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Open-plan living still serves as the central hub of the home, but many new home designs also include a separate lounge room that allows for a more formal space to relax and entertain in. We’ve put together a list of trends to give you a little style inspiration for your lounge room so you can create a space that’s functional and elegant away from the hustle and bustle of the main kitchen, dining and living areas!

Use of Colour

Lounge Room
As with other rooms of the house, the trend towards including bold colour and patterns extends to the lounge room. Despite being smaller in size than the main living spaces, incorporating colour into this area makes the room feel intimate and elevates the style, making it perfect for more formal entertaining away from the open-plan area. You may also want to use wallpaper on one of the walls, or even throughout the entire room to create depth and texture to the space while keeping the furniture minimal in contrast.

Statement Furniture

Lounge Room
The lounge room is the perfect place to add furniture with personality. People are increasingly choosing statement pieces in their lounge rooms, such as coloured couches in velvet fabric, retro style armchairs, and mid-century or metal coffee tables and shelving. These statement pieces give the room character and allow you include colour and texture to complement the wall colours. Trends show that people are moving away from matching couch sets and deliberately selecting unique and even quirky pieces to add a stylish element to the space.

Accessories and Lighting

Lounge Room
The best way to personalise your lounge room is to add subtle touches of style throughout the space. Area rugs with texture and colour, a beautiful piece of wall art, and some throw rugs and cushions will give the room a comfortable feel that serves as an extension of the style seen throughout the rest of your home. These touches will also make the room feel cushy without the added bulk of more furniture, creating that cosy atmosphere perfect for lounge rooms. Including some soft lighting like corner lamps and wall sconce lighting instead of bright overhead lights will also enhance that warm, intimate feeling.

Fireplaces

Lounge Room
Lounge rooms are the perfect location for a fireplace. The fire only needs to heat a modestly sized area, so it doesn’t need to be huge, and it’s a lovely addition to an already homey space. Perfect for chilly nights in with friends, or even quiet nights on the couch with a good book and a glass of wine, a fireplace in the lounge room is definitely something to consider when building your home. With modern gas log fireplaces being so common, you’ll have the warmth of the fire without the mess of having prepare and clean up an open fireplace, making it a must-have feature!

Lounge rooms have come a long way from simply being an additional room to watch TV in. Trends are encouraging people to create spaces that are intimate, and rich with colour and texture, adding an atmosphere that’s both relaxing and elegant. With some statement furniture and subtle accessorising, you’ll be able to create a lounge room that serves as the perfect place to spend some quiet time alone or entertain with friends. For more interior inspiration, head to the Hotondo homes website.

With so much emphasis placed on open-plan living, and indoor/outdoor space in new homes, it’s easy to forget to focus on another room you spend a lot of time in: the master bedroom! It’s easy to fall into the trap of viewing the master bedroom purely as a functional space to sleep in each night, but more and more people are designing master suites that even the most extravagant hotels would envy, and we’ve got some tips to help you create a master bedroom that evokes the feeling of a luxurious sanctuary.

Statement Pieces

Master Suite
The most important piece of furniture in the master suite is the bed. Comfort is a must, but choosing a design that works with the room is just as important. Selecting a style with an eye-catching bedhead in an upholstered fabric or leather, or even a four poster style means the bed will be a statement on its own. Placing it against a coloured wall or wallpaper creates a feature wall that immediately elevates the feel of the room from functional to fabulous. Gone are the days of purchasing a matching four-piece set of furniture. More and more people are opting for a mix and match style of bedside tables, drawers, and beds to put their own unique style stamp on the space.

Design and Layout

Master Suite
Including a walk-in wardrobe in the master bedroom is common in new homes, as well as an ensuite bathroom with his ‘n’ hers sinks. You can discreetly place a sizeable walk-in wardrobe behind the bed, hidden by a feature wall, and the ensuite is best positioned off to the side of the room, or inside the entry to the master suite, keeping it separate from the main space but still close by. The size of the room will determine the size of the furniture that will complement it. A smaller master suite can still feel spacious – you just to need to ensure you choose a bed and accompanying furniture that’s slimline and modern, while larger rooms will allow you to select furniture that’s grander and fills the room.

Lighting, Flooring, and Window Treatments

Master Suite
A bedroom should feel calm as soon as you enter it. Having a variety of lighting to create a soft, serene atmosphere will create this feeling of quietude, particularly at night when lighting can be dimmed. Statement pendant lights over each bedside table draw the eye towards the top of the bed, and continue the softly lit atmosphere. A soft, thick carpet underfoot will evoke a feeling of luxury, or if you have floorboards, a large area rug positioned halfway under the bottom part of the bed will give your feet something soft to land on when you get up in the morning. If you have large windows, curtains may suit the space and create a feeling of opulence, whereas smaller windows may call for sleek blinds or shutters to create a feeling of space and openness while still allowing lots of natural light in during the day.

Soft Furnishings and Finishing Touches

Master Suite
One of the best ways to create a master suite that feels elegant and chic is to include beautiful soft furnishings. Bedding that’s layered with different textures and includes a number of different pillows, cushions, and blankets will create a feeling of richness and comfort. If your room allows it, a plush armchair in a patterned fabric or rich colour will add a little element of style to any corner. Placing decorative items like candles on the top of your dresser, or touches of greenery with small plants on a few surfaces, including in the ensuite, will add a little life to the spaces as well.

Having a master suite that creates the feeling of a luxury space to escape to and relax in is one of the most important things when building your new home, and it’s something you’ll appreciate for years to come. For more tips and inspiration for your dream home, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

When you’re building your new home, so much thought goes into the interiors: room layout and size, kitchen design, storage options, and décor decisions. But what about the exterior of your home? It’s the first thing people see when they come to visit you, and even passing traffic will notice the best-looking house on the street. It’s worth taking the time to consider your home’s street appeal when you’re building your dream home.

Building Materials

Street appeal
No matter what style of façade you choose, including elements that blend in with the surrounding environment makes your new home feel at one with nature. Modern home façades with clean lines and sharp angles can benefit from adding sections of timber cladding to soften their appearance. Adding ledge stone cladding to pillars and framework will add a unique colour and texture to areas like front porches, entryways and exterior feature walls, and can complement the natural environment of your home’s location.

Focal Point

Street appeal
Having a focal point on the façade of your home will draw the eye to a particular point. Perhaps it’s a dark and striking paint colour set against a lighter trim, or a brightly coloured front door that contrasts the neutral paint colour or render of the exterior walls. Maybe you could create an inviting entryway porch that will add a welcoming element to an otherwise plain entry. Incorporating a statement focal point will make your home instantly memorable and eye-catching to anyone who visits.

Bringing Interior Style Outside

Street appeal
Mirroring the interior style of your home in the façade will create a cohesive feel that flows seamlessly from outside to inside in your new home. If you’ve decided to design your interiors in a Hamptons style, make sure your exterior includes features that match. Gabled roof angles, white weatherboards with a dark grey or black trim, and window shutters all tie in to a Hamptons style effortlessly, creating a harmonious flow inside and out.

The Garden Path

Street appeal
A pathway up to your front door doesn’t have to be a feature that’s purely functional and unmemorable. Creating a path that is attractive by using materials such as slate or bluestone tiles interspersed with gravel for a contemporary look will look effortlessly chic. A timber decking path up to the front door creates a more earthy or coastal feel, adding an attractive design element where visitors least expect it.

In Symmetry

Street appeal
If you’re building a duplex, or your block of land is wider and allows for a home that has width rather than depth on the block, creating symmetry in the façade and landscaping will instantly increase your home’s street appeal. Planting the same style of trees and shrubs under the front windows in a particular order, or adding matching planter pots with statement shrubs on either side of the front door will create a pleasingly symmetrical view for you and your visitors. If your new home will have a front porch, consider adding a balustrade to each side of the front door that mirrors itself to create a lasting impression. Double storey homes can include dormer windows on each side of the home to give the roof a symmetrical appearance.

For more façade inspiration to help increase your home’s street appeal, head over to the Hotondo Homes website.

Do you have a little bundle of joy on the way this year, or are you planning a family in a couple of years? Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in your life! Although it takes nine long months for bubs to arrive, the lead up is often full of organising, reorganising, figuring out the logistics of how the baby will fit in to your lifestyle and your home, and of course, setting up a nursery. There are so many things to figure out, and if you’re first time parents, a lot of it is unknown, especially how best to set up the nursery. If you’re building a new home and plan to create a nursery out of one of the bedrooms, there are a few things to consider as you begin designing your home.

Nursery room size

Nursery
Babies are tiny, but once they arrive, your house will suddenly be inundated with gifts, accessories, and new furniture to accommodate everything that comes along with bubs. When you’re designing your new home, ensuring the room will be big enough not just for baby, but for a toddler and then a child will be beneficial in the long run. A room that will be large enough to accommodate a cot, dresser, and rocker chair in the corner now is great, but ensuring it will also fit a single bed, some book shelves and a small desk later on will be invaluable. You won’t need to rearrange all the bedrooms as the baby grows if you plan the design well now!

Natural light vs. a darkened room

Nursery
It’s lovely to have rooms full of natural light, but when it comes to a nursery, including curtains, block out blinds or plantation shutters to keep the room on the darker side during day time naps is invaluable. It can take babies a little while to figure out the whole day time/night time thing, and being able to make the room dark in the middle of the day is a huge benefit for your little one’s new sleep schedule without compromising on design style.

Nursery storage

Nursery
Babies have a lot of stuff, so you need to make sure you’re allowing ample storage space in the nursery. Including generous built-in wardrobes in your baby’s room will help you store the numerous gifts, hand-me-downs, and various other paraphernalia that comes with having a baby. Things like boxes of nappies, wipes, blankets, wraps, and of course, clothing all need to have their own place to be neatly stored until they’re needed. Think about investing in a set of drawers to store smaller items as well. Bibs, tiny baby hats and socks, singlets, and other smaller items can be tucked away in drawers, leaving the wardrobe for larger bulky items. Having everything organised and stored out of sight goes a long way to helping the room feel clutter-free!

Soft lighting

Nursery
A blazing overhead light might be suitable for an older child, but midnight feeds and soothing babies off to sleep calls for a more gentle, subdued lighting set up in a nursery. Make sure you install dimmer switches on the overhead lights and try to include smaller downlights in the ceiling rather than one big overhead light. Having a small lamp that sits on the dresser, or a floor lamp in the corner of the room will create a soft, ambient light that gives you enough light to see what you’re doing without disturbing the baby.

Nursery décor

Nursery
Having bright colours and busy patterns in the baby’s room is always a fun idea, but it can also be wise to consider a more neutral, subdued colour scheme. Neutral colour palettes don’t have to be boring though! Using warm, soft tones on the walls and floors creates a calm environment for your baby, and you can add soft furnishings like floor rugs and cushions in soft colours. Wall decals are also a nice option to add a little splash of colour, and they can be removed and updated as the baby grows up. Consider placing a few patterned canvas storage baskets in the corner of the room to add a little bit of colour and keep toys tucked away at the end of each day.

For more design ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website for a wealth of ideas and inspiration.

When you think about the Hamptons, you think about the beach, soft white sand, stretches of coastline for miles and miles, and those iconic white picket fences. The other iconic thing that comes to mind is that classic Hamptons house style. It’s a style that is synonymous with large, oversized rooms, and high, vaulted ceilings, and maybe even a loft space or two! The colour palette is neutral and understated, and the soft furnishings are plush and full of inviting texture. While it’s a style that seems effortless, we have some tips and tricks you can use to incorporate this iconic style into your own home.

Neutral colour palette

Hamptons neutral colour scheme
The Hamptons style is full of light, white tones. Whites, ivories, and off-white shades will make your rooms seem larger and brighter than they really are. Using white or beige couches, rugs, and light-coloured floorboards will add an element of size and space. Keep the walls neutral with white, off-white, or even very pale greys and taupes to continue the feeling of space and brightness. Incorporating tongue-and-groove style panelling on the walls in a neutral shade adds to the beachy feel of entrances and makes the house feel relaxed. On the exterior of your home, consider using chalky whites on the doors, eaves and window frames, and offsetting it with pale grey or ecru on the render or weatherboards. If you have a porch at the front or back, match the balustrades and framework to the eaves and windows to keep that beachfront feel consistent.

Adding touches of colour

Hamptons touches of colour
If you’re worried your home will become too neutral, never fear! One of the great things about the Hamptons style are the soft touches of colour scattered throughout the house – think warm blues that echo the ocean, or pale greens and yellows that take inspiration from the grassy dunes and soft sand. Soft furnishings like cushions, blankets, vases, and lamps are all ideal for gently incorporating colour accents to break up the white space, while still keeping rooms neutral and inviting.

In the kitchen

Hamptons kitchen
Best suited to large kitchens, the Hamptons style is defined by traditional, simple Shaker-style cabinetry that can be adorned with industrial brass or silver handles to add detail and elegance. Backsplash areas should use tile or marble to continue the traditional décor feel, in keeping with the warm and timeless style, Subway tiles are a perfect choice, and selecting a pale neutral shade rather than white will give your kitchen depth in an area that might otherwise be overlooked. Including a breakfast bar with a row of timber barstools will complement the aesthetic and soften the bright whites.

Furniture style

Hamptons furniture
Even if your rooms aren’t oversized in true Hamptons style, you can still give the illusion of space with neutral pieces. Couches and armchairs that are cosy and inviting in shades of white and beige will evoke a beachy feel, and if you have open-plan living areas these tones will create a seamless flow from space to space. To soften the neutral palette, include coffee and end tables that have warm, weathered timber elements to them, while still retaining an unobtrusive colour tone.

Accessories styling

Hamptons accessories
Accessories such as woven baskets to heap blankets in, and cane serving trays with magazines neatly stacked in them keep the spaces feeling comfortable and effortlessly elegant. In entry ways, adding rustic benches to keep sandals under and wall hooks to hang sunhats and towels on will emphasise the relaxed, coastal feel of your home. Statement mirrors and pendant lights can be used to fill spaces with pieces that draw the eye in and up – try using silver, brass, and black metal to add structure amongst the soft furnishings.

Are you a fan of this iconic Hamptons style? We’d love to know what your favourite feature is – the cosy furniture, the neutral colours, the rustic accessories? Let us know! For more home styling ideas, head to the Hotondo Homes website to get some inspiration.


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