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The master bedroom is more than just a place to sleep. It’s a space to make totally your own and the chance to create a true sanctuary separate to the rest of your home. While it’s good to make the space a cohesive extension of your home’s interior style, you can also take the opportunity to include some bolder styling statements to really bring the room to life, and we’ve got some tips to help you get started!

Wall Colour

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A master bedroom is the ideal place to use some colour on the walls with different paint shades to really inject your personality into the room. A soft, subtle pastel colour encourages a quiet, calm atmosphere and lets you coordinate with similarly lightly toned furniture pieces and décor, while a darker paint colour adds an element of chic sophistication when paired with muted neutrals throughout the room. If you’re reluctant to include colour on every wall, the master bedroom is perfect for a feature wall, usually behind your bedhead, and this is where you can get creative using wallpaper, wood panelling or other materials to create a beautiful focal point

Furniture


A master bedroom is usually bigger that the other bedrooms in the home, but that doesn’t mean you need to fill it to the brim with furniture! The bed is the centrepiece of the room, so choosing a beautifully upholstered headboard in a textured fabric or bedframe that coordinates with the wall colour will inform the rest of the room’s furniture style. Bedside tables are a must, as well as a dresser or set of drawers if you need the additional storage space. Alternatively, you might like to include an oversized ottoman that doubles as a storage item, a lovely plush chaise lounge, or an armchair in a beautiful fabric to add some more colour and style to the room. Ideally using no more than three or four pieces of furniture will make the room feel spacious no matter the size and give you enough space to move around in, particularly if you share the space with a partner.

Additional Décor

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There are plenty of smaller items you can add to your master bedroom to tie the whole look together. Choosing some statement pendant lights or wall sconces to use in place of lamps on your bedside tables will make the room feel modern and lessen the clutter on each side of the bed, and chrome, brass or matte black finishes for your light fittings will add some on-trend style. The additional light fittings will allow you to create ambient mood lighting in the evenings to help relax before bed.

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Your bed linen should have layered textures in coordinating colours, with some decorative pillows and cushions, and a beautiful throw blanket draped at the end to elevate your bed to hotel-level luxe status. Instead of using blinds on the windows, using curtains in an understated colour or pattern will add softness and have the added benefit of blocking out the light to encourage lazy weekend sleep-ins. If you prefer the look of blinds, layering them under some luxurious sheet curtains will soften the space around the windows and add an additional layer of privacy from the outside.

A master bedroom should be a place of quiet and calm, and a place you truly enjoy escaping to when you need some time to relax and reset. When you’re building your new home, taking the time to style the space in a way that reflects your personality means you’ll have a bedroom that you’ll love for years to come. For more home inspiration visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

Are you building a new home and you’re curious about what the colour selections process entails and what role an interior design plays in the look and feel of your home? We spoke to Interior Designer and Colour Consultant Cory from Hotondo Homes Ocean Grove to gain a little insight into the whole process!

Tell us about your role?

Being the Interior Design/Colour Consultant for Hotondo Homes Ocean Grove, I liaise closely with clients and staff to complete the colour selection proportion of the build. My role requires me to aid clients with their selections, guiding them through and providing support and advice to create their dream home. My goal is to help clients visualise and consider their selections on a larger scale and as a complete house design, with the various elements all coming together.

What do you do on a day-to-day basis?

Every day is different in my role! On days when I am conducting an appointment, it generally takes the entire day. We start off in the office and work our way through External and Internal selections, as well as the Electrical plan. The day also consists of viewing laminates/timber flooring and carpets, and visiting suppliers to complete the tile selection. Other days generally consist of paperwork, whether that is finalising an appointment or any amendments a client wishes to make afterwards. Part of my role also requires me to liaise with our product representatives on a regular basis to ensure we have all the up to date products on hand for clients to select from. As a business, we conduct checks on jobs prior to contract, so I liaise with staff members to ensure everything on the selections paperwork is correct.

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What are your clients asking for?

I’m currently seeing a lot of whites and neutrals requested by clients trying to capture the coastal theme to suit the area in which we build. The popular Hamptons look is also requested from time to time. I find that greys are still prevalent in modern homes, as it is a very versatile colour to work with and acts as a good foundation to build your internal styling from. Every year when The Block is on TV I have clients asking for something they’ve seen on the show! This always makes things a bit tricky as what you see on that show is often either an extremely high-end product or something that is currently “on trend”.

What trends have you seen change over time?

I’ve worked in the industry for a few years now and before it was mainly creams and browns which were very popular with clients. Then greys made more of an impact, maybe a bit of black or charcoal thrown in if they are going for more of a modern, contemporary style. There weren’t as many whites/neutral themes as I see now.

Because I don’t cover soft furnishings as part of the role, some clients like to experiment and introduce some colour into the build. This is usually through tile selection, feature entrance door or a glass splashback. I get very excited when clients start to feel confident in their selections and want to have a play with colour or pattern, however I always stress that it must be based on personal taste, not trying to meet the current trends. Any colours on trend should be introduced later on when decorating the home. Unless you absolutely love it there’s a good chance you will get sick of it very quickly!

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What do you think are must haves in modern day homes?

The main selling points of the home are the externals and the kitchen, so I always recommend clients to focus on those areas first as it is easy to build the rest of the house from here. Large island benches to the kitchen are always a worthwhile investment, being the heart of the home and a base for entertaining.

Always consider the lighting throughout the home – you don’t want to have to do it after the build! Remember you are always going to think of things you should’ve added after you’ve moved in, so spend the time early on perfecting the electrical plan. It’s a good idea to ask family and friends what they wish they had in their homes.
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Lastly, I’d say lots of storage space! This is one thing that is very difficult to add in afterwards. Consider the kitchen configuration; do you want cupboards or pot drawers? Also the size of the broom cupboard in the laundry – you don’t want to have to store items in the garage!

What’s the best part of your job?

Getting to know and working with different types of people, and knowing that I’ve helped them to create their dream home. At the colour selection appointment, we spend the whole day together and there is a lot of contact and conversation prior to and following the day, so it’s always nice when you can build a good rapport with them. It helps the process and ensures they have fun with it, rather than seeing it as a stressful experience.
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Any final advice for those building their new home?

Enjoy the experience! Apart from moving in and seeing the final product, the colour selection should be the fun part of the process. Make sure you research as much as you can before your appointment and prepare by bringing any visuals/inspiration along with you. Remember it is probably the most expensive outlay of your life so you ideally do not want to be making all the decisions on the day! As I mentioned earlier, don’t focus too much on trends, do what you like, it’s your home. And lastly, always consider re-sale; what aspects can you include to add the most value to the property, and what should you try to avoid. It might be time to re-consider that bright orange kitchen!

Thank you so much for chatting to us, Cory! For more home inspiration and interior décor ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today!

Part of the selections process on your home building journey will be choosing the fixtures and finishes for your new home, and it’s often an exciting time for clients as they begin to envisage what their finished home’s exterior and interior style will look like. But there’s a lot to consider as you make these selections and we’ve got some helpful tips for you as you start the process.

What are Fixtures and Finishes?

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Not sure what fixtures and fittings include? Think lighting, heating and cooling, kitchen appliances, electrical outlets, and bathroom items like sinks, baths, tapware and toilets. They may seem like utilitarian items, but making a considered choice about how you want these items to look will help create a cohesive style throughout your home. Finishes add a personal touch to your home and help tie everything together. You’ll be selecting finishes for things like cabinetry, flooring, benchtops, and exterior render or cladding as well as the roof. Each item should be selected with an overall view to creating a home that’s beautifully coordinated.

Tips for Choosing Fixtures

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When you’re selecting the fixtures in your home you need to consider both their functionality and placement as well as their aesthetic appeal in the home. Placement of electrical outlets will be on walls where you expect to have electronic equipment like televisions, floor lamps, and other larger items. You also might like to place some sockets on the side of your kitchen island or add extra ones to your kitchen bench or inside the pantry to allow for additional appliances to be used in multiple locations or to have a family charging station in a communal area. Your builder can guide you on ideal tapware and shower head placement if you’re unsure about the most practical spots to install them

Appliances can be selected for their functionality as well as their visual appeal. You may opt for stainless steel fridges and dishwashers for that sleek, modern look, or white appliances may be preferable if you like a more traditional feel. Tapware is also available in a range of beautiful finishes now, with traditional chrome being just one of a range of styles you can choose. Matte black, brass or copper, and white tapware, shower heads and door frames are subtle selections you can use to elevate your home’s style. You can also consider the energy efficiency of these fixtures, and include items such as water saving taps and shower heads and appliances with a high energy rating without compromising on style.

Tips for Choosing Finishes

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This is where you have the chance to add some character to your home. Part of your selections process will be to choose cabinetry finishes, and with the kitchen being a high traffic area in the home, you’ll want to select something that’s durable, while also being a style that’s going to feel timeless. Neutral colours work well, with grey, white and ivory, and taupe or beige being popular choices for kitchen and bathroom cabinets. You’ll also have the opportunity to choose cabinetry that highlights a particular design style, like a high gloss minimalist style, or a matte finish Shaker style detail for a Hamptons feel.

Your benchtop selection should be something that coordinates with the cabinetry in a complementary colour, and your tiles and splashbacks can include a pop of colour or a statement pattern to add depth to the space. Paint colours and wall coverings will be informed by your cabinetry decisions, but in the bedrooms and separate living areas you can get a little creative with colour and patterns that will add personality to each space while still feeling like an extension of the overall style of the home.

When it comes to flooring you need to be mindful of choosing something that will last the test of time, and there are plenty of options to select something that will coordinate seamlessly with the finishes in your home while still being on-trend and adding an element of your personal style. From floorboards to vinyl planks to lush carpet, you’ll find a style and colour that works well with your other finishes to create a home that feels welcoming throughout.

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Exterior finishes should tie in with your home’s location and the interior style you’re hoping to achieve. Weatherboard cladding in light neutral tones and a chrome roof will suit a coastal home and emulate that beachy feel, whereas a suburban home near the city might be better suited to striking render colours and mixed material façade features with a dark roof colour.

Choosing the fixtures and finishes for your new home is an exciting part of the home building journey, but it can be overwhelming to select items for your entire home all at once. With the guidance of your builder or your colour selections specialist, you’ll be able to decide on finishes that embrace your personal style paired with fixtures that work well in each space while adding to the overall look and feel of your home. For more home inspiration, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

Part of the process of building your new home will be completing your colour selections which will give your home it’s colour palette. Once that’s complete it’s a great time to start thinking about the overall style of your home. With a range of different interior styles to choose from, you’re sure to find something that suits not only your chosen home design, but also your family as well.

Hamptons Style

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A classic Hamptons Style is full of light, white and neutral tones that will make your rooms feel bigger, brighter and airer. The kitchen might have traditional Shaker-style cabinetry coupled with subway tile, glass-fronted cupboards and touches of natural timber. Even if your rooms aren’t oversized in true Hamptons style, you can still give the illusion of space with large neutral pieces. Think oversized armchairs and couches in light tones made from thick cotton or linen fabrics, and natural timber side tables and buffets that have a well-loved look. You can add touches of soft colours to break up the white and ivory shades – a mix of blue tones, or subtle blush pink will add depth to the room once you add cushions, throw blankets and vases. This is a timeless look that will never go out of style, and is particularly suited to homes in country and coastal regions.

Modern Industrial

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This style of décor combines simplicity and authenticity, taking its inspiration from spaces like workshops and factories and repurposing it for the home. Featuring eclectic elements that showcase structural elements of the home like exposed ceiling beams and metal staircases, and statement pieces such as large pendant lights and iron balustrades, this style is a blend of practicality and creativity that works well in urban homes. Many people opt for a polished concrete floor to enhance that industrial feel and pair it with dark grey, black or brown paint colours. With an emphasis on rough, earthy surfaces that also include metal accents, and furniture that is a mix of form and function such as leather couches and glass tables, your home will have a sophisticated inner-city feel that you’ll love.

Coastal Style

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If you’re building a home near the beach or you just love that coastal vibe, this style is for you! Coastal style in the home focuses on bringing the beauty of the natural landscape into your home so that the switch from outdoors to indoors feels seamless. With lots of light wood throughout the house, from the flooring to the kitchen table your home will feel like an extension of the environment you live in. Include lots of light whites and ivories in your paint colours and tile choices, along with little accents of colour that emulate the different shades of the sea – pale blue, seafoam green, even a touch of sandy yellow. Your furniture can include neutral colours, with lots of white, such as layered white bedlinen, light beige couches, and taupe rugs that make each space feel like they’re part of the beautiful beach that’s just outside your door.

Modern Traditional

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The most timeless choice, a modern traditional décor follows current trends and evokes a family-friendly atmosphere that will suit your home for years to come. Using warm neutrals like beige and browns, or cool neutrals like grey and white as a base, you’ll be able to build each space when you use modern furniture that blends in with ease. Using furniture that coordinates with these tones and including pieces with a natural timber look will make your home cosy and welcoming to all who visit, and won’t limit you when the time comes to replace well-loved furniture as your family grows.

With so many interior styles to choose from, it can be challenging to find a décor that suits your new home, but as you work with your colour consultant and your builder, you’ll soon start to see themes emerge that you can build on. By incorporating a few statement features in your home and bringing in key pieces of furniture, you will be able to work towards blending all the elements together to create a look that reflects you and your family’s taste to create a beautifully styled home. For more interior inspiration visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

When your family begins to grow and you have a new baby on the way, one of the most exciting parts of the process is decorating a nursery as you wait for the baby to arrive. It’s so tempting to create a space that focuses on the newborn, baby and toddler years with soft pastel colours, whimsical wall murals or even a delightful childlike theme that’s present throughout the entire room, from the curtains to the wall art, to the rug. However if you plan on the nursery being your child’s room right through to their teenage years, you might like to reconsider how you decorate it before the baby arrives to ensure you have a space that grows gently with your child.

Wall Colour

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There’s nothing sweeter than pastel pink or baby blue walls to build your room around, but in recent years trends have moved towards using neutral paint colours in nurseries. Cool grey with white trim, warm white and ivory, and muted beige tones will provide you with an understated palette you can build on with coordinating furniture to create a chic space. You can add removable wall decals for a splash of gentle colour and hang framed prints to emphasise the newborn and baby atmosphere, but keeping the base colour palette simple and neutral means the space won’t need to be repainted once your child begins to express their own colour preferences, saving you money and time in the long run.

Flooring

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As with the walls, the floor of your nursery should be a neutral colour. Thinking about the baby and toddler years, carpet is the perfect choice to create a warm, soft place for your baby to lie, roll, sit up, and play safely and comfortably on, and has the added benefit of keeping the room warm during the colder months. You can still lay a rug over the top with a bit of colour to energise the space, and which is easy to replace over the years as your child grows. Hardwood and vinyl laminate flooring is still a great choice, as it’s long wearing and will hold up to the everyday traffic and wear and tear that comes with family life, particularly when the kids are little. Adding a larger floor rug on top will help protect it during those rough and tumble younger years, and give kids a soft place to play.

Furniture

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Newborns obviously require specific furniture in the early years up until they reach toddler status, and you’ll easily find bassinettes, cots, and change tables in white, blonde or darker wood tones to coordinate with your wall and floor colours. As your child grows and you need to think about purchases like beds, desks and different storage solutions, it’s wise to continue to stick to an understated colour palette. As tempting as it is to by that race car or princess bed for your little one, those furniture items have a limited shelf life as you child grows, both in size and appeal. There are plenty of beds that appeal to both kids and tweens and can last for years while still suiting their emerging tastes. A little boho style with a cane headboard or ethereal accessories on a four poster bed will give your child’s room that unique touch, and with wrought iron beds now available in a range of colours you’re sure to find something that suits your little one’s tastes. Investing in a king single or a double bed once you have a toddler means you won’t be replacing furniture once they start growing as they approach their teenage years.

Accessories

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The easiest and most affordable parts of the room to change are the accessories. Bed linen has come a long way over the last decade and there are a range of colours and styles that your child will love. Adding in a few cute cushions that can be passed down to younger siblings or donated once your child wants to change up the style is simple and affordable. Little touches around the room like floating shelving that holds cute knick knacks, colourful bag hooks and novelty lights are all easy ways to add character to your baby’s room that can be kept for years or replaced as they get older. You can then change these details every so often as they grow, giving the room individuality and show off their adorable personalities.

Nurseries are designed to be calm, welcoming places for parents to spend time in with their new additions in those early years, but taking the time to think ahead past the baby stage means you’ll be able to create a space that has a colour palette that will allow you to let the room change as your child grows with minimal time and expense. Once your child begins to express their taste a room that has an on-trend, neutral base can be easily reworked to suit whatever stage of life your child is in. For more kids’ room décor inspiration, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

Beaumont Tiles has long been leading the way in Australian bathroom design as well as being one of Hotondo Homes’ preferred suppliers. As part of its 60 year anniversary celebration the nation’s largest tile retailer has announced the six must-watch bathroom trends of 2020. We chatted to our friends at Beaumont Tiles about this trend forecast and we’re excited to tell you a little bit more about these wonderful options available for your new home!

Unearthed Life

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Worn and treasured, this style reflects our desire to go back to basics and explore the purity of raw, almost primitive design that is tactile and resonant. Think unfinished materials and rustic textures, misshapen ceramics and an open celebration of imperfection and uncomplicated beauty. This style is perfectly suited to flooring that creates a well lived-in atmosphere as soon as you open the front door.

Referenced Life

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Lovers of luxury will be in their element with references to motifs from art deco, Bauhaus, 40s, 70s and soul that are blurred to create a soft medley of iconic design notes that are warm, inviting and progressive in appearance. Dark charcoal tones or navy blue will evoke feelings of bygone eras and give your home a luxurious feel.

Foraged Life

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Eclectic and creative, this style takes elements from both Scandinavian and Russian design, blending them into an organic wood-like setting. Earthy tones, with a casual and relaxed aura are the best way to achieve this look. You can also use different colours, with shades of green calling back to the natural environment your new home is located in to create a seamless blend between indoor and outdoor.

Life Kind

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With a focus on paring back and taking a mindful approach to our impacts on the environment the term “slow-sumption” has been coined, and Life Kind reflects the broader social consciousness towards responsible living. Think natural texture and tones that are in subtle neutrals such as light grey to form a basis for your colour palette that’s cohesive and functional, particularly in the common areas of your home.

Hybrid Life

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Our online and offline, urban and coastal lives in Australia are blurring the lines in our worlds, and Hybrid Life is the design interpretation of our experiences, observations and interactions creating forward-thinking spaces that reflect the shift in our social paradigm. With a look and feel of modern chic, you can include lots of crisp white tones with sharp lines paired with darker neutrals to create a space that feels truly reflective of twenty-first century life.

Life Agenda

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This is an incredible hierarchy of elements spanning handwoven cloth textures, romantic timber patinas, rich colour palettes of deep blues, burgundy and bronze, then contrasted with pops of grey and green. If you’re looking to inject bold colour into your new home, this is a trend to embrace whole-heartedly.

With so many beautiful tile selections available, you’re spoiled for choice when you use Beaumont Tiles’ six styles to watch as a guideline for choosing the tiles for your new home. Beaumont Tiles is Australia’s biggest retailer of tiles and bathroomware and one of our preferred suppliers here at Hotondo Homes. For more tile inspiration and to find your interior design style with the Beaumont Tiles What’s My Style Quiz, visit the Beaumont Tiles website today.

Autumn is officially here and if you’re getting ready to choose the colour selections in your new home, or you just want to refresh things around the house, now is a great time to think about changing your interiors up to create a cosy, inviting atmosphere as the warm weather subsides and the crisp mornings and cool evenings take over. We’ve got some great tips on how to evoke a delightfully homey feel by fully embracing the change of season!

Glorious Green

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The easiest way to invite the feeling of nature into the home is by including shades of green. Whether it’s a subtle sage green on the walls, a deep green velvet couch, or soft furnishings and rugs in green hues, the callback to your home’s surroundings will feel stronger than ever when you use green as a feature or accent colour. Injecting a soft infusion of green will also give your rooms depth, as it breaks up otherwise neutral colour palettes and lifts the atmosphere of the room.

Beautiful Blue

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A colour that goes well with neutrals, blue always brings with it a feeling of calm no matter what shade you use. Soft pastels can be paired with white, grey and beige to create a gentle colour palette that encourages quite time indoors as autumn approaches, while brighter shades of cobalt, turquoise and peacock blue brighten up common areas by mimicking brilliant blue autumn skies to make spaces feel happy. Brighter tones also translate well across both the warmer and cooler months because they can be paired with sunny yellows in spring and crisp white in summer, echoing a chic minimalist Mediterranean vibe.

Elegant Grey

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Perhaps the most on-trend neutral of the past few years, grey is a timeless classic that allows for coordinating with both colours and other neutral tones. In autumn you can take a bolder step and paint a room a deep, rich grey that verges on being charcoal while still retaining its lightness to create a moodier, elegant space for entertaining. Coupled with chic black furniture, white and off-white furniture and accessories, you’ll have a space that oozes grown up charm and effortless sophistication.

Rich Neutrals

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Neutral tones can have so many different hues, and autumn is the perfect time to create a neutral colour palette with layers to add dimension and depth to your space. Cream, beige and taupe serve as base layers to build on by adding in richer tones of terracotta, natural tan and brown, and accents of wood to anchor the palette and cohesively pull it all together. These spaces will give your home a naturally cosy and welcoming feel in autumn, especially in living areas where a fireplace serves as the focal point, or in master suites where calm and relaxation is key.

The autumn months are often a welcome respite from the heat of summer, and bringing some rich colours into your home to create a warm, welcoming environment indoors for the whole family! For more interior décor ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

Our friends at Laminex have released their annual trend forecast for 2020 with a beautiful palette of colours and textures that promise to bring us closer to nature. Their Beneath The Surface forecast features four collections of colours and textures that celebrate the energising spirit of nature, bringing the look and feel of our planet’s vast oceans and the places where the land meets the sea into the home in a subtle and inviting way.

Calm

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Photography by Lillie Thompson. Cabintery and nechtop in Laminex Spinifex, Island base in Laminex Carrara Marble. Tiento Tiles splashback, Linear Standard Handles

This colour palette evokes the warm serenity of a perfect beach, with warm neutrals, muted pastels, soft veins and subtle metallic accents that challenges traditional colour pairings. These colours have a beautifully faded quality to them, with the transient blues, greens and pinks we see in the sea and in the sky during sunrise and sunset. Anchored by warm enriching neutrals as well as low-sheen metallics that create subtle points of light, this collection is perfect for kitchens and common areas that require a warm, inviting feel. The Calm 1, 2, and 3 palettes creamy neutrals, fibrous fabrics and cracked and peeling surfaces for a handcrafted character, and warm neutrals paired with cooler tones for warm and cool expressions.

In The Shallows

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Photography by Lillie Thompson. Cabinetry features Laminex Delana Oak and base cabinetry is Laminex Possum. Benchtops and splashback is Laminex Limed Concrete.

This collection focuses on our desire to reconnect with nature by giving expression to this feeling with a rich and raw palette of greens, browns and dark woodgrains inspired by the natural world. These colours are dominated by greens and browns. These colours represent a perfect balance of water and land, being the background colours of life on earth that bring an expression of neutrality, and are perfect for spaces like bathrooms and ensuites where water and natural light flow freely, connecting us to the spaces outside our homes. In The Shallows 1, 2, and 3 palettes feature the organic colours of water and land, urban atmospheres, and a beautifully calming feel.

Deep Below

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Photography by Lillie Thompson. Laminex Smoked Birchply.

Celebrating the resilience and inner strength with confident combinations of deep blues, dark greys and shades of black, Deep Below takes a deeper dive beneath the surface to create a bold, confident tones and emphatic expressions of deep colour. Strong deep blues are supported by smoky tones, flashes of deep green and purple, dark woodgrains and even black. The darkness that connects these decors presents opportunities for an almost monotonal colour scheme. A master bedroom or separate living room would benefit from these rich, stylish tones, with navy and other shades being perfect for feature walls contrasts against metallic accessories throughout the room. The Deep Below 1, 2 and 3 palettes have a monochromal, contemporary character, with dark yet fresh tones that can be layered to create bold colour combinations.

See the Light

Laminex Trend Forecast

Photography by Lillie Thompson. Cabinetry features Laminex Just Rose and benchtop Laminex Crema Venato.

This collection includes fresher, cleaner tones and a confident, eclectic use of colour as it energises spaces and pairs nuanced bright colours with tinted neutrals. These combinations suggest a fresh take on colour blocking, but can also be used on their own to create a soft and tactile quality. Kitchens and children’s bedrooms would embrace this colour palette, creating bright, happy spaces that evoke a calm and welcoming feel. The See The Light 1, 2 and 3 palettes feature delicate colours and soft tones that can be colour blocked or applied on their own for a soft and tactile quality to work with both classic and contemporary interiors with a sophisticated yet fun feel. Gentle decors draw strength from their contrast against the deeper tones for a more organic feel.

Laminex’s Beneath The Surface collection celebrates the energising colours, textures, and shapes that encompass the spirit of the natural world through a range of emerging colour trends that connect us to and evoke feelings of nature through both subtle and bold uses of tonal colour palettes that will look elegant and inviting in your new home. For more design and interior inspiration tips and tricks, as well as 2020 trends to look out for, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

Editorial content kindly provided the team at Laminex – with thanks to Catherine Valente, Mark Scruby, Natalie Turnbull and Lillie Thompson.

After living in an apartment for years, Rick and Ryan’s search for a builder began when the block of land they had purchased meant they couldn’t go with larger project builders. After engaging three different builders and telling them what they wanted in a home without success, the guys ended up finding Adam Toth from Hotondo Homes Rochedale in Queensland, and they couldn’t have been happier!

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“We ended up going with Adam for a few different reasons. Mainly with the builder who had the passion to build it more so than the others. We could tell he wanted to build it for himself as well as for us, he was really passionate about it. We’d never built before, and everyone says it’s the hardest thing you’ll ever do, so we really wanted to make sure we had a good connection with our builder, because you don’t want to go through it with someone you can’t comfortably talk with or who feels like it’s going to make the process even tougher,” Ryan told us.

The Perfect Design

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Originally Rick and Ryan didn’t realise it was so achievable or affordable to build their own home, but after buying the block of land suitable for a split level home, they quickly found out that a lot of builders wouldn’t touch it. The guys knew exactly what they wanted, and after chatting to Adam and working with the draftsperson, they made a couple of little changes and settled on a design. Ryan explained that the main living area is upstairs, which is at street level, so that they can spend most of their time up there and capitalise on the amazing views.

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Their master suite is on this level as well, and they wanted the laundry up there also. “This means most of what we don’t use every day which are the three spare bedrooms, family bathroom and another sitting area are downstairs and makes it sort of like apartment living upstairs but on a larger scale than where we came from. Downstairs is sort of like our guest quarters. One of those three bedrooms downstairs is also what I use for my office which is good – it’s disconnected from the main living space, so it feels like I can go down and work there and step away from it. I might spend about 50% of my time working from home in my sales role,“ Ryan said.

A Great Working Relationship

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“Working with Adam was really, really good. It ended up feeling like a friendship so you could talk honestly, it felt like he was always giving us his honest opinion instead of just steering us a particular way which some builders would do to benefit them or cut a corner and paint it as a better picture to you. He’s got a lot of experience behind him with the other things he’s built and we got the chance to see some photos of some of the other things he’s built and those photos spoke for themselves,” Ryan told us. “We’re so appreciative that Adam was happy to have us work so closely with him on it.”

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Ryan also mentioned how grateful they were to work with a builder who was happy for them to source things from other suppliers to suit the look and feel they were hoping to achieve. Working so closely with Adam meant they were able to visit the site regularly to inspect the progress. “Adam was happy for us to be on site quite regularly, at times it was once a week, so we constantly felt like we were involved, knew what was happening, and knew what was about to happen so there were no surprises for us,” Ryan said.

Navigating Challenges

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Ryan explains “sustainable features were a focus for us, but it was also something that threw a couple of challenges at us. The block of land is adjacent to a nature corridor so we wanted a lot of large windows to take in those views, but then obviously the more glass you use the less energy efficient the home’s going to be so it was just about making that comfortable balance between using those large glass windows but then finding the right insulation, which was tough.” Ryan also said they didn’t experience any issues with the council, which made the building process pretty easy, and being able to be on site regularly meant there were no surprises for Rick and Ryan because they knew what was happening at any given time.

Standout Features & Celebratory Drinks

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“The bar area was a bit of a dream. We entertain a lot and if you can see in the glass cabinet there a collection of rum I’ve been collecting. I used to work at Bundaberg Rum, and sort of started a collection then and it’s constantly grown, but I’ve never had somewhere to actually display it. It’s usually boxed up, so it’s been handy!” Ryan said. The guys got the keys to their home in October, 2019. “We got to celebrate Christmas in our new home. Most people in the street had Christmas at their place because we’re in a new development so no one has been here longer than about a year, making it very festive!”

Congratulations Rick and Ryan! We’re so happy you’ve had such an amazing building experience with Adam and the team at Hotondo Homes Rochedale, and know you’ll spend a lifetime creating happy memories in your absolutely stunning new home! If you’re ready to start your own building journey, head over to the Hotondo Homes website and search for a builder in your local area today.

With the new decade starting this year, interior style is at an exciting turning point. While there are many styles from the past ten years that will remain timeless classics, 2020 is ushering in a variety of bold and exciting new trends in the home, and we’ve got all the details for you here!

Modern Mediterranean

Interior Design
If you love including a bit of bright colour in your home, 2020 is the year to do it! Modern Mediterranean is an aesthetic that allows you to keep your underlying style neutral and consistent throughout the home, but encourages the addition of vibrant bursts of colour. Think neutral walls and floors, with armchairs and couches in primary colours, statement artwork that’s made up of kaleidoscope hues, and decorative elements like sculptures and floor lamps with a distinctly modern European feel.

Wall Panelling

Interior Design
If you want to include a focal point in a particular space in your home, but don’t want to use a bright paint colour or busy wallpaper, wall panelling is the perfect solution. It’s an affordable design option and can be almost any colour you like. Our favourite ways to include it in the home are along the entry way passage, behind the bedhead in the master suite, or around the fireplace in the lounge room. You’ll love the subdued elegance wall panelling will add to your home, and your guests will be sure to notice this stylish feature.

Natural Materials

Interior Design
Including elements in your home that echo the feel of nature continues to be a huge trend in 2020. The use of floorboards, stonework inside and outside the home, and cabinetry that has an organic timber look and warm feel will help blend your indoor spaces with the outdoors seamlessly. This trend is easy to carry through your whole home, with consistent kitchen, bathroom and ensuite cabinetry, Scandi style barstools with a rustic emphasis, and large furniture items such as buffets, dressers and TV units that have a raw, wooden look and feel to them.

Pastel Tiles

Interior Design
While we’ve had an ongoing love affair with clean, crisp white subway tiles over the past few years, 2020’s trend is moving towards tiles with a pastel hue. Creating an area in your home where there’s a small, subtle injection of colour will add warmth and personality to spaces such as kitchens and bathrooms, and allows you to keep the rest of the space neutral and understated for a perfect tonal balance. Pastel blue, pale pink, and a light sage green are colours that are increasing in popularity as people move away from all white spaces.

Eclectic Style

Interior Design
Hamptons style has dominated in homes over the last couple of years, but this year industry experts are predicting a move towards a more eclectic interior style for homes. Perhaps one of the most personal styles, creating an eclectic look in your home means you’ll be able to include as much or as little of your personality as you want. Bright colours, lush textures, and bold furniture choices will give your home a truly unique look and feel, and will be a place you relish coming home to each day. Think brightly patterned rugs and cushions, velvet dining chairs and couches, an upholstered bedhead in a bright colour – the possibilities are endless!

Whether your style preference leans towards earthy colours and textures, or you opt for a bright, colourful feel, choosing an interior style that suits your home and works for you and your family on a day to day basis will create spaces that truly reflect your personal style and make for a warm and inviting home. For more home design and interior inspiration ideas, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

Photographer: Annette O’Brien, Stylist: Ruth Welsby

With the year coming to a close, we’ve started looking ahead at trend forecasts for 2020, and we spoke to our friends at Haymes about which colour palettes are gaining popularity and giving homes a contemporary, yet effortlessly timeless look. Their new Calibrate Colour Library explores and embraces change in a positive way by helping to inform design approaches to enable us to create thoughtful spaces that emotionally connect us within the home.

Equilibrium

Photographer: Annette O’Brien, Stylist: Ruth Welsby

This collection explores our powerful connection to nature, bringing it to the forefront of interior spaces by referencing colours of nature. Green is a colour that bridges and connects us to our surroundings, helping us find balance during our daily lives. With earthy tones of green that echo back to the ocean, vegetation, as well as fresh mint tones, and complementary pinks, neutral brown and taupe shades, Equilibrium places the different accents together in a way that feels calm, refreshing and effortless, showing how different colours can live together seamlessly.

Positive Light

Photographer: Annette O’Brien, Stylist: Ruth Welsby, Artist credits: Josh Fartch, Laura White, Miss Moresby, Eleanor Millard

Inspired by the ocean, exploring its grand beauty and depth, the Positive Light collection explores the idea of the power found in the force of nature, represented by vibrant and deep blue tones, as well as its fragility in lighter shades. Blue is a timeless classic in the home, with darker hues becoming increasingly popular as a feature colour inside the home in recent years. This collection highlights the calming effect blue has in the home with an emphasis on subtle vibrancy of bolder shades as a feature colour.

Home Grown

Photographer: Annette O’Brien, Stylist: Ruth Welsby

This collection offers a style that allows you to embrace comfort. Neutrals offer a shift to a beautiful soft range of browns with red undertones. These soothing colours provide an embracing comfort and harmony within the home. Including these soft, understated colours encourages us to look inwards and towards our homes as a place of sanctuary and refuge. Incorporating the ideas of the adage ‘the home is where the heart is,’ the Home Grown collection has an earthy feel that exudes warmth. Perfect for shared spaces, these neutrals will project a relaxed style and inspire a seamless flow between spaces.

Haymes’ Calibrate collection encourages us to stop and smell the roses, while also offering practical solutions in design that will revitalize our desire to incorporate design decisions that look and feel good for homeowners, while still connecting us to nature. Visit the Haymes website to view the range of beautiful featured colours in the Calibrate Colour Library. For more home interior design ideas and inspiration, visit the Hotondo Homes website today.

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

Spring
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

Spring
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

Spring
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

Spring
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.

Mel and Chris received the keys to their new Hotondo home, located in Nowra, NSW, in December, 2018. An open, light filled home, it’s perfectly designed for everyday family life and has a warm, welcoming feel as soon as you step through the front door. We spoke to Mel about her experience building with Adam Sturt and the Hotondo Southcoast team, and we also received some insight from Hotondo Southcoast about the build.

Southcoast

The Search for a Builder

Because of the location of Mel and Chris’ land, which is in a flood zone, they thought most builders wouldn’t build for them due to the challenges of the land’s location. After looking at a display home on the South Coast Mel and her husband Chris had actually signed on to build with someone other than Hotondo Homes and were waiting for the tendering process to be finalised. When they finally sat down with the builder to pay their deposit, they were told the price had gone up by a whopping $30k. The builder couldn’t offer any explanation for this, and were quite uncooperative when Mel and Chris asked for an itemised pricing list to try and identify where the huge price increase had come from. They decided to look elsewhere and rang a slew of other builders in the area, but were quoted even higher prices which they found odd since they wanted to build a modest three bedroom home.

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Mel rang Hotondo Homes Southcoast and after explaining her situation to the team in the office she was put through to speak to builder Adam Sturt straight away. Mel says, “Adam was very straightforward from our first conversation and said we should come in for a meeting to chat about what we wanted.”

Southcoast

Client Vision

Adam was able to sit down with Mel and Chris and give them an estimate based on their dream home vision, then suggested they meet with their draftsman to finalise the design so he could price it properly for them. Hotondo Southcoast’s quote matched Mel and Chris’ budget and their decision was made. Adam tells us that they showed Mel and Chris a few designs that would suit their blook and the flood zone and they loved the Killalea, which was modified to comply with council requirements. “We looked at the Killalea design, and made a few modifications to suit our requirements,” Mel said. “I really wanted a skillion roof, and having a window over the staircase was really important to me because I don’t like dark passageways and stairs. Adam was able to suggest the perfect placement for the window so that lots of natural light came in. Actually, he was great at suggesting things like the best placements for all the windows!”

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A few changes had to be made to meet council requirements because they are in the flood zone, so the ground floor of their home had to be non-inhabitable. “Our ground floor is made up of the garage, laundry, and a storage room that also functions as a play room for our daughter, Ava. The best part is that it’s not visible from the street, which is great!” Adam says “We modified the design to comply with flood zone requirements which included double brickwork downstairs, and used flood compatible materials. We also included a solar system in the build to make it a more energy efficient home.”

Navigating Challenges

Mel tells us that due to their land being classified as a 1 in 100 year flood zone, the floor must be a minimum of 1.6 metres off the ground, which was no problem for Adam and his team to work into the design specifications. “The only issues we had were with the council to be honest,” Mel says. “ Adam and Kayla dealt with all of it and kept us in the loop the whole time, so the communication between us and them was fantastic, even if the news was not so good. They would let us know and also tell us how long it would take to fix as they liaised with the local council. We didn’t have to deal with any of it, which was great.” The local council insisted the home be built with a concrete sub-floor which would have added $25,000 on to the cost. Mel told us that Adam was able to go back to the council with a record of homes in the vicinity that were built with timber joists, and they backed down and allowed Mel and Chris to built their home the same way.

Southcoast

Working With the Team

Mel says that the entire team was wonderful to deal with. “We wanted to do our own flooring, and Adam was happy for us to go in and do that before the kitchen was installed. We also got to do walk throughs anytime we wanted, and our foreman was wonderful. We couldn’t fault them!” Mel and her family were actually renting a home on the same street they were building their home on, and she said it was exciting to walk past the home and see the progress every day. “A lot of the neighbours also commented on how quickly their home was built compared to other ones in the area, and how tidy the job site was throughout the build.”

Southcoast
Adam tells us that the clients wanted a home they could entertain in, which consisted of an open-plan kitchen, dining and living area which would also flow through to a large external deck area. The clients’ colours were selected with the in-house colour consultant, and the home features a modern bathroom with matte black fittings to give it a unique feeling.

Southcoast

Mel, Chris and little Ava got the keys to their new home one week before Christmas in 2018, which was the best Christmas present they could have received! “Everyone said ‘oh, you’ve got your perfect new home, so Christmas is at yours this year!’” When we asked them how they’re going in their Hotondo Home eight months on, Mel said ““Thank god we had a bad experience with the other builder because I would hate to be living in that home now. I love our house! I used to go and stand out the front and stare at our house. People must have thought I was a total weirdo!” Adam and the Hotondo Southcoast team said “Mel and Chris were amazing to work with! They were just so willing to help and so understanding, and they worked with us the whole way with the build.”

Southcoast

Congratulations Mel, Chris and Ava! We know you’ll enjoy making memories in your beautiful home for many years to come and we’re so pleased to hear how much you love living in it as much as Hotondo Southcoast loved building it for you! If you’re looking for a builder to help you bring your dream home vision to life, head over to the Hotondo Homes website today to search for a builder in your area.

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