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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.
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!
The Sleek Contemporary
Handle-less cabinetry, minimal colour and plenty of light, this bathroom is for the modern family.
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!
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!
The ‘Au Naturel’
Natural stones and timber continue to reign supreme in bathrooms. Combine the two for an effortless modern, yet rustic, appeal.
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?
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.
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.
The Light Up Feature
After something a bit different? Add some lighting under the vanity for a contemporary feel!
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!
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!
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!
We asked the question to nine of our builders from right across the country, and here are their responses!
Aaron Anstis – Ocean Grove, VIC
A must-have feature of a modern home is a well-considered kitchen and pantry. We spend so much time in and around our kitchens and to consider the locations of sinks, dishwashers, ovens, drawers is critically important. A well-considered kitchen means that you will be able to enjoy the space in an efficient manner, while still maintaining its cosmetic appeal.
Adam Sturt – Nowra, NSW
Large windows throughout the home and an open-plan layout – it is all about creating the illusion of more space! All bathrooms should have modern floor-to-ceiling tiles, of course!
Anthony Wolff – Mackay, QLD
A large alfresco area. It offers the perfect place to unwind every evening and it is a great place for entertaining on the weekends!
Lyndsey Clarke – Central Coast, NSW
Hidden storage. It’s simple, but so necessary. Linen closets are great, but an under stairs storage area or an extra storage room, even just extra cabinets in the pantry or laundry is a must-have in the modern home. To have a brand new home is one thing, but a brand new home with no clutter and where every item has a spot to live is perfect!
Caroline Allen – Inverloch, VIC
Living in the south of Victoria – a drying room! They are relatively easy to incorporate into a space either off the laundry or under a stairwell. During the winter months when you have your home heating on, you can utilise this space to dry your clothes as well!
Glenda Heath – Port Lincoln, SA
Separate toilet to the bathroom is something we need to bring back! I would also definitely say an alfresco area or balcony, depending on your views. Indoor/outdoor living is still very much alive!
Russell Pearse – Ararat, VIC
Double glazing to your windows and other energy efficiency measures can save you a tonne in utility bills. While it may cost more upfront, the long-run benefits are by far worth it.
Amira Willingham – Ballarat, VIC
The must-have feature in the modern home is by far a walk-in-pantry. This allows for a vast amount of storage for not just food, but rarely-used appliances that take up precious room in cupboards such as mixers, breadmakers slow cookers etc. It also allows you to hide the mess!
Gillian Coleman – Bathurst/Orange, NSW
Outdoor living is very important, as is plenty of storage like walk-in-pantries, large walk-in-robes and linen cupboards. You can never have too much storage space!
What is your must-have feature? Let us know in the comments!
It is a space for people to relax and enjoy, entertain guests or spend time together as a family. Check out some of our favourite interiors for some living room inspiration!
THE BEACH LOOK: For a coastal feel, try light, bright colours like white, grey and teal. Finish it off with a beautiful rug and you will have the perfect space to sit and enjoy the views!
THE DARING STYLE: Be daring and stand out from the crowd with a bold colour like this yellow. Next to the dark blue of the couch, yellow really pops and creates a fun living space. Be careful not to go overboard though, it can become overbearing if not handled correctly.
MORE ON COLOUR: CHOOSING COLOURS FOR YOUR HOME
A CLASSY TOUCH: For elegant appeal, try pastel colours on a neutral background. The chandelier and curtains add a touch of class, as does the abundance of cushions on the couches.
BEAUTIFULLY CONTEMPORARY: This living room offers modern appeal. The careful white borders of the photos, window and skirting all stand out against the feature wall, creating clean, neat lines. The lowset couch and matching cushions finish off the look.
THE UNDECIDED: A completely neutral pallet works well for the undecided. The white couch is a stunning addition that helps brighten the room, and the coffee table complements the kitchen island bench, tying the whole area together.
THE WILD APPEAL: Go bold with a distinctive pattern that continues through the living room. The lamp shade, cushions and light shade are enough to give this living room a great feel, without the pattern becoming overpowering.
Beaumont Tiles has reported a resurgence of interest in structured and textured tiles with sales/interest in this category jumping by 15 per cent over the past 12 months.
Modern structures like New York’s Guggenheim Museum, the Sydney Opera House, and London’s 30 St Mary Axe are providing the inspiration for specialist tile designs. It’s the influence of large scale social monuments that is finding its way into every day Australian homes.
Beaumont Tiles Communication and Design Specialist, Christie Wood said creating interesting design isn’t just about furniture and accessories.
“People are using different shapes, sizes and textures to create a unique point of difference,” she said.
“We have moved on from interiors being monochrome, slick and clean-cut. Now homeowners want calming and natural spaces punctuated with artistic areas reflecting their own personal style.”
Modern art flair is being applied with tiles in places like nooks, interspersed throughout other tiles, or as feature walls in their own right.
Mrs Wood recommends renovators ‘trial’ a look first to ensure they get the right design. Beaumont’s Scan & Play facility allows you to use any tile from their showroom and place it into a virtual room.
TILE DESIGNS WITH A MODERN TWIST
Try and create a flow throughout the house. Choose a textured tile style and technique and use it in every room to create a common thread. You can also mix the technique up (but use the same tile) to add surprise around each corner.
Bedroom: Add some depth to your bedroom by creating a feature wall or strip behind your bed using structured tiles with a softer look. Try decorative textures, such as softer floral patterns or lace. For the epitome of luxurious embellishment, try Beaumont’s Lasso Bronze Lace Satin structured tile. This bronze beauty is embossed in sumptuous lace patterning which softens the harshness of the texture, creating an indulgent look.
Bathroom: Wall tiles are a simple but effective way to add texture to your bathroom. Large format, structured wall tiles such as Beaumont’s Alba Tetra and Alba Flow are a great way to break up plain white tiles. Structured hexagonal tiles in different shades can create a 3D effect and a focal point on a bath or even behind the toilet suit. Try Beaumont’s Buxy Grey Hex.
Living Room: Make the floor or wall the feature by transforming it into its own work of art through the use of decorative tiles. Pair with minimal furnishings. Margarite is a bold Oriental-inspired decorative tile which comes in more than 10 faces.
Kitchen: Play with texture on a splashback. Mosaics are a popular option and allow you to really highlight certain colours and patterns. Pair with a simple kitchen benchtop to keep it low key. The Carrara Bianco Penny Round Mosaic encapsulates a marble-look in a unique pattern that could suit almost any colour scheme.
Hallway: Hallways – often the forgotten space – can be made more interesting by using texture. Structured tiles are best here. Penta is a pentagon tile that creates the look of a padded wall, while Scales is a tile made at an offset angle which allows a little bit of bold colour to peek through between each tile.
For more tile designs for your home, visit the Beaumont Tiles website at beaumont-tiles.com.au
Not only are there valuable energy-related benefits, but beautiful curtains, blinds or shutters can make a room look ‘complete.’
These days, there is a huge range of window coverings you can choose for your home. Brett Martin of Dollar Curtains & Blinds says the two most important factors when choosing your window coverings should be deciding what kind of interior design you want, and what kind of functionality you need.
“Different rooms in a home can require very different coverings,” Brett says. “These days it is quite common to mix and match blinds and curtains to suit the individual needs of each room. This can look especially good when done correctly.”
We have listed some of the most popular window coverings below to help you decide which window coverings would be best for your home.
YOU LOVE: PLANTATION SHUTTERS
Shutters have grown in popularity over the past few years, and for good reason. They are easy to clean, block light well and look amazing.
“Shutters are a great feature for your home,” Brett says. “Some people opt for shutters at just the front of the home for street appeal. Shutters look attractive from both inside and outside, and they can actually add value to your home, unlike some other options. Consider them an investment if you like!”
YOU LOVE: BLINDS
If you are unsure what you need in a home, blinds are a great choice. Available in a huge range of colours and fabrics including blockout, sunscreen, translucent and sheer, blinds are a budget-friendly choice. They can control light, they block out heat and glare in summer and retain heat in winter and can disappear whenever you want to open up the room.
Roller or Roman blinds are well suited to a modern-look home. For functionality, Brett recommends dual roller blinds.
“A popular trend at the moment is to use dual roller blinds,” Brett says. “Having one blockout blind and one sheer blind means you can still enjoy views during the day, and have complete privacy and darkness at night.”
Vertical blinds allow you to rotate the direction of sunlight into the room. Ideal for large windows with long drops, they can be stacked to one side or to the centre, depending on what you prefer.
The ideal solution for sliding doors, panel blinds offer a modern alternative to vertical blinds. With large panels that slide from side to side, they stack at the end to keep the room open when you need it.
“Panel blinds can be matched to your roller blinds to help create some consistency through the home,” Brett adds. “But people should be careful, they don’t block out light 100%.”
YOU LOVE: CURTAINS
For a stunning visual impact, curtains come in a range of colours, patterns and fabrics. With multiple headings (the way the drape is made) and tracks to choose from, customising a curtain to suit your home is a great way to complete your interior.
Drapes can add warmth and elegance to your home. Great at reducing outdoor noise levels, they also have the added advantage of staying cooler in summer than other window treatments. These days there are many modern alternative curtains you can choose, with plenty of colours and patterns that will help block out most light.
If you have home with a beautiful view you do not want to obstruct, sheer curtains may be the way to go. Sheers defuse sunlight which can soften your home, while still being able to see outdoors.
“A lot of people opt for a blind with a wavefold sheer curtain over the top to get that good balance of privacy and openness,” Brett says. “It is a very delicate look, and it ticks all the boxes for both appearance and functionality.”
YOU LOVE: MOTORISED COVERINGS
Homes are becoming more automated and technological in every way, and so too has the curtain industry. Motorised blinds can be controlled with just the touch of a button, eliminating the need for cords and chains.
“Motorised blinds are great if you have a skylight or windows set too high to reach,” Brett says. “They can also be used on alpha awnings or bistro blinds which can be used on your patio or alfresco space. It adds just a touch of luxury to your home.”
For more information on choosing the right window coverings for you, contact Dollar Curtains & Blinds today.
With so many different styles out there, it can be hard choosing one that works for you and fits in well with the rest of the house.
With this in mind, we have picked out a few of our favourite looks to help inspire you to create your very own beautiful bathroom!
ADD A FEATURE TILE: Bright, light and airy, choose an array of neutral whites and greys to make your bathroom glow. Small pot plants can also be used to help keep the space looking fresh and clean. Finish it off with a stunning feature tile that draws the eye, and you will have yourself one beautiful bathroom!
THE MODERN LOOK: A traditional white bathroom is no longer your only option; instead, opt for floor to ceiling tiles in adarker shade for a real contemporary look. A clear half-shower door and waterfall shower head adds a touch of luxury, as does the built-in shelf. We love this modern design!
DESIGN IS IMPORTANT: These days many ensuites and bathrooms do not have a separate space or room for your toilet. If this is important to you, consider a design where this is an option, or like this bathroom, have the basin in plain sight while the shower and toilet are hidden around the corner! Remember, functionality should always be a priority in your home, or you may find yourself resenting it!
DÉCOR MATTERS: Instead of a traditional mirror, why not choose something a little bit different? This round mirror is unique and helps lift a relatively plain looking bathroom. It also adds a softness to the space. Don’t neglect your tapware or fixtures either, they can make a surprising difference to the overall feel of the room.
READ MORE: TAPWARE TO PERSONALISE YOUR BATHROOM SPACE
A FREE-STANDING TUB: More and more popular these days, the free-standing bath is a great feature that creates a luxurious and opulent look in your bathroom. Set it up against a lovely tiled feature wall, and your beautiful bathroom will look even more incredible!
BE BRAVE: Don’t settle, be adventurous! If you want to create a bathroom that is uniquely yours, give anything and everything a go! Try adding some interesting feature tiles, change your towels to something bright that pops or include a crazy piece of décor you have always loved. Interior design is all about trying new things, so don’t be afraid to attempt something the world may not have seen yet!
What kind of bathroom do you like? Let us know in the comments!
An attractive façade can not only increase the value of a house, but it also sets the tone for the entire home. Before looking at some of our façade inspiration, be sure to consider the following points:
A bold mix of render and brick will help create a modern and stylish façade.
Blocky designs with flat roofs are still popular for double storeys, and unique shaped render looks great on single designs.
Make a statement with a colourful eye-catching façade like these ones below.
For the not-so-brave, try changing your door colour for something a little less substantial.
Traditional brick is still a popular choice when it comes to façades.
Add just a touch of render for a more updated look, and enjoy!
Fully rendered homes offer clean lines and a sleek finish.
From dark colours to light, render can be painted in many different shades, and there is the option to include more than a single colour.
Stand out from the crowd with a façade that includes something just a little bit different.
The concrete render and wood façade below offers a modern-industrial look.
The weatherboard look is back! Utilising this material as a key feature in your façade can add a rustic yet modern charm to your home.
Combine it with brick and wood for a multi-layered masterpiece.
Perfect for a home by the beach, these coastal-inspired facades will make you feel as though you are on holiday, everyday!
Whether you are a master chef or a budding beginner, the kitchen will always remain the heart of the home.
Make it stand out with some of these amazing interior kitchen designs.
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.
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!
The key element of a modern rustic home is adding wooden textures. The various shades of brown add warmth to the room and the lights and painting decor give off a countryside vibe. The wood-look kitchen bench finishes the room.
Less is sometimes more with the traditional bedhead, rickety chair and brown feature wall working together to offer a rustic charm. Note the mix of dark and light shades used to create a balanced colour scheme.
For the ultimate modern rustic look, make sure to mix and match your rustic inspired features with more modern pieces. This lighter rustic look uses exposed brick wall, rough carpet and visible light bulbs combined with the modern white couches and sleek kitchen to create the perfect blend of products. The flooring is actually a wood-look tile which creates the overall feel of a beautiful, modern country home.
Utilising exposed mechanical details in your home helps create a look that is reminiscent of a farmhouse. The rustic ‘unfinished’ bench combined with the exposed light bulbs and simple bar stools captures the feeling of a beautiful, warm barn. Even the wire fruit bowl adds so much to the room!
The finishing touch in any room is the decor. Wood, wire and a rough finish make the perfect items for a rustic home.
Playing with different textures can bring your chosen area to life. This polished concrete floor combined with the structural wood and exposed brick really utilises the recycled, raw material look.
Achieving the modern rustic look doesn’t necessarily mean using exposed materials like brick. The sleek, dark kitchen, metal-inspired lights and simple wooden table still give off a country-like feel without sacrificing the modern touch. Add a touch of green and you are set to go!
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