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Houses will always reflect our personal taste first, but there’s no denying current design trends influence the choices we make when designing and decorating the space we call home, whether we realise it or not. While it’s easy to embrace a trend wholeheartedly, it’s always good to remember to choose styles that will remain somewhat timeless so your home doesn’t feel dated in a few short years once trends change. With that in mind, 2018 ushers in a number of new and exciting design trends for the home, in both building design and interior styling.

Metallics

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Over the last few years, copper has been king. However, industry experts are indicating that brass is quickly becoming a firm favourite, classic silver is returning, and black metal is increasingly being chosen as an eye-catching feature. If you’re building or renovating, consider your bathroom and kitchen fittings – silver will add a touch of metallic without being too showy, whereas brass is a bolder choice. Or make a spectacular statement with black metal – this Dorf bathroom ticks all the boxes with statement black metal taps and shower head, brass accessories, and a touch of greenery to soften the aesthetic.

Organic Materials

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Sustainability is always at the forefront of home design these days, and that’s now flowing through into interior spaces as well. Trends are showing a return to organic, rustic materials such as exposed brick, stone, and concrete, as well as natural timbers. Incorporating these into your home helps reconnect the space back to the environment and lends itself to a calm, relaxed atmosphere. Try taking inspiration from environmental spaces like the outback or the bush by using earthy greens, burnt orange, or dusty blue to imitate the great outdoor.

 

Marble bench design trends

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Additionally, terrazzo marble is earmarked for a big comeback this year, replacing the popular geometric tiles and bone tile inlays from the last few years, adding to the throwback to nature in homes. Using marble in your kitchen or bathroom creates an effortlessly chic look that needs no embellishment – the style speaks for itself and will hold up under the everyday use of high traffic areas. The Laminex Glamour range offers a beautiful selection of marble options that are understated and elegant, allowing you to add statement accessories that will pull the style together seamlessly.

Back to Black

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White kitchens will always be appealing to the eye, but they’re being sidelined for the complete opposite. Black kitchens are a trend on the up and up this year, as people choose dark charcoal or true black to create a memorable and chic kitchen area. Cabinets and breakfast bars can be black to create a bold effect, with contrasting benchtops in neutral tones to offset the colour. Add in brightly coloured toasters, vases, and other benchtop items to make the space really pop!

Monochrome Spaces

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Tone on tone continues to be a popular design trend when it comes to interior styling. It’s not only timeless, it also creates a very serene, relaxed atmosphere that won’t date. Consider neutral paint colours and accessories to give your home an energy that flows gently and calmly from room to room, and add a little bit of colour with a statement couch or armchairs in the lounge room, or bright bed linen to break up the spaces and create areas that subtly draw the eye in.

When incorporating design trends into your home, the most important thing to remember is to use what works for you and your family, with a focus on trends that will remain timeless. While it’s tempting to inject new life into every corner of your home, focus on smaller areas and accent pieces that can be updated with a minimum of expense, rather than redecorating entire rooms from scratch.

For more inspiration and design trends, have a look at our wide range of stylish display homes in each state via our website.

Hotondo Homes latest display home encompasses everything a lover of a coastal region could ask for.

From the stunning polished concrete floors to the beautiful blue, white and wooden accents, it’s the perfect beach home that is truly reminiscent of the sea.

Starting in the kitchen, the beautiful lightwood benchtop teamed with white cabinetry instantly promotes an airiness, while still retaining a cosy charm. With plenty of bench space and a walk-in-pantry, the kitchen would be a hit for any budding master chef.

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The living space incorporates the wooden look loved by all beach homes on another level. The stunning coffee table acts as a centrepiece, and the patterned armchairs add layer and depth to the space. Topped off with some greenery and ocean-inspired artwork, you’ll feel like you are right on the shoreline of the beach!

 

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Nothing screams coastal more than light blue tiles! Following the style of the kitchen, the ensuite utilises more white and wooden textures. The stand-out feature is the double waterfall shower for a touch of luxury!

 

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To do a coastal home right, you need to include an incredible alfresco to complete the indoor/outdoor experience. With large stacker doors, you’ll feel as though you are inside and outside simultaneously. Nautical stripes and a plunge pool complete the feel.

 

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We couldn’t choose a favourite bedroom, so we included them all! Each one encapsulates the beachy-style we love, and utilises the best colours and styles for the look. The master bedroom opens directly to the backyard, another example of a beautiful combination of indoor and outdoor living.

 

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The Hume 244 coastal home is on display in Port Macquarie, New South Wales. You can view more information on it here, or check the home our using our 3D Explore tool.

To view Hotondo Homes full range of designs, visit our website at hotondo.com.au

The kitchen truly is the heart of the home.

We often say this, however it doesn’t make it any less genuine. It is true both metaphorically – family members spend a lot of time in the kitchen with many memories made here – and literally – a kitchen is more often than not located at the centre of a home’s design.

So what does it take to build a dream kitchen? Our 7 simple steps can help you determine your favourite style, the ideal layout and the key components you need to consider when it comes to kitchen design.

What is your style?

Choosing a style or theme for your kitchen is the first step towards creating your dream kitchen. A cohesive look is important not just for the kitchen, but for the rest of the home too, especially if you have an open-plan design. Whether it be modern, elegant, country or something a little bit different, make sure you have a style in mind or you could end up with a chaotic mess. Check out some kitchen inspiration here.

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Build your foundation

The anchor of the kitchen lies in the cabinetry which takes up a good portion. You’ll want to consider just how much storage space you will need, and whether you intend to hide away appliances like your toaster (clutter is a killer for good interior design!). Natural wood, a painted finish, gloss or matte, cabinet choices are endless. Think carefully about the style choice you select and how the cabinets will complement it.

Work in the benchtops

Benchtops are the next big ticket item in the kitchen. Highly visible, there is a huge range of choice available these days from natural stone to laminate for a cheaper – yet just as lovely – option. The question you need to consider when choosing a colour is whether you want your eyes drawn to the cabinetry or the benchtop first. Choose a similar colour for a seamless look or something different for a bolder and more eye-catching approach. Ensure you have plenty of bench space to cook and prepare your meals too!

The feature splashback

After the benchtop it is time to choose your splashback. Contemporary homes tend to use a glass splashback. Paint is applied to the back of the glass, leaving the colour well protected and the surface smooth, shiny and easy to clean. You could also consider a window to enhance natural lighting. For a more traditional style, tiles remain popular. No longer are you stuck with plain square tiles either, with more and more shapes available every day. Tiles can be made to imitate natural materials like wood, concrete and marble, meaning it is easier than ever to create a look you love. Read more about splashback options here.

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Prominence for your must-have items

Make a list of the most important items or appliances for your dream kitchen, and prioritise them. Whether it is a dishwasher, an extra space for a large fridge or a butler’s pantry with a sink, now is your chance to include them all!

Consider the kitchen work triangle

Closely related to your must-have items is the kitchen work triangle. The kitchen work triangle is a concept used to create the ideal functional layout for your dream kitchen. The main tasks completed in the kitchen are using your stove, sink and fridge, creating a kitchen ‘triangle’. Having these three features close (but not too close) to one another creates the ideal cooking environment. Think carefully about how you use your kitchen and what the ideal layout could be to maximise time and space.

Proportion and scale

Open-plan living is a beautiful thing, however it also means the line becomes blurred between kitchen, living and dining spaces. Properly scaled furniture creates more defined spaces and helps a room ‘feel right’. Ensure your benchtop is at an appropriate height, and your bar chairs need to fit comfortably under it. Your dining chairs need to sit approximately 25-30cm lower than the table. The table itself should be large enough to seat your family, but still have enough space around it to pull each chair all the way out.

What do you think of our list? Is there something we missed when creating a dream kitchen? Let us know in the comments!

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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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Updating your kitchen splashback is a simple and effective way to renovate your kitchen.

Splashback options come in a variety of colours and shapes and can be made from an array of different materials.

Below are some of our favourite splashback options you can try in your own home!

 

Sleek and silky glass

Glass is one of the most popular choices when it comes to a splashback. Paint is applied to the back of the glass, leaving the colour well protected and the surface smooth and shiny. With no grouting required, the glass is easily wiped clean of kitchen grease. With so many colour choices on offer, you will be able to find the perfect match for your kitchen!

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Tempting tile options

Tiles can be a more budget-friendly option than glass. No longer are you stuck with plain square tiles either, with more and more shapes available every day. Tiles can be made to imitate natural materials like wood, concrete and marble, meaning it is easier than ever to create a look you love. While often cheaper, tiles do have the drawback of grout, which can become difficult to clean.

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Let there be light!

If your kitchen looks out to your garden, why not make the most of it and install a window instead of a splashback? A window will allow plenty of natural light to enter your home, and a installing a plant box directly underneath will add a touch of plant-life without having to worry about caring for an indoor plant.

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Mirror mirror, on the wall…

A mirrored splashback will add depth to your kitchen. Like a glass splashback, it will be relatively easy to clean and will make your kitchen appear bigger.

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Which look is your favourite? Or do you have another option? Let us know in the comments below!

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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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Check out our top 5 tips to creating a beautiful bedroom!

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Contemporary flair and architectural flows are influencing home interiors – and it’s not just soft furnishings that are getting a makeover.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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For more tile designs for your home, visit the Beaumont Tiles website at beaumont-tiles.com.au


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.

With so many different products on offer due to the globalisation of the consumer marketplace, many people get confused when it comes to choosing the décor options and style for their new home.

The infinite array of products, finishes, colours, decorative elements and the varying prices available are the main reasons for this.

The sky is the limit when it comes to interior décor and it’s therefore vital to choose a style and theme that compliments and captures the personalities of the home owners.

There are a number of themes that many people will gravitate to when decorating and styling their home.

Modern industrial

Modern industrial décor combines simplicity and authenticity. Think heavy features with eclectic elements, large graphic patterns mixed with recycled wood and neutral finishes with splashes of bold colour. Modern industrial décor has character and charm to it. It also represents a modern take on old trends.

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Whether you live by the beach or just dream about ocean breezes, coastal themed interior décor should reflect the beauty and luxury of living by the sea. It should have a relaxed ease about it and feel open and airy. Think white finishes with touches of light coloured wood and sea-themed accents.

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White on white

White décor has been a popular trend for some time. It’s a harmonious and pleasant shade to use in the home because it represents luxury but also has a relaxed vibe about it. White décor provides a good base for the home to then implement splashes of colour with things like cushions and wall hangings.

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Rustic & country elegance

Rustic and country style décor has a warmth and family feel to it. It screams comfort. Think patterned curtains, folk art with textured rugs and shades of brown and beige. This theme works well for families with children as it can be low maintenance.

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Contact your local Hotondo Homes builder here about building your dream home.

It was an era of social and political change, revolutionary fashion and stylish interior design. The late 1950s and early 60s paved the way for simple styling and the popular American drama, Mad Men spurred on a new take of the era, reinvigorating the retro/vintage trend in a big way.

Hotondo Homes’ Byron display home has been decked out in a sleek retro style with a contemporary interpretation.  The home’s interior is reminiscent of the trendy Manhattan offices of the ‘Mad Men’ advertising executives.

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The bedroom’s feature wall is dark and textured, which is in contrast to the splashes of lime used to dress the bed and featured in the retro armchairs.  The modern light fittings add to the overall sumptuous mood of the room.

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The kitchen exudes elegant charm.  Practical and easy to maintain, the Byron’s kitchen makes food preparation a breeze.

Byron_Kitchen_72The Byron display home is located at 22 Allan Watt Crescent, Spring Bank Rise Estate, Casey ACT.  View more photos or contact the Hotondo Homes’ builder, Bruce Core on (02) 6292 6491.  See more home designs and display homes.

To us it’s not just a Kitchen, it’s the Family Bakery and Cafe

Your kitchen isn’t just a place to prepare meals, it’s a place for families to bond, friends to laugh, and food to be enjoyed. The hub of the home should be inviting, reflect your personality, and exude timeless charm. It is after all the family bakery and café. Enjoy kitchens with inspiration from our display homes.

Attractive polished wood floors with shades of grey provides all the colour necessary for this open-plan kitchen.  Simple, tasteful, elegant and contemporary, the simple theme ties the space into the rest of the home.

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The kitchen is also a place to experiment with design. Don’t be afraid to have fun and express your personality. The interior designer has used accents of lime green to offset the shimmer effect of the splash-back. The bold use of colour and texture is grounded by the neutral and white tones surrounding.

A timeless white on white kitchen is made even brighter with suspended modern light fittings. If you have simple taste, white provides the perfect canvas for subtle and bold detailing.

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Make your house a sanctuary with interior details that create a homely feel.

Have fun, use colour and complement your taste to carry out a harmonious theme throughout. If you love French provincial design or prefer a resort style, visualise your design potential by visiting your nearest display home.[bs_button size=”normal” type=”link” value=”Link” href=”https://www.facebook.com/HotondoHomes”]

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