I have collected images of pink walls to entice and intrigue. NEVER would I have thought I’d have a pink wall! Yes it will initially be a tiny slither of a wall in my office but look out boys if I like it it’s travelling to other parts of the house!Read More
Painted floors can look fabulous or a little DIY (ouch) research your paint, choose your colour, prepare the boards, apply the paint according to the teeny tiny instructions on the can - let them DRY ;)Read More
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.
*All images via Dulux
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.Read More
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.
Dulux have released their 2015 colour trends. There are 4 beautiful palettes, does one of them stand out to you? I would have to say my favourite is WildLand a soft earthy look that will work season to season, check it out below. Each new colour palette has been carefully put together by a team of experts, read more on the Dulux website...
All images via www.dulux.com.au
Painting, ahhhhhhhhh. I actually quite like painting, well, walls that is, ceilings - not so much.
I had my colours picked pretty early on. I was going for soft warm greys then I found a fabric I loved at Spotlight to recover my dining chairs, ottoman, sofa and headboard. That changed everything. I then had to go for warmer shades such as taupe. And I knew I wanted a bolder taupe/green for the front lounge/tv room and our bedroom.
I ended up choosing Murobond Alabaster for the hall, kitchen and living/dining in the new extension. The colour arrived and I loved it - painted 2 coats in the hall then realised it wasn't right. They had left out the ombre tint - dang. I had the tint send from Murobond and took the paint to The Paint Place in South Nowra (who are a Murobond stockist and the experts so I thought) so they could tint it for me. However they tinted the paint with their own tint telling me afterwards that the Murobond one had dried up - in fact it hadn't it, comes as as a powder and you mix it in - grrrrrr!!! So if I run out of paint (which I did) how do I know if I am going to get the right colour again - very frustrating.
So I slapped on the new colour and while I didn't love it as much as when it had the ombre tint missing I still really liked it and a few months down the track I can say I'm really happy with the warmer colour.
The front lounge/tv room and our bedroom was painted in Murobond 'Putty', a deep taupe/green. It changes constantly during the day, sometimes more brown/grey and other times deep mossy green, it's gorgeous - and different. I took the plunge and painted the kids bathroom and toilet (which doesn't have a window) as well as the laundry the same colour and it looks AMAZING. This deeper colour took A LOT of mixing - just saying...
The kids rooms, including the granny flat/sleepout which is Olivia's room and the study were all painted in Dulux Natural white, a lovely soft chalky warm white = big love.
Then I added a few feature walls - wallpapered for contrast. Ash's room has 'Woods' by Colefax & Son (she saw it on a wall at Few & Far in Huskisson and fell in love with it) and feature walls in the entry, hall and master bedroom are done in a stunning grasscloth wallpaper imported from America.
Now we are preparing for tiling the bathrooms which should be interesting, can't wait to see the finished results!
We often write about other businesses on the NSW South Coast in locations such as Milton, Berry, Gerringong, Kiama, Port Kembla, Coledale and Thirroul. We write about boutiques, cafes, florists .... we have an extensive list of 'must see' places but we're not telling what's next - not yet!
So I figured we should write a little about ourselves and some of what we do. When we visit a Client we ask them about who lives in the home, what their lifestyle is like, what their interests are, what colours they like & it's important to know what they don't like too! We look at the orientation of the house, sunlight, environment & the age of the house. The client often gives us a full tour of their home, sometimes a cup of coffee & then we get our brief. Usually the Client has a good idea of what they want but ... well ... they're a bit stuck!
Being so familiar with your own home it's often refreshing to get someone else to cast their eye over the conundrum, offer their educated opinion, gather their advise and set off in a renewed direction.
Alternatively Clients can come to one of our Work Shops. These gatherings are a mix of home owners, renovators and lovers of homewares. Below are some mood boards put together during a WorkShop we held earlier in the year in Berry
Reds are warm, passionate, sexy. It is a powerful colour - it stimulates and raises the pulse rate.
Reds are strong, powerful and simple.
This blog is image based - my favourite (again) ! Images have been captured over the last 5 years & were taken at Bondi Beach & Paddington ... please feel free to 'lift' them from our site - share the love x they would make terrific canvases to funk up a space