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2020 One of the greatest things about home design is the ability to change with the times. New trends, ideas and concepts flow like never before. And, while many design elements remain timeless – classic statements – we now, more than ever, have the ability to update and modernise thanks to emerging ideas. This month we take a look at the hottest trends for 2020.
INTERIOR DESIGN CLASSIC BLUE IN HOME DÉCOR PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is a pervasive favourite for the home. Creating a stable foundation from which to build, Classic Blue injects creative confidence into interiors, transforming a space through unique colour combinations and tonal statements. Easily applied across so many different materials, textures and finishes, Classic Blue is a dependable blue that can take you in different directions expressing tradition and elegance as well as unexpected boldness. Source: Pantone Color Institute
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foundation. A boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky, Classic Blue encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking; challenging us to think more deeply, increase our perspective and open the flow of communication.” As technology continues to forge ahead, it is easy to understand why we gravitate to colours that are honest and offer the promise of protection. “The Pantone Color of the Year highlights the relationship between trends in color and what is taking place in our global culture at a moment in time, a colour that reflects what individuals feel they need that color can hope to answer,’’ adds Laurie Pressman, vice president of the Pantone Color Institute. “As society continues to recognise colour as a critical form of communication, and a way to express and affect ideas and emotions, designers and brands should feel inspired to use color to engage and connect. The Pantone Color of the Year selection provides strategic direction for the world of trend and design, reflecting the Pantone Color Institute’s year-round work doing the same for designers and brands.”
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The people have spoken (more than 320 million in fact!) and the results are in with the annual Pinterest 100: The top trends to inspire and try in 2020 revealing our favourite styles and ideas. Here is a snapshot of what we can expect to see popping up in our homes in the coming 12 months. Thrifted home decor: Searches for this were up 308 per cent with homeowners keen to keep furniture out of landfill. Ocean trash art: Turn ocean pollution into art that makes a splash. Garden room: Coinciding with the return of biophilic popularity, it’s no surprise that searches for garden rooms were up 104 per cent. Indoor water fountains will also see a surge in popularity with searches up 917 per cent. Granny pods: Say goodbye to the traditional granny flat and hello to the pod! Homeowners are interested in keeping extended family members close, with searches for this term up 159 per cent. Audio rooms: This is going to be a big one with Pinterest searches up a whopping 803 per cent.
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Seek out the experts An architect will save you money by the end of the reno/build. The architecture industry has changed over the last 10 to 15 years. Yes, there are big name, high-end designers who can and do charge big bucks but you don’t have to pay through the nose. Hop on your computer, do a search and you’ll find competent, professional architects who not only know how to make things look good but how to do it cost-effectively. They can find space you didn’t know you had and introduce you to materials you didn’t know existed. But it’s not just architects. If you’re taking on a painting or plastering job or attempting to re-tile a terrace, someone will have the answer to your problem. You’ll probably find they’ll even advise you on an issue you didn’t know you had. Most young tradies I’ve met seem to have an entrepreneurial bent and are keen to offer free advice because it may lead to a paid job in the future. There’s that and the fact that most people are just nice, decent, hard-working people.
Let there be light Glass is good. So are skylights. The more natural light you let into a home, the better. It sounds strange but a window to the world or part thereof, can create a feeling of privacy – as though you’re looking out onto a space that is just yours. Bedrooms and bathrooms are often overlooked for a feature window, but they are the rooms where the best results are often delivered. Paired with some judicious planting on the exterior, a correctly sized window will work a treat, even if it’s looking out over a small two-metre space to the side fence. It can become an economical oasis when you splash a bit of paint on the fence, throw in some feature plants and even a small statue.
COLOUR YOUR WORLD Have confidence with colour – especially on the outside. Being bold with your external walls seems to make plants pop. It will give your new reno a strong, well-finished feel. It’s a different story on the inside, though, where feature walls of different colours in multiple rooms can make even the cat feel sick! I know that traditional wisdom suggests, that staying neutral is wiser for re-sale, but what about if the reno is just for you? Using strong colours for kitchen cabinetry or sink splash-backs can create something special at no extra cost. Kitchen cabinets can be expensive but there are alternatives. Instead of an island bench, I’ve re-purposed a dining table to do the same job at a big discount. We did this on our last build with Micah from MTS and it saved us thousands. continued over >
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BE FRUGAL WITH FIXTURES AND FITTINGS Fittings – buy inexpensive but classic shapes and styles, and only splurge on a feature item. In a month’s time, no-one will care what handle is on your kitchen pantry cupboard or hallway closet. Save the big bucks for the big impact items like the kitchen sink or the living room lights. Bi-fold doors are one of those big-ticket items, but they’re worth it. If your budget just won’t budge, then multi-stacking sliders have similar appeal. Better still, external stacking sliders mean you have a completely open cavity that looks just like a bi-fold set-up but at a quarter of the price. Mirrors make a difference. A well-placed reflector can add a lot of light, as well as the feeling of space. Cut to the correct size and frameless, mirrors can be surprisingly cheap.
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SAVE MONEY FOR LANDSCAPING I’m a big believer in enhancing the look and value of your reno by planting. While your favourite palm or tree would be a great idea for a feature in front of a fence, frangipanis are free. I’ve made a mini frangipani forest out of limbs I’ve amputated from neighbours’ existing trees. It goes without saying you should always ask before you start sawing away. The magical thing about frangipanis is that after the recently removed branch sits for a week, it can be shoved back in the ground with a bit of good quality soil and away it goes. I believe setting the piece of plant aside to dry out prevents mould overtaking the wound. It’s worked every time for me. Many councils give mulch away these days. If you see it, get it! Hire a ute from your hardware store if you have to. The cost can be offset by that big heap of free mulch. Mulch is the natural way to keep weeds at bay and it saves on watering too. As I mentioned before, go out of your way to get free plants like those lovely frangipanis. Friends and family won’t mind if you take a cutting or two from their established oasis and in six months to a year, you can pay the favour forward to someone else in need of some cheap and cheerful greenery.
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We love the Little Australia Quilt Cover Set from Pillow Talk. Featuring an echidna, wombat, koala and gumnut pattern, the set includes one quilt cover and two pillowcases.
Bring nature indoors with this stunning photographic image of a forest red-tailed black cockatoo. The box-framed canvas will make a visual impact in any home. Itâ€™s from Oz Design Furniture.
The beautifully crafted curved Poppy Baskets, from Adairs, are hand made from water hyacinth. These natural baskets make fantastic additional storage or can also be used as a pot plant holder to provide additional textures and themes in your styling.
The Golden Cockatoo Statue in medium is from Oz Design Furniture.
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The Dana Kinter Kookaburra Protea Cushion from Adairs will add a touch of native beauty to your couch or bedding.
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Coastal charm Bring the beauty of the ocean into your interior spaces with lots of blues, natural fibres and textures.
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Innovative Furnishings and Décor is one of our favourite places to find ocean-inspired décor. The range includes everything from wall hangings to rustic coastal furniture. The store is located in Mooloolaba.
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Tame the tropics and bring them indoors with the radiant Kentia Palm Tree. Artfully capturing the natural look of palm fronds, and with a height of just over two metres, this green beauty proves faux can be as good as the real thing. It’s from Domayne.
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