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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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For more autumn colours and other colour inspiration, visit haymespaint.com.au

 

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Most of us assume that renovating our kitchens will cost us the earth.

That doesn’t have to be true. It’s highly possible to give your kitchen a fresh new look on a smaller budget.

Hotondo Homes knows how

We were delighted recently to be asked to contribute to a blog post about ways to renovate your kitchen on a budget. The post, for a leading loan comparison site RateCity, asked some of Australia’s top builders and suppliers to offer advice on kitchen renovations without involving a hefty price tag. Check it out for more inspiration and great advice: ‘Save on Your Mortgage and Update Your Kitchen’.

The kitchen should be one of your first ports of call when it comes to home renovation. It is a highly visible area that receives a lot of traffic, and is a major selling point. Most builders will agree that this is one of the areas that will add the most value to your property. Here are some of our tips for achieving maximum effects with minimum spend.

The power of paint

Give your kitchen a fresh coat of paint! People often underestimate this, but it’s amazing how effective it can be in giving a room an updated feel. Light, contemporary colours are a good choice as they will add a feeling of space and give your kitchen a de-cluttered look. Colours that are too bold could turn potential buyers off when it comes to resale.

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Give your cabinets some TLC

If your existing cabinetry is in good condition, see how much you can change the appearance of your kitchen by simply painting the doors and changing the handles. Alternatively, if you really want a more drastic change, that doesn’t mean you need to spend on completely new cabinets. Why not reface them instead? This means you keep the interior parts of your existing cabinets and have new doors and drawer fronts put on. It’s a much cheaper way of achieving a whole new look.

Spend on the essentials

Saving money elsewhere in your kitchen will enable you to devote most of your budget to the essentials when it comes to refurbishing. The most visible items in the kitchen are the benchtops and splashbacks. Here is where you have the most power to update the appearance of your room, so by focusing your budget you can achieve a kitchen makeover that looks luxurious and will last for many years to come.

For more information on a kitchen makeover for your home, contact your local Hotondo Homes builder today!

Creating a feature wall for the interior of your home can make a marked difference to its visual appeal.

Feature walls act as a focal point of a room, they draw the eye and allow you to use a splash of a daring colour or texture you would never use on a larger scale. While choosing the right paint can enhance the quality, durability and feel of the walls and ceilings, there is an array of other materials you can use to create the ultimate look for your home.

Be inspired by some of our favourite and unique feature wall designs and try them out in your own home!

 

A touch of timber

Add warmth to a simple colour palette instantly with the use of a wood feature wall. Choose something similar to your flooring to create unity, or try something different to make it really stand out. Creating a wooden feature wall behind your TV is a great way to enhance what should be the focal point of your living room. You can even try it on the ceiling!

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Transform your wall with tantalising tiles

A rising trend in home design is the use of a feature tile in your bathroom or ensuite. Trying a different or coloured tile is a great way to break up the monotony that can occur in a bathroom. Whether it appears as a strip under your mirror or a complete wall, feature tiles add a new dimension to the room.

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The non-committal wall decal

Unwilling to commit to a feature wall? Why not try wall decal. Decals are giant vinyl stickers that come in a range of different colours, styles and shapes to help create a unique space in your home. Marketed as easy to install and easy-to-remove, you can find almost any shape or picture you desire with this rising home décor trend.

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The perfect paint for a traditional approach

Sometimes, nothing beats a good old painted feature wall. Whether you want to create subtle shading or a bold statement, a good feature wall will provide layer and depth to your home. Test your chosen colour on an inconspicuous area and examine it in the morning, afternoon and evening light, as well as under artificial globes before committing.

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What’s your favourite kind of feature wall? Let us know in the comments below!

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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…)

Colour schemes, furniture, fixtures, flooring, paint and artwork – all are important when pulling together your interior design. Do it successfully, and your home will look stunning. Do just one of these elements wrong, and you may find it ruins the entire space.
Avoid home decor disaster with a list of our DOS and DON’TS.

DOS

DO: Splurge on some quality items. An amazing couch or table can become the highlight of a room. Not only will you get more mileage out of a more durable product, but it can also lift the entire feel of the room. Keep in mind you do not need to spend on EVERY piece of furniture to get the look you want.

DO: Test your paint colours in the room it will be used in. The colour in the shop is NEVER going to look the same as in your home. Haymes Paint recommends painting a 1m x 1m square in the colour you want and viewing it in different lighting to check it works in your chosen room.

DO: Play with different colours. Even if you are after a black and white look, different shades of grey can help the room appear less stark.

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DO: Group you knickknacks together. Nothing looks worse than random bits and bobs floating around your home. Put them all together and you will instead have a feature!

DO: Hang your artwork at eye level. No one should have to crane their neck to see it. Further to this consider one larger piece in place of several smaller pieces, it will draw the eye and make the room appear bigger.


DON’TS

DON’T: Ignore scale. Furniture may look great in a store where there is plenty of room, but when you bring it home you find it doesn’t quite have enough space around it. Although your instinct may be to purchase smaller furniture for smaller rooms, it can make it look cluttered. A few larger pieces will look simpler and more modern. Scale is important!

DON’T: Use too much of a good thing. A colourful pattern on a couple of cushions may look fine, but start using that pattern on the lamp shades, throws and floor and suddenly it can look overdone and tacky. Use accent pieces wisely.

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DON’T: Overdo it with the pillows. Pillows are a great accessory, however too many can overwhelm the couch and become impractical.

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DON’T: Be too symmetrical. If your room and furniture are aligned in a perfect square it can appear clinical, so don’t be afraid to place things just a little haphazardly.

For more information on interior design contact your local Hotondo Homes builder here.


The perfect shade of white can enhance the look, feel and space of your home. With so many beautiful shades to choose from, you could spend hours contemplating whether ivory, natural or cotton white is right for you.

Our preferred paint supplier Haymes have given us some great tips on how different whites affect your home, and how to choose the best shade of white to suit your interior design.


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Warm whites have brown, yellow or red undertones. They range from beautiful warm greys and taupes to natural colours with hint of yellow.

These kinds of whites will warm your home and create a comfortable and soft mood.


COOL WHITES

Cool whites have grey, blue or green undertones and are better suited to homes that receive plenty of natural light to enhance their brightness.

They suit simple, modern homes where cleanliness is the focus.


‘WHITE’ WHITES

‘White’ whites have little to no undertones, and what appears as pure white in one area may not seem be so in another.

Always be careful when using a pure white, it can appear sterile or uninviting in a home.


Once you have decided to go either warm and inviting, or cool and crisp, it is time to get some samples and start painting!

Haymes recommend you narrow your choices down to three colours, and then try them on a 1m x 1m piece of cardboard you can move and test around your house.

View your white in the morning, afternoon and evening so you can see how it changes. Check how your lighting may change the colour, and if you have existing furniture, assess which white best complements it.

Take a look at some of the different shades below and how they can drastically change the look of the room:

For more on achieving the perfect white, check out the Haymes website here, or speak to your local Hotondo Homes builder here.

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