New space, old favourites
We’ve all got them. Old favourites in the style department we can’t let go of, ideas that permeate our consciousness and leave such a positive lasting imprint we replicate them again and again. As the saying goes, imitation is the highest form of flattery. And, these trends are classics for a reason. Some styles will never go out of fashion; include them in your space for a warm and reassuring feel. As a bonus, future buyers will appreciate the familiar aesthetic. Here’s our classic inspiration to get the wheels turning.
Create a comfortable home
Cosy plaid patterns add a homely feel to any space, creating warmth and contrast against any feminine styled space. These can be as simple as a cushion, or a throw, but if you’re loving plaid, you can go all out with a wallpapered feature wall.
For the practical amongst us, built-in shelving is not only aesthetically pleasing but saves space. Shelves offer utility without the bulk of added furniture. Additionally, built-in storage is recognised by real estate agents as a convincing selling point.
Is there anything more comforting than a fireplace? Even here in sunny Queensland, a fireplace adds a homeliness that can’t be beaten. A fireplace adds a rustic charm that goes beyond practical use. It can be the focal point of a bedroom, living space, or even a bathroom!
Speaking of bathrooms, it doesn’t get more classically styled than a soaking tub. There are thousands of options for a tub which will add a sense of luxury to your home. If you want to go all out, you can pair it with marble detailing for a luxe bathroom experience.
Stripes are an easy way to add a sense of classic style to your home. Perfect in the bedroom, or dining or living areas, striped upholstery is a favourite for a reason. Simple, straight lines, in a beige or navy blue, add timeless elegance to a room.
Bright, white kitchens are here to stay. Something about the clean lines and shiny surfaces screams classic elegance and adds a cozy feel. Just remember to install bright and beautiful light fixtures to balance and enhance the pure white surfaces.
How to make it happen
If you’re building, renovating or making small design changes, it’s fun to embrace the new. But don’t discount ideas because they’ve been around a while. Classic styles which have stood the test of time can combine with contemporary design. Talk to us about having someone out to your home for a personalised consultation.
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!