Escapade ~ 2018 Colour Trends by Dulux

BAM! Yep as I said it before "the power of words". This is no walk on a deserted beach kinda Escapade. It is WHAMO have some colour. I'll just post the images below for you to make your own mind up ;) 

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*All images via Dulux 

Rust, Stone + Neutrals

Having a vision of the final product can be really difficult for Clients. Below is an example of a Vision Board created by Dwell. It's a valuable tool and one that creates ease and the confidence to move forward. Sourcing fixtures, fittings and furnishings for your home is something that I like to do. Actually I LOVE this work! 

Rust, Stone + Neutrals Vision Board

Reflect ~ 2018 Colour Trends by Dulux

Reflect is moody, sophisticated and unexpected - aren't we all ;) I love the image below ... a beautiful room with a moody green. In the words of Dulux "classic form meets opulent style"

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Goyder Green below is lovely and Smoky Quartz could be fun to work with too 

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*All images via Dulux 

Powder Rooms + Wallpaper

You either love it or hate it but either way it's back and here to stay.  Wallpaper is a great way to add character and personality to a room.  Wallpapering a room can be both a huge and difficult task, from choosing the style, pattern and colour to hanging, it's not for the faint hearted.  So why not put it into the smallest room in the house?  A room where you don't spend lots of time is a great place to put a bold and interesting print.  The powder room, toilet or dressing room is the perfect place to experiment. And it won't take long to get the job done or cost as much making that $420 per roll grass cloth wallpaper you thought you couldn't afford within reach after all.  I've collected a few ideas for you to get the creative juices flowing...

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image via Beautiful Habitat

The organic chevron print above is beautiful in shades of duck egg blue and aqua and how can you go past the ever popular trellis pattern looking especially fetching paired with watermelon hues?

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The detailed pineapple print in the image above looks so fresh against bright white panelling and the room below contrasts a classic styled motif with natural elements in the vanity and lighting.

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LOVE this bold yellow floral print - that's what I call brave!

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This pattern is a favourite, almost mosaic in style and accentuated with a gold mirror and brushed stainless wall sconce lights it's a real mix and match but I love it!  So with a bathroom renovation on the horizon I'm thinking that wallpaper may be the point of difference that I'll be exploring to stand out from the crowd, watch this space....

Essential ~ 2018 Colour Trends by Dulux

Now if you looked at the last Blog post you would have seen little blurb about words. So what do you think of Essential? Bit hard to say you don't need it when its called that! Any hoo it's a quite calm with soft brown, sand and grey green. I like Knight of the Realm, Spanish Olive and Terrace White.    

No arguing in these spaces with these colours. C.A.L.M  

Take your pick form below but remember buy your test pots before you paint a whole wall

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*All images via Dulux

Subway Tiles

Classic, traditional and completely on trend - the subway tile.  There are so many versions from bevelled to flat, hand-finished, smooth and shiny to matt and tumbled not to mention the variety of colours.

Marble subways such as the ones above look great in either a kitchen or bathroom and the darker grout colour accentuates the veins within the marble.

The addition of timber to a room clad in subway tiles adds textural interest and warmth.

There are a variety of interiors that suit the subway look such as country, industrial, scandi, eco and traditional.  The bathroom below is a favourite, the strong contrast of line and colour gives it a cool industrial vibe that is softened with clever accessorising and the brass shower head and taps give it a touch of colour. The palette is simple yet sophisticated.

Now this kitchen also has a touch of colour added simply by blue china urns with contrasting yellow metal stools, lemons and flowers.  So easy to change the feel and look of this room by changing these accessories and adding florals in different colours.  And that light fitting - divine!

And a final favourite, this stunning bathroom.  The floor looks amazing and is a feature in itself, the pattern works so well in the room due to the cohesive colour palette, the cabinetry anchors the space well.  I really love how the outdoors has been brought in with the use of large windows and vases of foliage and flowers on the vanity.  I'm all for subway tiles, it's hard to go wrong - you can bet they will be making an appearance in my new bathroom soon!!

 all images via Houzz

all images via Houzz

Kinship ~ 2018 Colour Trends by Dulux

Colour + Words ~ well combined SELL. It's true!  Dulux has used words such as Kinship and Essential to name their collection of colours for 2018 released in 2017. It's such powerful stuff. How about the words "The Dulux Colour trends 2018 harness the power of colour to balance the complex challenges of everyday life" ~  Really? Ok let's have some ......

Dulux words ~ Kinship is a celebration of cultural heritage with fresh, contemporary overtures and colours that have been brought together to lift you up and cocoon you in. 

My words ~ Kinship would be really easy to combine and get it terribly wrong! It could be one folksy mess. A few years back Dwell had a Client with 18 colours in the one house! True story. We were called in to 'fix' the problem by making some white. This was a much tougher job than it sounds.  

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*All images via Dulux 

PANTONE® Colour of the Year 2018

Did you guess it? Hmm I did not. I'm still a bit in love with Pantone® Colour of the year for 2017 Greenery. Shades of this yes (adding black) .... no tints please (adding white). Back in my Uni days I had purple Converse and they of course were OK 

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Berry Garden Festival Schedule

This is a favourite for home makers, garden dwellers and the general sticky-beak. If you fancy a wander around some gardens in Berry + the surrounds this is the event for you ;) 8 beautiful gardens are open to the public for $5 per garden or $20 for all 8 with all money going to local charities + not-for-profit. 

Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th October 10am to 4pm

14 Kentia Crescent, Berry

“The Schoolhouse” 23 Boundary Road, Broughton Vale

2 Brogers Creek Road, Woodhill

160 Beach Road, Berry

27 Prince Alfred Street, Berry

39 Clarence Street, Berry

1360 Bolong Road, Coolangatta

”Corymbia” 99 Edward Wollstonecraft Lane, Coolangatta

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For a comprehensive list of details Berry & District Garden Club   too easy ;)

Paying for a Colour Consultation

People don't like to pay for a Colour Consultation .... it's true. Overall people think it's expensive (without really knowing), it's easy or that they can wing it. I know of a couple who liked pale blue (I have changed the colour so they can remain anonymous but it was equally hideous)  so that is what they painted their house ..... their shed, their garden benches and their outdoor entertaining area. YEP they loved it so it went everywhere. Then they tried to sell their house and no-one was interested ..... well ..... it's coz it was hideous. I'm reading over this now thinking 'can I say that' ... well I reckon I can. Get some help if you're unsure .... the cost is teeny tiny compared to the labour involved in painting your house. 

I am not expensive, I listen to the Client and I take a thorough brief. I look at the orientation of your home, I take into consideration the natural light, your neighbour's homes and your neighbourhood. I am thoughtful in my colour specifications ... sometimes my head hurts thinking about it.

I don't specify colours over the phone, I don't specify colours online, I don't do 'off the top of my head' ➕ I don't make it up. 

Below is a pie graph (clever!) This was created with the financial costings associated with the painting of our home. Our home is brick with mostly windows so there was a lot of wooden trim to paint then there was a garage door & a shed (we did not paint the brick). The painting quote was standard, the paint was Murobond and I did not charge myself for my services BUT if I did it would have been the green slither that is the smallest on the pie chart. So what do you think? It's peanuts really to get it right. Love my job x

Base Paint

Take note .... Paint manufacturers have different base paints, then there are a range of bases generally 1 to 4 , then each manufacturer will vary the ingredients within their paint. So if you love a colour from 'UNREAL Paints' DO NOT get it made up by 'SUPER Paints'.

See the image below for variance in colour using different base paints .... uugghh. Just one coat of each and you can see the difference.   


The Cost of Paint

Peeps freak out at the cost of paint. The BIGGEST cost in painting your home comes from the labour. Do your research when you are choosing your paint. Think about where in the world it is made, the footprint of manufacturing, the size of the company, how the staff are treated, the consistency, the coverage, the colours offered, the smell (!) Below are prices of Low Sheen paint as seen on relevant websites 30th May 2017

Dulux Vivid White

4 Litres $71.90

British Paints Love Note

4 Litres $64

Murobond Alabaster

4 Litres $116

Porters White Pepper

4 Litres $97

In the Library

Dwell's Library {always expanding}

So why does anyone buy a book. You like the Author? The writing is easy to read & informative? It's relevant? The cover is pretty? The photographs 'get you'!  It looks good on the coffee table? It's overall aesthetically pleasing .... Um yep, CHECK. 

Get yourself a book .... read don't scroll ;)