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Traditional ornaments, curves and complex shapes are replaced with straight, defined lines, a neutral palette and a blend of indoor and outdoor living.
We have pulled together five simple ways to create a modern interior design. Be inspired by some of our favourite styles and create the contemporary home of your dreams!
Modern interior design is almost exclusively light and airy. Traditional dark interiors and closed off rooms are now breezy spaces with large windows. Natural light is necessary, so check the orientation of your home and ensure your main living spaces are facing north to maximise the amount of sunlight you’ll receive. When it comes to artificial light, opt for downlights or a feature light that emulates a contemporary feel.
Unite your home with an open-plan design. For a seamless experience that adds to that airy feel, blur the lines between kitchen and living, bathroom and bedroom, indoors and outdoors. Many homes feature an adjoining alfresco space with large doors or even a bi-fold option to further enhance the openness. A modern design allows you to spend more time with your family as you cook, clean, relax and entertain in the same spaces.
The walls, floors, ceiling and larger furnishing should all comprise of a neutral colour palette. Contemporary colours like whites, creams, browns, greys and black let the furniture’s natural shape and detail shine through, and your accent pieces can then stand out on a clean base. Don’t add too many elements though, modern interior design is all about the ‘clean’ look, so aim for less clutter and larger pieces of art or décor.
4. Make a (subtle) statement with your flooring
Your flooring is a vital part of modern interior design. Bare hardwood floors, large tiles or polished concrete all offer a beautiful finish with minimal fuss. Use area rugs for your living areas and dining room to break up the space and add warmth to the home. Keep it simple with less lines and more focus on the area as a whole.
5. Natural materials for an indoor/outdoor lifestyle
Organic materials like wood, marble, rock and other such textiles are a great way to blend the indoor and outdoor elements of your home. Use them as a feature wall, for your decking or displayed throughout your home for a beautiful finish that emulates the contemporary home.
What are your favourite modern interior design elements? Have you tried something else? Let us know in the comments below!
Splashback options come in a variety of colours and shapes and can be made from an array of different materials.
Below are some of our favourite splashback options you can try in your own home!
Sleek and silky glass
Glass is one of the most popular choices when it comes to a splashback. Paint is applied to the back of the glass, leaving the colour well protected and the surface smooth and shiny. With no grouting required, the glass is easily wiped clean of kitchen grease. With so many colour choices on offer, you will be able to find the perfect match for your kitchen!
Tempting tile options
Tiles can be a more budget-friendly option than glass. No longer are you stuck with plain square tiles either, with more and more shapes available every day. Tiles can be made to imitate natural materials like wood, concrete and marble, meaning it is easier than ever to create a look you love. While often cheaper, tiles do have the drawback of grout, which can become difficult to clean.
Let there be light!
If your kitchen looks out to your garden, why not make the most of it and install a window instead of a splashback? A window will allow plenty of natural light to enter your home, and a installing a plant box directly underneath will add a touch of plant-life without having to worry about caring for an indoor plant.
Mirror mirror, on the wall…
A mirrored splashback will add depth to your kitchen. Like a glass splashback, it will be relatively easy to clean and will make your kitchen appear bigger.
Which look is your favourite? Or do you have another option? Let us know in the comments below!
A messy bathroom can put a damper on the entire feel of your home. From soapy scum to unfinished bottles of shampoo, a thorough clean out of the entire bathroom will leave you feeling great. Read our list of items to clean out now and create your very own bathroom sanctuary!
1. Remove expired makeup, medication and other bottles
The quickest way to remove clutter from your bathroom is to throw away all expired products. Old makeup, medications and toiletries will become less effective over time and become a waste of space. Be sure to follow the instructions on how to dispose of each product, in particular the medication. If you are unsure, take it to a pharmacy for advice.
2. Group like-products together
Group all your remaining products together according to how often you use them. Your daily makeup, cleansing and medication items should all be kept close at hand. Extra toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner bottles can be put away in cabinets. It is advised to try and keep your products off the bathroom benchtop to keep the space looking clean and neat, however, we know from experience this just isn’t always possible. Best practice is to keep your daily items stored nicely on the benchtop in a group, and hide the rest away.
3. Store items creatively
Use baskets, bins or pretty containers to store items in your cupboards. Cutlery trays are great for bathroom drawers as well! If items are placed in the same area, not only can they be hidden from plain sight, but they will also become much easier to find.
4. Remove rusty razors, threadbare towels and ratty bathmats
Razors that cut your skin or worse, do absolutely nothing are useless and can be binned. The same goes for old loofahs or washcloths, which can be a breeding ground for bacteria. If your towels are well past their used by date, take the time to invest in new ones to help make your bathroom feel a million dollars!
5. Use the walls for storage
If you have minimal storage room in your bathroom, utilise the roof or walls instead! There are plenty of hanging baskets you can purchase that are perfect to store your towels or other bathroom supplies. Hang them from the ceiling or wall and voila – you have created the perfect, easy-access storage unit!
6. If you haven’t used it in a year…
Then consider it for the trash. This applies to hair products, cleansers and other toiletries, but also that curling wand or crimping iron you used once, never to be touched again.
7. Hotel amenities
It may just be us, but if your bathroom is filled with the tiny samples of shampoo, conditioner and soap that you had to take because you knew you would use them someday… it’s time to let them go. They create unnecessary clutter and let’s face it, they are unlikely to be used.
If you have an ABUNDANCE of these products, why not create a basket for your guests to use whenever they are over?! We think it’s a great compromise between the need to take free products from the hotel and the need to actually find use for them.
9. Check for items that don’t belong
If you find anything in your bathroom that you don’t use in your bathroom, consider moving them elsewhere. If you are anything like us, no matter how much storage you may have, you will find a way to fill it. Wasting space on objects that don’t belong is pointless, so do a thorough clean out.
Is there anything else you do to freshen up your bathroom? Let us know in the comments!
Being able to choose appliances, colours and the interior design of your home is a fun and exciting way to help achieve this and make the home really yours.
From style tips to modern conveniences, we asked several industry experts what’s currently trending in the home market, and what we can look forward to in the future. Read on to hear the latest 2016 home trends and forecasts!
The rustic trend is getting into full swing in 2016. Concrete, timber, stone and even bricks have gained historic weight with a worn, aged look. It is no longer an oddity to see brand new tiles tell a compelling lifelong story.
Christie Wood from Beaumont Tiles says to look for inspiration from past eras with styles such as a glazed brick look or mottled and crackle detail woven amongst timber and brick tiles.
“This year we also see mixed motifs and patterns reinvented by combining them with shapes and textures,” Christie says.
“In terms of colour directions, we are seeing bolder hues like blues, greens, and cool greys. Soft pastels have emerged as the power colours for the year and metallics are particularly important for tiles.”
The future? Big tiles.
It’s an area of experimentation and requires special manufacturing and laying techniques, but tiles are getting bigger and thinner and they are globally loved. The standard larger tile of 600mm x 600mm is blossoming to a gargantuan slab size of 1000mm x 3000mm!
Schneider Electric believes 2016 in the year of ‘right here, right now.’ Instead of waiting to control a system or product when you’re right in front of it, adopt apps that give you control at your convenience.
General Manager Ben Green says utilising smart lighting by installing an app on your smartphone or tablet can help reduce your carbon footprint, provide information on your energy use and can even help you set energy usage targets.
“The integration of all your home automation systems means that your control system can become your living room lifestyle partner that will synchronise and simplify your home living with one button,” Ben says.
“With more and more connected devices within the home, many of which are likely to be competing products and systems, integration and scalability will be a big focus in 2016.”
The future? Apps!
There are a range of apps you can use to help make your home a smart one:
Clipsal SILC – Control individual lights, groups of lights or groups of groups with just the touch of a button.
Wiser Link – An energy monitoring system that acts like your very own energy coach. It has the ability to send notifications when you’ve reached or exceeded your monthly energy targets, or suffered a power loss – so you can say goodbye to nasty power bill surprises.
PUSH Controls – Bringing all these devices into one interface will make life a lot easier, so look for systems that can offer connections between individual devices, or that offer an all-in-one solution. PUSH Controls can be used as a single interface to control climate, blinds and energy management, and more.
Colour remains one of the most integral parts of interior design. If you don’t get your colours right, the rest of the room could fall apart.
Haymes Paint has released their new Colour Library to better showcase the ever-changing range of colours available these days.
“The Colour Library allows us to move away from putting a date on colour and helps us build an evolving palette that can be changed according to personal style and taste,” says Haymes Paint Colour and Concept Manager Wendy Rennie.
Volume 1 of The Haymes Colour Library is The Curate palette. This palette incorporates the pairing of unexpected colour combinations, showcasing a considerable shift for colour directions in 2016.
The palette encompasses electric blues, bright corals, rich tans and soft greys. Drawing its influence from natural materials such as leather, rope, linen and ceramics, with the bright colours channelling a playful and more contemporary approach to colour and design.
The future? More colour!
The Colour Library contains seven volumes of colour themes, each with its own story and palette of up to nine colours. Keep up to date with everything via the Haymes Paint website here.
There has been a significant rise in induction cooktops over traditional ceramic cooktops in the past few years. Induction cooking offers consumers a faster heat-up time, they are easy to clean and are considered safer than a regular cooktop.
Omega Senior Product Manager Michael Sultana says any technology that offers convenience to the consumer is proving popular.
“As well as induction cooking, people buying self-cleaning ovens is growing rapidly,” Michael says.
“The technology enables the user to set the oven to pyro function to assist with cleaning.”
The future? Black Glass finish.
There has been a big shift towards Black Glass finish products rather than stainless steel, in particular for ovens and gas tops.
“There has been great interest in the new Blanco Silgranit sinks, available in a range of different colours including anthracite, white and our new colour rock grey,” says Michael.
“It adds a very modern look to your home.”
A minimalist and sleek style lends itself to modern bathrooms. Along with big tiles, free standing bathtubs and above-counter basins remain popular in home design.
The future? Cleanflush design.
Along with a minimalist design is the need for minimal cleaning. Off the back of this, Caroma has released its new and innovative Cleanflush system to help reduce the housework and get that cleaner clean.
The rimless bowl removes the hiding place for germs and Caroma’s latest flush and flow innovations gives you a more powerful whole bowl clean.
Caroma Research and Development Manger Dr. Steve Cummings says hygiene is a crucial concern for every modern home.
“We sought to revolutionise our product with this in mind,” says Dr. Cummings.
“More than just a rimless toilet, our integrated Cleanflush solutions delivers superior flushing performance and makes manual cleaning much more efficient.”
The Cleanflush is a classically versatile design that works in both contemporary and classic bathroom environments. Complete the look by integrating matte black tapware and accessories against a clean white pallet to deliver the ultimate in trend setting bathroom spaces.
The future is already here! If you love your outdoor alfresco, composite decking as an alternative to timber is the latest trend to hit Australian shores. Cement composite decks are categorised by a clean, contemporary design, giving any home that architecturally-designed look and provides home owners with the option of colour choice.
While the use of composite decking products as an alternative to timber is still relatively new in Australia, it’s catching on and the trend shows they are becoming increasingly popular.
James Hardie Marketing Manger Christian Hansen says the main reason is that timber decks require regular upkeep, including staining and painting, whereas composite deck products are virtually maintenance free.
“Our research shows that 60 per cent of decks laid today are replacement decks. This is likely to be because timber decking doesn’t last and because homeowners now prefer low maintenance options like HardieDeck,” says Christian.
“The boards are designed to be coated in durable paving paints normally used on verandas, pathways and driveways,” says Christian.
“This provides home owners with the option to paint the boards any colour to match or complement other elements of the house like wall colour, roof colour, or other tiled paving. Or they can simply paint their deck in their favourite colour.”
Alternatively, the boards can be clear sealed for a raw, natural look to achieve a contemporary architectural feel.
Home design has come a long way in the past few years. From smarter, more efficient homes to better use of space, everything has been updated to ensure we have more modern and practical designs.
The future? Luxurious additions.
Hotondo Homes Building Designer Natalie O’Shea says what home buyers what in a home is always evolving, but a growing trend right now is having a swish master suite.
“This can include two walk-in-robes, dressing spaces and an ensuite,” says Natalie.
“Having a really good parents’ retreat is at the top of many peoples lists.”
“We are also finding a huge swing towards having a butler’s pantry in lieu of a regular walk-in-pantry. People like the idea of being able to hide away the mess of cooking while entertaining. A lot of the time if your kitchen looks messy, it makes the rest of your house messy too, so a butler’s pantry is a great way to avoid this.”
Solar technology in its various forms continues to be a strong talking point for governments, businesses and consumers.
The start of 2016 has seen the popularity of battery energy storage solutions hit full swing. These battery storage units, when paired with solar power systems, provide consumers greater flexibility of solar generated power and an increased autonomy from the main power grid.
David Sharp from Chromagen says the ongoing development and forecasted uptake indicates promising signs of these units becoming more efficient and cost effective in the future.
“We have seen many consumers opt for solar power systems with ‘battery ready’ inverters,” says David.
“It allows them the flexibility of integrating storage at a later stage.”
The future? Low costings.
Recent times has also seen the increased offering in the marketplace of no or low upfront cost solar power systems based on similar very successful overseas models. These offerings provide Australian consumers with an easier, low risk path to integrating solar power into their homes with the savings from solar generated energy offsetting the cost of the system over a contract period.
2016 home trends and forecasts – what do you think the future holds? Let us know in the comments!
Sometimes, it takes a desperate plunge to enter the labyrinth that is your wardrobe. Edging your way past shoebox skyscrapers, climbing the mountain of dirty shirts and clearing a path through long forgotten belts, handbags and scarfs can be a challenge, and more than a little off-putting.
Organising your wardrobe is a satisfying experience. Take the time to do it properly, and you may find it becomes the beginning of an entire home re-haul. Start the process now with a few of these quick tips.
Everyone knows the age old rule – if you haven’t worn something in six months, it’s time to go. Sticking to it however, is another thing entirely. It can be difficult to let go of some clothes, so use this simple closet trick to help you.
Organising your wardrobe also means rearranging the clothing you are going to keep.
If possible, hang all of your tops and t-shirts. You are more likely to wear it if you see it, and it makes for a neater, more organised space.
Heavy woollen jumpers and sweaters need to be folded so they don’t lose their shape. Try purchasing shelving or storage cubes like this Ikea shelving unit to store any items that are not hung up like scarfs, bags or odds and ends.
Hang your pants and skirts using clip coat hangers. Fold in the sides so the clothing is marked by the clips and to create a more consistent edge that makes your wardrobe look neater.
Jeans can be folded and organised by cut, colour or brand, which jackets should be hung. Dresses should also be on coat hangers, and organising by colour is a good way to find what you need quicker.
Many people keep their shoes in the original shoe boxes. Over time they can wear and tear though, so a good alternative is something like these Ikea fabric shoe boxes. You can even see what shoes are in the box through the mesh!
Store your most popular clothing or items at eye level, less-used items below and the least-used items up the top for convenience.
Stackable laundry baskets are perfect for sorting clothes and taking to the laundry. Designate a basket for dark, lights and colours, and stack them up to save space!
Hooks create extra storage space in your wardrobe for your handbags, scarfs and other bits and bobs.
Colour coding your entire wardrobe can make finding things much easier.
White is so versatile it will never go out of style, and it goes with everything. If you own a white couch, you will never have to worry about your décor because you know it will match. You can change it as often as you like without consequence. White itself also has so many different shades – you will be spoilt for choice!
If you are worried about children or pets, white leather couches are easier to clean than you would think. It only takes a wipe to clean up spills, and even pen marks can be removed relatively easily.
If your living area is lacking in natural light, having light furniture is a simple way to brighten the room. As a larger piece of furniture, couches can have a significant effect on the entire room, so it only goes to follow that a white couch will greatly lighten the space!
White slips for your couches are a good alternative. Because they are washable, you will get the look you are after and be able to remove the slips to clean any spills or messes.
Children, pets, food and drinks are all dangerous for a white couch. Stains can be hard to remove from fabric, and you know the instant the couch enters the home it will never look as good as it did when you bought it.
Blue jeans will stain it. Be prepared for the dye to rub off on the couch.
You may consider white leather couches as a way to avoid your couches getting dirty, however, cracks in the leather are much more obvious in lighter colours than darker ones. It will age your couch prematurely.
Being comfortable in your home is important. Constantly having to check whether it is safe to sit down can become tedious, so if you want to relax and enjoy your home, white couches may not be for you.
At the end of the day purchasing a white couch should depend on your personal preferences. While it may not suit some lifestyles, if you are willing to put in the hard work keeping it clean there is no reason you shouldn’t purchase one. Remember, this is not a lifetime purchase!
Have you read our how to create a white on white interior guide? Check it out for more interior inspiration!