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Our friends at Haymes have released a re-edit of their beautiful spring colour forecast, the ‘Colour Conscience Re-Edit.’ If you’re building a new home, or thinking about a little interior refresh to your colour palette, this is the perfect time to inject some pretty, pastel colours into your interiors! The team at Haymes gave us some great tips on how to incorporate soft pastels throughout the home using their ‘Cohabitate’ palette, which is full of fresh, light pastel shades.
With airy tones that are best suited to creating casual spaces where family and friends can come together, peach and pink can be utilised in meal spaces indoors and outdoors in alfresco zones to create a relaxed and casual vibe that flows seamlessly from space to space. In the warmer months these tones blend in perfectly with the late afternoon sunshine, and pretty summer sunset skies. With coral being announced as the Colour of the Year for 2019 by Pantone, it’s the perfect shade to embrace in your home for a little pop of soft colour in bedrooms and communal family zones.
Light blue tones inside the home create an atmosphere of serene tranquility, making it the perfect colour for spaces where your family likes to relax. Bedrooms and lounge spaces are ideal areas in your home to include calming shades of blue to enhance a feeling of calm and quiet, while still making the spaces inviting. Shades of blue have the benefit of seeming almost monochromatic in appearance while still infusing a space with subtle colour, making it a popular choice for many homeowners.
Yellow doesn’t have to be heavy handed and overly bright in the home. Selecting a softer yellow shade that hints at golden hues means your rooms will have a feeling of welcoming warmth throughout the year. Whether it’s the master bedroom, a kids’ room, or a lounge area, pastel yellow shades will work well with other monochrome colours like grey, black, white as well as other lighter colours like blue and pink.
Haymes recommends pairing their light, whimsical sorbet shades with their Ultimate Seamless Flooring system, which is a protective floor coating available in a ‘terrazzo inspired’ finish to provide a fresh interpretation of how colour and design can come together to create an innovative, inspiring solution for the home, customised to fit with your unique lifestyle.
Using pastel shades in the home means you’ll be creating spaces that encourage connection through the art of micro-zoning, and using soft colour to divide spaces without putting up physical walls. By carefully considering how colour impacts on mood and well-being, the use of pastel tones in the home will create an atmosphere that’s ambient, calm, and inviting year-round. For more interior décor and home design ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.
In the past, painting your home was messy task that involved having to rearrange your family ‘jigsaw puzzle’. Sleeping, eating and relaxing spaces often had to be blocked off to keep family members away from toxic fumes. Today, low VOC paint products are available to tackle these issues, here is some helpful information to create a safer environment for you and your loved ones…
Breathing solvent paint fumes for too long caused headaches, dizziness and nausea to those nearby, imposing a risk on family members health. This made it unsafe for the family, especially pregnant women and children. When drying, traditional paints would release toxic chemicals causing problems in the quality of the air within the home.
VOC’s commonly known as Volatile Organic Compounds are found in all paints containing petroleum based solvents that evaporate into the air from the paint whilst the it is drying. These added solvents develop a “smog” appearance and reduce indoor air quality meaning that it’s not safe for you or your family.
Although they have been found to be bad for your health, VOC’s were traditionally used for a number of reasons. This included:
Today, paint companies have made the move to a safer solution. For instance, environmentally aware products produced by Haymes are designed to lower the VOC content in paint, creating a safer and more sustainable product for families. This range includes paints that use low odour raw materials, have minimal solvent content, a range of colourants that are VOC free, and a colour range that is greater than 99% VOC free.
No longer will you have to wait days for rooms to be safe to move back into, with low VOC products you can have a painter in that morning and by nightfall you can be sleeping in your home, health hazard free. It’s understood that no product can be totally 100% VOC free, however, the closer you are to no VOC in your paint, the better it will be for your family’s health.
When choosing the right paint for your home, be sure to look for qualities such as superior washability, exceptional coverage, stainproof barrier, no fumes or offensive odour and mould and mildew protection.
It’s also important to make sure that when you’re deciding to paint, you talk to your painter. Ensure that the product you choose is approved by the APAS (Australian Paint Approval Scheme) specifications. This is especially important in terms of the VOC limit.
Remember, you need to decide what measures you’ll take to maintain your family’s health. If you’re unsure about what paint to choose, or need more information there are always professionals available to help. The great news is, when building your dream home with Hotondo Homes we work with painting experts. That’s why we proudly stand behind Haymes Paint for all our painting needs. With a whole range of low VOC products, you can be sure to find one to perfectly suit your home. Therefore, protecting your family from harmful chemicals.
For more information on Haymes head to their website here: www.haymespaint.com.au/
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:
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.
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.
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.
For more autumn colours and other colour inspiration, visit haymespaint.com.au
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!