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Lifestyle : Home Beautiful
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Appliances designed to be on show, such as KitchenAid's range of coloured stand mixers, blenders and toasters, will brighten up even the dullest kitchen. Or, for a slightly bolder take, Smeg's bottom-mount and retro range of refrigerators are available in a wide range of colours, such as pink, yellow and blue, as well as custom-made prints (these are available in the retro refrigerator models only). Lighten up Lighting is another simple but effective way to jazz up a kitchen. Rather than opting for neat-but- forgettable down lights, why not add one or several feature ceiling lights? Oversized wooden fittings are on trend but hanging printed lampshades, chandeliers and brushed-aluminum pendant styles are a fun, contemporary way to add a talking point. Go your own way And though sleek, contemporary kitchens are in vogue, don't be afraid to choose a look that best suits your home and personality. Country- inspired French provincial kitchens, for example, can look dated if over the top. However, if they're appropriate to the age and style of a house, or are mixed with sleek appliances and finishings, they can create a real wow factor. Paint it Home owners are also opting to play it safe in other rooms of the house, with neutral colours topping the popularity stakes when it comes to domestic paint choices. ''Neutral tones are most popular but we're moving away from brown to taupes and warm grey colours,'' says the owner and designer for Inside Out Colour and Design Jennifer French. If using white, a popular and timeless option, French recommends using a warmer shade on the walls and a starker white on all timber trimmings and detailing, to give rooms more depth. ''It's a design trick worth remembering,'' she says. But the experts agree neutral colours are fashionable for good reason. ''When reselling a home, neutral paint choices will appeal to a wider market and they make a space look bigger,'' says interior decorator for Merryweather Colour and Interiors Vanessa Merryweather. But fun can still be had, particularly on feature walls, in children's rooms or in communal areas such as foyers. ''Bear in mind that paint is a decorator's best friend and it's relatively cheap to change,'' Merryweather says. But home decorators should be mindful that some colours might evoke a physical response. A strong red, for example, can stimulate heart rate and appetite, so such a choice may be inappropriate for a bedroom or relaxation zones. Affordable style Soft furnishings such as cushions, throws and rugs are a great way to update the look of a room by adding statement colours and texture to a space. Bright hues and stylish patterns -- such as florals, stripes and damask prints -- complement safe wall colours and are interchangeable with the seasons. Although custom-made options can be costly, there are choices for the budget-conscious; brands such as Kas, Ikea and Target all stock affordable soft-furnishing ranges. And for those with the time and inclination, making your own cushions, throws and even bed linen by sourcing cheap materials or offcuts can create a unique decorative finish that won't break the bank. ''You can do lots of things yourself to create a luxe look for less; it really comes down to the limit of your imagination,'' Merryweather says. THE SUN-HERALD SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2010 63 Home beautiful SPECIAL REPORT Easy does it . . . Brielle and Stephen Gosch, with dog Georgie, didn't want to rush their renovation. Photo: Sahlan Hayes Fine form and function For dietitian Brielle Gosch, a confessed foodie with a professional interest in cooking and food preparation, planning a kitchen renovation was an important but gradual process. Buying a 1960s-style cottage in the southern Sydney suburb of Engadine three years ago, Brielle and her husband, Stephen, knew the kitchen needed an overhaul but resisted the temptation to rush into it. ''We thought about the kitchen renovation for quite a while before starting,'' 27-year-old Brielle says. ''We wanted to make sure we knew exactly what we wanted.'' To save on cost, the newlyweds planned the layout themselves, then commissioned a kitchen company to make the cabinets to maximise storage options. Central to the design of the L-shaped kitchen is a double french door, that leads out to a deck overlooking surrounding bushland, along with an integrated breakfast bar area. The outdoor view, coupled with dark floorboards in the kitchen and beige paint on the walls, inspired the couple to opt for a chocolate- coloured wood grain laminate on the bottom of the work units to contrast with white CaesarStone benchtops. ''We would have liked to have used wooden veneer but it was much more expensive,'' Gosch says. And although all appliances are finished in stainless steel, the duo chose a tiled glass splashback to add interest to the space. At a cost of $15,000 for the full renovation, excluding the french door, the couple's budget was modest but the result is a functional and inviting entertaining space. ''We didn't want the kitchen to look clinical, as it had to match the rest of the house, but it needed to look good and not cost too much,'' Brielle says. ''I think we achieved our goal in the end.''
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