Springtime is always enthusiastically welcomed after months of cold weather, and the mild weather and bright sunshine make it the perfect time to inject some warmth and light into your home to create an atmosphere that’s uplifting and welcoming. We’ve got some great tips to get you started!

Entryway Style

Dress up your entryway to welcome spring with some rustic blossom tree branches or an indoor potted plant, as well as some coloured glass vases or accent bowls. Upon arriving home or inviting guests inside the feel of spring will be alive and well as soon as people set foot inside your home, and soften a space that can otherwise feel minimalist and lacking in personality.

Floral Décor

As nature blooms with vivacious colour outside during spring, take inspiration from your garden and surrounding environment to bring some floral features inside your home. Fresh vases of flowers scattered throughout will add bursts of colour to each space, and for a more budget-friendly option you can use artificial flowers that will last the duration of spring. Add in some floral décor in the form of cushions, blankets, and artwork featuring flowers and you’ll lift the mood of each room when you introduce some lovely, subtle colours.

Wall Colour

Feel like giving your walls a fresh coat of paint? Spring is the perfect time to get rid of the darker, moodier tones that suit winter and include light, bright colours that usher in a joyful vibe. To keep things neutral, opt for soft greys in either warm or cool tones that will serve as the perfect base colour to decorate your room around. The natural light will enhance the colour tones and make the space feel bigger. If you’d like to add more colour, choosing a beautiful pastel for your walls such as minty greens, fresh lemon, duck egg blue, or even a flash of coral or pink will liven up the space.

A Touch of Greenery

Adding a some indoor plants to your interior décor is one of the easiest ways to add life to a room and bring the lushness of outdoors into your home. In larger rooms, a tall plant in a beautiful pot that blends in with your colour aesthetic will make an instant statement. If you want to add greenery to compact spaces, consider hanging pots or installing wall-mounted planter pots that don’t take up floor space, and also draw the eye upwards. These types of planters allow for flowing style that creates a freeform cascade, mimicking nature’s boundless greenery indoors.

There are so many ways to refresh your home for the change of season to welcome spring by taking inspiration from nature and injecting some bright, cheerful hues to each room. For more interior décor and decorating ideas, head to the Hotondo Homes website today.

One of the most common interior paint colours for new homes is white. It works in so many ways throughout the home, and complements every other colour in the spectrum, but finding the perfect shade can be tricky. With so many beautiful shades to choose from it’s easy to spend hours looking at sample colours and paint swatches on your walls to decide which white is the best. We’ve got some helpful tips to explain the difference in white tones and which one is right for your home!

Warm Whites

Not sure how white paint can seem warm? As you look at paint colours, you’ll soon see that some whites have brown, yellow, or even red undertones! These whites range from warm taupes, ivories, some shades of grey, and natural colours with a hint of yellow. Whites in this group will warm your home and create an inviting and soft atmosphere, particularly in rooms that don’t get a lot of sunlight, or rooms that are on the larger side. If you’d like to create a more traditional, country style feel inside your home, these whites will be perfect!

Cool Whites

Some whites have a definite cool feel to them because they have grey, blue or green undertones. These shades are better suited to rooms in your home that receive plenty of sunlight, particularly in the afternoon because the paint colour will feel like it’s counteracting the light to cool the space down. You might like to include these shades of white if your interior décor leans toward a modern feel with lots of accompanying monochrome shades of grey and black to create a truly contemporary colour palette.

White Whites

These are the truest shade of white and don’t have any undertones that change the whiteness of the colour. Pure whites can feel sterile or uninviting, so they are best used sparingly to avoid an atmosphere that feels cold and makes the home seem unliveable. These white whites are suited to smaller, utilitarian spaces like laundries, smaller bathrooms or powder rooms where there isn’t a lot of foot traffic or time spent in the space.

Pairing White with Colours

The best thing about using white as a feature of your colour palette is that it goes so well with almost every other colour! For a coastal feel you might like to use a cool white with touches of blue, sea green, or turquoise to mimic that calm, beachy feel. Or for a country style, warm whites with lots of natural wood textural elements mixed in will make your open-plan areas welcoming and homely. The possibilities are endless!

Once you’ve decided to go with warm whites or cool whites, the best way to choose the perfect shade of white is to choose three or four shades and paint some swatches on the wall. View the swatches at different times of the day so you can see how the light plays off the white paint to see if the colour changes dramatically. You should also see how your lighting system changes the tone of the whites, particularly at night when there’s no natural light coming in. Once you’ve found a white that looks great throughout the day and night without too much tonal change, get painting! You’ll have a beautiful space that you can complement with accompanying furniture and accessories to make a welcoming home interior your family will love.

For more home design and interior décor ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

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.

Earthy Tones


                     Haymes Paint, Photographer – Martina Gemmola, Stylist – Ruth Welsby.

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.

Deep and Intense Tones


     Haymes Paint, Photographer – Martina Gemmola, Stylist – Ruth Welsby.

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.

Green and Grey


     Haymes Paint, Photographer – Martina Gemmola, Stylist – Ruth Welsby.

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.

Breezy Pastels


     Haymes Paint, Photographer – Martina Gemmola, Stylist – Ruth Welsby.

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.

Dark, Meditative Tones


                  Haymes Paint, Photographer – Martina Gemmola, Stylist – Ruth Welsby.

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.

Natural Look


                     Haymes Paint, Photographer – Martina Gemmola, Stylist – Ruth Welsby.

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.

When winter arrives, the change from mild temperatures to crisp cold air can be jarring, both outside and inside the home. There are lots of clever ways you can make sure your new home stays cosy and warm during the colder months, and we’ve some great tips to help you stay toasty and warm throughout winter!

Double Glazing

When you’re chatting to your builder about the features in your new home, make sure to include double glazed windows for additional protection against sound and weather. Double glazed glass is an insulated glass that combines multiple glass panes into a single window system. This type of glass is becoming a common feature in new homes as energy costs increase for homeowners. Double glazing will reduce the need to use your heating system as frequently, keeping your home warm and reducing your gas or power costs, and contributing to the overall energy efficiency of your home.

Curtains vs. Blinds

While sleek, minimalist blinds on your windows look effortlessly chic and unfussy, opting for traditional curtains will keep more warmth in your home. Because curtains are hung on top of the window frame and end below it, as well as starting outside the frame on either side, there’s less chance of heat escaping, particularly when they’re closed at night. You can also select curtains with a thermal weave, which keeps rooms dark as well as protecting your space from the cold winter air. With drapery fabrics ranging in a variety of patterns and colours, it’s never been easier to choose curtains that are modern and coordinate with your overall colour palette, while still helping keep the heat inside your home.

Fireplaces and Gas Log Heaters

Make sure your new home design includes a fireplace or gas log heater in the open-plan living area and in the sitting room as a focal point and to add some instant winter style that’s guaranteed to keep your whole family toasty and warm. You’ll be able to heat up the entire space solely from this one source, reducing the need to heat the whole house, and it provides a beautiful setting for entertaining guests. One added bonus of a fireplace or gas log heater is that it encourages the family to spend time together in one space, making for memorable, cosy evenings and weekends spent relaxing together. Depending on your new home’s floorplan, you may be able to install a double-sided fireplace so that you can heat two living areas simultaneously, which is perfect for entertaining bigger groups of family and friends, as well as serving as a unique design feature.

Accessorise for Warmth

When the cold months approach, add lots of plush, thick throw rugs and blankets around the house. Casually placing them at the end of beds and couches ensures your family will always have a cosy wrap to envelope themselves in during winter. Pair the blankets with some velvet textured pillows in rich colours and you’ll have a luxe look in every room that doubles as a sumptuously snug place to stay warm. In the bedrooms add faux fur rugs for that extra layer of warmth, which is particularly helpful if you have little ones who frequently play on the floor during the day. Scatter some candles, real or battery operated, to create a beautiful warm glow on different surfaces in communal living areas and your home will exude warmth.

With so much time spent indoors during winter, it’s the perfect time to switch up your existing décor to create an atmosphere of comfort and warmth. If you’ve just chosen a home design to build, sit down with your builder to ensure your new home will incorporate energy efficient sources of heating, as well as features that will prevent the cold from coming in and you’ll love wintery days spent inside with your family for years to come. For more building tips and interior design advice, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

Once you’ve received the keys to your brand new home, walking in for the first time and seeing the home as a blank canvas ready for you to style is an exciting moment! For many people, keeping their new home looking sleek and uncluttered is a natural segue into choosing a minimalist interior design theme, and we’ve got some tips and tricks on how you can achieve this look in your home!

Colour Palette

Keeping a neutral colour palette is key for a minimalist look in your home. The overall benefit is neutral tones will always be in style because they’re unobtrusive and subtle, meaning they coordinate gently with a number of different looks. Within a neutral colour palette, there are a number of different shades you can choose from. Black and white will create a stark, striking feel, while grey and white is more subdued and cool, while beige, creams, and whites tie in nicely with each other to create a minimalist feel with warmer hues.

Clean Lines

Minimalist style embraces clean lines and sparsely decorated areas, however this doesn’t mean your rooms need to look sterile. Think about the furniture you’re choosing for your new home and how to place it in each room to achieve an uncluttered space that still feels comfortable. Large, modular couches, simple angular armchairs, and statement lamps or pendant lights will give the room depth without appearing to overwhelm it. Add character to a space by including a buffet or coffee table with a softer vintage feel in the living areas, or some bar stools with an industrial appearance in the kitchen. In the bedrooms, including a headboard upholstered in leather or fabric will make a striking contrast to the monochrome colours, whilst keeping with the theme of clean lines. Bathrooms with frameless showers and freestanding bathtubs create an elegantly minimalist feel, and when paired with a monochrome tile create a bathroom with five star appeal.

Accessorise Perfectly

While you don’t want to crowd your rooms with accessories to make up for the seemingly barren spaces around the furniture, there are lots of pieces you can include to tie in to your minimalist decor without making the rooms seem too busy. A strategically placed indoor plant in the corner will add a splash of green to an otherwise neutral room. Choosing a few pieces of large artwork to hang in prominent positions in the entrance and living areas that feature black, grey and white tones will seamlessly blend in to the space while creating a focal point of interest. You can also include wall sconces in the bedrooms to create a feeling of ambience, and add hanging pendant lights in a black or metallic material on either side of the bed in the master suite to visually break up the space over the bed.

Adding Texture

The key to softening a space with a minimalist style is to add small amounts of texture. In the bedrooms and living areas, casually drape a rug or blanket made from a rich material – mohair wool, and faux fur instantly add depth to the furniture, and an animal skin rug on the floor creates a soft feel underfoot. A piece of furniture covered in velvet invites the eye into a sitting area, and contrasts with the other neutral furniture it’s next to. Window dressings should still look sleek and unobtrusive, and blinds are the perfect choice for this décor style. If you prefer curtains, keep them airy and select a colour that leans towards the lighter side of the neutral colour palette to ensure the room feels bigger and brighter. You might even like to include a feature wall made from wood or sleek stone to add some texture to a common area, as well as breaking up the neutral paint colour of the walls.

Minimalist interior style doesn’t mean your home has to feel cold and uninviting. Through the use of carefully chosen furniture that embraces clean lines, adding subtle texture in each room, and tying everything together with a coordinating colour palette of neutral tones, you can create a look and feel that is inviting and comfortable throughout your new home. For more interior style and design ideas head to the Hotondo Homes website today.

With the warm weather slowly subsiding and cooler nights creeping in, it’s the perfect time to update your home’s interior décor for autumn! The change of season brings with it beautiful changing colours in nature, crisper weather, and a little more time spent indoors, and we’ve got some great ideas on incorporating a bit of autumn décor into your home’s interior style!

Furnishings and Furniture Update

If you just want subtle touches of autumn in your home, one of the quickest ways to add them is through your soft furnishings and furniture. Start with a couch or some armchairs in creamy neutrals or warm brown tones, then layer soft furnishings in coordinating colours. Blankets and cushions in warm tones, and subtle bursts of autumn colours will not only soften the space, but also be perfect to snuggle up with as the nights get cooler. In common areas, include a dining table that’s made from rich dark timber, with chairs to match, and add side tables that coordinate in different timber tones to tie the open-plan interior theme together.

Get Back to Nature

Adding autumn tones inside your home is the perfect way to link your interior styling to the change of season outdoors. Using fresh flowers and foliage in beautiful dusty oranges, reds, and yellows with touches of greenery such as Eucalyptus are a quick and easy way to mark the start of autumn in each room. To give these arrangements character, use old bottles and jars for a little vintage touch. Adding an arrangement that’s long lasting to your entryway on a side table will create a welcoming autumn feel for visitors as soon as they step through the front door!

Earthy Tones

If you want to create a strong autumn aesthetic, consider painting a feature wall in an earthy tone like orange or deep green, evoking a feeling of being one with nature and create a warm atmosphere. This can be especially effective in living spaces and bedrooms, where cosiness is key in the cooler months! Another way to link the interior of your home to the environment around it is to use building materials as a feature – exposed brickwork in your living room, or the use of timber as a feature in your home is a subtle call back to nature while adding character to your home.

Get Cosy

Nothing says cold weather like a roaring fire! When designing your new home, including a fireplace in your open-plan zone, or in your formal living room will warm up the space and have the added bonus of bringing the family together to get cosy in the evenings. Adding a little autumn décor to the mantle, such as foliage or some perfectly placed candles will enhance the intimate feel of the space. You could even incorporate an outdoor gas fireplace to your alfresco. If it’s well shielded from the weather, an outdoor fireplace makes your alfresco useable year-round for entertaining or just relaxing outside on cooler evenings.

While it’s easy to lament the end of summer, the coming months of cool mornings and crisp weather during autumn can be a welcome respite from the heat. Bringing the colours from nature into your home will create a warm, welcoming environment indoors as the weather cools down outside, creating the perfect cosy atmosphere for the whole family! For more interior décor ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

Originating in the time period between the 1930s and the mid-1960s, mid-century modern is a style that emphasises organic influences with simplicity and function a priority. Think Mad Men’s understated retro style, with well-crafted furniture silhouettes mixed with texture and colour to add personality and flair. It’s a timeless aesthetic, and we’ve got some tips to help you incorporate this style into your home in a variety of ways!

Texture and Colour

While the style often calls for warm whites as the overall palette, you can also include a soft, warm grey as the main colour in your home. Accent colours with a bolder feel can be scattered throughout the home – think mustard, blue, and muted green in your couches and upholstered dining and arm chairs. A feature wall with a timber look also fits nicely into the mid-century style as a subtle throwback to nature and the organic materials where this aesthetic finds its origins.


Form and function are key, so choosing furniture that leans toward simplicity will ensure your furniture fits the theme. Streamlined couches without too much bulk to them, Danish style armchairs with simple wooden arms and legs, and coffee tables and sideboards that have clean lines and an understated feel will give your spaces that stylish, mid-century feel. One of the best things about this aesthetic is that its minimalist appearance, as well as the range of materials used blends in well with other décor styles, so adding touches of mid-century here and there in each room will create a timeless appearance throughout your home.

High and Low

Often mid-century furniture can feel too low to the ground, so it’s a good idea to give your rooms a mix of high and low. A low couch and coffee table can be offset by some statement candlesticks on a higher sideboard, or the inclusion of a beautiful chrome arc lamp over the couch to draw the eye up and add height to the room. Including a tall indoor plant in the corner and a beautiful mid-century sunburst pendant light fitting in the bedroom will add to the retro atmosphere and further encourage a feeling of space and height.

Mid-century modern is a style whose roots lie in interior design themes of uncomplicated simplicity. Including pieces in your home that are functional and pared back, but still have elements of warmth and style with their colour and texture means you’ll create an aesthetic that’s timeless and visually appealing. With a mix of materials such as metal, timber, concrete, and brass, you’ll be able to seamlessly blend a little mid-century flair throughout your new home! For more interior style and home design ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

With the end of 2018 nearing, we’ve started looking ahead at styles to keep an eye out for in the new year, and our friends at Laminex had some exciting news about key trends you can expect to see in 2019. Human connection is at the forefront of design, and there’s a strong focus on the lives of individuals and their daily surroundings. How these surrounds can be made to feel more welcoming and rejuvenating through the use of colour features heavily in every aspect of the home.

Statement Pieces


Hotondo Hallam Erskine living space

History and belonging will celebrate craftsmanship and people’s heritage, creating a sense of belonging and comfort that’s adapted to suit the modern day lifestyle. Natural fibres and materials will intensify with the increasing awareness of environmentally unfriendly products. Large organic pieces in furniture, soft rounded edges in walls and large tonal spaces will create statements inside the home.

Luxe Looks


Above: Laminex AbsoluteMatte Neo Cloud tabletop and edging, paired with Laminex AbsoluteMatte Stormcloud bar panels and under-table cladding.

Crisp, sharp edges are being replaced with the introduction of soft curves and cylindrical shapes in everything from furniture to home wares. Elements such as walls, tapware and hardware showcase this, creating more inviting and relaxing environments. Laminex’s metallics range creates a luxe effect and perfectly complements adjacent industry products. When they are mixed with veined decors from their Essastone palette and stunning decors like black and warm greys this create a beautifully luxe feel.

Colour Trends


Hotondo Warragul Lansdowne Entryway

The introduction of muted hues predominately in warmer tones such as powder blues, sage greens and soft oats will dominate colour palettes. Deep auburn reds, navy blue and chocolaty browns will also heavily feature. These colours are derived from nature and will tend to feature in unison to create a sense of drama and energy throughout interior spaces. Red based timbers are also making a comeback, but now are featuring more of a brown base to add warmth and a sense of realism. Softer structures and knots in timbers will emerge, giving decor a more lifelike and relatable look. Texture will also play a big role and this will be seen in our Timbergrains and the sense of realism is striking.

New Materials to Look Out For


Above: Essastone New Terrazzino

Harsh gloss finishes are being replaced with more subtle matte and brushed finishes creating a softer reflection and calmer energy. A stronger focus will appear on minerals and their unique characteristics, transforming man-made products to characteristically look and feel more natural. Laminex’s new metallics range will focus on the classic elements like bronze, brass, copper, rose gold, soft gold and stainless steel. The introduction of terrazzo this year features prominently in the Essastone range Terrazzino, which is a warm grey with contrasting glass particles. Large elongated veins will continue in benchtops, but we are starting to see the introduction of softer tighter veins and moving into warmer tones of browns, caramels, warm greys.

Energy Efficiency and Sustainability


Above: Essastone White Concrete benchtop and Laminex New Raw Birchyply laminate cabinetry

In an increasingly busy world people are seeking refuge in environments that make them feel at one with nature, allowing them to switch off and unwind. Wellness is a high priority in both work and residential environments, and in 2019 the use of colour, subtle finishes, and sustainability that connects us to our environments supports these movements. For home inspiration and design ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

Trends content by Catherine Valente, Design Marketing Manager Laminex.

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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