When white is not white enough

I was at the Caesarstone showroom last week when a lady came in to look at the white slabs. She was commenting to the showroom assistant that the Pure White and the Snow didn’t really look white. Her house was all black and white and she thought these colours looked too cream.

Caesarstone Whites

Caesarstone Whites

Choosing white is probably the hardest colour of all. When a “white” is put next to another “white” it suddenly doesn’t look “white” after all.

All white kitchen with Caesarstone Snow benchtops

All white kitchen with Caesarstone Snow benchtops

So how do you create a white kitchen (lets face it, everyone wants a white kitchen at the moment)? Firstly, choose your benchtop white. Caesarstone Snow, Pure White or Organic White are all very white but they each have a dash of another colour – yellow, grey, brown. But the trick is to match that white with the right white cabinets. If the benchtop has a touch of grey and the cabinets are stark white, then that’s the look you will end up with – grey benchtop and white cabinets. There’s nothing wrong with that if that’s what you want. But to get an all white kitchen then you need to have a touch of grey in your cabinet white.

All white kitchen with Caesarstone Organic White benchtops

All white kitchen with Caesarstone Organic White benchtops

Marrying the right white with the white benchtop will give you a seamless look. The same rule applies to tiles and other surfaces. It’s always best to choose them first and then the paint as paint can always be matched to the surface but it’s a bit harder to choose the paint colour and then find the right surface to match that.

All white kitchen with Caesarstone Pure White benchtops

All white kitchen with Caesarstone Pure White benchtops

And always look at samples of the paint and surface in your own home not in the showroom under harsh lighting or when the slabs are vertical but in your kitchen the benchtop will be horizontal. That will have a big impact on the perception of the colour.

Matching the right white paint to the white tiles will give you that seamless white interior.

Matching the right white paint to the white tiles will give you that seamless white interior.

If you would like assistance choosing the right white for your kitchen, contact us for an appointment.

 

Warmer Colours Sighting

Have you noticed that brown is back? I’ve been noticing the plethora of tan, camel and chestnut when I’ve been out at the shopping malls. I started to wonder if we are seeing the “brown” trend come back again or is it just the warmer months we are wanting warmer colours?

essastone Vesuvius

Essastone Vesuvius

Sure enough Essastone have sent me some information on their new colours – Vesuvius  and Marscapone. Vesuvius is a light to medium taupe while Marscapone is a more subtle and creamy based neutral. Essastone includes 28 designs and advise that the warmer tones are becoming increasingly popular.

Essastone Marscapone

Essastone Marscapone

I think the warm tones especially in the earthy spectrum will remain timeless for indoors and outdoors. Let’s hope we don’t go back to the lattes, chocolates and cappucinos of the noughties. A neutral with just a hint of brown is enough for me.

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Meanwhile I hope you spend this weekend surrounded by chocolate. Happy Easter!

Chocolate-Easter-Egg-easter-eggs-30423577-2560-2302 If you would like assistance adding the right shade of brown to your home, contact me for an appointment.

Fashionable Formica

What comes to mind when you hear the word “Formica”? For me it’s an old kitchen table dating back to the 1960’s just like the one I used to eat at for just about every meal of my childhood. It had a Formica top and metal legs with matching vinyl chairs. Formica has just celebrated it’s 100th anniversary but there’s nothing last century about their new range of colours and textures.

Formica Kitchen Table

Formica Kitchen Table

Formica has introduced 29 new products, including a combination of  flexible solid colours, versatile woodgrains, modern patterns and popular stone designs, offering homeowners and renovators with more options to create looks that work.

Made specifically for the Australian market, the updated Colour Range embraces the latest interior trends and adds a new dimension to the contemporary collection. There’s even a new clean, clear white for those people who must have a white kitchen, bathroom or laundry.

Formica in the Kitchen

Formica in the Kitchen

The new range works beautifully with the latest interior trends providing a great choice of patterns and finishes for all rooms of the home, with products suitable for either vertical or horizontal application.

Formica in the Laundry

Formica in the Laundry

For a fraction of the cost, Metropolitan Concrete and Grey Kashmir allow homeowners and renovators to create the on-trend look of concrete benchtops. Likewise, Brushed Zinc and Brushed Nickel help create the new brushed metals look without the hassle of maintaining a metal surface, but with the durability of a laminate surface.

I love the luxe look of woodgrains and the new Formica varieties can be used in both horizontal and vertical applications.

Woodgrain Formica

Woodgrain Formica

A clever addition to the Formica offering is the new magnetic metallic laminates in Glossy White and Matt Black finishes. Glossy White is the perfect answer for your magnetic whiteboard surfaces in areas like busy kitchens, kid’s bedrooms or laundries, while Matt Black gives you a magnetic chalk blackboard finish that can be fixed to kitchen panels, inside cabinet doors or throughout the pantry for handy shopping lists and notes.

Whiteboard Formica

Whiteboard Formica

The Formica Colour Range has a solution for every application. All products within the Formica range are designed to be mixed and matched and are backed by a seven year limited warranty to help create perfect interiors that last.

So what are you waiting for? Consider Formica for your next renovation project. If you would like assistance selecting the right Formica for your home renovation, contact us for an appointment.

A Sage Kitchen

In the last twelve months I’ve assisted with a number of kitchens. It’s the room that often sells a house so naturally homeowners choose it to renovate and make their own. Sometimes, the client has very specific ideas and all I’m required to do is choose the colour scheme and finishes. Others would like the entire kitchen designed and all the finishes and colours chosen. Either way I enjoy designing kitchens and making sure it suits the homeowner and their family.

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CAD mock up of my kitchen plan

This kitchen was due for an overhaul and the client’s didn’t have any firm ideas of what they wanted. They did think they should make the cabinets taller to sit just under the picture rail which would gain them extra storage.

Kitchen before

Kitchen before

The client loves green and fell in love with Caesarstone Sage when we were choosing colours. We then chose Dulux Linseed as the cabinetry colour which blended beautifully with the benchtop. To my horror, during the design process Caesarstone advised that they were discontinuing Sage. A frantic phone call to Caesarstone ensured a couple of slabs were put on hold until my client was ready to go ahead. Phew! Crisis averted. These things happen but fortunately this time it had a happy ending.

One of our inspiration images

One of our inspiration images via The Design Files

The client also wanted a computer area in the kitchen so homework could be done under the watchful eyes of parents. We extended the bench and added a drawer for pencils and paper and a hidden shelf for powerboards and chargers. EyeTV was added to the computer so it can double as a television when the computer is not in use.

Computer area in the kitchen

Computer area in the kitchen

We also created an appliance cupboard to house the jug and toaster to keep the benchtops clear and a full bank of cupboards for the pantry and crockery.

Appliance cupboard

Appliance cupboard

The island bench is yet to see some stools but the wallpaper on the front of the island adds interest and texture.

Wallpapered island bench

Wallpapered island bench

The clients are thrilled with it all.

Completed Kitchen

Completed Kitchen

Kitchen was built by Destro Renovations (he also built mine) and professional photography of the completed kitchen was by Sharon Newman of SNPhotography.

If you would like assistance renovating your kitchen, contact us for an appointment.

Stylish Interiors

This week has just flown. I’ve been working on a number of interior decorating and colour projects this week and have spent alot of time at my desk sourcing different items, putting them into floor plans, choosing colour schemes, writing up Specification Sheets and preparing quotes.

The projects are all so diversified which makes life very interesting and challenging. We have French Provincial in one home.

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Clean and crisp in another, modern in one,

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soft and dreamy in another

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and Hamptons Style in yet another.

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I also had a visit from Caesarstone who are promoting their latest product Motivo.

Motivo Crocodile

I saw it displayed at Designex but couldn’t get close enough as there was a big crowd gathered around. Motivo is a quartz surface that incorporates a sculpted pattern texture in the surface. Presently it is available in Crocodile in Jet Black or Lace in Snow. It’s very beautiful and slabs on a wall or bar would look stunning. I’d love to use some in a project, so if you’re game, give me a call.

Motivo Lace

What style do you like to come home to each evening? If you would like assistance creating your harmonious environment, contact me.

Have a great weekend and hopefully I’ll see more of you next week.

Beautiful Benchtops

Fun Lovin' Free Spirit Caesarstone

Fun Lovin' Free Spirit Caesarstone

Today I was shown the new Caesarstone  colours. I love this benchtop surface for its durability and look. The new colours include Organic White and Buttermilk which are a textured almost stone-like look, Whisper – a soft grey, Urban and Walnut which are variations of browns and Black Rocks which is an almost black textured look. They have also included Free Spirit which has a multitude of chunks and chips of shells and amethyst. It oozes fun and is aptly named, don’t you think?

Stunning Rose Quartz Concetto

Stunning Rose Quartz Concetto

But I fell in love with the Concetto which is their luxury surface. I have never seen images of it before and would love to see it in the flesh. It is handmade from individually cut semi-precious stones. Also in a range of colours, it has many applications. Backlit for a splash back or undercounter finish would be absolutely stunning. It comes with a hefty price tag but worth dreaming about.

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