Find all the tips, advice and new home inspiration with our Home Blog
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Working towards a deposit for your home takes time and patience. The best way to approach it is to start with small changes in your life. This doesn’t mean giving up absolutely everything, but rather cutting back on the non-essentials in life. Every little bit counts, and each small contribution can result in big progress.
We have rounded up a list of nine things you can start doing today to help you improve finances and get on track to purchasing a new home in 2017!
Topping almost all financial guides is cancelling subscriptions to magazines or gym memberships you do not use. Another perhaps unnecessary purchase is cable TV. With so many cheaper, alternative streaming options available, it may be worthwhile checking out.
Shop around for your energy, gas, credit card and insurance needs. If you like the company you are with, a simple phone call asking for a reduction will often get you a cheaper price – they want to keep you as a customer! It may be painstaking, but renegotiating your bills could save you some big cash. If you already have a mortgage, it is worth speaking to your bank about an interest rate reduction too!
If you have a high-interest credit card, the first thing you should do is pay it off as fast as possible. Interest-related costs is basically dead money, so working to get rid of the debt should be your priority. Consider transferring the balance to a credit account with a lower or even zero-interest rate to further help your cause and improve finances in the new year!
The Australian Securities & Investments Commission can help you search for unclaimed money from various banks, building societies, credit union, life companies, friendly societies and registered Australian companies. Check out this link to see if you have any unclaimed funds!
Set your bank account to withdraw a portion of your earnings every time you are paid. By doing this straight away, you can never miss the money you never had! If you can transfer it to an online account you cannot touch, or does not have an attached card, even better. Be sure to figure out exactly how much you can afford to save per pay by creating a budget for the week, fortnight or month.
Just like renegotiating your bills, it is worth checking out your phone plan for cheaper alternative options. These days there are so many options including ‘bring your own phone plans’. These plans require you to purchase a phone outright, but the ongoing monthly cost of the phone plan is significantly cheaper than an all-inclusive one, which could work out cheaper in the long run. Carefully consider all your options and work out what is best for you and your lifestyle.
Plan out your meals for the week, write a shopping list and STICK TO IT. How many times have you gone to the supermarket and come home with items you never intended to purchase?
Not only can this be cheaper and healthier than eating out, but you can also cook extra to have for lunch or even dinner the next day, saving you even more cash.
Saving for a new home will require some discipline and cutbacks, but you still want to live and enjoy life while you do it. Don’t feel guilty for indulging every now and then and treating yourself. If you work hard to stick to improve finances for 2017, there is no reason to not go out, enjoy a nice dinner or hit the shops on occasion. Do not let your finances consume you!
Contact your local Hotondo Homes builder today to find out more and help improve finances next year!
*Hotondo Homes is not an authorised financial adviser so please seek professional advice for your banking enquiries.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
What do you think of our 2017 home trends and forecasts?
View the video below.
For more information visit hotondo.com.au.
A messy bathroom can put a damper on the entire feel of your home. From soapy scum to unfinished bottles of shampoo, a thorough clean out of the entire bathroom will leave you feeling great. Read our list of items to clean out now and create your very own bathroom sanctuary!
1. Remove expired makeup, medication and other bottles
The quickest way to remove clutter from your bathroom is to throw away all expired products. Old makeup, medications and toiletries will become less effective over time and become a waste of space. Be sure to follow the instructions on how to dispose of each product, in particular the medication. If you are unsure, take it to a pharmacy for advice.
2. Group like-products together
Group all your remaining products together according to how often you use them. Your daily makeup, cleansing and medication items should all be kept close at hand. Extra toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner bottles can be put away in cabinets. It is advised to try and keep your products off the bathroom benchtop to keep the space looking clean and neat, however, we know from experience this just isn’t always possible. Best practice is to keep your daily items stored nicely on the benchtop in a group, and hide the rest away.
3. Store items creatively
Use baskets, bins or pretty containers to store items in your cupboards. Cutlery trays are great for bathroom drawers as well! If items are placed in the same area, not only can they be hidden from plain sight, but they will also become much easier to find.
4. Remove rusty razors, threadbare towels and ratty bathmats
Razors that cut your skin or worse, do absolutely nothing are useless and can be binned. The same goes for old loofahs or washcloths, which can be a breeding ground for bacteria. If your towels are well past their used by date, take the time to invest in new ones to help make your bathroom feel a million dollars!
5. Use the walls for storage
If you have minimal storage room in your bathroom, utilise the roof or walls instead! There are plenty of hanging baskets you can purchase that are perfect to store your towels or other bathroom supplies. Hang them from the ceiling or wall and voila – you have created the perfect, easy-access storage unit!
6. If you haven’t used it in a year…
Then consider it for the trash. This applies to hair products, cleansers and other toiletries, but also that curling wand or crimping iron you used once, never to be touched again.
7. Hotel amenities
It may just be us, but if your bathroom is filled with the tiny samples of shampoo, conditioner and soap that you had to take because you knew you would use them someday… it’s time to let them go. They create unnecessary clutter and let’s face it, they are unlikely to be used.
If you have an ABUNDANCE of these products, why not create a basket for your guests to use whenever they are over?! We think it’s a great compromise between the need to take free products from the hotel and the need to actually find use for them.
9. Check for items that don’t belong
If you find anything in your bathroom that you don’t use in your bathroom, consider moving them elsewhere. If you are anything like us, no matter how much storage you may have, you will find a way to fill it. Wasting space on objects that don’t belong is pointless, so do a thorough clean out.
Is there anything else you do to freshen up your bathroom? Let us know in the comments!
Sometimes, it takes a desperate plunge to enter the labyrinth that is your wardrobe. Edging your way past shoebox skyscrapers, climbing the mountain of dirty shirts and clearing a path through long forgotten belts, handbags and scarfs can be a challenge, and more than a little off-putting.
Organising your wardrobe is a satisfying experience. Take the time to do it properly, and you may find it becomes the beginning of an entire home re-haul. Start the process now with a few of these quick tips.
Everyone knows the age old rule – if you haven’t worn something in six months, it’s time to go. Sticking to it however, is another thing entirely. It can be difficult to let go of some clothes, so use this simple closet trick to help you.
Organising your wardrobe also means rearranging the clothing you are going to keep.
If possible, hang all of your tops and t-shirts. You are more likely to wear it if you see it, and it makes for a neater, more organised space.
Heavy woollen jumpers and sweaters need to be folded so they don’t lose their shape. Try purchasing shelving or storage cubes like this Ikea shelving unit to store any items that are not hung up like scarfs, bags or odds and ends.
Hang your pants and skirts using clip coat hangers. Fold in the sides so the clothing is marked by the clips and to create a more consistent edge that makes your wardrobe look neater.
Jeans can be folded and organised by cut, colour or brand, which jackets should be hung. Dresses should also be on coat hangers, and organising by colour is a good way to find what you need quicker.
Many people keep their shoes in the original shoe boxes. Over time they can wear and tear though, so a good alternative is something like these Ikea fabric shoe boxes. You can even see what shoes are in the box through the mesh!
Store your most popular clothing or items at eye level, less-used items below and the least-used items up the top for convenience.
Stackable laundry baskets are perfect for sorting clothes and taking to the laundry. Designate a basket for dark, lights and colours, and stack them up to save space!
Hooks create extra storage space in your wardrobe for your handbags, scarfs and other bits and bobs.
Colour coding your entire wardrobe can make finding things much easier.
Zoning is the most effective way to utilise space. Separate your desired areas using tiles, floorboards or grass, and create natural boundaries with plants or in-built seating. Zoning provides structure and maximises space.
A beautiful backyard always requires some greenery, but it can take up precious space. So if you can’t go out, why not go up? Using the same principle as a double storey home, save ground space by using your walls and fences to hang plants and décor from.
Having matching tiles or floorboards flow from inside to outside makes you feel as though you are in one giant area. Bifold doors can open it further, and instantly increases the imagined size of both the outside, and inside, of your home.
Matching the colours and textures of your backyard tiles to your home not only looks nice, but makes the area appear bigger. Larger tiles also give the illusion there is more space than what there actually is.
Contact your local Hotondo Homes builder here for more information on utilising space!
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 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 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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
Moving your family, pets and possessions into a new home can be a stressful process.
Follow our tips to streamline the entire experience and make moving into your new home a joy.