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How to choose the colours and finishes for your home

Jane Eyles-Bennett - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Probably the best part about renovating or building is choosing the colours and finishes. It’s exciting to have the freedom to choose exactly what you want, isn’t it? But it can be a bit overwhelming too.

Every week I get queries from clients who know what they like but don’t know how to turn their medley of ideas and colours into a cohesive interior design and style. They come to me with folders overflowing with images and samples showing beautiful designs for things like flooring, benchtops, splashbacks, cupboards and wall colours. But, rather than helping to refine their ideas, the sheer number of options has only added to their confusion.

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’ve started your own collection of images or you’re about to. Well, read on because, as an interior designer with over 25 years’ experience and hundreds of design projects under my belt, I’ve learnt a few strategies that will help cut through the confusion to find your definitive design and style.

When you look at your images, you might think there is no common denominator; all the images appear to be different. However, take another look, and you might find that you have a majority of images featuring airy spaces that are bright, light with lots of white. Or perhaps the opposite is true, and your images are more atmospheric, favouring darker, moody colours accented by gleaming lights. Or your common thread might be the pairing of white and timber, or contrasting surfaces such as textured and polished.

When you’ve identified the common visual thread, start trying to work out how the designer has created that effect. For example, do most of the moody bathrooms you favour have dark walls teamed with paler floors and distinctive lighting? Do the kitchens present as a mass of clean white lines with a few timber accents to make it pop?   Or maybe it’s a certain style of splash-back that has caught your eye.

Once you’ve found the common thread and worked out how the favoured effect is created, you will find that you’re more in tune with your own style. It should then be easier to start selecting colours and finishes. But don’t just copy the designs verbatim. Instead, use the ideas as inspiration for your own space, and you’ll end up with something that feels fresh and uniquely you.

But what if there really isn’t any common thread in your images? What if you’ve got 30 different pictures in front of you and they all look completely dissimilar? Start by sorting through your images. Choose the one picture you like above all the others. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a kitchen, bathroom, alfresco area or living room, just narrow it down to one image.

Once you’ve done that, identify every single surface and colour in the picture. You’ll end up with a list of materials and colours that will become your master design template for the master room.

Don’t confuse a master room with the master bedroom; a master room is the one room that includes all the colours, finishes and textures from your template. Everything you design will start from this and from here you can begin to select colours and finishes for the remaining rooms. 

Don’t worry; it doesn’t mean that every room is going to look like a carbon copy of the one beside it. In fact, the opposite is true.

The idea with a master design template is to use only some of the colours and finishes for the remaining rooms, not all. For example, you might choose your living room as your master room, using colours/finishes a, b, c and d. You might design the ensuite next and choose to reuse a and b but add in e, f, and g. On the main bathroom, you could reuse b and d but then mix things up by adding another two new finishes.

Doing this creates a visual theme that links each room, producing a ‘flow’ throughout the entire house.
Design possibilities are limitless, and thank goodness we live in this day and age where colour visualisers and the abundance of images on the internet allow us to glimpse what could be. But you will never truly know what your selections will look like until they are actually there in the house, so advice from a designer can be just the guidance you are looking for. 


Renovating your Home or Investment Property?

Home renovations are on the up and up - thanks to all the TV shows and other media outlets such as magazines and the internet.  But is it all that it's cracked up to be? TV makes it look so easy (renovate a kitchen in 2 days, transform your garden in 24 hours - we wish it was that simple!).

If your home or investment property is on the wrong side of 15-20 (years old) then you have a great opportunity to update and modernise it. But without experience on your side, things can (and often do) go really wrong - going over budget, not ending up with the style or look you'd imagined, problems with trades-people, time-frames blowing out - and the list goes on.

Hotspace can help

Hotspace offers one-on-one Exterior and Interior design advice to home owners and property investors.

Property Investors; Our sole aim when working with property investors is to show you how to add as much value as possible - while spending considerably less than it appears when the renovation is completed (ie: spend $1 to add $3-$4 of perceived value). As Interior Designers, we love colour. But colours are only a tiny portion of the information you need to successfully renovate for profit.

Home owners; If your home is old and tired and in need of some renovation love, then we'll show you how to create beautiful and comfortable spaces. We've worked with over 500 property owners on all sorts of properties, so we've (almost) seen it all! We'll help you re-design your biggest asset - often for less $$ than you might think. And as award winning interior designers, you couldn't be in better hands.

The key to renovating your home or investment property without breaking the bank

Whether a full overhaul or a quick facelift, Hotspace will guide you towards your ideal renovation, including;

A second opinion on your plans and ideas - You'll no doubt have some of your own ideas, so we'll steer you in the right direction; confirming your best ideas, introducing new ideas and eliminating the rest.

New ideas and recommendations - We'll introduce you to new renovation ideas to really maximize the result you're able to achieve - ensuring you tastefully revamp your home in ways far beyond what you would have considered yourself. Exterior and Interior Design is our forte!

Spend less on your renovation - If you're afraid of your renovation spiraling out of control, sticking to a reasonable budget just became a reality (yes it is possible!). We'll give you specific guidance on how much or little of your property to renovate given your budgetary expectations. Some of our packages even include budget breakdowns for your entire reno.

Increase the equity in your home or investment property - You can add value and increase the equity in your home or investment property by spending less on your renovation than the value it adds. We'll show you how.

Money back guarantee - Investors; double your renovation investment or we'll refund our fee in full - No questions asked. Note: Our clients typically triple their renovation 'spend' investment so this guarantee is a no-brainer for us!

One-on-one support - Many of our packages include telephone, sms and email support which can be used any time during your renovation.

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Two-storey home renovations

Jane Eyles-Bennett - Monday, February 05, 2018

Renovating the facade of a two-storey home is entirely different to renovating the facade of a one-storey home. Use these top tips to make sure your two-storey home reno looks the best it possibly can…

Create a visual anchor
If you were to stand on the road and look along the driveway towards your house, you should be able to get an idea of how your property presents, and how much ‘visual anchoring’ it needs. To visually anchor a property is to give it a sense that the house is anchored in place. It is quite a subtle thing but when done well, it makes an enormous difference to the overall aesthetic of the entire property.
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