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Colour Pop

Colour Pop

The great thing about a neutral colour scheme is that it rarely dates, which means your interior will remain stylish for years to come. If you are opting for classic white décor but love colour, add interest with a bright feature wall and matching accessories. The best part? You can easily update the colour in a few years’ time.
Rustic Touches

Rustic Touches

What’s old is new again. Vintage-inspired design has always been in fashion, but if shabby chic isn’t your style, keep your contemporary interior on trend with a few carefully selected rustic elements. Think old-fashioned exposed ceiling beams, recycled or industrial-style light fixtures, or even a preloved statement couch.
It's Only Natural

It's Only Natural

Take advantage of your home’s surrounds by incorporating a range of natural materials into your décor. This will allow your living spaces to blend in with the natural environment and create a warm, welcoming feel. Natural stone tiles, earthy colours and a touch of indoor greenery are easy ways to bring the outdoors in.
Remember to Plan

Remember to Plan

Combining your kitchen, lounge and dining areas into one open-plan room creates a spacious feel, and also gives you scope to incorporate a wider range of colours, materials and textures into your décor. Decide on a style or colour scheme (like the earthy browns shown here) and build from there. Don’t feel like every piece needs to match – it just needs to tie into the overall theme.
The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors

Give yourself the best of both worlds by integrating your indoor and outdoor living spaces. Perfect for warm climates, this style allows for hassle-free relaxing and entertaining, and brings plenty of natural light and airflow into your home. For a seamless look, opt for large glass slider or stacker doors that won’t obstruct the view.
Shiny & New

Shiny & New

Need to maximise space in the kitchen? High-gloss cabinetry in pale tones will reflect light and make your kitchen seem larger than it is. Minimise visual clutter and create a sleek look by eliminating handles in favour of push-to open drawers and doors. Here, the marbled grey tones of the high-gloss splashback complement stainless steel appliances and an on-trend concrete floor.
Country Charm

Country Charm

Nothing says rustic charm quite like a timber kitchen. But unless you’re living on a country homestead, you might want to steer clear of those old-fashioned panelled cabinets. Instead, the modern version features pale blonde or brown tones and retains the clean lines and minimalist finish of a contemporary home.
Monochrome Dream

Monochrome Dream

Looking to make a statement in the kitchen? These matt black cabinets are one way to make the room stand out. If you’re working with a monochrome colour scheme you want to create the right balance between light and dark tones – here, the choice of an American oak dining table (rather than the typical darker wood) centres the look.
Room with a view

Room with a view

If your home boasts a stunning outlook, why not take advantage of it in the kitchen? It’s the room where you’ll tend to spend the most time – especially if you enjoy entertaining. Whether it’s floor-to-ceiling glass, a picture window above the sink or a clear glass splashback overlooking the garden, there are plenty of ways you can easily bring the outdoors in.
Get it together

Get it together

When it comes to interior design, sometimes you just need to think outside the square – this open-plan kitchen is a great example. Think exposed brick belongs back in the ‘70s? Think again. And who would have thought a freeform timber ceiling detail could look so stylish? Good interior design involves a range of considerations, but the most important is unity or harmony – individual elements working together to create an overall style.
Concrete Jungle

Concrete Jungle

If you’re a fan of industrial-style design, the kitchen – with its functional layout and multitude of appliances – is the perfect place to be creative. Polished concrete, grey tones and plenty of stainless steel are key to pulling off this look, but the trick is to create a room that embraces the aesthetic without feeling sterile or cold. Timber detailing or a bright feature appliance will add character.
Bright Ideas

Bright Ideas

Good kitchen design incorporates a few crucial elements: a practical layout, plenty of workspace and functional lighting. Your kitchen lighting should be suitably ambient (no harsh fluorescents please), but it also needs to be practical enough that you can prepare food without hassle. This kitchen uses a clever combination of natural light and LED downlights for the best of both worlds.
A Light Shower

A Light Shower

Want to feel like you’re on holidays all year round? Nothing says tropical getaway like an outdoor bathroom or shower, and there’s no reason you can’t incorporate one into your home’s outdoor area – whether it’s a freestanding shower by the pool (or just inside the property’s entry, if you live by the beach) or a Jacuzzi under the stars.
Instant Classic

Instant Classic

When it comes to bathroom décor, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel. Just combine classic white subway tiles, warm timber floors, a vintage-inspired clawfoot bath and some striking stainless steel tapware, and you’re set. Key to this look is blending pieces from different styles and eras, so keep each element simple.
A Piece of Paradise

A Piece of Paradise

While bathrooms need to be functional, the ensuite in particular should also serve as an escape. Ensuites don’t need to work as hard as main bathrooms, so you can focus more on style and luxury here. Choose the best quality fixtures you can afford, pay attention to lighting and splurge on that freeform tub or stone vanity – you’ll be rewarded with the perfect space to unwind.
Dining In

Dining In

While most contemporary homes are now open planned, there’s something to be said for the formal dining room. If you have one, it’s the place to be creative with your décor. This room combines key seasonal trends – including monochrome, natural materials, industrial touches and a pop of bold yellow – to create a dramatic space for formal dinner parties.
Think Outside the Square

Think Outside the Square

Forget four white walls and a window – who says bedrooms need to be boring? This room combines a striking timber feature wall with a built-in bedhead to give the space plenty of personality. Think about how you can carry your favourite colour or material from the living spaces into the bedroom – something as simple as this floor-level stone detailing can create huge visual impact.
Be My Guest

Be My Guest

Not sure what to do with the guest room? The fourth bedroom tends to be slightly smaller than the others, so keep the décor neutral and accessorise with practical pieces, such as lamps or bedside tables. Here, the chosen furniture creates a striking tribal aesthetic without cluttering up the space.
Paint it Black

Paint it Black

The key to using dark colours is to not overwhelm the space. Here, dark feature walls are paired with classic white paint and timber furniture to balance out the look, and square set architraves between colours give the room a sleek, contemporary finish. Steer clear of dark colours in very small rooms, with the exception of bathrooms, where reflective surfaces will make the space seem larger than it is.
Child's Play

Child's Play

When designing your outdoor spaces, don’t forget to think about the littlest members of the family. Whether it’s a custom-built climbing wall or something as simple as a sandpit, designing kid-friendly features will ensure you get maximum enjoyment out of your outdoor areas – and maximum value if it’s ever time to sell.
Hanging Out

Hanging Out

Short on square metres outside the home? Make the area work for you with clever use of vertical space. The classic hanging egg chair is an ideal spot to relax and won’t take up too much room; otherwise, install a built-in love seat that doubles as a storage chest for cushions and throws.
Light the Way

Light the Way

It’s so important to have functional lighting in your outdoor areas, but practical doesn’t necessarily mean boring. Opt for high-efficiency LED technology and make sure you choose weather-resistant fixtures; solar-powered lighting is also a great choice if your home gets a lot of sun. Otherwise you can revisit your childhood with glow-in-the-dark paving stones…
First Impressions

First Impressions

It’s easy to get so caught up designing the interior of your home that you forget about what’s on the outside. Take the time to look at your home’s façade and consider its appeal from the street. Current trends include square or angled roof lines and an eclectic combination of materials and textures, including exposed brick, timber and render.

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