Breathe new life into your bathroom with these 5 tips

Perth’s property market might have been relatively subdued in recent months, but that hasn’t put a dampener on the number of homes being sold. More than 600 properties were sold in the week ending June 13, an increase of more than 50 from the same time period a year earlier, according to figures collated by the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia.

How can I boost the value of my Perth home?

If you’re considering selling your home in the near future, you’ll naturally be thinking about what you can do to increase the value of your property. Hiring stage furniture in Perth is a simple and efficient way to quickly boost the perceived value of your home and help prospective buyers visualise how their lives would fit into the space. Of course, to really get top dollar for your home, you’ll also need to ensure that all the rooms in your house are looking clean, fresh and focused – and what better place to start than the bathroom?

Experts estimate that the bathroom accounts for 10-20 percent of a home’s overall value, a disproportionately high amount given that it’s typically one of the smaller spaces in a house. With a sale on the horizon, totally renovating your bathroom probably doesn’t make much financial sense, but there are a number of simple, cost-effective things you can do to breathe new life into your bathroom and achieve a higher sell value.

  1. Invest in new Tapware

You might not be conscious of it, but your eye is naturally drawn to the taps in your bathroom. If yours are looking a little outdated, it might be time to pick up some new tapware. Opt for a design and finish that complements the existing aesthetic of the space.

  1. Update your cabinets

With all the moisture in the air, bathroom cabinets can quickly start to deteriorate and detract from your bathroom’s overall appearance. Give your cabinets a lick of paint, replace any broken drawer handles and door knobs, and be sure to give all metal surfaces a good polish.

  1. Paint the room

If the paint on your bathroom walls is fading, chipped or outdated, it’s time to get the rollers out. Light colours are always a safe bet and will appeal to a broad range of buyers, but don’t be afraid to get a bit more creative if you want to. For a professional opinion on colour and decor, contact a Perth styling consultant.

  1. Rethink the lighting

Bathroom lights can be harsh and may cast wayward shadows over some of your bathroom’s best assets. Replace all your incandescent light bulbs with warm LEDs with a lighting output of around 3000k and have a play with the angle and/or brightness of any adjustable bathroom lights. If you want to take things to the next level, installing semi-flush mount lighting fixtures is an easy way to give your bathroom a more contemporary look.

We’re proud to offer a range of fitout services in Perth that can add value to your home. Give us a call today to find out more.

How to incorporate dark colours into your decor like a pro

When it comes to a room’s colour palette, it’s safe to say that the trend in recent years has tended toward lighter tones. Off-white, beige, eggshell and other inoffensive – if uninspiring – tones have been the go-to colours for DIY decorators looking to breathe new life into a tired space.

What’s responsible for this trend?

It largely boils down to the widespread notion that light colours enhance a room by making it look spacious and cheery, while darker hues have a reputation for diminishing a space and make it feel small, dark and dreary.

However, talk to a professional interior designer consultant in Perth, and you’ll find that this concept is not quite so clear cut. Indeed, introducing tasteful dark elements to a room can add drama, create stunning contrast and draw the eye in a way that lighter colours can rarely achieve.

Thinking about incorporating some dark colours into your residential or commercial fitout in Perth? Here are a few tips to help you get the best results:

Dark tones can be colourful too!

It’s important to keep in mind that things that are dark still hold a lot of colour. For example, deep reds, navy blues, rich greens and some shades of purple may all be considered dark but are veritably bursting with vibrancy and can lend a sense of sophisticated colour to any space. Our furniture packages for property fitouts in Perth are highly customisable and can be tailored to meet the specific needs of your residential or commercial space.

Less is more

Unless you’re a very confident decorator and/or aiming for a gothic aesthetic, you’re probably not going to want to adorn your entire home or office in darkness. Instead, start small by simply adding a dark accent to a room, perhaps in the form of a feature wall, door or a striking piece of furniture.

The old adage of ‘less is more’ certainly rings true here. Dark colours are already eye-catching, so give them some space to breathe – try not to pair them with elaborate patterns and textures, which have a lot of potential to clash with their surroundings.

Pair the Yin with the Yang

Contrast and balance are critical components of creating an aesthetically pleasing room. With this in mind, try to balance out dark colours with lighter shades to create a palette in which the tones complement each other. For instance, light furniture will look wonderful against a dark backdrop and vice versa.

In continuing with the theme of yin and yang, don’t be afraid to stray beyond off-whites when it comes to pairing lights with darks. Bright hues such as pink, orange and yellow can make for fantastic points of contrast while injecting hotspots of energy and fun into any room.

Are you thinking about fitting out a commercial or residential space in Perth? With fully customisable packages to suit every type of property, Furniture Fitouts is your first choice when it comes to property makeovers. Contact us today to discuss your property fitout in Perth.

The Pantone Colour System Could Eliminate Stress in Your Home

The fact that colour can affect mood is nothing new. So-called colour psychology is a field unto itself, and interior designers have long known that the colour palette used in a home or office will have an effect on how the people who live or work inside feel. With that in mind, the team of interior designers at Furniture Fitouts work hard to develop design motifs that make our clients feel comfortable and at ease. It’s simply part of what we do.

And to take it a step further, we’re particularly enthusiastic about the Pantone colour system. The Pantone system has defined more than 1,100 unique colours. These are precise colours that always come out exactly the same way. In other words, if you’ve seen a genuine paint swatch of a Pantone colour, then you know exactly what that colour is going to look like in your living space. There’s no variability or guesswork involved.

In this post, we’re going to look at two specific Pantone colours:

We’ll offer insight into how you can use these colours to transform your interior into a blissful, stress-free zone.

  1. A Bedroom Worth Sleeping In
    Rose Quartz and Serenity are best used in the bedroom, because they create a truly relaxed and laid-back environment. And there’s actually no need to completely redesign your bedroom in order to take advantage of these effects. Instead, consider setting up a statement art piece in either of these colours, or consider purchasing bedding, cushions or other soft touches that broadcast this calming effect.
  2. Kitchens without Chaos
    We think that the calming, light-blue aura is specifically well-suited to kitchens. This is a hectic space, and it’s easy to resign yourself to feeling stress in the kitchen. But a bit of careful colour infusion could change the entire dynamic. If your kitchen has stainless steel or marble accents (as so many do), then consider purchasing Serenity-coloured wares. This colour looks beautiful in this space, and it will also take some of the stress out of working in the kitchen.
  3. A Bathroom Oasis
    Serenity and Rose Quartz can make for a stunning addition to the bathroom. In this case, all you need is a few soft touches, such as a set of bath towels or a rug in front of the shower. You’ll be surprised by what a difference these colours can make in the bathroom.
  4. The Right Colour Combination
    It’s worth noting that Serenity and Rose Quartz don’t look great in every context. If you are going to be using these colours to de-stress your home, then it’s worth toning down the base colours. Avoid earthy colours, such as ochre oranges or rusty reds – as these will clash with the colours in question. Instead, err on the neutral side of grey and white, layering in your Pantone colours for a gentle, calming environment.

Are you ready to transform your home or office interior? Contact Furniture Fitouts today to set the process in motion.

5 Interior Design Trends That Are Worth Getting Over

Interior design trends are constantly changing, and that means you have to be ever-vigilant if you intend to keep up. But with Furniture Fitouts, you don’t have to worry about whether your interior reflects the latest fashion. Our interior designers are constantly reviewing the latest journals and style blogs to ensure that we have up-to-the-minute advice on how to fitout and decorate your home.

But staying on the leading edge of interior design means that you have to be ready to let go of those trends that have already run their course. In this post, we’re going to highlight a few design trends that are way past their use-by date.

  1. Macramé Cords
    Macramé is the art of knotting cords to create decorative shapes and designs. It was popular in the 1960s and occasionally sees a resurgence. That said, macramé has definitely run its course. With that in mind, if you’re looking for creative ways to hang potted plants or other design fixtures, consider looking into other options, such as leather straps or metallic pieces.
  2. Serge Mouille Lamps
    These metallic lamps with long arms that extend over the space you are illuminating are stunning design pieces. The problem is that they’ve been copied and ripped off over and over again – to the extent that you can hardly set foot in an Australian home without seeing an imitation. While these lamps still have serious design clout, it’s safe to say that they’ve been overdone for the time being. Let the current phase pass, and the genuine Serge Mouille lamps will most likely still be around.
  3. Pineapple-Inspired Decorations
    Everyone loves a relaxing tropical vibe. That’s why pineapple-inspired design elements have become such a hot commodity in Australia. But the truth is that this motif has more than run its course. These days, you’ll find images of pineapples everywhere – from lampshades to refrigerator magnets. It’s probably safe to say that you can leave this kitschy fad out of your next interior redesign. 
  4. Chevron Designs
    The chevron design is a woven, v-shaped print that has really taken over home interiors over the past few years. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this design motif, except that it has found its way into virtually all corners of life. The team at Furniture Fitouts believe it’s time to put this particular design to rest. 
  5. Brass Everything
    Brass fixtures have seen an astonishing increase in popularity over the past year or two. If you’re looking at a metallic fixture installed in a relatively new home, then there’s a good chance it is made from brass. The problem is that too much brass comes off as a bit overdone. A little bit goes a long way. And at this stage of the game, it’s probably safe to say that we can all afford to give brass a breather.

Whether you’re designing an interior for the first time or simply to refresh your existing motif, the interior design experts at Furniture Fitouts can help. Contact us today to discuss the details of your project.

8 Interior Design Elements That Might Bring Bad Luck

The team at Furniture Fitouts are able to create bespoke designs that reflect our clients’ specific tastes and preferences. And while we don’t consider ourselves to be superstitious, there are a few interior design decisions that some people believe bring bad luck. We’ll explore them below. 

  1. Bed-Facing Mirror
    One superstition holds installing a bed-facing mirror is asking for bad luck. Specifically, it’s believed to cause relationship problems by inviting unwanted outside influence. Who knew that something as simple as this could ruin a healthy marriage? 
  2. Broken Items
    When it comes to feng shui, broken items in your house are ill-advised. If an item no longer serves a purpose, then it could be dragging your home’s feng shui Keeping it around will also serve as a constant reminder of its uselessness – leading to persistent negative thoughts. Resist the urge to hoard and boost the positive energy in your house as a result.
  3. Stuffed Animal Heads and Other Dead Things
    There are plenty of people out there who will be pleased to learn that taxidermy is considered unlucky when it comes to interior design. Mounted heads are the height of taxidermy, after all. But we should note that it’s not just the ten-point buck that could be bringing bad luck into your home. Dead, dried flowers and even potpourri also make the list in this regard.
  4. A Black Door
    Another feng shui tradition tells us that the optimal colour of your front door depends upon the direction it faces. However, a black door is ill-advised regardless of what direction it faces. It’s believed that this colour of door invites bad luck into your home.
  5. Television Set in the Bedroom
    There are plenty of reasons to banish your TV from the bedroom – not least the fact that doing so could help you sleep better and help to combat depression. But as it turns out, many interior designers believe that a television set in the bedroom detracts from the overall design. Leave your TV in the living room and dedicate your private sanctuary to sleep and your early morning rituals.
  6. Peafowl Feathers
    Peafowl feathers are gorgeous to behold, and it’s easy to understand why a person might want to brighten their interior with a few plumes from this majestic bird. But the eye-shaped markings on the male (peacock) feathers are said to be harbingers of bad juju. Display at your own risk.
  7. Cacti and Other Thorny Plants
    This is another feng shui belief. Sharp or jagged objects – including thorny plants – are said to introduce bad luck to the house. If you want to attract positive energy into your home, avoid decorative cacti.
  8. Paintings of Shipwrecks

Paintings that capture the greatest peril of nautical times bring a classic glimpse of a bygone age into the home. But they may introduce more than a sense of nostalgia to your interior design scheme. Some people believe paintings depicting shipwrecks are a source of bad luck, and they displaying one in your home is tantamount to asking for your own domestic disaster.

At Furniture Fitouts, we provide our clients with one-stop solutions for interior fitouts and design. Contact us today for a residential or commercial fitout.

5 Steps to Achieving a Minimalist’s Approach to Interior Design

A minimalist approach to interior design is all about achieving better aesthetics through simplicity. And while it does involve stripping down the elements of design to their lowest common denominators, it’s important to understand that minimalist design isn’t ascetic in nature. It has nothing to do with denying oneself the pleasure of designing and arranging your interior.

On the contrary, a well-planned minimalist design has everything to do with restraint and revision, so that the subtle flourishes the designer undertakes achieves a more intense effect. Here are five of the steps we go through at Furniture Fitouts to establish minimalist interior design:  

1. Start by Creating Space.
One of the great aspects of minimalist design is its focus on the actual space that you’re working with. You can start this process by de-cluttering the space, which is a therapeutic process in and of itself. But this is only the beginning. You’ll also need to take inventory of the furnishings, fixtures and decorations in the room. Everything that is ultimately arranged in the room needs to have breathing space.  

2. Establish a Base.
Once you have created space and made room for a minimalist design, it’s time to lay the foundation of your new design scheme. Most minimalist designs work mainly in soft, subdued colours that are clean, crisp and fresh – making the restrained use of bolder accents all the more effective. White, beige and soft greys are popular for minimalist design schemes, but this is by no means a requirement. However, concentrating on a single colour will help keep the atmosphere relaxing.  

3.Select Simple Furnishings.
Excess is to be avoided if you’ve embraced a minimalist’s approach to interior design. This means that the furnishings and decorations that you select for the space need to be simple and restrained. Choose pieces with clean lines and a limited, natural colour palette. It’s best when the various articles of furniture look similar to one another, as this creates a sense of flow. There is, however, one exception: the showpiece. More on that in the next section.  

4.Choose Your Showpiece.
We mentioned the restrained use of accents in the point above. One of the most important ways to achieve this effect is by choosing a stand-out piece for the room. This could be an article of furniture or a decoration. The showpiece is your chance to introduce a splash of colour or an unexpected infusion of geometric lines or shapes to the room. However, it’s essential not to overdo it. Limiting yourself to one impactful showpiece will strengthen the room’s design, but taking this too far will dilute the effect.  

5.Make Careful Use of Textures.
Subtle use texture can give a space an almost tactile impression. Stonework, subdued tapestries or a well-placed throw rug could all accomplish this. Just be sure not to go overboard in the texture department, as strong minimalist design definitely favours smooth, surfaces, clean lines and crisp colours. To that end, introduce textures as a subtle form of accent to balance out the room.  

Are you interested in using a minimalist approach for your interior design project? Contact us to arrange a styling consultation with one of our interior designers to discuss your specific needs.

Interior Design Trends of 2017 That You Ought to Know

In the past, trends in interior design used to take a while to become established and then remain popular for several years. However, in this digital world that we live in today, where attention spans are measured in seconds rather than minutes or hours, new trends and styles are coming thick and fast: so fast in fact, that it can be difficult to keep up if you are not careful. Below, we take a look at the trends that are taking a hold in the early part of 2017, with an emphasis on those that we feel will still be de rigueur by the end of the year.

Out with the Old and In with the New

If you have decided that now is the time to renovate or redecorate, the following tips should help to ensure that your new interior décor is in keeping with current trends.

  • Warm, Natural Colours – While cool tones have ruled the roost in recent years, warm, earthy colours are what those in the know are using to decorate their homes in 2017. Instead of white marble kitchen surfaces and walls in pastel colours, think exposed brickwork and terracotta tiles. These colours are not being used as accents as they were in the past, but as the dominant tone in interior design themes for entire rooms and properties.
  • Nooks and Crannies – Open plan spaces used to be all the rage but as people seek an escape from the never ending bombardment of communications they are subjected to from their smartphones, tablets, and computers, small areas into which one can retreat and enjoy a few precious moments of solitude are making a comeback. Don’t panic though, there is no need to engage a team of builders to perform a major remodelling of your property’s interior: you can use houseplants, occasional pieces of furniture and movable screens to create private spaces around your home.
  • Comfortable Furniture – Instead of the utilitarian furnishings that were a hallmark of the minimalist design trend followed by so many in years gone by, people are rediscovering the joys of sumptuous sofas, deep, relaxing armchairs, and other seating that is designed to make chilling out a much easier objective to achieve. Such items of furniture can be placed in the nooks and crannies you create, ensuring that you are always comfortable when retreating from the outside world.
  • Natural Light – In keeping with the trend for creating spaces where one can escape from modern technology and find inner peace, natural light is all important when designing a new interior for 2017. If possible, you should enlarge windows and install mirrors to maximise the diffusion of the sun’s rays throughout your home.

If you would like us to help you furnish your home, please call or email to let us know when would be a convenient time to sit down and discuss your needs and desires. We have a great deal of experience in furnishing properties of all types and would love to help you modernise your apartment or house.

Here Are 5 Interior Design Trends to Watch this Year

Early each year, the team at Furniture Fitouts likes to take a moment to reflect on the latest interior design trends. We pause to consider which trends that were catching on last year are now running full steam ahead. We also explore up-and-coming trends that we expect to see stealing the show in the months to come. Doing so gives us a chance to prepare new approaches and furniture pieces to use in home staging.

And now that we’ve taken a proper inventory of the current interior design trends, we thought we’d share five of the most prominent ones here:

1. Interiors Are Getting Greener.
Eco-friendly design may be all the rage these days, but in this case, ‘going green’ has everything to do with colour and nothing to do with your home’s carbon footprint. The colour green is making an enormous comeback in homes and interiors. This strong colour makes for an eye-catching accent, but ‘restraint’ is the operative word. A little green goes a long way when it comes to interior design.

2. Artisan Furniture Is Growing Even More Popular.
Handcrafted furniture was already on the rise in 2016, and this trend promises to grow even stronger in the coming year. There’s something special about an article of furniture that was made by hand rather than mass-produced in a factory. Handmade items take time and skill to create, and each one has its own little quirks and nuances that make it 100 percent original. Needless to say, artisan crafts will give your interior an authentically artistic atmosphere.

3. Rescued and Refurbished Furnishings Are on the Rise.
In some cases, the so-called ‘rescued’ look is just that – a look. In other words, these furnishings and decorations are made new to look like they’ve seen some wear before being reborn into a new interior design. But for the purist, nothing compares to the thrill of finding a discarded article of furniture, stripping it down and making it new. In either event, the rescued look gives interior warmth, texture and a hint of nostalgia for a bygone age.

4. Marble Keeps Getting Bigger.
Back in 2015, designers began pointing to marble as the next big thing in interior design. Sure enough, this ornate stone took the interior design scene by storm in 2016, and it continues to be a favourite pick for designers. Marble shines in minimalist interiors with neutral colour palettes. We’re also seeing more marble pattern prints for upholstery, pillows and other softer interior design fixtures.

5. Expect More Pattern Prints All Around.
Marble print upholstery is one of many pattern prints that you can expect to see more of in 2017. Tribal prints (such as mud cloth patterns) are already gaining popularity. Tropical prints are also seeing an upsurge – in terms of upholstery, decorations and even wallpaper.

Whether you need to schedule a styling consultation or stage your property for a quick sale, the team at Furniture Fitouts can ensure that you’re making use of the latest trends in interior design. Contact us today to learn more.

Guide to Buying Off-The-Plan Apartments by Perth’s Property Experts

New apartments being built on the corner of Labouchere Rd and Mill Point Rd, South Perth.

New apartments being built on the corner of Labouchere Rd and Mill Point Rd, South Perth.

While there are several great advantages to buying off the plan, buyers must still gain a comprehensive understanding of the development before committing to a purchase, say Perth property experts. With a sharp increase in the number of apartment complexes built across Perth in recent years, local real estate agents like Mark Hay have urged buyers not to rush decisions.

“It is risky if you don’t do the homework and those buying off the plan need to be fully informed,” he said, “People need to think to themselves why they are buying off the plan instead of an established home. When you can’t see and touch something, there is always some risk attached.” The off-the-plan specialist urges buyers to research both development and developer to ensure it’s the right fit.

Seek Local Opinions

Gavin Hegney, an independent property analyst, says it’s vital that buyers contact local experts to benefit from their opinions. “Sometimes people do not understand exactly what they are buying,” he says, making it essential that buyers speak to local real estate agents and local councils to get a feel for the area and see if there are upcoming developments that suit their criteria.

As interpreting a building development from a plan isn’t always easy, it’s “important to sit alongside someone who can interpret what exactly the development entails,” said Mr Hegney, who encourages buyers to consider the timeframes when buying off the plan and use 3D programs to enable them to get a better idea of what they’re buying.  

Advantageous but Risky

The managing director of Momentum Wealth, Damian Collins, says there are many advantages to buying off-the-plan apartments but buyers need to be aware of the risks involved, like buying at the peak of the market cycle.

“In such cases, buyers may find that when they reach settlement at the building’s completion, the value of their apartment may be less than what they’re paying for it,” he said, which “can lead to finance implications, as lending may be affected and a greater level of equity is required to fulfil the purchase.”

Nevertheless, buying prior to construction is a great way to secure an apartment at current property prices without having to pay for it for another two or three years, the usual timeframe involved for the completion of such projects. This delivers benefits such as providing homeowners with ample time to sell their existing home before moving into an apartment that requires less maintenance and having “a choice of colour selections provided by the developer” if buyers purchase early enough.

Mr Collins also spoke of the off-the-plan incentives offered by developers, which “are quite common in today’s market,” he said, “An example of this is a free BMW with The Precinct apartment sales in Mount Pleasant”, with other incentives regularly offered “including kitchen upgrades, furniture fit-outs and guaranteed rental returns for a period of time.”

With the notable benefits to buying off the plan and incentives such as these, there’s little wonder why property buyers are snapping up apartments across Perth so enthusiastically. However, anyone considering an off-the-plan purchase needs to be aware of the risks involved. 

Green and Sustainable Features a Trend Among Perth Homebuyers

Sustainability matters: Jenny Marsh is happy with her recent decision to buy an off-plan apartment in “WA’s greenest” Evermore development in White Gum Valley. Picture: Justin Benson-Cooper

Sustainability matters: Jenny Marsh is happy with her recent decision to buy an off-plan apartment in “WA’s greenest” Evermore development in White Gum Valley. Picture: Justin Benson-Cooper

Keen to be green is a notable trend among Perth homebuyers, with sustainability just as important as property price and location, claim researchers from Curtin University. This backs up claims by local property experts who say that as homebuyers are increasingly willing to pay higher property prices for eco extras that enable them to reduce their bills, property developers will find it advantageous to cater for this trend as the city grows.

Sustainability Attributes Essential for Perth’s Property Market

Research by the Sustainability Policy Institute at Curtin University found that sustainability attributes are essential for the continued growth and prosperity of the local housing market and that many homebuyers see these eco-friendly features as a notable benefit that will influence their decision to buy. The report involved surveying residents who had purchased new developments across Perth on the factors that influenced their decision to purchase their homes and shows buyers are particularly keen on properties with features that reduce electricity and water costs or enable less car travel.

Producers of the Curtin Report, Jemma Green and Peter Newman, said the local property market was “demanding sustainable dwellings” and despite the insistence of real estate agents and industry bodies, people are willing to pay extra for sustainability options because of the financial and environmental benefits delivered.

“These results suggest that if the market provided more options of housing with sustainability attributes, people would choose them and developers would have a larger range of buyers,” they said. “The findings strongly suggest that as the market offers more developments with these attributes, residents’ demand for them will also increase.”

This, they claim, was evident from the 27 medium-density developments in the mid-price housing range of $350,000 to $600,000 which showed there was a strong market in Perth for eco-friendly features, such as solar power and renewable resources, as well as lighting and water efficiency.

Western Australia’s Greenest Development

The Evermore development by Yolk Property Group aims to be “WA’s greenest” with 24 properties featuring real-time water and power monitoring, leading-edge solar and lithium battery technology along with an electric vehicle charging points and communal bicycles for residents to use.

Jenny Marsh, a Subiaco social worker who purchased one of the White Gum Valley developments, spoke of her ambition to purchase a sustainable property that further enables her to lead a lifestyle that lessens the impact on the environment.  “The aim to be zero-carbon and the use of the shared solar technology interested me,” Mrs Marsh said. “There’s a commitment to sustainability.”

She discussed the green lifestyle she leads and how sustainable properties make it easier for people to reduce their carbon footprint.  “I do as much as possible to reduce my carbon footprint, from recycling water with buckets in the shower to riding my bike everywhere I can. I think a lot of people do what they can, but properties with these things actually built in will make it far easier,” she said.

With Perth homebuyers increasingly keen to be green and developers keen to capitalise on this trend, when can we expect to see sustainable properties become the norm across Perth?


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