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Hotondo Homes latest display home encompasses everything a lover of a coastal region could ask for.

From the stunning polished concrete floors to the beautiful blue, white and wooden accents, it’s the perfect beach home that is truly reminiscent of the sea.

Starting in the kitchen, the beautiful lightwood benchtop teamed with white cabinetry instantly promotes an airiness, while still retaining a cosy charm. With plenty of bench space and a walk-in-pantry, the kitchen would be a hit for any budding master chef.

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The living space incorporates the wooden look loved by all beach homes on another level. The stunning coffee table acts as a centrepiece, and the patterned armchairs add layer and depth to the space. Topped off with some greenery and ocean-inspired artwork, you’ll feel like you are right on the shoreline of the beach!

 

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Nothing screams coastal more than light blue tiles! Following the style of the kitchen, the ensuite utilises more white and wooden textures. The stand-out feature is the double waterfall shower for a touch of luxury!

 

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To do a coastal home right, you need to include an incredible alfresco to complete the indoor/outdoor experience. With large stacker doors, you’ll feel as though you are inside and outside simultaneously. Nautical stripes and a plunge pool complete the feel.

 

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We couldn’t choose a favourite bedroom, so we included them all! Each one encapsulates the beachy-style we love, and utilises the best colours and styles for the look. The master bedroom opens directly to the backyard, another example of a beautiful combination of indoor and outdoor living.

 

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The Hume 244 coastal home is on display in Port Macquarie, New South Wales. You can view more information on it here, or check the home our using our 3D Explore tool.

To view Hotondo Homes full range of designs, visit our website at hotondo.com.au

As we move into the autumn months, our colour palette becomes inspired by earthy browns, multi-coloured leaves and beautiful oranges and pinks.

Volume 8 of Haymes Colour Library, ‘The Colour Forecast’ highlights these autumn colours, and can help guide us towards creating the ultimate autumn-inspired look for our homes.

The Colour Forecast is broken into three themes:


STARK BEAUTY

A finely crafted approach to interiors that blends together a soft minimalism with an almost Japanese aesthetic and sensibility. The colours are simple parings of subtle whites and bold leafy greens providing a palette that is both fresh and balanced. This palette encourages spaces that blur the lines between both inside and out, where there is no need for divides but an overall aesthetic that unifies spaces and creates both harmony and positivity within interiors and exteriors. It’s an ethos of sophisticated design that brings only the essentials into the home, cultivating spaces that are easy to live in.

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STRATA

A rich and earthy palette that mimics the colours found in the layers of the earth. The diversity of the colours is reminiscent of those variations found in the environment we live in. It features gorgeous tans and browns, paired with lush deep greens found in fauna and plant life, reflects the deep blue of the sea and is complemented by neutral base colours. The introduction to interiors of such a raw natural aesthetic adds a quality of “true grit” and a sense of realness and humbleness to the palette, in turn encouraging us to create interiors that feel both natural and secure. This palette can be used in various combinations to really bring the colours of the landscape to life.

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PITCH DARK

An undefinable palette that challenges the senses and plays on the idea of finding dark spaces more relaxing, meditative and exploratory which in the past has been associated with light colours. It’s a new way forward for interiors and the use of strong colours like blacks and dark charcoals, combined with rich reds, moody nudes and deep blue is a palette that is coming into its own. As we start to learn that we can use the power we gain by unlocking the unknown, we start to understand that to explore and discover the new, is both liberating and empowering.

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For more autumn colours and other colour inspiration, visit haymespaint.com.au

 

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Makeover your living room without breaking the bank with these top tips.

With open-plan living at the height of popularity, the living room – along with the kitchen and dining space – can often become the focal point of the home. Changing just a few small aspects of this space can help breathe new life into a home.

We have listed seven simple ways to makeover your living room easily:

HIGHLIGHT your lighting

Lighting has the ability to make a HUGE impact on your interior design. It can set the mood, make a space appear larger or smaller and it has an enormous effect on your colour scheme. For this reason alone, updating your fixtures should be priority number one! Whether you are simply swapping out bulbs for LED energy-saving alternatives, adding a floor lamp to a dark corner or trading in lampshades, take the time to give a little love to the often-neglected lighting.

Work on the bones of the room

If your living room structure is spot-on, there are still a few things you can do to instantly update the look.

Reupholster an armchair – if your armchair is still in good nick, reupholstering it is an easy and relatively cheap way to makeover your living room. If you don’t have an armchair, check out a few flea markets – as long as the chair’s structure is good, there is no need to worry about worn or ratty upholstery. Choose a new, bold print to stand out and make it a feature of your home!

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Rearrange a bookshelf – baskets and containers are the easiest way to hide clutter but keep items in an accessible space. Try clearing your bookshelf of junk, and keep just a few key items and some books on display!

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Reorganise the furniture – already love everything in your home but are still looking for an update? Rearrange the furniture! Sometimes simply moving one item to another location can make all the difference.

Interested in the concept of Feng Shui? Read about it here: FENG SHUI YOUR HOME 

Living plants for your living room

Including greenery in your home instantly creates an atmosphere bursting with health and well-being. Plants make a boring corner look instantly chic, and small succulents can be used as coffee table or side table décor. Just be sure to choose plants which will thrive indoors!

Check out our favourite indoor plants here: INDOOR PLANTS FOR YOUR HOME (THAT YOU WILL NOT IMMEDIANTLY KILL)

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Small updates for the ‘modern’ look

Like to stay in touch with the current trends? Ensure your larger pieces of furniture like couches and TV cabinets are neutral colours that will go with anything, and instead purchase new cushions, throws, candles and other knick-knacks to achieve the ‘on-trend’ look without a costly financial commitment.

There is always time to DIY

DIY is a unique way to create something nobody else may have. It is your chance to let your true style shine through. Check out Pinterest or other blogs for some amazing inspiration, and get creating!

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Have you ever had to makeover your living room? Let us know your tips in the comments!

Modern interior design is defined by simple, uncluttered and clean spaces.

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!

1. Let the light shine through

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.

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2. An open floor plan is your friend

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.

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3. Neutral colours with vibrate accents

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.

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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.

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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.

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What are your favourite modern interior design elements? Have you tried something else? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Updating your kitchen splashback is a simple and effective way to renovate your kitchen.

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Which look is your favourite? Or do you have another option? Let us know in the comments below!

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Creating a feature wall for the interior of your home can make a marked difference to its visual appeal.

Feature walls act as a focal point of a room, they draw the eye and allow you to use a splash of a daring colour or texture you would never use on a larger scale. While choosing the right paint can enhance the quality, durability and feel of the walls and ceilings, there is an array of other materials you can use to create the ultimate look for your home.

Be inspired by some of our favourite and unique feature wall designs and try them out in your own home!

 

A touch of timber

Add warmth to a simple colour palette instantly with the use of a wood feature wall. Choose something similar to your flooring to create unity, or try something different to make it really stand out. Creating a wooden feature wall behind your TV is a great way to enhance what should be the focal point of your living room. You can even try it on the ceiling!

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Transform your wall with tantalising tiles

A rising trend in home design is the use of a feature tile in your bathroom or ensuite. Trying a different or coloured tile is a great way to break up the monotony that can occur in a bathroom. Whether it appears as a strip under your mirror or a complete wall, feature tiles add a new dimension to the room.

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The non-committal wall decal

Unwilling to commit to a feature wall? Why not try wall decal. Decals are giant vinyl stickers that come in a range of different colours, styles and shapes to help create a unique space in your home. Marketed as easy to install and easy-to-remove, you can find almost any shape or picture you desire with this rising home décor trend.

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The perfect paint for a traditional approach

Sometimes, nothing beats a good old painted feature wall. Whether you want to create subtle shading or a bold statement, a good feature wall will provide layer and depth to your home. Test your chosen colour on an inconspicuous area and examine it in the morning, afternoon and evening light, as well as under artificial globes before committing.

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What’s your favourite kind of feature wall? Let us know in the comments below!

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Check out our top 5 tips to creating a beautiful bedroom!

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Contemporary flair and architectural flows are influencing home interiors – and it’s not just soft furnishings that are getting a makeover.

Beaumont Tiles has reported a resurgence of interest in structured and textured tiles with sales/interest in this category jumping by 15 per cent over the past 12 months.

Modern structures like New York’s Guggenheim Museum, the Sydney Opera House, and London’s 30 St Mary Axe are providing the inspiration for specialist tile designs. It’s the influence of large scale social monuments that is finding its way into every day Australian homes.

Beaumont Tiles Communication and Design Specialist, Christie Wood said creating interesting design isn’t just about furniture and accessories.

“People are using different shapes, sizes and textures to create a unique point of difference,” she said.

“We have moved on from interiors being monochrome, slick and clean-cut. Now homeowners want calming and natural spaces punctuated with artistic areas reflecting their own personal style.”

Modern art flair is being applied with tiles in places like nooks, interspersed throughout other tiles, or as feature walls in their own right.

Mrs Wood recommends renovators ‘trial’ a look first to ensure they get the right design.  Beaumont’s Scan & Play facility allows you to use any tile from their showroom and place it into a virtual room.

 

TILE DESIGNS WITH A MODERN TWIST

Try and create a flow throughout the house. Choose a textured tile style and technique and use it in every room to create a common thread. You can also mix the technique up (but use the same tile) to add surprise around each corner.

 

Bedroom: Add some depth to your bedroom by creating a feature wall or strip behind your bed using structured tiles with a softer look. Try decorative textures, such as softer floral patterns or lace. For the epitome of luxurious embellishment, try Beaumont’s Lasso Bronze Lace Satin structured tile. This bronze beauty is embossed in sumptuous lace patterning which softens the harshness of the texture, creating an indulgent look.

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Bathroom: Wall tiles are a simple but effective way to add texture to your bathroom. Large format, structured wall tiles such as Beaumont’s Alba Tetra and Alba Flow are a great way to break up plain white tiles. Structured hexagonal tiles in different shades can create a 3D effect and a focal point on a bath or even behind the toilet suit. Try Beaumont’s Buxy Grey Hex.

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Living Room: Make the floor or wall the feature by transforming it into its own work of art through the use of decorative tiles. Pair with minimal furnishings. Margarite is a bold Oriental-inspired decorative tile which comes in more than 10 faces.

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Kitchen: Play with texture on a splashback. Mosaics are a popular option and allow you to really highlight certain colours and patterns. Pair with a simple kitchen benchtop to keep it low key. The Carrara Bianco Penny Round Mosaic encapsulates a marble-look in a unique pattern that could suit almost any colour scheme.

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Hallway: Hallways – often the forgotten space – can be made more interesting by using texture. Structured tiles are best here. Penta is a pentagon tile that creates the look of a padded wall, while Scales is a tile made at an offset angle which allows a little bit of bold colour to peek through between each tile.

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For more tile designs for your home, visit the Beaumont Tiles website at beaumont-tiles.com.au

Few people realise the difference window coverings can make to your home.

Not only are there valuable energy-related benefits, but beautiful curtains, blinds or shutters can make a room look ‘complete.’

These days, there is a huge range of window coverings you can choose for your home. Brett Martin of Dollar Curtains & Blinds says the two most important factors when choosing your window coverings should be deciding what kind of interior design you want, and what kind of functionality you need.

“Different rooms in a home can require very different coverings,” Brett says. “These days it is quite common to mix and match blinds and curtains to suit the individual needs of each room. This can look especially good when done correctly.”

We have listed some of the most popular window coverings below to help you decide which window coverings would be best for your home.


YOU LOVE: PLANTATION SHUTTERS

Shutters have grown in popularity over the past few years, and for good reason. They are easy to clean, block light well and look amazing.

“Shutters are a great feature for your home,” Brett says. “Some people opt for shutters at just the front of the home for street appeal. Shutters look attractive from both inside and outside, and they can actually add value to your home, unlike some other options. Consider them an investment if you like!”

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YOU LOVE: BLINDS

If you are unsure what you need in a home, blinds are a great choice. Available in a huge range of colours and fabrics including blockout, sunscreen, translucent and sheer, blinds are a budget-friendly choice. They can control light, they block out heat and glare in summer and retain heat in winter and can disappear whenever you want to open up the room.

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Roller Blinds

Roller or Roman blinds are well suited to a modern-look home. For functionality, Brett recommends dual roller blinds.

“A popular trend at the moment is to use dual roller blinds,” Brett says. “Having one blockout blind and one sheer blind means you can still enjoy views during the day, and have complete privacy and darkness at night.”

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Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds allow you to rotate the direction of sunlight into the room. Ideal for large windows with long drops, they can be stacked to one side or to the centre, depending on what you prefer.

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Panel Blinds

The ideal solution for sliding doors, panel blinds offer a modern alternative to vertical blinds. With large panels that slide from side to side, they stack at the end to keep the room open when you need it.

“Panel blinds can be matched to your roller blinds to help create some consistency through the home,” Brett adds. “But people should be careful, they don’t block out light 100%.”

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YOU LOVE: CURTAINS

For a stunning visual impact, curtains come in a range of colours, patterns and fabrics. With multiple headings (the way the drape is made) and tracks to choose from, customising a curtain to suit your home is a great way to complete your interior.

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Drapes

Drapes can add warmth and elegance to your home. Great at reducing outdoor noise levels, they also have the added advantage of staying cooler in summer than other window treatments. These days there are many modern alternative curtains you can choose, with plenty of colours and patterns that will help block out most light.

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Sheer Curtains

If you have home with a beautiful view you do not want to obstruct, sheer curtains may be the way to go. Sheers defuse sunlight which can soften your home, while still being able to see outdoors.

“A lot of people opt for a blind with a wavefold sheer curtain over the top to get that good balance of privacy and openness,” Brett says. “It is a very delicate look, and it ticks all the boxes for both appearance and functionality.”

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YOU LOVE: MOTORISED COVERINGS

Homes are becoming more automated and technological in every way, and so too has the curtain industry. Motorised blinds can be controlled with just the touch of a button, eliminating the need for cords and chains.

“Motorised blinds are great if you have a skylight or windows set too high to reach,” Brett says. “They can also be used on alpha awnings or bistro blinds which can be used on your patio or alfresco space. It adds just a touch of luxury to your home.”

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For more information on choosing the right window coverings for you, contact Dollar Curtains & Blinds today.

We love a really good bathroom or ensuite.

With so many different styles out there, it can be hard choosing one that works for you and fits in well with the rest of the house.

With this in mind, we have picked out a few of our favourite looks to help inspire you to create your very own beautiful bathroom!


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ADD A FEATURE TILE: Bright, light and airy, choose an array of neutral whites and greys to make your bathroom glow. Small pot plants can also be used to help keep the space looking fresh and clean. Finish it off with a stunning feature tile that draws the eye, and you will have yourself one beautiful bathroom!


 

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THE MODERN LOOK: A traditional white bathroom is no longer your only option; instead, opt for floor to ceiling tiles in adarker shade for a real contemporary look. A clear half-shower door and waterfall shower head adds a touch of luxury, as does the built-in shelf. We love this modern design!


 

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DESIGN IS IMPORTANT: These days many ensuites and bathrooms do not have a separate space or room for your toilet. If this is important to you, consider a design where this is an option, or like this bathroom, have the basin in plain sight while the shower and toilet are hidden around the corner! Remember, functionality should always be a priority in your home, or you may find yourself resenting it!


 

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DÉCOR MATTERS: Instead of a traditional mirror, why not choose something a little bit different? This round mirror is unique and helps lift a relatively plain looking bathroom. It also adds a softness to the space. Don’t neglect your tapware or fixtures either, they can make a surprising difference to the overall feel of the room.

 

READ MORE: TAPWARE TO PERSONALISE YOUR BATHROOM SPACE


 

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A FREE-STANDING TUB: More and more popular these days, the free-standing bath is a great feature that creates a luxurious and opulent look in your bathroom. Set it up against a lovely tiled feature wall, and your beautiful bathroom will look even more incredible!


 

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BE BRAVE: Don’t settle, be adventurous! If you want to create a bathroom that is uniquely yours, give anything and everything a go! Try adding some interesting feature tiles, change your towels to something bright that pops or include a crazy piece of décor you have always loved. Interior design is all about trying new things, so don’t be afraid to attempt something the world may not have seen yet!

 

What kind of bathroom do you like? Let us know in the comments!

In the busy and time-precious world we currently live in, our homes have truly become our sanctuaries.

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!


Rustic is back

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!

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2016 home trends and forecasts


Smart Homes

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.

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Colour, colour, colour!

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.

2016 home trends and forecasts

2016 trends and forecasts


Induction cooking

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.”

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It’s time to come clean… really clean

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.

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Outdoor living

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.

2016 home trends and forecasts

2016 home trends and forecasts


Home design

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.”

2016 home trends and forecasts


Greener homes

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

 

2016 home trends and forecasts – what do you think the future holds? Let us know in the comments!

For a relaxed ease and open feel, consider a coastal inspired beach home.

Soothing and natural, it offers a peaceful and tranquil environment to live in.

A practical coastal interior is all about using smaller, beach-related items, without going overboard. Exposed wood, warm white colours, light coloured wooden flooring and bright yellows and blues will all create a contemporary design that looks and feels as though you are living in the beauty and luxury of the sea. We have shared some of our favourite beach homes, to help show you how to create the perfect interior.

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Learn how to brighten dark interiors of your home with these simple tips.

Interior design featuring dark colours looks classy and elegant. Using a base colour like brown, black or grey will add an instant modern touch to your home and can help create a unique and contemporary space.

However, if this kind of colour scheme is not done correctly, it can make a room look small and dingy. The best and easiest way to avoid this is to increase the amount of light the room receives. There are a number of ways you can do this and we have listed some of the best. (more…)

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