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Are you ready to start choosing the colours for your new home? With so many colour combinations and palettes to choose from, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to the range of colours and tones you can include in your home’s overall interior look! We chatted to our friends at Haymes about current colour trends to help you design a colour palette that will wow friends and family, and create a home that reflects your unique style.
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.
Encouraging calm and a slowing of the senses, these darker, intense tones and complex colour combinations absorb the light for a quieter feel, whilst injecting warmth and softness into interior spaces. Deep teal greens and lighter powdered greens mixed with nude tones and deeper reds give the sense of night-time mystery; as well as adding the perfect introduction of romance and luxe.
This finely crafted approach blends together a soft minimalism with simple pairings 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 outside, where there is no need for divides but an overall aesthetic that unifies spaces and creates both harmony and positivity within interiors and exteriors.
The ultimate palette for creating an easy breezy space, where people can come together, communicate and spend time free from technology and the chaos of everyday living. The colours are light, airy and breezy in peach and pink skin tones, with a real focus of pastels being a starting point for introducing more colour into the home using minty greens, fresh lemon and duck egg blue.
An undefinable palette that challenges the senses and plays on the idea of finding dark spaces more relaxing, meditative and exploratory. 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.
This palette offers creative ideas around using colour, texture and mixed materials in a way that not only looks great but also showcases how beautiful, smart design can incorporate a more sustainable and responsible contribution to the environment around us. The colours are monochromatic: the introduction of wood tones and dark greys, deep browns and mid-tone neutrals build the perfect backdrop for kitchens and living areas.
When you’re completing your colour selections for your new Hotondo home, your colour consultant will be ready to help you make carefully considered choices based on the range of beautiful paint colours available from Haymes to create a cohesive and thoughtful interior colour palette. Whether you choose tones with an earthy feel, intense colours for a calming atmosphere, bright pastels, or a minimalist look of whites, greys and a subtle infusion of colour, whatever you select will be a true reflection of your family’s style. For more interior colour ideas, visit the Haymes and Hotondo Homes websites today.
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
Warm whites have brown, yellow or red undertones. They range from beautiful warm greys and taupes to natural colours with hint of yellow.
These kinds of whites will warm your home and create a comfortable and soft mood.
Cool whites have grey, blue or green undertones and are better suited to homes that receive plenty of natural light to enhance their brightness.
They suit simple, modern homes where cleanliness is the focus.
‘White’ whites have little to no undertones, and what appears as pure white in one area may not seem be so in another.
Always be careful when using a pure white, it can appear sterile or uninviting in a home.
Once you have decided to go either warm and inviting, or cool and crisp, it is time to get some samples and start painting!
Haymes recommend you narrow your choices down to three colours, and then try them on a 1m x 1m piece of cardboard you can move and test around your house.
View your white in the morning, afternoon and evening so you can see how it changes. Check how your lighting may change the colour, and if you have existing furniture, assess which white best complements it.
Take a look at some of the different shades below and how they can drastically change the look of the room: