Home' Homes : Homes 2009 Contents 76 WA's Best Homes; architects, builders & designers 2009
71 Think about design as well as function and
price when contemplating furniture. "A piece of
well designed, well made furniture becomes an
investment in the long run." -- Sam Teoh, Sam Teoh
72 "Feature walls are outdated,"
says Adele Fudlovski of Adele
Britt design. Contemplate
another wall covering such
as wallpaper, or just stick to
73 Dress up furnishings by adding rugs or cushions.
If you have neutral-coloured furniture add bright
or patterned cushions for vibrancy. Be careful not
to go overboard with colour and intersperse bright
colours with neutral shades.
74 "Wallpapering a whole room as opposed to just one
wall can be quite e ective. Grasscloth wallpapers
give a natural character appearance and are not so
over-empowering compared to a patterned-type
wallpaper." -- Adele Fudlovski, Adele Britt Design.
75 Small budgets can still have their own individual
stamp, says Julie Levin from Julie Levin Design.
"If they have a small budget it is advisable that they
go for a project builder or spec home, but even
then, they can make some changes to the design
together with an interior designer, to make it their
own and choose their own finishes and fittings."
76 Play around with furniture and fittings to create
a space that will catch the eye. Symmetry and repeti-
tion work well. Having a multitude of one-o pieces
will make a room look chaotic and mismatched.
Buy objects such as lamps in pairs or groups so you
can continue the pattern in other rooms.
77 "Collect art pieces to add colour into rooms. It's
best to have a white blank canvas for walls and a
good colour choice is Dulux, Vivid White -- for any
artworks. It enhances the pieces quite e ectively."
-- Adele Fudlovski, Adele Britt Design.
78 If you're short on art, group
some photos together on the
wall in similar looking frames.
It's an e ective statement
with a personal touch.
79 "I always find the way to start an interior is to choose
the main flooring for the house first. The flooring
butts up to all areas of the house, paint colours,
bathroom tiling, cabinet works and carpet. Once
you have chosen the main floor this will dictate
colour shades, textures and help create a theme
for the home." -- Gavin Lim, Palazzo Homes.
80 Don't get trapped into matching everything;
some of the most exciting and interesting
homes have fused styles, varied textures, and
inspirations from a number of cultures. Start
with a neutral palette, and add pieces that
speak to you, not just pieces that "match" your
81 Listen to the experts. They are the experienced
ones, equipped best to advise you, and will save you
from huge, cost increasing delays from your council.
82 Contracts between yourself and your architects
and builders are necessary to protect you in the
event a job is unfinished or not completed properly.
Use the Department of Fair Trading as a reference
for your contract -- and be sure you've read and
understood your contract and that your builder has
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73 Dress up furnishings by adding rugs or cushions. If you
have neutral-coloured furniture add bright or patterned
cushions for vibrancy. Be careful not to go overboard with
colour and intersperse bright colours with neutral shades.
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