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and contemporary. However, bold colours are a
popular trend this year, so to incorporate this trend
maintain a neutral base and consider a slick of paint
on the walls or accessories such as towels, window
treatments, and art which are easy to change down
67 Start from the bottom up, according to Laminex's
Rebecca Stewart. Start with the floor, then the
benchtop, the cabinet doors and lastly any accent
68 "Shades of grey in smokey
hues or greys with a green/
brown undertone are
69 Add a spritz of colour to your kitchen or bathroom
with customised taps. Corian levers have an
extensive range of colours, so you could match your
floor tiles with one black, one white or choose blue
for cold and red for hot to avoid any confusion!
70 Inject some European flavour into your kitchen
and bathroom with "chocolate-coloured bronze
tapware" which spells "French and Italian
countryside" according to Shirley Marshall of The
English Tapware Company. "This gorgeous finish
is now available on a wide range of kitchen taps,
bathroom tabs and shower fittings."
71 Add a unique element to your bathroom or kitchen
with horizontal timber grains of striking patterns
and unusual colours.
72 Jason Levin from Dean Kitchens believes "natural
finishes are long lasting," and another safe option is
black and white, which is "timeless".
73 "Split colour schemes are still popular but look
more appealing when grouping feature colours in a
block," says Rebecca Stewart. "For up and coming
colour trends use hints of copper or gold."
74 "Install a bare brass outdoor shower at your
beach house and leave the elements to do the
rest," suggests Shirley Marshall. "This is just one
situation where uncoated bare brass is the perfect
solution, as it will develop a lovely verdigris, which
will deepen with age. Uncoated bare brass was the
finish of original tapware and has come full circle for
the discerning homeowner."
75 Bring the outside in with olives, greys and browns as
they bring a natural touch to the home. "Combine
these colours with the ever-so-popular white to
complete your selection," says Rebecca Stewart.
TOUCH OF LUXURY
76 "Integrated appliances, from fridges to dishwashers,
give a luxurious edge to a kitchen's design," says
Dean Kitchens' Jason Levin.
77 "Waterfall bath spouts look impressive and are
relatively inexpensive," says Tina Mills of Lavare.
78 "Interactive kitchens with computer stations or
built-in flat screen TVs are great for the modern
and technologically influenced family," says The
Laminex Group's Rebecca Stewart.
79 "Tiles, taps and fittings are
a must for a luxury look,"
says Peter Allen from
Aeria Country Floors.
"Good quality products
and accessories will make
your finished look luxurious."
80 Create your own day spa within your home by
adding a few touches of luxury to your bathroom,
such as massaging showerheads, sunken tubs,
saunas and for an ultimate luxury -- a mirrored
television. Have a cold bottle of champagne and
some delicious bubble bath ready to go, light some
candles and you're all set for an evening of luxury.
81 "Gold plated tapware and accessories give an
immediate sense of luxury," says Shirley Marshall
of The English Tapware Company. "Modern
technology has improved the quality of the plating
process but with the current cost of gold, be
prepared to pay more for quality tapware which has
a substantial, durable coating."
72 Jason Levin from Dean Kitchens believes
"natural finishes are long lasting," and another safe
option is black and white, which is "timeless".
Images clockwise: Dean Kitchens x2; D4 Reisdential; Olivieri
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