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As we move into the autumn months, our colour palette becomes inspired by earthy browns, multi-coloured leaves and beautiful oranges and pinks.

Volume 8 of Haymes Colour Library, ‘The Colour Forecast’ highlights these autumn colours, and can help guide us towards creating the ultimate autumn-inspired look for our homes.

The Colour Forecast is broken into three themes:


STARK BEAUTY

A finely crafted approach to interiors that blends together a soft minimalism with an almost Japanese aesthetic and sensibility. The colours are simple parings of subtle whites and bold leafy greens providing a palette that is both fresh and balanced. This palette encourages spaces that blur the lines between both inside and out, where there is no need for divides but an overall aesthetic that unifies spaces and creates both harmony and positivity within interiors and exteriors. It’s an ethos of sophisticated design that brings only the essentials into the home, cultivating spaces that are easy to live in.

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STRATA

A rich and earthy palette that mimics the colours found in the layers of the earth. The diversity of the colours is reminiscent of those variations found in the environment we live in. It features gorgeous tans and browns, paired with lush deep greens found in fauna and plant life, reflects the deep blue of the sea and is complemented by neutral base colours. The introduction to interiors of such a raw natural aesthetic adds a quality of “true grit” and a sense of realness and humbleness to the palette, in turn encouraging us to create interiors that feel both natural and secure. This palette can be used in various combinations to really bring the colours of the landscape to life.

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PITCH DARK

An undefinable palette that challenges the senses and plays on the idea of finding dark spaces more relaxing, meditative and exploratory which in the past has been associated with light colours. It’s a new way forward for interiors and the use of strong colours like blacks and dark charcoals, combined with rich reds, moody nudes and deep blue is a palette that is coming into its own. As we start to learn that we can use the power we gain by unlocking the unknown, we start to understand that to explore and discover the new, is both liberating and empowering.

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Bathrooms are the sanctuary of the home. A place to relax and be at peace. Check out our top 13 favourite bathrooms right now!

 

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The Feature Tile

If you like to stand out from the crowd, this is the bathroom for you! The beautiful feature tile offers just enough uniqueness to make a statement without overdoing it.

 

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The Cool White

With grey undertones and the use of two complementary tiles, this classy design will defy the ages. The window shutters complete the look!

 

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The Sleek Contemporary

Handle-less cabinetry, minimal colour and plenty of light, this bathroom is for the modern family.

 

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The Clean Lines

For the no-nonsense family, we have a bathroom with defined lines separating each area. The matching tiles above the vanity and in the shower alcove adds a little extra something!

 

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The Overall Tile

Nothing screams modern like floor-to-ceiling tiles! Bathrooms that feature this remain stylish, and water causing damage to your paint job becomes a thing of the past!

 

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The ‘Au Naturel’

Natural stones and timber continue to reign supreme in bathrooms. Combine the two for an effortless modern, yet rustic, appeal.

 

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The Luxurious Shower

A full-length, in-built shelf, waterfall showerhead and tiles that seamlessly flow from the bathroom through the shower – need we say more?

 

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The Dark Bathroom

A darker tile choice will mean less cleaning is required to keep your bathroom looking special. Team it with some greenery to add colour, and make sure your fixtures are white to ensure some contrast.

 

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The Double Vanity

A luxurious touch is the double vanity, which acts as the centerpiece of the rooms. The shower is hidden from view behind it.

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The Light Up Feature

After something a bit different? Add some lighting under the vanity for a contemporary feel!

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The All White

Bathrooms with white on white create a clean, sophisticated look. The pendant lighting over the mirrors adds a touch of class too!

 

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The Spacious Design

Lighter colours will create a more open feel, as will incorporating the same tile throughout the bathroom. Using just a single glass panel for the shower creates the illusion you are looking at one giant space!

 

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The Spa Treatment

Free-standing baths are the must-have trend at the moment. Team it with a stylish feature tile, and you’ll have you very own home-spa!

Which is your favourite? Let us know in the comments!

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Small rooms can be cosy and inviting.

They can be spacious too – if you know how to make the most of what you have!

Just because you have less space to work with does not mean your small room cannot look as amazing as a larger counterpart. Many small room ideas involve tricking the eye into making the room appear light, airy and spacious, and work to ideas around scale and perception.

 

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KEEP IT LIGHT AND BRIGHT

It’s an oldie, but a goldie – use light colours for your walls, furniture and décor to open up the room, and avoid dark colours that tend to make a space cosier. White surfaces reflect light, as do mirrors, so utilise this wherever you can. Large windows will also help enlarge the room because your eye will be drawn out and beyond the home to the great outdoors.

 

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AVOID CONFUSION WITH TOO MANY PATTERNS

Keep things simple in a small room and let texture and colour guide your choices, rather than pattern. Too many conflicting patterns can create confusion and clutter, which will instantly shrink the perceived size of the room. Stick to bold, full-coloured items, and only use pattern on a small-scale.

 

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KEEP IT TO SCALE

A common misconception is small rooms should feature small furniture – this is not the case. Several small pieces can actually make a room appear cluttered and even smaller than what it is! You are far better off selecting one or two larger pieces and filling up the space this way – it will appear grander. Choose sleek pieces without skirted bottoms that allow you to see through to the other side. Be sure to keep furniture such as couches and coffee tables ‘floating’ as well. This means keeping them away from the walls and ensuring a person can comfortably walk past each piece, creating the illusion of more space.

 

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MULTI-PURPOSING IS YOUR FRIEND

Beds, couches, nooks and crannies are all wasted space in a home. Make the most out of it and repurpose these spaces! Beds with in-built storage underneath are perfect for hiding away mess. Coffee tables and couches are the same. If you don’t have room for your computer, a simple nook with a desk and chair is the perfect alternative! Don’t have a nook? A foldaway desk on a hallway wall is another great option! Finally, built-in shelving can create storage and display areas that won’t intrude into your space. You can also try shallow shelves above doorways and windows.

 

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TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR LAUNDRY

Small rooms like your laundry offer a world of space, you just don’t know it! Start by stacking your washer and dryer, and invest in new wall cabinetry to claim thi
s newly-found space instead.

How do you save space in your small rooms? Let us know in the comments below!

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Makeover your living room without breaking the bank with these top tips.

With open-plan living at the height of popularity, the living room – along with the kitchen and dining space – can often become the focal point of the home. Changing just a few small aspects of this space can help breathe new life into a home.

We have listed seven simple ways to makeover your living room easily:

HIGHLIGHT your lighting

Lighting has the ability to make a HUGE impact on your interior design. It can set the mood, make a space appear larger or smaller and it has an enormous effect on your colour scheme. For this reason alone, updating your fixtures should be priority number one! Whether you are simply swapping out bulbs for LED energy-saving alternatives, adding a floor lamp to a dark corner or trading in lampshades, take the time to give a little love to the often-neglected lighting.

Work on the bones of the room

If your living room structure is spot-on, there are still a few things you can do to instantly update the look.

Reupholster an armchair – if your armchair is still in good nick, reupholstering it is an easy and relatively cheap way to makeover your living room. If you don’t have an armchair, check out a few flea markets – as long as the chair’s structure is good, there is no need to worry about worn or ratty upholstery. Choose a new, bold print to stand out and make it a feature of your home!

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Rearrange a bookshelf – baskets and containers are the easiest way to hide clutter but keep items in an accessible space. Try clearing your bookshelf of junk, and keep just a few key items and some books on display!

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Reorganise the furniture – already love everything in your home but are still looking for an update? Rearrange the furniture! Sometimes simply moving one item to another location can make all the difference.

Interested in the concept of Feng Shui? Read about it here: FENG SHUI YOUR HOME 

Living plants for your living room

Including greenery in your home instantly creates an atmosphere bursting with health and well-being. Plants make a boring corner look instantly chic, and small succulents can be used as coffee table or side table décor. Just be sure to choose plants which will thrive indoors!

Check out our favourite indoor plants here: INDOOR PLANTS FOR YOUR HOME (THAT YOU WILL NOT IMMEDIANTLY KILL)

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Small updates for the ‘modern’ look

Like to stay in touch with the current trends? Ensure your larger pieces of furniture like couches and TV cabinets are neutral colours that will go with anything, and instead purchase new cushions, throws, candles and other knick-knacks to achieve the ‘on-trend’ look without a costly financial commitment.

There is always time to DIY

DIY is a unique way to create something nobody else may have. It is your chance to let your true style shine through. Check out Pinterest or other blogs for some amazing inspiration, and get creating!

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Have you ever had to makeover your living room? Let us know your tips in the comments!

Modern interior design is defined by simple, uncluttered and clean spaces.

Traditional ornaments, curves and complex shapes are replaced with straight, defined lines, a neutral palette and a blend of indoor and outdoor living.

We have pulled together five simple ways to create a modern interior design. Be inspired by some of our favourite styles and create the contemporary home of your dreams!

1. Let the light shine through

Modern interior design is almost exclusively light and airy. Traditional dark interiors and closed off rooms are now breezy spaces with large windows. Natural light is necessary, so check the orientation of your home and ensure your main living spaces are facing north to maximise the amount of sunlight you’ll receive. When it comes to artificial light, opt for downlights or a feature light that emulates a contemporary feel.

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2. An open floor plan is your friend

Unite your home with an open-plan design. For a seamless experience that adds to that airy feel, blur the lines between kitchen and living, bathroom and bedroom, indoors and outdoors. Many homes feature an adjoining alfresco space with large doors or even a bi-fold option to further enhance the openness. A modern design allows you to spend more time with your family as you cook, clean, relax and entertain in the same spaces.

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3. Neutral colours with vibrate accents

The walls, floors, ceiling and larger furnishing should all comprise of a neutral colour palette. Contemporary colours like whites, creams, browns, greys and black let the furniture’s natural shape and detail shine through, and your accent pieces can then stand out on a clean base. Don’t add too many elements though, modern interior design is all about the ‘clean’ look, so aim for less clutter and larger pieces of art or décor.

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4. Make a (subtle) statement with your flooring

Your flooring is a vital part of modern interior design. Bare hardwood floors, large tiles or polished concrete all offer a beautiful finish with minimal fuss. Use area rugs for your living areas and dining room to break up the space and add warmth to the home. Keep it simple with less lines and more focus on the area as a whole.

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5. Natural materials for an indoor/outdoor lifestyle

Organic materials like wood, marble, rock and other such textiles are a great way to blend the indoor and outdoor elements of your home. Use them as a feature wall, for your decking or displayed throughout your home for a beautiful finish that emulates the contemporary home.

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What are your favourite modern interior design elements? Have you tried something else? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Interior lighting is quite often a forgotten aspect of home design.

Many people focus on the colours, furniture and layout of their home, but neglect to consider how important lighting can affect the overall feel too.

A home that is not well-lit – whether through a lack of natural or artificial light – will appear cold and uninviting. Good lighting can help enhance your home’s features, and create a warm and functional environment for you and your family.

There are three types of artificial interior lighting you can use to create a beautiful home.

AMBIENT OR ‘MOOD’ LIGHTING

Ambient lighting is exactly as its name implies – it helps set the mood of the room. The use of dimmer switches, lantern and wall lights can all change the amount and the type of light a room receives, to help create a look and feel you desire. Less light may be appropriate if you are watching a film, while bright light that reflects off the walls is good for a smaller room to give the illusion of space. Light can have a significant impact on the focus of the room too. Recessed lighting directs light towards the floors rather than the walls, while a light in the centre of a room will provide ambient illumination of the entire area, perfect if your room is naturally dark. READ MORE: SIMPLE TIPS TO HELP BRIGHTEN DARK INTERIORS

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ACCENT LIGHTING

Accent lighting will highlight particular features of your home. Also called directional lighting, it can bring focus to artwork, walls, entryway or even your kitchen island. Track lighting is a great example of this kind of light. With adjustable necks, these lights focus specifically on whatever element you choose. Accent lighting can also be used as a feature itself – a chandelier or unique lighting fixture can be a great element in your interior design.

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FUNCTIONAL OR ‘TASK’ LIGHTING

Functional lighting will serve a specific purpose. For the most part, functional lights are located in work spaces where you complete your day-to-day tasks. Lights over the dining table, pool table or in the outdoor alfresco all serve to enhance the functionality of the space. Functional lighting will provide excellent illumination and focuses on a particular area, not necessarily the overall room.

Wherever possible, it is best your complement your interior lighting with natural light. Simple passive design elements such as facing your living areas north, the inclusion of eaves and good window coverings can all help improve lighting in your home. READ MORE: A PASSIVE HOME DESIGN FOR AMAZING ENERGY SAVINGS

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Do you have any interior lighting tips? Let us know in the comments below!

Tips and tricks for creating a home office that works.

If your job allows you the flexibility to telecommute, or if you’re working as a freelancer from home, you may find yourself needing a home office.

When working from home there needs to be a fine balance where the space is professional enough for you to hold client meetings in, yet relaxed enough so you don’t feel drained and fatigued when entering the room.

Read our tips below to creating a home office that works for you.


Choosing the right colours: Colours can make or break a space. Whether your home office is simply a corner in your bedroom or a fully enclosed room, choosing the right colours is important. Avoid dark shades and instead opt for whites and creams to keep the space looking fresh and clean rather than dark and dingy. Your walls should be painted a positive, light conducting shade, and save the darker colours for your necessary items like a computer, desk or chair.

READ MORE: CHOOSING COLOURS FOR YOUR HOME

 

Let’s talk furniture: If you want to work hard, your furniture needs to have a professional air about it. If you plan to spend a significant amount of time stooped over a computer screen, you may want to look at adjustable chairs so that your neck and back remain in good shape. Invest in a quality desk with plenty of storage and make sure your computer is up-to-date.

 

Home design: Incorporating a study nook into a home is an increasingly popular trend in home design. If you don’t want to commit to a whole room, a study nook is a great compromise. Alternatively, loft designs offer a flexible space that can easily be converted into a private home office. The Highlander 329 is a loft design with plenty of space to create your own office or studio.

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Let there be light: Ventilation is one of the prime considerations in a home office. Ensure that your working area gets plenty of sunlight, and whenever possible work using only natural light. You will feel better for it, plus you may notice a reduction in your electricity bill!

 

Use space wisely: Assuming that you’re going to have to contend with a small work space, use the space wisely. Avoid clunky furniture like a traditional work table and large work chair. Look at a wall mounted, foldout table and an ergonomic chair. Say no to cupboards and experiment with a basket system for your files and wall-mounted shelves with bookends for books, files and reading material storage. Any display can be wall mounted, instead of being ensconced in cabinets. Check out the Jagera 250, which cleverly converts a bedroom to a study and back again!

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Creating a home office that works for you can take time, but hitting the right balance will help ensure productivity and efficiency.

What are some of your tips for creating a home office? Let us know in the comments!

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Is your home on the smaller side?

Fear not, you can still have the open and spacious design you have always wanted.

Use some of these tips to trick the senses and help give the illusion your home is larger than what it actually is. (more…)

For a relaxed ease and open feel, consider a coastal inspired beach home.

Soothing and natural, it offers a peaceful and tranquil environment to live in.

A practical coastal interior is all about using smaller, beach-related items, without going overboard. Exposed wood, warm white colours, light coloured wooden flooring and bright yellows and blues will all create a contemporary design that looks and feels as though you are living in the beauty and luxury of the sea. We have shared some of our favourite beach homes, to help show you how to create the perfect interior.

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Learn how to brighten dark interiors of your home with these simple tips.

Interior design featuring dark colours looks classy and elegant. Using a base colour like brown, black or grey will add an instant modern touch to your home and can help create a unique and contemporary space.

However, if this kind of colour scheme is not done correctly, it can make a room look small and dingy. The best and easiest way to avoid this is to increase the amount of light the room receives. There are a number of ways you can do this and we have listed some of the best. (more…)


Is white right for you?

There is nothing quite as lovely for your home as a beautiful, white couch. The pristine feel and the elegant nature of it will make it the focal point of any living room, however, we all know there is danger in giving in to the ‘light’ side.
But the modern trend just won’t bend and people still love the look of a white on white room. So the question remains, should you buy a white couch?

PROS

White is so versatile it will never go out of style, and it goes with everything. If you own a white couch, you will never have to worry about your décor because you know it will match. You can change it as often as you like without consequence. White itself also has so many different shades – you will be spoilt for choice!

If you are worried about children or pets, white leather couches are easier to clean than you would think. It only takes a wipe to clean up spills, and even pen marks can be removed relatively easily.

If your living area is lacking in natural light, having light furniture is a simple way to brighten the room. As a larger piece of furniture, couches can have a significant effect on the entire room, so it only goes to follow that a white couch will greatly lighten the space!

White slips for your couches are a good alternative. Because they are washable, you will get the look you are after and be able to remove the slips to clean any spills or messes.


CONS

Children, pets, food and drinks are all dangerous for a white couch. Stains can be hard to remove from fabric, and you know the instant the couch enters the home it will never look as good as it did when you bought it.

Blue jeans will stain it. Be prepared for the dye to rub off on the couch.

You may consider white leather couches as a way to avoid your couches getting dirty, however, cracks in the leather are much more obvious in lighter colours than darker ones. It will age your couch prematurely.

Being comfortable in your home is important. Constantly having to check whether it is safe to sit down can become tedious, so if you want to relax and enjoy your home, white couches may not be for you.


At the end of the day purchasing a white couch should depend on your personal preferences. While it may not suit some lifestyles, if you are willing to put in the hard work keeping it clean there is no reason you shouldn’t purchase one. Remember, this is not a lifetime purchase!

Have you read our how to create a white on white interior guide? Check it out for more interior inspiration!


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