Colour is a real mood changer. (Okay, wine and chocolates too!) Have you noticed how many blue painted walls are in decor magazines lately? I have never been brave enough to paint one of my own walls blue. I am not a fan of light blue walls myself, but the darker toned paints, leaning towards navy, I do find interesting, calming and almost dramatic. They say, once you’ve changed over to the other side… you never want to have neutral walls again! .
Start slowly, choose one room or one wall to experiment with. Make sure the other furniture in the room are mostly neutral so you don’t need to stress about matching colours too. Make sure you have other blue accents in your room like cushions or ornaments to pull it all together.
Before you get excited about that second storey for your home, there are a few very important facts you need to know about building up your existing house.
WHO CAN TELL ME IF I CAN BUILD UP?
The best way is to pay a building inspector to do an independent building inspection
This can be for your own home or a home that you plan to buy
A qualified builder might also give you some good advice on extension possibilities and problem areas they normally come across
A structural engineer can give you more expert advice if you expect that your project will have difficult or unusual building specs
A drafter and interior designer can give you advise on what Council will allow on your plot regarding extension regulations for your plot or neighbourhood. They will normally advise if you need an engineer for your project and can put you in contact with builders, engineers or building inspectors.
ADVANTAGES OF GOING UP?
You can expand without loosing existing garden space.
It gives you an opportunity to change the style of your home by replacing the roof or view in a major way
DISADVANTAGES OF GOING UP?
More expensive than just a normal extension
Extra building costs for extra support on existing home
Additional cost for structural engineer to be involved in the project
If you need to replace or take off part of the existing roof, you might have to move out for a few weeks. This might cost you some money, or you can be brave and stay with family for a while.
IMPORTANT POINTS FOR BUILDING UP:
Your existing house must have the foundations to support a second storey
The existing walls must be able to be strengthened to support the new weight
The height of the new roof will be determined by council regulations and might influence the style of your extension (your drafter and interior designer will advise)
The slope of the new roof is also determined by council
Your new storey might influence the view of your neighbours and they might need to give permission for your new storey
A structural engineer will be appointed by your drafter to do the engineer drawings for council. These need to be handed in to Council with the drafter’s plans. This will be an added cost to your project.
Just think for the moment what the additional weight of a second storey is… I can hardly carry 5 tiles on my own! A second storey will have new walls, ceiling, new heavy roof tiles, new floor boards or even bathroom fittings. You want to be sure your bath does not end up in your downstairs living room after a few weeks!
Rather be safe than sorry, and get all the facts before you start stripping your home and removing walls.
A week ago I waited in anticipation for what the “colour of the year’ in 2016 will be. Why is it important? It is, because shops will tend to lean towards these colours when they buy furniture, clothes & all things decorating. The new colours for 2016 are: ROSE QUARTZ & SERENITY. This is the first time ever that two colours are chosen as colour of the year.
So if you’re not into pastels, do you have to follow this trend? Of course not! You do your own thing! It is just important to know that you will see these colours pop up everywhere in shops and magazines as it is seen as the chosen trend setting colours for the year. See, we are just here to keep you informed and help you look very intelligent and up to date with what’s going on in the market!
Here are a few examples of how these colours can be used in your home. The beautiful rug & canvas are from Urban Road.
These colours are supposed to make you feel calm, experience tranquility and increase your overall well being. Are you feeling relaxed yet? If not, grab a glass of red wine. After all, it is still 2015 and the pantone colour of the year for 2015 is still Marsala for the next three weeks. If you don’t know, Marsala is the colour of red wine! Go check it out here – Marsala: The misrepresentation of red wine.
Yes, you even celebrate Christmas this year with these lovely new pantone colours! (And very wisely tell your guests all about the new trends for next year…)
It might be the drabbest colour in the palette for some, but why then, has it become one of the most popular colours in today’s modern home?
According to colour psychology, it could be because grey gives us a sense of belonging, inclusion, and acceptance. Unfortunately, if used incorrectly, it can wreak havoc in the most sensible of homes.
The perfect gray can be quite elusive, especially when you’re standing in a paint store among a sea of samples—every hue starts looking like a dreary storm cloud.
The one thing to remember when chasing that cloud is that grey has either a blue, green or purple undertone. Magnify that hidden undertone by a lot (like your wall size) and you can imagine what effect it could have! When putting together your room, keep the undertone in your grey wall colour in mind when selecting the rest of your furnishings.