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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

When you have kids, decorating their bedrooms is often one of the most exciting parts of moving into your newly built home. It’s important to ensure your kids have bedrooms that reflect their personalities while also creating spaces they won’t outgrow as they go from little to tween and then to teen. We’ve got some great tips to help you create the perfect kid’s room that will grow with them over the years!

Colour Palette

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While it’s tempting to paint the walls a vibrant colour like bright pink, purple or blue, instead choose a soft neutral colour. Beautiful greys, crisp whites, and soft beige tones will never go out of style and will serve as the perfect base to build the theme of your child’s room around. Rather than choosing colours that all match, select items that will coordinate with the neutral walls and keep the tones soft and muted to create a warm, inviting space. Pastel coloured bedframes and bookshelves paired with white or grey wooden dressers and toyboxes will add depth to the room without being too jarring.

Feature Walls

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Instead of painting the walls the same colour, select one wall to use as a feature. A wallpaper with a subtle abstract pattern or graphic in neutral or pastel tones will suit your child’s room from their younger years right through to their teenage years and beyond. Avoid graphics that are too youthful and garish – instead find unique artwork that reflects their interests while still complementing the aesthetic you’ve chosen.

Storage

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One of the most important aspects of children’s bedrooms is having sufficient storage. Built-in-robes are great for kids and provide more than enough room for their clothing and toys, and will hide much of their mess. However, open shelving can also be a nice way to include storage in the room itself and give smaller children easy access to their favourite toys and books. Styled beautifully, these smaller sections of shelving add a carefully curated look that still allows the room to look and feel lived in by a child.

Accessories

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A great way to add additional layers of colour and personality to a kid’s room is with accessories. Floor rugs in soft colours and patterns will brighten up an otherwise neutral space, provide a soft space for kids to sprawl out on as they play, and protect the carpet underneath from any spills. They can be changed as your child grows, and are an easy way to mix up the colour scheme quickly. Select bedding that has a slight pattern or texture to it and add a few fun cushions in coordinating colours and materials. Kids love tactile fabrics, so using things with tassels, soft faux fur, and velvet will elevate the space and give your child something to snuggle up to when they’re relaxing in their room. Adding a hammock chair or tent in the corner of the room will create an element of fun as well as functionality to the room, allowing them their own space for a little downtime after school and on weekends.

Decorating a child’s room is a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy, particularly if your child is old enough to give their input into how they want their space to look and feel. By taking their wants and needs into account, and choosing colours, furniture and accessories that coordinate in a subtle, inviting way, your child will have a space that’s truly theirs to enjoy over the years. For more design inspiration, 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Many new homes being built now are cleverly designed to include either a study nook or a separate study, which is a helpful addition to any home. Having a separate area to manage household bills and administration, or an area where the kids can complete their homework is an invaluable use of space. If your job allows for working from home, it also means you have a dedicated space away from the main living zones to focus on work as well as keeping all your paperwork and tech equipment out of sight. We’ve rounded up a few tip and tricks to help you design the perfect study space in your new home!

Functionality

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Having a study space that is functional first and foremost is key. Designing a space that will allow you to keep everything organised will enable you to keep the room tidy and in turn, escape distractions and focus on the work that needs to be done. The first thing to focus on is the furniture required, which will depend on the type of work you do. Generally most people will need a desk, shelving, and a bookcase, but you may also like to consider whether you should include pieces such as under desk filing cabinets, larger flat work surfaces, or desks that can comfortably house multiple computer screens, printers, or scanners. Once you’ve determined which essential items you’ll need, choose furniture that’s sleek, understated and calming. Study furniture should adhere to the idea of functionality first, style second to keep your attention focused on the tasks at hand while you’re in there.

Study
While a study nook has a limited amount of space to work with, you can still create a space that’s organised and free from distraction for your family to use. Including a built-in desk running the span of the wall will create more space, allowing multiple family members to work there simultaneously, and installing overhead, floating cabinetry adds another functional storage space without taking up valuable floorspace.

Style

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Having functional furniture doesn’t mean the room has to be bland and uninviting! You can still create a space that reflects your personality and complements the overall style of your home. If you have a study nook, keeping the paint colour of the wall the same as the space it sits in, or a complementary colour will help it blend seamlessly in with the rest of the area. Including furniture in the study nook that leans toward a neutral colour palette such as white, grey, or beige will add to the subtle feel of the space, and a few perfectly placed accessories and artwork can personalise the space so that it doesn’t feel too office-like, particularly if kids will be using the area.

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A separate office allows for much more of a style statement. If you want to create a bright, happy space that will suit the whole family, have your builder include large windows to let in a lot of natural light. Include white furniture with touches of colourful artwork and desk accessories, and choose a brightly coloured floor rug to create a vibrant atmosphere. If your work involves clients visiting your home office, you may choose to style it in a more chic, timeless way. Keep the walls neutral and choose furniture that’s classic. Lots of dark wood and cabinetry, accent lamps, and bookshelves with carefully selected pieces will set a more formal tone, perfect for welcoming visitors. If your space allows for larger pieces of furniture, you may like to incorporate a leather couch or armchairs so there’s an informal area to hold meetings.

Studies and study nooks are an invaluable space in new homes, providing a space for work, household administration, allowing you to keep your work space and your everyday living spaces separate. Designing a study that’s functional with touches of personal style create a space that you relish working in, while still keeping your attention focused. For more home 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.

Furniture


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.

Many new home designs focus on open-plan living to suit family lifestyles, but all homes still need to include storage to keep everyday living organised and easy. The inclusion of a butler’s pantry in your home will give you a much needed second utility and storage space next to the kitchen area that also provides an efficient prep area and keeps day-to-day clutter hidden. We have a few tips on how you can design the perfect butler’s pantry for your new home!

Shelving and Storage

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The biggest benefit to a butler’s pantry is being able to make the most of the space to store all your kitchen items in an organised and functional way. By incorporating under bench storage as well as overhead shelving into the space, you’ll be able to work with your builder to design a space that suits larger appliances you only use occasionally, as well as smaller everyday items like crockery and serving ware. You can also include a mix of open and closed shelving options made from complementary materials to your main kitchen. This gives you the opportunity to style the space, making it seem less like a storage room and more like an additional lifestyle space that blends in with your home’s overall interior design theme.

Food Prep

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If your kitchen food prep area is on the modest side, or you prefer to keep it out of sight while entertaining friends, a butler’s pantry is perfect for creating a space that’s hidden from guests. The pantry provides an efficient place to prepare food and drinks away from everyone, with the added bonus of being able to close the door to the pantry to conceal any mess as you entertain. You won’t have to spend time cleaning up immediately and can maximise your time with friends and family. If the space allows, including a small sink is an added convenience that will come in handy as you meal prep. You might also like to include a wet bar area and a small wine fridge in the pantry and kit it out with a range of cocktail supplies to really wow your guests when you entertain!

Lighting

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Designing a butler’s pantry that includes a window will give the space a beautiful burst of natural light during the day, creating the illusion of space. If your pantry isn’t positioned in a way that allows a window, ensure you have lighting that will sufficiently illuminate every space. Design overhead lighting that includes a statement pendant light to brighten the space and add personality, and complement it with under cabinet lighting to create a soft glow in otherwise darkened corners throughout the space.

When you design your new home, consider choosing a design that includes a butler’s pantry. It’s a luxurious yet functional addition to any new home, and will become a well-used but concealed space perfect for hiding the everyday items essential to family life. For more home inspiration and design ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

As the year draws to a close, we’re taking a look back at the interior design trends that featured heavily throughout the year, and what we can expect to see in décor next year. There were a couple of trends in 2018 that people really loved, and some new trends that we can’t wait to see incorporated into new homes in 2019!

2018

Boho Chic

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Known for blending a variety of elements from different cultures and styles, boho chic can be incorporated into your interior design theme by bringing in lots of different colours and textures. Think rattan furniture and wall hangings, lots of fringing and woven materials, a dash of real greenery here and there throughout your rooms, and touches of velvet! Boho chic has an overall relaxed vibe to it, making your home feel welcoming and comfortable as soon as people walk through the front door.

Hamptons Style/

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This iconic style calls to mind soft white sand, stretches of coastline, and of course, beautifully calm, neutral colour palette inside the home. Using light, white tones with splashes of colour scattered through the house (think sage green, pale blue, and a touch of blush), and oversized furniture that invites to settle in was a favourite amongst many stylists this past year, with the trend set to continue in the future as well.

2019

Luxe Atmosphere

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People are loving luxe items including brushed golds, matte metals, ceramics, bone inlay, white marble and velvets, which are still featuring heavily in magazines and retail homeware stores, and this is set to carry through to new homes as people add elements that invoke chic sophistication. Metallic tapware, beautiful tiled backsplashes, and velvet accessories will all trend heavily in 2019

Statement Tiles

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Two trends set to leave their mark are herringbone tile and bold, black and white tiling. Herringbone is perfect to use to create a feature wall or backsplash, as well as making a beautifully elegant floor in your common areas. By using subtle, neutral colours like white or grey, you’ll elevate your home’s style instantly when you incorporate this into your décor. Bold black and white tile are set to make a comeback for those who want to make a true statement in their kitchen or bathroom. Encaustic tiles, which are tiles with a pattern on the surface of the tile, will feature in 2019, as people embrace the trend and truly liven up their interiors.

Timber Panelling

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Timber panelling of different widths, lengths and sizes that run horizontally and vertically on walls and ceilings, both externally and internally, are tipped to feature in homes next year. The move towards including natural materials leans in to this trend as people become inspired to build homes that blend seamlessly into their surrounding environment.

With so many beautiful homes to use as inspiration for interior design, there’s a wealth of design tips and tricks over on the Hotondo Homes website, so head over there to have a look 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Sunshine, warmer days, and longer nights always evoke feelings of fun, happiness, and excitement as we shake off the doom and gloom of the winter months! There’s no better way to embrace spring than to add touches of springtime style throughout your home to brighten up your interior spaces and create a feeling of vibrancy and warmth in every room. We’ve got a quick list of ways you can easily bring that springtime feel inside to brighten up the atmosphere in your home!

A Touch of Greenery

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Take inspiration from the blooming buds of spring by adding touches of greenery wherever you can. A floating shelf dedicated to beautiful, overflowing plants that drape themselves over each other and hang down will instantly add colour and texture to a blank wall. Alternatively, you can purchase a large planter pot and add a tall indoor plant or tree to the corner of a few different rooms, bringing life to each space. If you want to add some lush foliage to one of your rooms year-round, add wallpaper with a leafy design to create an eye-catching statement!

Pops of Colour

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Not too keen on touches of green? Try pops of colour! Accent cushions, a jewel-toned armchair in a rich plum or teal, or even a brightly coloured couch will instantly brighten up your interiors. Add a large piece of artwork with bright abstract hues to a white wall for a shot of colour in an otherwise neutral space. A statement piece of furniture in a bright colour will make the room seem instantly brighter and warmer, so look for lush pink velvets, indigo blues, or pastel colours when you’re furniture shopping. You could also reupholster an existing chair or couch with a bright pattern to inject some colour into your living area.

Textures and Embellishments

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Every season’s style dictates that texture is key to creating a style aesthetic, and spring is no different. Add in light throw blankets made from cotton, linen, and bamboo to create texture and depth to beds and couches. Look for cushions in velvets and other soft fabrics, as well as ones that are adorned with pom-poms, tassels or ruching for that extra layer of texture. Add wall hangings made from macramé to evoke that boho, summery feel, and find accessories with touches of gold that will glisten when the sun touches them to enhance that feeling of warmth inside.

Embrace Indoor/Outdoor Living

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If you have an alfresco area that’s been neglected during winter, now’s the time to brighten it up for spring! Buy brightly coloured cushions for your seating area to make the space pop, and look for an outdoor rug with a colourful geometric pattern on it. Update your outdoor servingware to include happy, sunny colours – you could even embrace a tropical theme for your table with a few fun accessories like salad bowls, water jugs, and platters. The key is to create a space that feels relaxed and fun as the warm weather approaches.

By incorporating some pops of colour, touches of greenery, and some beautiful textures inside your home, you’ll be able to create a springtime style aesthetic that truly evokes a feeling of warmth when your rooms are bathed in sunshine. For more home inspiration and interior design ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

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.

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