Working on a new build project the first job on the to-do list is to decide on the exterior colours, most clients find this really difficult.
We all know the value of street appeal and, if we are honest, the desire to own the best looking house on the street is within us all. The exterior is the first impression of your home and is comprised of products that will last the lifetime of your build, the colour combination also sets the style of the interior, ….. so much PRESSURE and you haven’t set foot inside yet!!
Don’t panic, there is just one easy rule to follow; aim to use a maximum of 3 colours – simple right?
Try to package together the elements, most homes will use more than one type of cladding, for example, brick + cedar so already you have used 2 colours now combine the roof, window joinery and garage door as the 3rd colour.
Villa style homes offer an opportunity to highlight features without breaking the 3 colour rule, below I have used Resene Double Linen on the weatherboards with Resene Half Sea Fog for the trims, Pearl White window joinery and garage door, topped with a colorsteel Flax Pod roof
I recently completed a Perfect Combination Project – A blank canvas spec home + existing clients on their second project = boundaries pushed with amazing results!
The newly constructed spec home was beautifully proportioned but super plain – so plain it made you sleepy!! Client brief was to add some personality, warmth and interest so we set to work……..
The Master bedroom was spacious opening out onto a sunny courtyard but lacked any redeeming features so we added Harlequin wallpaper, Hemptech fabric and Bianca Lorenne Bed linen.
Feature wallpaper was repeated in the Lounge with dramatic effect, an existing David Shaw Chair was revitalized with new Harlequin fabric.
Another stunning Harlequin wallpaper in the entrance added drama
These simple additions change the house to a home.
A space well and truly stamped with the clients personality.
I really enjoy working on renovation projects, the end results are always rewarding. This project was no exception. John and Fay’s family farm house needed serious attention. The layout was typical of its era, dark cramped separate rooms with no thought given to the sun or the stunning rural views.
Walls separating the dining, lounge and kitchen were removed connecting all 3 rooms into a bright family friendly space. We used the large existing laundry as a combination scullery, home office, laundry room with direct access into the kitchen, the remaining kitchen space suited a functional galley layout.
Original timber floors, simple white cabinets and bench tops, Italian glass mosaic tiles the colour of the summer sky, some funky lighting….. perfect!