The big reveal…
2017 has been a year of adventurous design trends. Driven by the popularity of shows like The Block, House Rules and Instagram (the oddly addictive home of #homeinspo), renovators and builders alike are taking more risks. Homeowners are ditching the boring beige paint and realising their independence. There’s a crazy, cool world of design out there! Practicality is always a factor. However, now more than ever, your home can can reflect who you are. Be bold!
Kitchens are the new black
Once the forefront of all things white and shiny, kitchens are taking a turn to the dark side. Elegant in their simplicity, noir kitchens can be as subtle as black cabinetry offset by white benchtops and sleek, stainless steel appliances. Or, take it right to the ebony limit with the inclusion of black sinks and tapware. While black kitchens lend themselves to modern styles, country charm can be added through natural timber accents. The popularity of the indoor plant is here to stay and makes the perfect accompaniment to an all-black kitchen.
Wrap your walls
All that’s old is new again with wallpaper making a(nother) return. A quick and easy way to add a little quirk to your home, wallpaper in 2017 is less your Grandma’s china, and more your local café’s artwork. Wallpaper can add to or change the texture of a room, with high-quality papers giving a stone, brick, or wood effect at a tiny portion of the price of the real deal.
It’s hip to be round
Soft, curvaceous lines, meet 1970’s colour schemes and décor, as straight lines and hard edges move to the back. Superbly comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing, round furniture, be it tables and lounges, or even entertainment units and coffee tables, have made a comeback in a big way. This design trend looks to be here for quite some time.
The softest touch
Highly durable, but beautifully soft and delightfully snug, suedes and velvet are the fabrics to include in your living areas and bedrooms. Creating warmth, and a wonderful grounding feel in a home, velvet and suede can give a vintage feel or a modern touch depending on their use. Try a charcoal grey for contemporary homes or a splash of your favourite colour.
There’s never been a better time to embrace the fun and daring of interior design. Incorporate your unique style into your home. Go on, be brave!
Go with the flow…
Landscaping in the Australian climate can be challenging, but it’s a challenge worth embracing. As with so many things in life, the trick is to go with it, not against it. It all starts with choosing the right plants!
Enter, natives. Plants which are native to Australia offer a plethora of advantages when it comes to creating eye-catching and practical landscapes.
Hardy, and used to the ever-changing extremes of the Australian climate, native plants take little maintenance to thrive.
The sheer size of our country means we have a diversity of climates and soils. Choosing the right natives for your location is essential. What works on the western side of our great southern land, may not necessarily work on the east coast.
However, there are a few incredible native plants which can thrive everywhere in Australia. Not least of all the resplendent, and highly coveted Kangaroo Paw.
Functional, and often economical, native plants require significantly less water than most introduced species. Particularly for Queenslanders, it’s good to know that they can hold their own through the harshest summer.
Spoilt for choice
Native shrubs, trees and flowers grow in harmony and offset each other beautifully. But perhaps one of the most appealing aspects of landscaping with natives is the sheer variety.
From the iconic Wattle Tree through to the distinct Australian Grass Tree and our small flowering Boronias, there are natives to suit any landscaping space or style. Natives come in an array of colours too, from the golden hues of the Orange Heliconia to the incredible bronze tones of the Cordyline Green Magic.
Australian-made gardens are also excellent for our environment. Native plants bolster our stingless bee population and attract and provide food for birds, butterflies and lizards. Connect animal and plant populations in your own backyard!
Per our edible gardening post, we don’t offer a gardening service. However, it helps to have a fresh space to start your garden project. Award Winning Group can create a blank and ideally structured canvas for your gardening pleasure.