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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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In the busy and time-precious world we currently live in, our homes have truly become our sanctuaries.

Being able to choose appliances, colours and the interior design of your home is a fun and exciting way to help achieve this and make the home really yours.

From style tips to modern conveniences, we asked several industry experts what 2017 home trends we can expect to see in the upcoming year.

 

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2017 Home Trends: FACADE

Although brick veneer or rendered brick veneer is still a popular façade choice, the future lies in designs that incorporate different materials, colours and textures.

“Homeowners are looking for a contemporary style with that architecturally-designed look rather than a manufactured one,” James Hardie Marketing Manager, Christian Hansen says. “We are seeing this mixed materials trend increasing in popularity.”

James Hardie Scyon Walls are a great way to achieve this modern look. Designed to stylishly brace timber frames, Scyon Walls open up a world of design possibilities by allowing individual personality and style to shine through with clever use of styles and colour.

“By mixing and matching Scyon Walls, a wide variety of styles and moods can be created,” says Christian. “Think outside the bland brick box of the past and embrace the design freedom of the future.”

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2017 Home Trends: FLOORING

Measuring in at up to a gargantuan 1000×3000, slab tiles are about to make an enormous splash in the home-design market, and is one trend that is guaranteed to stick around.

The elegance of stone slabs lie within the simplicity of their almost seamless laying style which minimises grout lines, leaving you to marvel in the natural movement of the stone.

“With today’s technology able to perfectly emulate the look and feel of natural stone, stone-look slabs are a durable, beautiful and practical alternative to an otherwise expensive design choice,” Beaumont Tiles Communications and Design Specialist, Christie Wood says.

“The added luxury stone walls provide is never questioned and with stone-look slabs the home can be transformed to a calming sanctuary.”

From external facades to bathroom walls, the slab look is an ever transformative addition to a home that is both minimalistic, modern and classically designed.

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2017 Home Trends: KITCHEN

Clean, uninterrupted lines and a sleek finish are the go-to trend for kitchens right now. With these smooth cabinetry finishes, rangehoods have taken a new and exciting direction.

Undermount or undercupboard rangehoods have shot to prominence as an alternative to the otherwise bulky canopy style hood. These rangehoods are concealed in the cabinet base, and don’t intrude on the cooktop or users headspace.

“An undermount rangehood is perfect for those who love to cook but don’t like ducking and bobbing to avoid protruding canopy styles,” Omega Senior Product Manager Michael Sultana says.

There has also been a big shift towards Black Glass finish products rather than stainless steel, in particular for ovens and gas tops. Offering plenty of modern appeal, you will be seeing more of these products over the next year.

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2017 Home Trends: BATHROOM

Tapware design is continuing to be refined with even thinner edges and lines become more prevalent.

While the trend has been predominantly applied to tapware, new casting techniques and materials have allowed other products to adopt the thin edge trend as well. This is reflected in vitreous china basins, baths and toilet seats.

“This theme is explored in both product and spatial design, with furniture and cabinetry construction adopting it as well,” Caroma Design Team Manager, David Giorgio says.

“We are seeing it everywhere, including items like thin stone benchtops.”

“The second major trend relates to texture. Timber laminates, both natural and synthetic are featuring coarsely textured grains. Machined marble tiles are appearing as feature walls, vertical surfaces and splash-backs, while brushed and satin metallic surfaces in a myriad of colours are being applied to tapware, giving surfaces that were once polished and glassy a new tactility.”

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What do you think of our 2017 home trends and forecasts?

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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If you are in the midst of planning a kitchen renovation, there are plenty of possibilities on offer.

Remodelling your kitchen can be a fun and inspiring project, but there are also many difficulties associated with it.

It can be tough to step back and look at the space as a whole and cohesive environment. We are so used to tackling individual aspects of interior design (lampshades, wallpaper, flooring, etc.) that it is often difficult to see things from a wider perspective.

This is why it is important to be creative and think outside of the box when planning a kitchen renovation. Don’t be afraid to get crafty with your ideas, you could end up designing something truly special!

Try some of these simple tricks to reinvent your kitchen:

Swap cabinets for shelves

You don’t have to go for conventional overhead cabinets. For a modern and hip kitchen, try swapping out overhead cupboards for open shelves. Then, add bowls, plants, ornaments, and anything else you fancy.

While the traditional cabinets may give a more ‘clean’ look, open shelves can provide a place to showcase your silverware or decor. This not only creates an illusion of more space, but also gives you an opportunity to make your kitchen more visually interesting.

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Choose some fancy doorknobs

If you are trying to create a clean and cohesive look, it is best to invest in new doorknobs and handles that match.

If you are hoping for something a little quirkier, be bold and browse local flea markets and online marketplaces for unusual fixtures. You would be surprised at what you can find at a few quirkier marketplaces or antique shops. A unique doorknob can become something that draws the eye and even works as a great conversation starter!

Energise your ceiling

Often forgotten, the ceiling forms an important part of any room. Inject texture and colour into your kitchen ceiling, with coloured ceiling tiles. Easy to install and very affordable, they can add a real wow factor to your kitchen.

Exploring more colourful options can lead to surprisingly livelier look for your kitchen. You could even try lowering the ceiling above the kitchen for added effect!

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Make a big splash

For a high impact, but surprisingly cost effective tip, invest in classic white subway tiles with a bevelled edge for your splashback. Splashbacks give kitchens a real sense of urban drama and style. This is the perfect solution for those who look for something stylish but don’t have a limitless budget. Plus, they are really easy to clean!

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Keep counters looking sharp

You can enjoy the aesthetic and the texture of stone worktops without the heavy price tag. You just have to swap out the costly material for a cheaper imitation like travertine silver laminate. Visitors will never be able to tell the difference and you’ll save yourself some serious cash.

An added benefit is you can change the countertop if the old one wears down or if you want a new style without it costing you too much.

Choose soft glide hinges

To eliminate the horrid banging sound that accompanies every foray into the kitchen cupboards, enhance the value of your kitchen renovation with clever soft close hinges and glides. These little devices fit on to the sides of cupboards and drawers and muffle noise.

While it may seem like a small touch, this dramatic reduction of noise in your kitchen can really turn out to be a winner.

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Add extra storage space

You can never have too much storage, so make every inch count by affixing practical door mounted shelving in your new kitchen. These nifty mounts can hold anything from spices to cleaning products, tea towels or frying pans.

The next time you find yourself thinking where to store all your new kitchen utensils, you’ll thank yourself for thinking ahead and planning the extra storage space.

Create custom features

The best kitchen makeovers are the ones that show off the personality of their owner. Add some fun and character with inexpensive custom details like building a floor to ceiling wine rack next to the fridge or in your pantry.

If you’re really feeling adventurous and want to turn your kitchen into the gravitational centre of your house, think big and install a kitchen island. While this is sometimes a complex project that may require professional concrete cutting, a kitchen island is an indispensable part of any professional’s kitchen and it can return the work and investment tenfold when it completely transforms how you prepare food, hang out in the kitchen, or even dine.


Author Bio: This article is written and submitted by Matthew Funnell, who works with Supercut (WA) Concrete Cutting and Drilling , a privately owned concrete cutting and core drilling company serving Western Australia for 20 years.

We love a really good bathroom or ensuite.

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!


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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!


 

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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!


 

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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!


 

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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


 

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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!


 

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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!

Flooring types, which is right for you?

There are so many wonderful flooring options you can choose for your home. Some people love the class floorboards provide, some like the cleanliness of tiles, while others appreciate the warmth a good carpet can bring to the room.
All of the flooring types have their own distinct advantages and disadvantages. We have made a case for the three main options – carpet, tiles and floorboards – to help you with the big decision! (more…)


Mixing high-end items for your home with a few less expensive items can give you the perfect blend of products without hurting your hip pocket.
Last month we looked at where to save your money and where to spend it in your living room. This time around read our guide to save or splurge: kitchen.

APPLIANCES

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Invest in energy-efficient appliances like your fridge or dishwasher. Bill costs will be lowered, and it will save you in the long-run. Stainless steel items are a popular choice and look fantastic too.

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Save on your pots and pans. As the workhorse of most kitchens they will be used a lot, and even the most expensive of brands will wear out. Aim for mid-range cookery for a good balance between durability and cost.

You also don’t need to go out and purchase an 18-piece knife set. Invest in a couple of good, sharp chef’s knives and leave the rest alone. Trust us, you don’t need them.

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CABINETRY

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Spend a bit on your cabinetry hardware for some added bling. Polished handles can instantly update the look of your cupboards at a fraction of the cost it would take to redo the whole cabinet!

SAVE

Laminate cabinets can look just as good as their wooden counterparts. Save some money here without compromising the look of your kitchen.

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TILES

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Porcelain tiles are cheaper than ceramic and resist chipping and cracking. Consider purchasing porcelain that looks like natural stone, and look for larger tiles for a modern look.


DINING

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Buy the best and most durable table you can afford. It will be subject to plenty of wear and tear!

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Save on your chairs. Chairs can be switched out as they get older at a cheaper cost than your table, and it also offers the opportunity to change up the style of your kitchen area.

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LIGHTING

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Take advantage of the natural light your windows provide and utilise sheer curtains to ensure plenty of it enters the room. Alternatively, if you are lacking windows, install more lighting. It will brighten your kitchen and help give it a modern feel.


BENCHTOPS

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Spend a bit of money on your benchtop as it can be the focal point of your kitchen. Investing in a stone benchtop may cost more than a laminate, but it is more durable, won’t scratch as easily and can withstand hot items unlike a laminate.

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 Do you agree with our list? Let us know!


Having a luxurious bathroom is like having your own sanctuary. There is nothing quite as tranquil as the clean lines and decor of a beautifully designed bathroom, so follow these simple tips to create the elegance you have always wanted in one of the most essential areas of your home.


DESIGN

Designing your bathroom with lots of open space is important. A glass door for the shower and at least one window instantly increases the airy feeling of a bathroom and helps avoid mould. Having plenty of lighting and a large mirror will also contribute to the overall spacious feel.

Fixtures also play an important role in design. Having a “his” and “hers” vanities and large shower-heads will add a touch of luxury. If you want to indulge, a freestanding bath not only looks incredible, but the space around the edges tricks you into believing it takes up less of your bathroom space than an inbuilt unit does. The colour of your fixtures can also significantly alter the feel of the bathroom.

Tiles set the entire bathroom interior into motion. Darker tiles add a touch of elegance while lighter tiles will make the room shine. ‘Grainy’ tiles will hide the dust and dirt between cleans. Even the colour of the grout can make an enormous difference to the style you achieve, so think carefully before selecting your tiles.


STORAGE

De-cluttering your bathroom is one of the simplest ways to increase its appeal. Having plenty of cupboards to store all your bathroom items points the focus to the beautiful fixtures and colours of the room. Don’t have enough space to hide all the mess? Consider floating shelves.

While storing most of your bottles or make-up out of sight is ideal, practicality is also important when creating your dream bathroom. There are plenty of other creative ways to store some of the more common bathroom items in an attractive manner:


COLOURS

The traditional white bathroom is clean, neat and glamorous, but don’t be afraid to add some colour. A darker theme can give the room a modern-edge, or for a really dramatic look, have some of your fixtures in bright, bold colours. If you don’t want to go all out, coordinate your towels and décor in sunshine yellow or bright red, and when you get sick of the colours, change them to instantly update the look.

DECOR 

The perfect bathroom requires appropriate décor. Plants create an instant fresh look and add a bit of colour. Candles create a warm, relaxing ambience. Vases are an excellent way to add a bit of glamour, and don’t be afraid to hang some artwork if it works well with the design and colours of your bathroom.  This is your chance to really make the bathroom your own, so try a few different ideas to see what works best for you!

For more information on designing the perfect bathroom, contact your local Hotondo Homes builder here.

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