As we enter 2016, and new projects come into our design studio, we take the opportunity to explore the colour trends that may influence us in interior design this year.
Pantone Colour of the Year 2016
Pantone have, for the first time ever, released two shades for the year of 2016; ‘Rose Quartz’, a soft, warm pink hue and ‘Serenity’, a tranquil cooler blue. Together the colours have been selected to work in harmony in response to consumers who are seeking a sense of calm and well-being within their stressful lives.
It can be expected that in the coming months, ‘Rose Quartz’ and ‘Serenity’ will be seen in many interiors. The two colours complement each other well, making it easy to incorporate them into wall finishes, furniture, furnishings and accessories.
Dulux Colour Forecast 2016
Closer to home the Dulux Colour Forecast 2016 has been released.
After being renovated inside, this 1960's brick house was given a makeover to completely transform its appearance. This house gained street appeal and increased in market value on a limited budget.
Step through the process undertaken to see the result...
1. A plan was established to achieve the desired outcome of the renovation and meet the family's current and future needs.
2. Fixtures no longer required or that needed replacing were removed.
3. A garden was planned and planted to allow time for it to establish.
4. The bricks were rendered to give the house a more contemporary look. While rendering can be costly, it can also add the most value to your home if you are renovating to sell.
5. The exterior render was painted. Consider the surrounding homes in the area and any existing fixtures when choosing colours for the exterior scheme. It's important to achieve a cohesive flow from inside to outside so colour selection is a key component of a successful renovation.
6. Front doors, facias, gutters and downpipes were replaced and handrails were painted.
7. The end result... a renovation that meets the clients' needs and exceeded their expectations.
As an interior designer I'm involved in the both interior renovation and exterior renovation process and can provide a detailed plan for builders and other trades to follow.
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Today my clients' gained a clear view of the facade of the new home they are building in Goulburn, a regional town in NSW.
Previously this house has been hidden behind shrubs and temporary fencing allowing only glimpses of the entire facade. It looks amazing and I'm sure I feel as excited about the unveiling as my clients' do. I almost didn't recognise it with its newly poured concrete driveway and gate pillars. This image only shows the right hand side of the house... and yes, it is a rather large single storey house.
Although I am an Interior Designer, I have been very involved in many aspects of this new build. Most recently, working to brief and engage a landscaper. For this project I'm privileged to be working together with Chris Rowlands Landscaping on transforming the exterior of this large property into a beautiful garden for the family to enjoy.
We're now at the stage of finalising the exterior colour selection for the driveway and gates along with the rendered portico and pillars. Originally it was going to be Colourbond® Monument to match the roof, but the consensus is charcoal grey which will form a beautiful backdrop for the foliage of the selected plants. Western red cedar has been selected for a large pivoting entry door and garage doors soon to be installed.
As with interiors of homes, its important to get the right colour scheme for the exterior, taking into consideration surrounding properties, the house style and the garden. I look forward to sharing the updates as the garden and takes shape along with the interiors which are currently being tiled. I have a site visit scheduled this coming week, so expect plenty of pics. Exciting times... This is why I love being an Interior Designer.
If you've ever been involved in building a new home or undertaking a major house renovation please share your experience with choosing the exterior colour scheme. Did you find it daunting?
"After finally deciding to put a new kitchen in, we were overwhelmed with the decisions and ensuring the final product would be one we would be happy with".
I think we all know where this is heading, but in reality, it doesn't need to.
I’ve just received a wonderful review on Houzz for a kitchen design I completed at the end of last year. It got me thinking about what could have been installed in place of the kitchen I designed.
Using an Interior Designer wasn’t even a consideration for this client. Like most people who make the decision to undertake a kitchen renovation or kitchen makeover, she contacted a local kitchen company and a cabinetmaker to discuss her new kitchen. The kitchen company designed a very basic kitchen leaving the tough job of selecting finishes to the client. Fortunately, the cabinetmaker discussed the option of using an Interior Designer to create the best kitchen for the available space and within the required budget.
At our first meeting we discussed the functional and aesthetic requirements for the new kitchen and the rest of the living areas in the home. From here I worked on a design that allowed us to retain the existing timber flooring and create a functional and stylish kitchen that I knew would push the boundaries for the clients but I also knew would be perfect for their lifestyle and home.
Here's the final design sketches...
In choosing the finishes for the kitchen I started with the island bench that is now the focal point. The client wanted to make a statement with her new kitchen but also wanted a fairly neutral colour scheme.
Here's the final working drawings showing colours and finishes...
Polyurethane was selected as the finish for the cabinetry. Although more expensive than melamine, it allows for a seamless finish to cabinetry without handles and greater flexibility for colour choices. Rather than just one colour for the cabinetry, it was recommended that a colour with similar tones to the bench top be combined with white for a fresh finish.
The final colours selected for the cabinetry were Dulux Lexicon White Half and Dulux Palace Stone. Feature timber open shelving and cabinetry trim were used to provide contrast and a bright turquoise splashback to tie in with artwork in the living area was selected. For the timber feature we used Polytec Natural Oak melamine to keep within budget contraints. The image below shows Eveneer Even Romano Quartered. The splashback colour is Dulux Sparkling Cove and the wall colour is Dulux Whitsunday Island.
Here's the final colour palette...
To create this look on a budget, you could consider using the following finishes...
I'm thrilled that I've made a difference to this clients lifestyle and that the kitchen I delivered is more than they could have imagined. One of my goals as I set up Bella Vie Interiors was to make Interior Design more accessible and reading this review, I believe this is what I am doing.
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