Creative Colours

A few weeks ago a staff member from the Warringah Council phoned to ask if I could help with a colour scheme for a new building. Of course I said yes and made a time to visit the site and discuss the requirements. Council were remodelling a disused Scout Hall and turning it into a Creative Space.

Front view of new Art Space before

Front view of new Art Space before

View of front door after

Front view of after

The feature of the build was, that apart from the roof, every product was recycled. The materials which were in the building that would not be required were being sent away to be used elsewhere and any new materials were sourced from Kimbriki.

Rear of building before

Rear of building before

Rear of building after

Rear of building after

The council had fairly recently updated their image and brand and had new corporate colours which they hoped to use on the building.

Council Corporate Colours

Council Corporate Colours

The building was set on the edge of playing fields and opposite a residential area. The council needed the building to stand out so it could be seen on approach yet didn’t want it garish and offensive to the neighbours. They also wanted the integrity of the building and the recycled materials to remain a feature yet not look like a shack.

Side view of building before

Side view of building before

Side building after

Side building after

The building opened last month and it looks great. The building sits amongst she-oaks and so the building didn’t stand out too much I chose a grey for the body of the building. Using the orange and purple from the Council’s corporate colours, I selected different areas to highlight and give the building life. It will be used as a creative space and these two colours ooze creativity.

Open studio before

Open studio before

Open studio after

Open studio after

I chose to leave some of the timber beams unpainted as well as the recycled colorbond sheeting which forms the subfloor walls. The side area which will form a breakout or semi open studio had beautiful rusty walls. I wanted to leave them unpainted but painted the recycled pool fence and ladders to tie this area in with the main building.

Back verandah before

Back verandah before

Back verandah after

Back verandah after

I think it looks great and will breathe new life into what could have been just another abandoned building.

Signage If you would like assistance choosing colours for the exterior of your building, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

Amazing Before and After

Whenever I am asked to consult on exterior colours, I will check out the home on Google Street View.

This assists in preparing me for the type of house and construction so I can make sure I take the correct tools of trade. I can also have a look at the neighbouring properties and sometimes formulate some ideas prior to arriving for the consultation.

Home as it is now

Home as it is now

This happened last week, when a previous client phoned to make an appointment for their rental property at Palm Beach. The client explained that the previous owner had been inspired by the Pastis Hotel in St Tropez. She sent me photos of the home as it is now and also a link to the hotel website.

Pastis Hotel, St Tropez

Pastis Hotel, St Tropez

But the biggest surprise came when I checked it out on Google Street View. Wow, what a transformation!

Home before

Home before

If you would like assistance choosing a colour scheme for your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

Turn your home from drab to fab

We all love a good before and after shot. It’s amazing what can be done with different houses and rooms. One of the easiest ways to change your home from drab to fab is with a coat of paint.

Exterior of home before

Exterior of home before

A recent study of 1,000 Australian homeowners found that one quarter (24%) of people try to hide rooms away behind closed doors when visitors arrive, and 31% claim that their spare room has become a useless dumping ground. 80% of us would like to change their homes’ appearance and 57% don’t use certain rooms as much as they would like to as a result.

Exterior of home after

Exterior of home after

Taubmans and Shaynna Blaze are laying down a challenge – The Taubmans Endure Paint Challenge – trying to encourage and inspire Australians to break out of the decorating rut.

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The Taubmans Endure Paint Challenge aims to demystify home decoration and help Australians with the process of painting, from that initial spark of creativity to the final coat by providing everything they need – from inspiration and equipment, to fail safe colour palettes and expert tips. The website is full of helpful tips and advice for DIYers to finally act instead of just thinking and dreaming about a new look home.

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If you would like to change the look of your home, register for the challenge at the website, buy a can of Taubmans paint from Bunnings and keep your receipt. Take a before photo, get painting and then take an after photo and submit the images by 26 April 2014.

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Worst case scenario is you have that much wished for painted home. Best case scenario, you win one of the $150,000 worth of prizes which includes Bunnings vouchers and a photo shoot and magazine spread.

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If you would like assistance with your home makeover from choosing paint colours to installing window coverings, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

A Tendency Towards Teal

I’m having a bit of a love affair with the colour teal lately.

I’ve always been a blue lover (just like more than half the people in the world). I love the ocean and water and am happiest walking along the beach or sitting with a coffee looking out over the harbour. Water is something restful for me.

I'm never happier than when I can see blue water

I’m never happier than when I can see blue water

My husband, on the other hand, loves green and it would have to be my least favourite colour. When we drive between Brisbane and Sydney he will often say, “Look at those hills, all that grass, isn’t it beautiful?” And my stock standard answer is “Where’s the water?”

Green valley and rolling hills can have a calming effect on some.

Green valley and rolling hills can have a calming effect on some.

I know greens are easy to live with because of their soothing effect but blue is the colour of rest and relaxation. Combine the two and you have blue-green colours like teal, turquoise and aqua. Yay, there is a future for us after all!

Teal in the kitchen

Teal in the kitchen

While most greens emanate from the earth, I guess it’s the fact that the blue-greens are associated with the sea – calm, spacious, and cool – that draws me to them. I’ve long been a fan of turquoise in decor and love my daily fix from The House of Turquoise but with the seasons changing and we are looking for some “cosier” colours, my mind is wandering to teal.

Teal and Brown Bedroom

Teal and Brown Bedroom

Teal is seen as sophisticated. When deep blue is added to green, the shade becomes more serious. The blue-greens are complex tertiary colours and therefore are seen as more “grown-up” than straight blue or green. I’m swapping my turquoise towels in the bathroom for teal this winter. They seem happy in there and what an easy way of changing the look!

A lighter, more fresh look with turquoise bath towels.

A lighter, more fresh look with turquoise bath towels.

A stronger, warmer look with teal bath towels.

A stronger, warmer look with teal bath towels.

Blue-greens are tinted with yellow and are therefore classed as warm colours. They look good with other warm colours like red, orange and pink. Who would’ve thought that teal could solve all my problems? We might just have found a happy medium.

Teal walls in a living room

Teal walls in a living room

Do a quick Teal search on Pinterest for other great combinations and inspiration.

Teal tiles in the bathroom

Teal tiles in the bathroom

If you would like assistance adding teal to your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

 

Look Up!

If you’ve been following my blog for a while you will know that when it comes to ceilings I am definitely a white girl. I just love the crisp clean look a white ceiling gives a home. And as the majority of houses on which I consult, are period homes and therefore light challenged, a white ceiling will help to brighten a room.

White ceiling by Inside Out Colour and Design

White ceiling by Inside Out Colour and Design

However, there are always exceptions! I love when the ceiling has been considered as another plane to decorate and this can be especially important in hairdressers’, dentists’ and beauticians’ rooms. We are seeing the line between commercial and residential decor blurring. Who doesn’t want to transport that spa bathroom in Phuket and plant it into their suburban bathroom in Sydney?

Spa Bathroom from Phuket

Spa Bathroom from Phuket

Sometimes a room needs to feel like an outdoor room and a pale blue ceiling will do it as the blue emulates the colour of the sky. I recommended this colour for a nursing home in the therapy room where most of the residents were confined to wheelchairs or beds and spent the majority of the time looking up.

Sky blue on the ceiling of a verandah or outdoor room

Sky blue on the ceiling of a verandah or outdoor room

A dark ceiling will make the room feel cosy. Or if it’s a small room or one with a raked ceiling, wrap the wall colour right around the walls and ceiling.

Enveloped in turquoise! Blue walls, woodwork and ceiling really packs a punch.

Enveloped in turquoise! Blue walls, woodwork and ceiling really packs a punch.

Remember, dark colours will make the ceiling feel lower than it really is. This is fine for rooms with very high ceilings or rooms where the height really doesn’t matter and a bit of drama would be preferred.

As dining rooms are mainly used at night, a dark ceiling helps with the cosy mood

As dining rooms are mainly used at night, a dark ceiling helps with the cosy mood

In my own home, I chose to paint the ceiling of the laundry a sea green. There are full height cabinets in white and a bright yellow tiled splashback. The height of the ceiling is the lowest in the house but it’s not really important to have a high ceiling in the laundry, particularly as I don’t plan to spend too much time there!

My laundry with sea green ceiling and yellow tiles spalshback

My laundry with sea green ceiling and yellow tiles spalshback

Another treatment overlooked for the ceiling is wallpaper. It can give the room interest and a luxurious feel. The same colour rules apply, light colours give the feeling of height while dark colours bring the ceiling down.

Wallpapered ceiling for a happy bedroom.

Wallpapered ceiling for a happy bedroom.

I selected a simple lattice pattern for the ceiling in my walk in wardrobe. The paper has a metallic sheen too which helps with light reflection. The dark cabinetry and wallpapered ceiling give a luxe boutique feel to the room.

Metallic wallpaper on the ceiling of the walk in robe

Metallic wallpaper on the ceiling of the walk in robe

The photos in this post have been collected on my Pinterest board, “Look Up” where you’ll find more examples of interesting ceiling treatments. So what are you waiting for? Start planning a makeover of the ceiling in one of your rooms.

Paint stripes on the ceiling

Paint stripes on the ceiling

If you would like assistance choosing paint colours for your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

Pantone Colour of The Year 2014 – 2007

So Pantone have announced the Colour Of The Year for 2014. If you haven’t already heard, it’s Radiant Orchid – a mix between purple and pink.

Pantone Colour of the Year 2014 - Radiant Orchid

Pantone Colour of the Year 2014 – Radiant Orchid

Pantone describe it as a captivating, magical and enigmatic. It is intriguing and will spark the imagination encouraging expanded creativity and originality. Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.

Radiant Orchid in the home

Radiant Orchid in the home

The colour is, what I call, “knocked back”, meaning it has some black in it making it a bit muddy. Not a fresh clean colour.

Yet look at the colours from the past years.

Emerald, a lively, radiant, lush green, was the Color of the Year for 2013. This vivid, verdant green, was intended to enhance our sense of well-being and promote balance and harmony. When you think of Emerald you often think of the precious gemstone and therefore the colour has a sophistication about it. It’s a bright, clear, clean colour.

Emerald

Emerald

In 2012, it was all about Tangerine Tango, a vibrant orange giving us the energy boost we all needed, apparently. It was dramatic yet seductive and emanated heat and energy. Again, a bright, clear, clean colour.

Tangerine Tango

Tangerine Tango

In 2011 we were asked to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor and Honeysuckle was just the colour to help us. It was a captivating, stimulating colour that instilled confidence and courage. It’s bright and clean with no added black.

Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle

And who could forget the gorgeous Colour of The Year in 2010, Turquoise. We all needed to  take things a bit easy and the combination of serene blue and invigorating green helped us escape from the everyday. There’s nothing dirty or muddy about Turquoise.

Turquoise

Turquoise

Mimosa, a warm, engaging yellow, was the Colour of the Year in 2009. As we were starting to emerge from the depths of the GFC, yellow as a good colour to give hope and reassurance.

Mimosa

Mimosa

In 2008 we had Blue Iris and 2007 – pre Global Financial Crisis we had Chilli Pepper. This is the last time we had a colour that was dirty. Chilli Pepper is red with a touch of black giving it that more stable, lived in feel.

Blue Iris

Blue Iris

Chilli Pepper

Chilli Pepper

So does that mean our troubles are over for now and we can get back to some solid colours that are a little bit grubby, a little bit lived in, rather than surrounding ourselves with bright shiny things?

What do you think? Will you be throwing some Radiant Orchid around your home?

Radiant Orchid in the bedroom

Radiant Orchid in the bedroom

If you would like assistance choosing a colour palette that suits you and your home, contact us for a consultation.

 

Christmas Decor begins with Colour

Can you hear those sleigh bells ringing? Yes, it’s that time of the year again when we all get in a flutter over Christmas.

DSC_0029 Now I’ve always put the tree up religiously on the first of December and taken it down on the first of January. Except for last year of course. Didn’t even get around to putting up the tree after nine months of home renovations. So this year I decided to put it up a week early. We have a weekend of entertaining coming up this weekend and there will be no time to fuss around with the decorations. Besides the department stores put there’s up in September so why can’t I do mine on 24 November?

DSC_0017 Each year we have a colour theme. See, everything starts with a colour! I have all the decorations put in separate boxes and as we (that’s my daughter and I) couldn’t decide on which colours to use this year, I asked the other half to bring up all the boxes from under the house. Wow, that was a mistake! Seeing all the boxes sitting on the front porch ensured everyone knew just how many decorations I had. Needless to say, the Financial Controller was not impressed and was issuing warnings like, “You better not be buying any more decorations this year!”

IMG_2244 So after wading through the boxes, we decided on fuschia, purple, aqua and silver. Being the ever co-ordinated one, I also have the same colours for wrapping paper, bon bons, tea towels, hand towels and candles that are scattered through the rest of the house.

IMG_2252 Even though I’ve been warned about not buying any more decorations, I’m sure I will be forgiven for buying a couple of decorations from Dusk.

Image 3 All funds raised from these cute little baubles will go to Make A Wish Australia to help sick children. What a great idea. They are only $6 each AND they fit into my colour scheme.

Image 1 Now, off you go to Dusk and grab a couple of baubles for your tree.

Image 8 If you would like assistance with colours for your home, contact us for an appointment.

Flowers for Florence

It was my birthday on Saturday! Another one! I think I’ve reached the age where it really doesn’t matter and it’s just another day.

PeachBlossom My husband found the kitchen and whipped up some omlettes for breakfast. My daughter then baked a cake for afternoon tea before she went out to a birthday party for one of her friends.

FlorenceOrientalFilligree So my husband and I headed into the city to visit the David Jones flower display. Every Spring DJ’s goes all out and decorates their Elizabeth St Store with the most magnificent floral displays. This year the theme was Florence Broadhurst so I was determined to see it.

DJsPeacockWindow All her fabrics were translated to floral displays in the windows and also on the ground floor of the store.

FlorencePeacockFeathers I loved the Florence-isms that were in the windows too.

Florencisms I thoroughly recommend if you have not read her biography, you should. The woman was soooo ahead of her time. Reinventing herself at every turn and never, ever saying it couldn’t be done.

OrchidsatDJs If you would like to add some Florence Broadhurst fabrics or wallpaper to your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

 

Funky 50s and other trends

This week has been a week of trends. I’ve been to two lectures on latest trends and also a product launch. It’s interesting (and pleasing) to hear similar things come from 4 different avenues. Nice to know it really is a science!

Trends are not necessarily what’s hot for the next year or so. Most trends have a life cycle of about ten years. So those painting their houses and choosing colours will be pleased to hear that the grey trend, which has been around for about 4 years will still be around for another 6 at least. So keep on painting charcoal and grey and continue to choose a grey sofa over a brown one.

greysofa Ombre is a big influence too. It started with the dipping of legs of furniture or other objects and has progressed to ombre. There’s some stunning pieces around like this gorgeous Ercol Love Seat.

Ercol Loveseat

Ercol Loveseat

Concrete is on the rise. Not so much the cement and water type but the concrete look in bench tops and tiles. Caesarstone are releasing a Concrete surface and Polytec have a laminate surface too.

Polytec laminate - Concrete Fabrini

Polytec laminate – Concrete Fabrini

Another trend that caught my eye is the Funky 50′s. of course I would love that being a colour lover. It’s all about pops of colour in your decor and colour blocking. Funnily enough this trend has been around for quite a while but probably not labelled. Back in 2005 when I was studying, I prepared this collage for our Trends assignment.

Funky 50's Collage

Funky 50′s Collage

Since then Smeg have brought out their retro fridges in bright colours and other appliances have followed suit.

Smeg Fridge in Orange

Smeg Fridge in Orange

Dulux will be releasing their colour trends in the next couple of weeks and I had a sneak peek at those too. There’s a palette to suit all styles and decor from Romantic Spirits to Digital Nomads.

Digital Nomads by Dulux

Digital Nomads by Dulux

So what colours are you using in your home at the moment?

If you would like assistance choosing colours for your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

United with Colour

A splash of pink in cushions and lamp have been drawn from the artwork making the room lively.

A splash of pink in cushions and lamp have been drawn from the artwork making the room lively.

Many of my clients have been asking me lately how to decorate with colour. It seems everyone is a little bit scared of it.

The pink dining chairs have been replicated in the pink occasional chair in the living room

The pink dining chairs have been replicated in the pink occasional chair in the living room

One of the easiest ways to end up with a cohesive interior is to link through a colour. You can take a colour from an existing artwork or the rug in the room or simply choose your favourite colour.

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The smallest hint of red in the artworks has been repeated in the console pots and chair cushion making our eye travel around the room and drink it all in.

Just use the colour in small doses but a few times and link it through the room or even your whole home.

Even this colour laden room has a splash of red to link the colour of the dining room with the living area.

Even this colour laden room has a splash of red to link the colour of the dining room with the living area.

If you would like assistance creating a cohesive interior for your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

All images can be found on my Pinterest boards.

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