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How to Decorate a New Home

Moving into a new home is hugely exciting, but often, new homeowners get carried away when decorating and shopping, resulting in costly mistakes. One of the benefits of a brand new home is that it comes with a clean palette, but even with a fresh start, you still need to follow a few rules and tips:

1. Stick to a neutral palette

It’s very easy to envision how a space will look before you move in, but it’s a different story actually living in your design. By opting for a neutral palette, it allows you to make changes to your decor as you get settled, without the need for a repaint.

Neutral doesn’t have to be boring. White comes in 180 shades alone and then there’s smokey lavender, blueish grey and beige to name a few. Once you’ve got the base, you can add splashes of colour with the odd feature wall or through your accessories.

2. Think about texture

Having chosen a neutral colour, it’s important to include items that create interest and depth. Think throws on the bed or cushions on the sofa, a pile of unique books on a side table or a plush rug on the floor.

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Digital Tools for Choosing Your Interior Colours

The best way to transform your home’s interior into an attractive and memorable space is to choose the right paint colour. Luckily, there are many digital tools than can help you achieve this task.

Finding Paint Online

The best place to find the digital tools that can help you brighten up your interior is online. There are dozens of websites, many of them run by paint manufacturers, that offer both tools and advice.

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Creating a Sense of Space in a Smaller Home

Sometimes our homes can feel a little cramped. This is especially true if you live in an apartment or a small single storey house. Fortunately, it’s very easy for a creative individual to create a sense of space in even in the smallest of homes.

Creating the Illusion of Space

It isn’t actually possible to create more space, but it is possible to make a smaller home seem larger than it is. This illusion can be created with a little bit of careful planning and decoration.

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Finding the Best Fittings for Your Kit Home

Finding the right fittings for your kit home can make a significant difference to the look, feel and function of your new place, so make sure you take your choice of fittings seriously. The following are a few important things to keep in mind when hunting for those ideal fittings for your kit home.

Research

To be any chance of finding the best fittings for your kit home you will need to do plenty of research, so get online, check out friend’s places, or stop by a few showroom kit homes. The more you know about what is available, the more chance you are of making an informed decision, so make sure you know about all of those leading options.

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Buying Established Plants for a New Garden

Setting up a new garden can be a lot of fun, whether you are moving to a new house or just changing things up in your yard, and one of the best ways to make life easier on yourself is to buy established plants. The following should be some of your main considerations when buying established plants for your new garden, so make sure you have done your homework and know exactly what you are doing.

Why?

Enjoy them straight away — While growing your own plants from seed is a fantastic idea, it requires a lot of patience, so if you’d like to enjoy your garden sooner rather than later, buying already established plants is a smart idea. It will cost you more to buy your garden plants in this way, but if you can’t or don’t want to wait months for the garden to start to thrive, it can be a worthwhile investment.

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Best Plants for a Drought Resistant Garden

Backyard garden plants help to define spaces and provide shade, screening and privacy. Above all, they make our gardens look beautiful. Selecting plants for your garden isn’t just about the ones you like the look of, however, as they should also be durable and right for your climate. If, like most Australians, you’re looking to build a garden that has low water requirements, you’ll have to choose plants that also have low water needs, or drought-resistant plants. Whether you have just built a kit home, or you’re simply landscaping your existing yard, the following plants are ones you should consider if you live in a dry climate.

Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)

This is a highly attractive deciduous tree that grows to eight metres and features peeling bark and colourful foliage. You can get them with white, pink, or crimson flowers, which is perfect for coordinating with your custom home. There are a few different varieties you can choose from as well, but they all require some annual pruning to manage their height and flowers.

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Finding Online Inspiration for Interior Design

In the days before the Internet, to find inspiration for improving your interior design you would have had to pour through dozens of design magazines or spend a lot of time going to open house showings, but nowadays you can access an almost endless amount of inspiration for free online. The following is a brief look at how to use the Internet to find inspiration for your interior design projects, whether you are looking to spruce up your bedroom or an entire kit home.

Find something different

If you are hoping for some true inspiration as opposed to more of the same ideas, you need to be willing to step out of your comfort zone, and the Internet makes this extremely easy. Take advantage of the power of the Internet to connect all corners of the earth and look for inspiration is a few different areas to normal, because with the world at your fingertips, you’d be foolish not to at least check out what others are doing with their custom homes.

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Choosing Between Timber and Steel for Your Home

Choosing between steel and timber for your new home is one of the biggest decisions you will need to make throughout the process of having it built. The right choice for you will depend on a lot of different factors, the most important of which is the cost and look you hope to achieve. The following is a brief look at some of the key considerations when choosing timber or steel for your home construction.

Humid areas

In humid areas you may think that steel is the best but, just like wood, these types of construction are prone to decay. While steel can rust away, wood can be easily protected (treated timber) as well as retreated with timber oil and other sealing coats. So don’t let the humid weather deter you from wood frames as the right timber won’t have many issues with wetter weather.

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Planning Your Home From Start to Finish

Planning to have a new home built can be a lot of fun, but make sure that you are taking your time and are planning for every detail from start to finish. The following ideas will help ensure you have your bases covered when it comes to planning out your new home.

Do some research

Unless you are a master builder, the first thing you are going to need to do is spend a decent amount of time doing some research, because there are a lot of steps that need to be taken throughout the building of a home, and you won’t want to miss an important one. There are permits you will need to get and contractors you will need to hire, so allow yourself plenty of time to get your head around all of the details.

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Options for Interior Design on a Budget

Whether you are planning for the interior design of your kit home or split-level house, if you don’t have a large amount of money to spend you are going to need to get creative. You can definitely still have your place looking great without spending a lot of money; you just might need to put in a little more effort. The following ideas are all sure to help drastically cut your interior design bills.

Second-hand materials

You really can find just about anything second hand if you look hard enough, and so if you don’t have a lot of money in your budget to spare for design costs, try to find some second-hand versions of whatever it is you are after. Making use of second-hand materials can help create a unique and stylish look, and is also a smart move for reducing your impact on the environment. More often than not, you won’t be sacrificing anything in terms of function or style by opting for second hand.

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