wool, silk, rough linen – LOTS of texture so the white isn’t clinical and ‘blah’. You could also add a little blonde wood too – a mirror or picture frame, a small stool, or a lampshade.

2. if you love colour and want to have lots of colourful wall art and accessories, paint your walls white. This provides a beautiful backdrop to make the colour POP!

 

Furniture

It’s a good idea to spend as much as you can afford on key pieces of furniture including a sofa, dining table, and mattress. These are important pieces of furniture that you want to last for many years. Fabric should be top quality with frames, webbing and springs that are hard wearing, comfortable and sturdy.

However, my top design ideas for modernising and beautifying your home is look for additional items. Ottomans in a bold fabric that can be tucked under a console table or a coffee table add extra seating. Yet they can be stored out of the way when not in use. As small items in a bold fabric, they add glamour without overwhelming the room.

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Another furniture item I love is a Butler’s Tray. These are trays that sit on collapsible X-shaped legs. As the name suggests, these ‘trays’ were used by the Butler to serve tea or drinks. The tray was able to picked up and put elsewhere or back on the legs. They are perfect for bedside tables, in a small hallway, in a bathroom or used in the kitchen. Such a small item does add luxury to a room.

See our article on 5 ways interior designers save you money so you can avoid making expensive mistakes.

 

Out with the Old

If you have an old fireplace (that probably smokes), it’s possible this could be holding your home back. Converting wood fireplace to gas insert isn’t hard to do when you hire the right professional. You may be surprised at how easy this can be for you to do in your own home as well.

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Many home buyers love an open fire as long as it’s clean burning, easy to clean, modern looking and effective. These items can often add value to the home too. Modern installations look stylish and can save thousands on energy bills.

 

Blending Rooms

If you have a connecting dining room and living room then they need to flow together with cohesive decor. With a consistency of flooring and colours the space will look more spacious and certainly more stylish.

Choose co-coordinating not matching fabrics for the sofa and the dining chairs, for example, and ensure you keep them fresh and clean. As these rooms do get a lot of use, mop up spills and use high-quality upholstery cleaning to maintain good looks.

These top design ideas are not trend led; they are ideas that will give longevity and dynamism to your home decor.

Small Space Bathroom Inspiration That’s Beautiful

Small Space Bathroom Inspiration That’s Beautiful

When you have a small space bathroom you may wonder if you’ll ever get the beautiful bathroom you want. While I can’t expand your walls, I can give you advice on how a small bathroom space can be better used.

When it comes to your small space bathroom, it’s essential to make the most of the space you have. Clever planning and design will maximize the space available and give the illusion of a bigger bathroom.

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Stuck for ideas and inspiration? Don’t panic, there are plenty of hacks and tricks for small spaces that you can use to inspire you.

When you are renovating a bathroom, it’s not the size that counts but the way you use the space. Trust me, I’m an award-winning interior designer 🙂

Small Space Bathroom Solution #1: Create Interest

Did you know that one of the very best ways to disguise a small space is to create interest in that space?

A simple and highly effective way to do that is to incorporate an accent wall within your bathroom. This draws the eye to this aspect of the space and not the size and shape of the bathroom.

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Bathroom design by Design Line Home Transformations

For an accent wall, specialty paint can look dramatic and fabulous. However, in a small bathroom (or powder room) it’s better to incorporate something bolder. Try a bold print wallpaper or a wood or stone accent wall. The boldness tricks the eye into thinking it’s a bigger space.

Of course, opt for bathroom-friendly surfaces that are washable, water-proof or moisture resistant.

Small Space Bathroom Solution #2: Seek Inspiration

When it comes to bathroom renovations, it’s not always easy to know how to go about it. If you find yourself struggling with a bathroom renovation, it’s important that you take the time to seek the inspiration that you need.

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Bathroom by Three Birds Renovations

There is plenty of inspiration available, if you take the time to look for it, that is. The best places for inspiration are on home design blogs, in home magazines, and on Pinterest – there’s plenty of inspiration available.

Small Space Bathroom Solution #3: Be Furniture Smart

When it comes to designing a small bathroom, it’s essential that you are smart about the furniture that you put in place.

In a small bathroom, choose a wall hung vanity with wall mounted tap-ware and a wall hung toilet. When you can see the floor under an object the space seems bigger. Also, opt for open shelves not cupboards with doors, as these can close the space in.

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Use mirrors to reflect light around and also reflective surfaces, like chrome for tapware. Metal sheets are also great for walls or cupboards as they reflect light.

See how Shaynna Blaze used metal to reflect light around this bathroom with little natural light.

Small Space Bathroom Solution #4: Invest in Storage

If there’s no room for built-in storage space, typical of a small bathroom, it’s essential to invest in freestanding storage instead. For example,a tiered metal storage shelving unit.

If there’s one thing that makes a small space look even smaller, it’s clutter. That’s why it’s so essential to get your storage right. When you have clutter over the counter tops, the room instantly seems smaller.

Create some Hygge style calm in a small space and deliver your senses a relaxing vibe.

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Bathroom design by Nesliham Pekcan Pebble Design

Beautiful Bathroom Beautifully Easy

Beautiful Bathroom Beautifully Easy

A beautiful bathroom is the top of the list for many renovators. The choice of gorgeous tiles, chic vanities, metal tap-ware and stunning baths is almost endless. But do you have to spend big just to get the beautiful bathroom you crave? Not necessarily.

So, you want a beautiful bathroom but you have a small budget? No problem. Whether you’re tired of how your old bathroom looks or you just want to impress friends when they use the powder room, you’ll love these tips.

A good start is to create a mood-board of how you’d like your bathroom to ‘feel’. Choose colours and textures as a basis. You don’t have to include the exact product at this point.

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Mood-Board created by Plush Design Interiors for a client bathroom

A Beautiful Bathroom Is Easy To Clean

Start by making your bathroom easy to clean.Some ideas include;

  • Washable and moisture-proof paint
  • Large format tiles (less grout)
  • Seamless concrete floors
  • Undermount sinks
  • Wall mounted tap-ware
  • Wall hung vanity
  • At least 100cm of space around a free-standing bath
  • Frame-less shower screens and doors
  • Pivot shower doors
  • Easy clean metals (better quality metal tap-ware will be easier to keep clean)
  • Storage for easy to access cleaning products – organic with essential oils

A Beautiful Bathroom Includes Plants And Other Greenery

Just because this is your bathroom, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be including plants and other greenery. Flowers and plants that like some humidity are perfect for a bathroom so check with your local garden shop.

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Image by Lisa Moyneur

Whether your bathroom is very sunny or very shady will also determine what types of plants will survive and thrive.

However, faux plants are so good these days you could include orchids or a fiddle leaf fig that look as fabulous as the real thing… and they won’t die.

Come Up With Your Own Beautiful Bathroom Colour Scheme

Come up with a beautiful colour scheme for your bathroom. Bright whites and neutrals are definitely popular, but this isn’t a hard and fast rule you have to stick to if you want a beautiful bathroom.

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You can incorporate all kinds of colours. What will make you feel happiest, or most relaxed? Think of your favouurite colors and how they make you feel so you can decide from there.

Make Sure Your Beautiful Bathroom Suits Your Lifestyle

Your bathroom should suit your lifestyle. For instance, if you know a wet room would be ideal for you, stop putting it off and contact a place like MLP Plumbing to help you to put a plan together.

Wet rooms can be expensive and take time to install, but they are more than worth it when you have your whole bathroom to play with – not to mention how easy it will be to clean!

Incorporate A Beautiful Tiled Wall

Having a beautiful tiled wall as a ‘feature’ in your bathroom can help to bring it more personality than ever before.

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All you have to do is select tiles that you love or make a mosaic type pattern with them, and choose the right wall. Glass tiles, brightly coloured tiles, or even a mosaic of something (or someone) you love will be unique and joyful.

Use Beautiful Big Mirrors

Big mirrors will reflect light and space around any bathroom, making it look larger and more luxurious. Make sure you have a large mirror above your vanity!

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Project Paris Apartment

A beveled edge mirror adds luxury. However, you could also buy an ornate picture frame and put a mirror in it.

Position lights at eye level on either side of a mirror to cast the best light for putting on makeup.

Focus On Quality Accessories

Having quality accessories in your bathroom will make all the difference; for example, super fluffy towels that you can roll up and display or rose gold tapware.

Pieces such as a faux marble brush holder, scented luxury soaps, cut glass (or crystal) canisters with bath salts, and luxury scented candles will easily up-date any bathroom.

How will you make your bathroom more beautiful?

Need Help Designing Your Beautiful Bathroom?

At Plush Design Interiors, I design spaces in 3D so my clients can experience my interior design before any works start. Ask me how by contacting me on 0421 043 505 or penelope@plushdesigninteriors.com.au. I can also work from your own floor plan or architectural plans, anywhere in Australia or New Zealand.

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3D Bathroom Design by Plush Design Interiors

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3D Bathroom Design by Plush Design Interior

Designing A Child’s Bedroom… Easily

Designing A Child’s Bedroom… Easily

Designing a child’s bedroom is a huge amount of fun. Gone are the days when a bedroom was merely a place to rest. Now a child’s bedroom is for play, study, rest, entertaining and fun. So how can you get it right?

Designing a child’s bedroom can be the easiest or the toughest room in the house to get right. I am designing nurseries and bedrooms for small children up to teenagers that all have one common factor; PERSONALITY! But is that enough?

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Not necessarily. A child’s bedroom must also be functional as well as fun. That’s where interior designers can save you money because we know that a child’s bedroom must function well. If it doesn’t it will do your head in. When it functions well, your child’s bedroom will grow with them, provide them with the space they need, and stop them taking over other parts of the house – like YOUR private spaces.

When designing a child’s bedroom, it’s important to include some of the ideas and wishes of the child (assuming they are not a toddler or baby, of course). Children aged from about four years old should be included in the process. This sense of ownership will provide a child with confidence and pride. They may even keep their room tidier (well, we can dream, right?).

Designing A Child’s Bedroom That’s Safe and Kid-Friendly:

When choosing paint, surfaces, fabrics and accessories there are many ‘safe’ choices. For example, low and zero VOC paint is the best option for ensuring your child isn’t sleeping in a room with paint chemicals seeping from the walls. Many brands are now offering these types of paint and they are usually washable and good for repelling ‘kid muck’.

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Fire retardant fabrics and natural fibres – such as linen, cotton, wool, hemp – are good options for drapes, blinds, bedding and soft furnishings.

Even new flooring such as Solution-Dyed Nylon Carpet and Luxury Vinyl Planking will take all the heavy traffic and spills kids can dish out. However, when accidents occur there is help at hand with carpet steam cleaning Melbourne to the rescue – a steam clean will address many messes that kids create.

A Child’s Bedroom MUST Function:

It’s important that when designing a child’s bedroom it performs the functions required. That includes thinking about the following.

  • Bed and bedding
  • Storage for clothes, toys, books, games and hobbies
  • Play or chill-out zone
  • Study zone

In a small room, look for a bed with legs and don’t store items underneath. Being able to see under the bed gives the illusion of having more space. Similarly, have open shelves instead of cupboards. To keep the shelves tidy, add colourful or wicker boxes to store items. A mirror will help to distribute light and create a roomier feel.

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In larger rooms, delineate space using a rug or by the positioning of furniture. Create a play area by using a modern teepee, installing a window seat (age-appropriate for safety), or creating a raised platform (like a small stage) for performances.

Designing A Child’s Bedroom Using Colour:

Avoid painting children’s bedrooms in bright or bold colours. Strong colours are not restful and encourage activity, so you may find it difficult to get small children to sleep. Instead, use bold colours in accessories including bedding, cushions, wall art, a rug or soft furnishings.

See our article from Shaynna Blaze and her tips for first-time painters

For walls, choose calming colours such as white, pastel green or blue, pale grey or a suitable wallpaper, such as a soft graphic, delicate flower or calming abstract.

Murals are also very popular as they can be installed and changed easily. Now you can order a printed mural to the exact size of the wall. Check out the best-selling murals from Fancify Interior Solutions.

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Animal Wallpaper from wallsauce.com

Yes, You Do Need To Inject Fun:

Every child’s bedroom should be FUN! Inspire creativity, confidence and uniqueness by allowing children to choose their toys and accessories (within reason and budget).

Help them choose bedding in which they’ll LOVE to sleep. Let their imagination go wild with quirky accessories, interesting wall art and educational toys. Keep precious or heirloom pieces on a high shelf or out of view until age allows.

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When designing a child’s bedroom, fantastical beds, Circu have rocket ships, hot air balloons, Cinderella carriages, giant shells and more for very special children.

Can I Help You?

If you are looking for an interior designer in Adelaide I can help you. Please contact me via 0421 043 505 or penelope@plushdesigninteriors.com.au. See more on https://PlushDesignInteriors.com.au

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Fantasy Air Balloon from Circu.net

New Product: Tori Japanese Wallpaper

New Product: Tori Japanese Wallpaper

Tori Japanese wallpaper is the latest offering from divine wallpaper designers, Graham & Brown. It’s a celebration of artistry and eastern art; no wonder it’s Wallpaper of The Year 2019.

Graham & Brown has unveiled its Wallpaper of The Year: Tori. Meaning ‘Bird’ in Japanese, the new Tori Japanese wallpaper is an exquisite and delicately hand-painted design. In the Chinoiseri style, this beautiful wallpaper depicts a bird trail which celebrates Eastern Art.

Personally, I adore wallpaper and love working with it in my Adelaide interior design business. Wallpaper adds depth, mystery, luxury, fun, elegance and texture to a room… although not all at once.

Tori Japanese Wallpaper Provides Gorgeous Design Options

The new Tori Japanese wallpaper has a stunning background in regal teal. It’s a dynamic colour printed on textured oriental paper that shimmers like glistening silk. This will add glamorous luxury, colour and boldness to any room.

Please don’t be afraid to work with bold colours. Perhaps you don’t want an entire room wallpapered in a bold print (or maybe you do). Feature walls, done well, don’t make your home look like a display house.

Tori Japanese wallpaper

One a single wall, wallpaper can provide a beautiful backdrop to a bed akin to a fabulous bedhead. Wallpaper is also used on the wall behind shelves, in the triangle under stairs, and even on the ceiling. Do you have very high ceilings? Wallpapering with a subtle or bold print will make  a room feel cosier as it gives the illusion of a lower ceiling.

Have you ever thought about wallpapering a very small room? A bold print in a small room, like a toilet or powder room, looks amazing.

Tori Japanese Wallpaper Has A Paint Partner

To complement its Wallpaper of The Year 2019, Graham & Brown have also released their Colour of The Year 2019: Tiru.I know my clients have been asking for luxurious finishes and opulent colours, and Tiru delivers. Now available in paint, Tiru is taken from the background of the Tori Japanese wallpaper.

Tori Japanese wallpaper

This vibrant regal teal brings good luck and celebrates longevity and tranquility. Have confidence in your own sense of style and don’t discount using wallpaper – it’s FABULOUS!

For more information about, please visit the Graham & Brown website:

Need Wallpaper and Paint Help?

I am obsessed will wallpaper, paint, colour and design. If you need some assistance, please ask me about my interior design services which include floor plan re-design and 3D imagery. Find out more by contacting me on 0421 043 505 or penelope@plushdesigninteriors.com.au.

Please see my article on 5 ways interior designers save you money.

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Yes, A Safe Stylish Pool Is Within Your Grasp

Yes, A Safe Stylish Pool Is Within Your Grasp

A safe stylish pool can be of great value if you want to keep fit, have a place to relax, or if you love to entertain lots of friends. So, can you have a pool that’s safe AND stylish? Safety doesn’t have to forgo style.

Safe Stylish Pool: If you have a pool in your backyard, keeping it safe is essential. Even though safety is more important than aesthetics, you still want your pool to look stylish.

Fortunately, making sure that it’s safe won’t stop you from designing a stylish pool that you love to use and show off to others. You can make sure your pool is as safe as possible without compromising its design.

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Whether you’re installing a brand new pool or you need to make some changes to an existing one, take a look at the ways you can create a safe stylish pool for summer.

Use the Right Contractors

If you’re building a new pool, start by making sure that you use the right contractor. There are lots of possibilities, so choose one that will be able to build the safe stylish pool you desire.

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If you want a luxury pool, select swimming pool builders who specialise in luxury designs. They’ll know how to design and build a pool that looks amazing and includes the safety features that you need.

You should be able to take a look at a portfolio or gallery of previous work they’ve done so that you can see some examples of what they could do for you.

Install a Stylish Fence

A fence is one of the best ways you can make your pool safer. As well as having your entire outdoor space fenced in, a fence around the perimeter of your pool will increase its safety.

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It can also look super stylish, with lots of options available. A fence with glass panels will still allow your pool to shine through, while maintaining safety.

As well as a fence, secure gates will help you to keep children or pets from going near the pool without supervision.

Use a Smart Pool Cover

A pool cover is another great way to keep a safe stylish pool. It also helps to keep the pool clean. Pool covers can look a bit dull, but there are stylish options available.

Although they’re the most expensive, automatic pool covers are a good option. They’re custom-made to fit your pool, and you can close them with the touch of a button.

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But even the more affordable pool cover options can be stylish, with a choice of colours that will allow you to customise your pool when the cover is on.

More styles and colours and available than there used to be before demand for more stylish options grew.

Get a Discreet Pool Alarm

Pool alarms help to keep your pool safe. There are lots of discreet options that won’t stand out too much. Some of them are designed to be installed at access points, like doors, gates or even windows.

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Mosaic Glass Pool Tiles from Beaumont Tiles

Others are meant to detect the movement of the water when someone gets (or falls) into the pool. Both types of alarm can be useful for a safe stylish pool without changing its look.

Keeping your pool safe doesn’t have to make it look ugly. It can be stylish and safe at the same time.

Traditional Home Decor: The Do’s and Don’ts

Traditional Home Decor: The Do’s and Don’ts

Traditional home decor can bring a beautiful, timeless look to your home, but only if you get it right. One thing you don’t want to do is end up making your home look like a place straight out of the 40s, 50s, or 60s.

If you get traditional home decor wrong, your home could end up looking more like a film set than a genuine place where someone actually lives.

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Image courtesy of Uplift Interiors

Here, we’ll discuss the dos and don’ts of achieving traditional home decor style so you can make your home decor last, and seriously enjoy it too.

Do Incorporate Old And New

The first thing you want to make sure you do is incorporate both old and new items. This will give your home a more timeless appearance, rather than trying to make it look like a specific era.

You don’t necessarily want to step in your home and feel like you’ve gone back in time. It should be a decor that’s all your very own!

Buy older items you like that you know will last and emphasize the traditional home decor you’re going for – they should be high quality, and you could even buy new items that simply have an old style.

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Image courtesy of Camilla Molders Design

Incorporate newer pieces too so that you can switch things up and create a unique look in your home.

Make sure you spread pieces out. Don’t group old items together and new items together, as this won’t look as good! Switch it up with an antique chest of drawers and a modern art work. Or an antique mirror with a modern chair.

Don’t Forget To Let Natural Light In

If you’re going for a traditional look, the last thing you want is for your home to be too dark inside – it can start to feel seriously old, which isn’t the same as traditional.

You could incorporate some custom plantation shutters for example, which are great for letting natural light in but still giving you some privacy when you want it.

Natural light is key for health and happiness!

Do Choose A Mostly Neutral Color Scheme

Neutral color schemes tend to look best with traditional decor, whether you go for whites, pastels, greys, or a mixture.

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Image courtesy of JV Design

You can potentially go for darker neutrals, but do be aware that if you have a small room, they can make it appear even smaller.

The level of natural light you have in a room plays a key role in how a room feels. If the room is swamped with natural light, then you can use a darker colour or a brighter white.

Don’t Be Afraid To Mix And Match Furniture

Buying matching furniture sets may have been what people did way back when, but these days, people have realised that a home looks better with furniture that doesn’t completely match.

You can make your furniture look more uniformed by choosing similar styles and colorways, but they don’t have to be from the same set.

Do Incorporate Your Personality

Make sure you find ways to incorporate your personality, whether that’s with a space you can read/write in, or by showing off your favorite souvenirs.

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Image courtesy of Ben Dial – Interior Designer

Your own style sense is a very important part of the redecorating of your home. Trust your instincts and surround yourself with things you love. If you love it, then it deserves to be in your home.

Don’t Go For Aesthetics Over Function

Your home should always remain functional, so make sure you’re not sacrificing that for aesthetics.

Can you still use your home in a way that suits your lifestyle?

I always discuss with my interior design clients about their lifestyle and how they use their home BEFORE we start talking about gorgeous style.This often saves them lots of money.

No matter how stylish your home is, if it’s not functional you will just get frustrated.

Do Vintage/Antique Shop

Going vintage/antique shopping is a great way to add unique style to your home that you will want to keep forever!

Keep items original or get creative with fabric or chalk paint. Re-think how an object is used. For example, a suitcase can become a bedside table with the simple addition of some legs. Or create a lamp from a vase.

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Dark furniture can look completely different when painted in a bright colour. I’ve seen fabulous old dressers given a new lease of life with bright orange or pink paint.

The great thing about chalk paint is that furniture doesn’t require sanding or priming. Perfect!

A Guide To Cavity Wall Insulation Problems

A Guide To Cavity Wall Insulation Problems

Problems with cavity wall insulation, unfortunately, are very common.These expert tips will help you to identify and fix cavity wall insulation problems you may encounter.

A lot of DIY enthusiasts attempt to perform one of the most difficult renovation projects around with very little knowledge, experience, or equipment that are all vital to successfully installing cavity wall insulation.

When the home is experiencing issues relating to draughts and heat loss, it’s usually the insulation at fault. In other cases, however, the actual cavity wall insulation may be to blame for other issues.

Problems include damp, where rainwater has managed to penetrate the brickwork of the property and has found its way into the walls or floors where the insulation is situated. Then the water gets trapped and is absorbed by the insulation like a sponge.

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This can lead to further damage being done to the walls and floors, and they could then need replacing at great expense.

This is something all homeowners could do without, especially when they have already handed over significant sums of money for the installation of the insulation, or for the materials in the case that they have done it themselves.

Before investing in any kind of insulation, you need to ask yourself the question – is this right for me and my home? If you are in the process of buying a home, insulation is something you need to inquire about, and it should be evaluated during the property survey.

If you are having a home built, this needs to be discussed thoroughly. Kre8 Constructions WA offers property development solutions, and they represent a good example of a company that has a reputation for extreme attention to detail.

Companies like this will ensure your property is well insulated so you do not experience any issues later down the line.

Cavity wall insulation may be the answer to draught issues, but only if installed correctly

Lots of people believe that insulation is the answer to all draught problems and that it will automatically reduce their fuel bills because they won’t need to use their central heating system as frequently.

It is estimated that around 50 per cent of heat loss from the home is through the walls where the air is able to escape out into the atmosphere rather than working its way around the home.

However, there have been examples of cavity wall insulation damp problems, which have devastated homes both structurally and financially because it was incorrectly fitted and the homeowner is then forced to spend even more money repairing the damage.

These cavity wall insulation damp problems come about as a result of rain and wind weathering away the brickwork of properties and they can then penetrate the walls through those gaps, working their way into the insulation and causing it to go damp.

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This, in turn, spreads to the rest of the wall, floor, or ceiling.

This can also happen when the insulation is brought into the property without checking for adequate ventilation to move any air and water particles away.

A thorough assessment of the property should be made before this project is signed off anyway and is just one reason why it should be performed by professionals with the very best cavity wall insulation materials and equipment and should not be attempted by amateur DIY enthusiasts.

Cavity wall problems occur when the insulation has not been installed in the right manner

Cavity wall problems include damp, something that has the potential to cause serious damage to the home if left untreated.

This leaves many of us wondering why we bother installing the insulation in the first place only to have to rip it all up again and even having to pay for cavity wall construction if the damp gets too bad that the property becomes structurally unsafe.

There is also the potential for black mould to develop on particularly cold walls that may not be fully insulated, or on areas of the property where the insulation doesn’t reach.

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In other cases, where the insulation in the cavity itself has got damp, it may be that the wrong materials have been used, with many cases being in exposed areas such as on the coast or on hilltops.

In this instance, cavity wall insulation may not be the ideal solution, and you should seek professional advice from other companies or speak with neighbours to find out what insulation they have used to keep their homes warm and dry.

This, again, highlights why insulation is one of the most pivotal factors you need to discuss when buying a property or having one developed.

The bottom line: cavity wall insulation is not a DIY task

DIY is one of the most common pastimes around the world, with millions of people trying out various projects every weekend.

Whether it’s building a new shed to store your garden equipment or erecting some shelves inside the home, there are some projects with which DIY enthusiasts are perfectly comfortable. Then there are others that just need leaving to the professionals from the word go.

Wall cavity insulation problems can come as a result of gaps in the brickwork, which allow rainwater and wind into the property, or through tired materials which need replacing; either way, the issue needs resolving if you’re too keep your household bills down.

These wall cavity insulation problems should only be tackled by professionals. They have a wealth of experience and training in how to install insulation sufficiently to prevent mould from developing on cold, damp walls.

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They also know how to stop cavity wall insulation damp from occurring, which can lead to further structural issues which will be an even greater expense.

Cavity wall insulation, when applied correctly, is one of the most effective ways of insulating a house and has the potential to reduce household energy bills significantly.

However, for some properties, it just isn’t the right answer and it can actually cause more problems.

For that reason alone, it’s vital that you employ the services of an expert, even if it is just to give you a quote for the project so you can understand the costs and benefits.

This is something you wouldn’t be able to do for yourself no matter what your level of DIY expertise might be.