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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

These days, new home designs will often feature a walk-in wardrobe in the master suite. This benefit of additional space and storage is a luxury, especially for those of us who love fashion and have a wealth of clothing, shoes, and accessories to store! Considering how to design and maximise full use of the area can be difficult to envisage before you’re actually in your home. We have some tips to help you design the perfect wardrobe space to keep things neat, tidy, and aesthetically pleasing – after all, it is a room in your house, so why shouldn’t it look beautifully styled!

Hanging space

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Do you prefer to hang all your clothes (ahem, to minimise on ironing)? If so, ensuring you have ample hanging space from the beginning means your clothing will be able to remain wrinkle-free and easily accessible. Longer vertical hanging spaces are perfect for coats, suit bags, dresses, formal wear, and bathrobes. It lessens the bulk in drawers and helps keep the clothing in tip-top shape. Having a combination of long and shorter hanging areas also doubles the amount of hanging space – two hanging rails in one space one on top of the other allows for twice the amount of business shirts, tops, and skirts to be hung in one section, leaving the longer spaces for more appropriate clothing. Having ample hanging space also makes your clothing visible to the eye, so there’s less time rummaging around in drawers to find that one special garment when you’re pressed for time!

Drawers

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You can never have too many drawers, right? Consider a mix of smaller drawers for undergarments and socks, and leave wider drawers for bulky items like pyjamas, Winter clothing, and jeans. A lot of walk-in wardrobes also now feature slimline drawers to allow for flat lay items. Things like ties, scarves, and jewellery all suit drawers that are vertically narrow allowing people to pull out the drawer and instantly see all their accessories at a glance. Lining these drawers with drawer liners or a soft fabric will also ensure your accessories are kept in immaculate condition, particularly if you have items made from silk and linen to store.

Open Shelving

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Open shelving can be a great way to store shoes, boots, hats and other items that can’t be hung or stored in drawers. Using wire and cane baskets or storage boxes in your walk-in wardrobe helps partially conceal the items so the shelves don’t look too cluttered and messy, and adds a stylish touch to an otherwise utilitarian space. Smaller open shelves can be used to store cosmetic items as well – perfumes, make up and other luxury items can be styled on a decorative tray to look appealing to the eye and help protect the surface of the shelf from any stains when the items are used.

Final touches – flooring, mirrors and lighting

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If your walk-in wardrobe has cupboards, consider installing a floor length mirror on the front of the doors. It’s always good to have at least one large mirror in the house for those final outfit checks! Whether you have carpet or floorboards in your wardrobe, adding a small floor rug will dress up the area as well as protecting the floors – it’s a high traffic area, so keeping the floors in good condition will keep things looking fresh and clean. Walk-in wardrobes often don’t have a lot of natural light, so considering adding power points to add for additional lighting. Soft floor lamps to complement the overhead lighting will allow you to better see your clothing on the shelves and in the mirror.

For more wardrobe inspiration, visit the Hotondo Homes website!

To us it’s not just a Kitchen, it’s the Family Bakery and Cafe

Your kitchen isn’t just a place to prepare meals, it’s a place for families to bond, friends to laugh, and food to be enjoyed. The hub of the home should be inviting, reflect your personality, and exude timeless charm. It is after all the family bakery and café. Enjoy kitchens with inspiration from our display homes.

Attractive polished wood floors with shades of grey provides all the colour necessary for this open-plan kitchen.  Simple, tasteful, elegant and contemporary, the simple theme ties the space into the rest of the home.

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The kitchen is also a place to experiment with design. Don’t be afraid to have fun and express your personality. The interior designer has used accents of lime green to offset the shimmer effect of the splash-back. The bold use of colour and texture is grounded by the neutral and white tones surrounding.

A timeless white on white kitchen is made even brighter with suspended modern light fittings. If you have simple taste, white provides the perfect canvas for subtle and bold detailing.

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Make your house a sanctuary with interior details that create a homely feel.

Have fun, use colour and complement your taste to carry out a harmonious theme throughout. If you love French provincial design or prefer a resort style, visualise your design potential by visiting your nearest display home.[bs_button size=”normal” type=”link” value=”Link” href=”https://www.facebook.com/HotondoHomes”]

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