Home Renovation Blog
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Shades of GREY are super popular in interior design nowadays. And no, we are not going to make a Fifty Shades of Grey joke haha. We are seeing the rise and rise of the grey colour palette – spanning the full range from lighter shades to the deep and dramatic tones – in aussie home renovations and interior design.
Typically grey is being used as a paint colour for the walls and is teamed up with crisp white trim on windows, skirting and the like. In fact, it is not confined to interior design, it is also hugely popular in exteriors too.
But for many, grey is a difficult colour to coordinate within the home so that it looks fresh and even harder to make the colour palette naturally flow from one room to the next. The key is very much found in using shades of grey but according to the natural light and then the shadows within each room and space.
When it comes to choosing the RIGHT grey and mix of grey tones, we have found most homeowners get confused.
Often they know they want to use grey and are even keen to make a bold choice by throwing in a dark, deep toned grey to create drama, but are afraid of making a mistake.
Ultimately they struggle with indecision and making a final choice becomes so difficult that it stops them doing anything.
We decided to find out more about why grey is so popular, and to finds some easy to use guidelines to using grey in your home in in your interior design.
We sat down and chatted with Doffie, a Perth legend in interior design and homewares. Some of you may remember the cottage craft shop that Doffie owned in Subiaco back in the 1980’s?
Nowadays, Doffie has a popup shop in Mosman Park selling bespoke homewares, children’s keepsakes and offering interior design and home styling services. Shortly she will be opening an exciting Retail Collective in Subiaco – follow Doffie on Facebook for the opening announcement!
Doffie explained ‘Grey in its many tones sit well with white and give it gives a more modern feel even if the home is an older home. There is a naturalness to grey.’ She goes on to explain that some may feel the colour could be gloomy but in Australia with our abundance of sunshine, it works beautifully with plenty of light to bounce off grey walls.
Many homeowners stick with the grey and white combo and this works really well in interiors by using soft furnishings such as cushions and throw rugs to throw in pops of colour. Select quality fabrics such as heavy linens, cottons and silks in consistency to create a stylish classic and quality look.
When it comes to complementary colours for pops of colour, Doffie assures us that the number of colours and tones that can be paired with grey are plentiful. This is another reason it is currently popular.
To help those that are uncertain of what goes with what, here are some great tips.
Crisp white – we have already mentioned white, but the clean look of a classic white against grey provides a great polished look that is a winner every time. This is also very popular in exteriors of homes.
Tones of aqua – or blues that are clean and crisp like the ocean on a sunny day. Pops of colour using artwork, a cushion, vase or throw rug are a few ways to introduce this colour.
Navy Blue as a deeper blue, charcoal and black work well. Choose a deep blue with charcoal/grey undertones – these work well with the Hamptons style. The home shown below does this perfectly by using a sofa in navy and breakfast bar stools in black with black pendant lights.
Champagne Pink or Shell pink – great for the Scandi décor look or make it lush by choosing a velvet fabric. Again, throw rugs and cushions and other accessories are an easy way to bring this colour into the mix. You do not need a lot to have impact.
Red – though Doffie cautions ‘I am very wary of a lot of red being used and in particular with men and their homes or office. Men often think that black/dark grey and red and white are it!! …Not! That said, there are some great tones of red and orange and yellows that are amazing with grey’.
If you are renovating and just looking to re-paint your home, get some sample paint pots from Bunnings and try out your chosen colours in different areas of your home.
See how the colours look in dark corners and light filled areas too. What works and what doesn’t?
However, for many homeowners this merely adds to the confusion and the difficulty in selecting the right colours. So where to when this happens?
Engaging the services of a colour consultant (Dulux provides this service for a reasonable fee – they will of course only recommend Dulux paint colours!) or an interior designer – such as Doffie – for a couple of hours at the start of your project is a great idea.
Even if you have a rough idea of what you want, they can help nail the colours down and give you confidence in your final selections.
They will be able to advise on what undertones are important too, this is subtle but can make all the difference.
Beyond colour choices, there are so many other elements to decorating your home as part of a home renovation project to create a timeless classic look. Many think that sticking with the classics is the way to go, but sometimes playing too safe can be boring.
Suzanne asked Doffie ‘What tips can you give to homeowners that want a classic and timeless look that will stand the test of time, but without playing too safe and being boring?’
Doffie explained that by selecting either mid-modern furniture or antiques in their natural woods you can create a classic framework and then build from there. You can start to inject personality and interest with a great piece of artwork.
Artwork provides a great opportunity to come forward with a strong sense of colour and an element of surprise the on the walls. Forget about boring landscapes that ‘sit back’. Use the artwork to create a point of difference in your home.
Create a winning overall look by teaming up some lovely classic pieces of furniture with quality lighting choices such as great lamps, and use soft furnishings with texture and colour, add in the artwork that pops, you have the opportunity to create a home that is a joy to live in while also being timeless yet stylish at the same time.
If you are not sure how to pull your interior design all together yourself, then find someone who can help. A great Interior Designer will factor in the unique interests and personality of you and your family, and recommend furniture and accessories that will work for you.
Suzanne recommends ‘Engaging the services of an Interior Designer is a worthwhile investment in my opinion. If you want your home to have the WOW factor without the stress and pressure of figuring out the colours and selections yourself, it can be a small investment in making sure that you get a great outcome. Our home is our castle, and being able to come home to an environment that is a joy to live in is priceless.’
In the home renovation projects completed by Amerex, we often provide the services of an Interior Designer to assist clients. Some clients engage an Interior Designer directly if they already know someone they want to use.
Either way, we love working with Interior Designers, as we know that our clients always end up loving the end product, a beautifully renovated and stylish home that they are proud of.
“ I was fortunate to have Steve, Kelly and the team at Amerex build my extension.Cymbie Mt Lawley
They are a professional, highly skilled, approachable business with exacting standards and the ability to work with you from the planning stage to completion.
This professionalism extends to all who come on site. Kelly's capable and warm project coordination ensures that everything runs like clockwork and all your queries are dealt with extreme efficiency.
Very Happy! ”
“ We completed our first home renovation in North Perth with Amerex last year. We were undertaking a large two storey renovation of our dream home and the decision to choose Amerex came down to the high level of professionalism, expertise, excellent customer service and vast knowledge that Steve and the team displayed in character home renovations.Laila North Perth
We had not renovated in the past and we were very unsure of the process however Amerex staff spent a lot of time assisting us with the design process, they were always available to answer our enquires, provided valuable suggestions, were extremely patient and completed our project ahead of schedule.
We would highly recommend Amerex as we have ended up with a beautiful home that displays excellent workmanship and a highly functional design. The home is exactly as we imagined it to be and our family and friends have all complimented on the amazing final result.
We thoroughly enjoyed the building process with Steve and the highly skilled Amerex team and extend a big thankyou to all the staff who helped us along the way!! ”
“ We signed up with Amerex for a very big renovation, bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom - the lot. We wanted to keep the look and feel of our character home in the extensions. Amerex were the right choice for that. They have an eye for detail and took the time to make sure things were done right. We've been very happy with the quality of their work.Ben Inglewood
We found Steve to be very responsive and professional. He kept the whole project moving along. We were complete novices going into the whole process and he took the time to go through the details so we could make more informed choices.
Would definitely recommend Amerex to anyone wanting to renovate. ”
“ From the first meeting with Loretta from Amerex until the final check we have enjoyed the experience with Amerex. They have taken our words and ideas and built them into a quality finished home extension that is functional and everything that we had hoped for.Phil North Perth
The entire team at Amerex lead by Steve are friendly, reliable, use quality materials and produce a quality outcomes.
Our extension has the “wow” factor and guests comment on the exceptional open plan design that is built to entertain.
We are very happy with the final finish and would highly recommend them to anyone. ”
“ Steve and his team took our conceptual design and made our vision a reality in very quick time with practical completion of this major renovation within 7 months of the start date. The site supervision was tight which meant that the work progressed easily between the various trades.Christine Wembley
What is more, the estimated cost of the job was accurate with variations only to suit changes that we required. The outcome was a home that delivers so much more than we expected in terms of comfort, quality and our initial objectives.
It was a real pleasure to deal with Steve and his team. I would not hesitate to recommend Amerex to anyone who needs the services of a truly professional builder/renovator. ”
“ Amerex, lead by Steve, have clearly been in the building industry a long time and offered valuable input and guidance prior to, and during the build. They used skilled tradespeople and quality materials; no corners were cut and I felt confident that the build was of the highest quality.Rachel Woodlands
Steve and his team communicated frequently with me along the way and I was involved at every step. I felt comfortable approaching him if I had any questions or concerns, he was always available and acted quickly to resolve any issues.
The team at Amerex were reliable, professional and a pleasure to deal with. In particular Kelly, who would often go ‘above and beyond’, was always positive, and nothing was ever too much trouble. ”
“ It was an absolute pleasure to deal with the Amerex team for our home renovation.Eric and Kris Mt Lawley
From Steve Burke, to the office staff and all of the various tradespeople, we received exceptional customer service.
The skilled tradespeople were reliable, obliging & committed to the highest level of quality on our home.
Amerex came in on budget, they completed the work earlier than scheduled & they ensured our renovation ran smoothly throughout. ”
A member of the Amerex team will arrange a time to discuss your
renovation and additions project and assess what stage you are at in the building process.
PO Box 328, North Perth WA 6906
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