How to Style Your Display Home to Attract Your Target Buyer

Selling a home has never been easy, but it’s arguably even more challenging to sell a property that’s not finished. However, as a housing developer, you undoubtedly want to secure as many pre-sales as you can before your development has been completed to protect your profits, meaning you need a stylish and inviting display home to give buyers a taste of what’s to come.

However, given that your housing development is still under construction, you might not have enough free time on your busy schedule to design a display home’s interior décor. Fortunately, you don’t have to do any of the hard work if you leave the task with experienced interior designers that provide rental display home furniture in Perth.

At Furniture Fitouts, our professionals can source and install all the furnishings you need to show your display home in its best light, and even though we track down items from various manufacturers in Australia and the world, we can usually finish the job within a space of a few weeks. If you need short term furniture hire in Perth, you needn’t look further than us.

However, if you have a creative flair and would like to style your own display home without our help, you’ll need to remember the tips that we’ve detailed below.

Prime Your Display Home for Property Hunters

Without an attractive and stylish display home, buyers won’t be able to picture themselves living in a property that has yet to be completed. We’d always recommend utilising our experienced interior designers to fit out your home, but if you’d prefer to do the task alone, you’ll benefit from remembering these tips.

  • Don’t Forget about Kerb Appeal

Most home hunters will start forming an opinion on your home before they’ve even stepped foot inside, meaning you need to do what you can to ensure they’re impressed from the second they pull onto the street. Nobody wants to imagine themselves living in a home that has loose debris on the driveway and nothing but tools and equipment in the front yard. However, they likely can picture themselves residing in a home that boasts colourful flowers and a beautifully decorated façade.

If you need any help boosting your display home’s kerb appeal, we can help. At Furniture Fitouts, we have an extensive selection of outdoor furnishings for home staging in Perth, and you can rent them on a short-term basis if you only need them for a few weeks. Contact one of our friendly professionals for more information or to obtain a quote.

  • Try Not to Personalise Your Display Home

Because it’s crucial to help people imagine themselves living in something that resembles your display home, you ought to avoid decorating the place with personal possessions, such as trophies from your childhood or photos of your wedding day. The people viewing your display home are looking to invest heavily in a property, which means they need to focus on their own needs rather than your past achievements. Make sure personal items don’t clutter the place up, and you can feel confident that your display home will appeal to your target buyer.

  • Make Sure the Property is Spotless

It may sound obvious, but it’s vital to ensure your display home sparkles if you want it to secure sales. People want to know that your development is being constructed to the highest standards, meaning they’ll inspect every nook and cranny for signs of low quality. If you have a build-up of dust in the cupboards or stains under the tables, property hunters may assume you haven’t taken due care to ensure quality in your new development. It’s a good idea to clean your display home every day to ensure it remains in top condition.

  • Set the Tone with Natural Light and Bright Colours

If you want people to keep a positive outlook when viewing your display home, you need to do whatever you can to ensure they are in a good mood as they inspect the place. Natural sunlight helps us feel happy, awake and receptive, so always keep the curtains and blinds wide open when showing people around the property. In addition to natural light, it’s smart to paint the walls in a light, neutral colour. Avoid using bright or dark colours that will put off a significant portion of your potential buyers.

  • Make Sure There Are No Signs of Damage

You never know whether a contractor might’ve accidentally scuffed or scratched a surface while working inside your display home, and if they have, you can feel confident that viewers will notice. Even a chipped mug or damaged lighting fixtures could deter someone from placing an offer on a home that’s yet to be built, so check your display home with a fine toothed comb to ensure nothing will set a bad impression.

  • Buy the Right Furniture

Last but not least, you need to obtain the most suitable furnishings for home staging in Perth, and you need to keep your target buyer in mind when searching for items. If you’re targeting families, consider installing some kid’s playground toys in the backyard. Alternatively, if you’re targeting bachelors, you might consider putting a home cinema system in the living room. Fortunately, you don’t need to purchase such furnishings outright for a display home if you contact our professionals for display home furniture in Perth.

Contact Furniture Fitouts to Discuss the Style of Your Display Home

At Furniture Fitouts, we know exactly what it takes to make a display home as appealing as possible to your target buyer, and we’re happy to visit your location to inspect the area and tailor a bespoke furniture rental package to your particular requirements.

We’re the go-to company for home styling in Perth thanks to our years of experience, passionate employees and eye for design, and as part of our service, we locate, install and retrieve all the furnishings you need so that you barely have to lift a finger to fit out your display home. Contact us today on 08 9256 4242 to book a consultation with the interior design and furniture rental experts.

Perth’s Property Market Re-Emerges from the Ashes

Perth’s real estate market has bottomed out and is now entering the recovery stage of the housing market cycle, according to a recent report published by Perth-based property investment advisor, Momentum Wealth.

The market’s recovery has been attributed to high affordability, the tightening of housing supply, and a growing labour market that’s becoming increasingly stable.

Momentum Wealth’s report, entitled ‘Residential Property Spotlight: Perth’, analysed the fundamental supply and demand indicators that affect property prices in Perth. It states that the housing market is re-emerging from its sixth downturn in three decades. The latest recovery follows a period where supply outweighed demand in the face of a construction boom and a slower growing population.

At Furniture Fitouts, we help investors transform homes into prime real estates by sourcing high-quality furnishings from local providers and carrying out the installation in as little as three days. If you want to profit from investing in the property market, now is an ideal time, and our team of expert interior designers can help you maximise your return on investment.

What’s Responsible for the Real Estate Market Recovery?

In 2015, the housing construction industry hit a record high thanks to government incentives for first-time buyers. Such initiatives encouraged buyers to build homes instead of purchase existing properties, which, coupled with a slower growing population, resulted in supply outweighing demand.

Fortunately, according to the managing director of Momentum Wealth, Damian Collins, the market is beginning to rebalance, which will help buoy house values as we progress into the future.

Mr Collins said: “On the supply side, the report shows that the number of properties for sale has hit a two-year low, meanwhile the amount of new properties being built has returned to average levels after dwelling starts hit a record high in 2015. After three years of an imbalance, this tightening of housing stock will allow demand to catch up to supply and subsequently will help underpin property price growth going forward.”

Adding to the confidence that demand is catching up to supply, Perth’s population is starting to grow again, thanks partly to a strengthened labour market. For the first time in 12 months, Perth’s unemployment rate has dropped to be in line with the national average.

Mr Collins continued: “The research report explains that although Perth’s population growth has slowed following the end of the resources construction boom, it’s expected to rebound as the city’s labour market continues to strengthen.”

“Add to this the city’s encouraging housing affordability, which is the second-best in the nation only behind Hobart, and the report explains that more buyers will increasingly return to the market as job stability firms and the economy continues to gain momentum.”

Ensure Your Property Entices Your Target Buyer

Due to the apparent recovery of Perth’s real estate market, now might be the time to purchase an investment home, and if you need to ensure its interior appeals to your target buyer, we’re the company to call.

At Furniture Fitouts, our professionals can locate, purchase, deliver, and install all the furnishings you need to maximise your property’s value. Plus, if time is of the essence, we endeavour to have the whole process finished within three days. Contact us today to find out how we can help you maximise your return on investment.

Northern Suburbs Leading the Way in Perth’s Real Estate Market Recovery

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

Recent reports suggest that Perth’s real estate market is bouncing back from its sixth downturn in 30 years, with house values being at their highest since 2005. Danger markets are disappearing, demand is catching up with supply, and the northern suburbs are currently leading the way.

Six months ago, Perth had virtually no growth areas, but 12 northern districts are seeing property prices rise steadily. Suburbs leading the way in the re-emergence of Perth’s real estate market include Carramar, Alkimos, Yanchep, Clarkson, Duncraig, Joondalup, Heathridge, Ocean Reef, Sorrento, Kingsley, and Innaloo Carine.

Is now the time to invest in property before house prices rise significantly? And, how can you yield the maximum return on your investment?

At Furniture Fitouts, we believe that there’s money to be made in property investing regardless of the state of the real estate market, but we’re excited about the prospect of Perth’s housing sector recovering. If you want to invest in a house but have too little time to rejuvenate its interior, we can source all the furnishings you need and complete the installation is as little as three days.

Why Is Perth’s Property Market Experiencing Growth?

Savvy investors know that the housing industry goes through a cycle, with bottoming out being the stage where supply outweighs demand and the upturn being the stage where property prices begin to rise once again.

It is believed that Perth is now entering the upturn stage, with 12 suburbs showing steady growth compared to just four suburbs three months ago. However, Lino Iacomella, executive director at Property Council WA, says continued growth depends on economic improvements and population growth.

Nevertheless, Mr Iacomella has confidence on the imminent future of Perth’s real estate market. Commenting on the increased sales activity in Perth’s northern suburbs, Mr Iacomella said: “It’s a typical forerunner to an improvement in the property market.”

“There’s a lot of expectation that within the next 12 months there’s likely to be a noticeable improvement.”

Who Should Investors Target?

According to buying patterns since the upturn, the northern suburbs are attracting families that have been renting properties until an ideal purchasing opportunity came along.

Lucy and Paul Barnes decided to buy a four bedroomed house in Kingsley after renting for four and a half years.

Mr Barnes said. “We’d been looking for the past few years on and off and decided now was a good time to buy.”

“It’s been handy in the current climate with lower interest rates and lower house prices.”

James Kennedy, a selling agent for Peard Real Estate Hillarys, reckons the Barnes family represents a typical buyer in Kingsley and other suburbs in the area.

Maximise Your Investment

Making a significant profit on a property investment means buying homes when prices are low and selling them at their highest, before the next downturn, making now an ideal time to snap houses up before the market tops out. However, to yield the biggest return on your investment, you need to stylise the property to entice your target buyer.

At Furniture Fitouts, our expert interior designers can prime your house for the market in as little as three days, and we’ll source, deliver, and install all your furnishings so that you can concentrate on marketing your house. Contact us today to learn more about our Perth home transformations.

A Multi-Billion Dollar Private Infrastructure Investment Represents a Huge Opportunity for Investors

Perth is on the brink of receiving a multi-billion dollar investment in private infrastructure, according to the research report titled Perth Private Infrastructure 2017 by Perth-based property investment advisor, Momentum Wealth. The money will be directed into shopping centres, apartments, and inner-city hotels.

Momentum Wealth’s research report details the city’s planned projects which are either already under construction or committed to. The projects include at least 40-large scale apartment complexes, 15 major hotels, and upgrades to shopping centres worth $4 billion.

According to the managing director of Momentum Wealth, Damian Collins, this imminent investment in private infrastructure could be a gold mine for property investors.

Mr. Collins said: “While these developments will create tens of thousands of jobs and buoy the Perth economy in the coming years, many of these projects will also enhance amenity in local communities, which will help to drive demand and prices for nearby housing.”

According to Mr. Collins, investors should act early if they want to maximise the profitability of their investment, as property prices are likely to rise in areas around where the investments will be made. However, we still may be waiting for quite some time before the effects kick in.

Mr. Collins remarked: “Although some of these apartment, hotel and shopping centre projects have started, the research report shows that the large majority of works are still ahead of us and will be completed over the next 2-4 years.”

Where Should You Put Your Money?

While the research report details the unprecedented building boom that’s about to take place, Mr. Collins advises investors to be vigilant when deciding where to make investments. He says investors ought to avoid investing in hotel developments.

“Hotel developments are typically limited to the Perth CBD, and while they will help stimulate the local economy by creating jobs, these projects won’t have a direct impact on property markets.”

Instead of focusing on hotels, Mr. Collins recommends investing in new apartment and shopping centre developments that will attract property hunters to the newly developed areas.

“The research report explains that investors should focus on metropolitan apartment and shopping centre developments that deliver more tangible benefits to local communities by way of new cafés, shops, restaurants and cinemas. New amenities that come with these projects will help buoy values of nearby housing as more people [will] want to live in these areas. It is these types of projects that investors need to consider when buying their next investment property.”

According to the research report, apartments in suburban areas will include retail, restaurant, and café offerings at ground floor level, and leisure outlets and main-street dining venues will surround shopping centres to ensure the surrounding areas stay active after 5 pm.

Don’t Forget Other Ways to Maximise Your Investment

At Furniture Fitouts, we know that the best way to make good on your investment is to not only search for properties in up and coming areas but also to ensure they have an impressive interior décor that appeals to property hunters. We complete fitouts to the highest standards in under three days, so if you need a quick turnaround and a high-quality finish, we’re the company to call.

Perth’s Elizabeth Quay Development Could Get Some Taller Than Anticipated Skyscrapers

Skyscrapers towering over 50 storeys could be built in the Elizabeth Quay development, transforming the project from a tourist attraction into a vertical suburb. The original development guidelines stated that buildings could be a maximum of 30 storeys, but exceptions could be made for exceptional architecture.

Developers are planning to build over 1,000 apartments, and though sales prices could fall between $763,000 and $1.5 million, homes will be available to low-income earners and first-time buyers thanks to proposals put forward by the Housing Authority.

These new plans for the waterfront development come as developers and city planners wish to bolster Perth’s global city status. Previous development guidelines limited the height of buildings to prevent overshadowing and maintain the city’s overall image, but the new proposals take these factors into account.

Colin Barnett, the former premier who oversaw the creation of the Elizabeth Quay development, said he didn’t have issues with any tower taller than 50 stories “as long as it is good architecture, the view ways are protected and there is no issue with overshadowing.”

The Constructions That Could Transform Perth’s Skyline

Brookfield, a developer, has put forward plans for a development named PERTH+, which includes a 51-storey tower at Elizabeth Quay’s Lot 5 and a 19-storey tower at Lot 6. According to Brookfield’s regional director, Nicholas Ozich, the tallest building – which will be Perth’s third tallest at 220 metres – would house 200 apartments, restaurants, a hotel, and commercial space. The smaller tower would mostly accommodate offices.

The new proposals diverge from the original development plans, with the Lot 6 tower heightened and the Lot 5 lowered, but the total square metres adheres to the planning framework

What Mr. Ozich describes as an “iconic design” has resulted from a competition that REX Architecture won last year. According to Mr. Ozich, there will be 75 percent sunlight across the development’s public realm year-round. If the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority approves the plans, the tallest tower at Lot 5 will be completed by 2021.

In addition to PERTH+, developer Adrian Fini intends to build EQ West at Lot 2, which is a 52-storey building comprising of 484 apartments, a sky deck, and an art gallery, though the site was originally intended for a 20-storey construction.

Mr. Fini’s company, CA & Associates, said: “There is no more suitable location for iconic international architecture in Perth. This is the building that Perth has been waiting for to showcase its growth as a global city.”

The Housing Authority (HA) is in talks with the developer to buy apartments, and it plans to recoup the money through affordable rentals and shared-equity sales. HA acting director Paul Whyte said: “This would give first-homebuyers or lower income earners an opportunity to buy a home in a high-amenity location close to their place of employment and transport links.”

Experts in Interior Design

At Furniture Fitouts, we’re sure that if the proposals are approved, Perth has some stunning architectural masterpieces to look forward to, and iconic constructions should be complemented by an outstanding interior design. We specialise in complete home makeovers and guarantee a three-day turnaround, so whether you live in a luxury apartment or a quaint house in the suburbs, we’re the company to call.

Perth’s Western Suburbs Come Second in the Apartment Sales Race

Perth’s western suburbs took home the silver in the apartment sales race during the first three months of this year, narrowly missing out to the inner city. The western suburbs only had 12 active projects compared to the inner city’s 27. However, 55 apartments were sold in the suburbs, which is just 19 behind the 74 sold in Perth’s inner city.

In total, 258 apartments were sold across the Perth metro area during the first quarter, and there was a total of 134 active projects, meaning the western suburbs and the inner city accounted for almost a third of them. An active project refers to housing that’s finished being built or currently being sold.

The inner city’s performance is a huge improvement on the previous quarter, with just 48 apartments being sold in the three months before and including December compared to 74 in the first quarter of this year. Similarly, three more apartments were sold in the western suburbs in the first quarter compared to the previous one despite the housing market being quieter.

Referring to property sales at TRG’s Empire West at Perry Lakes, Mirvac’s Latitude at Leighton Beach, and Blackburne Property Group’s Aria in Swanbourne, Mr. David Cresp, the director of property economics and research at Urbis, said: “The apartments in the western suburbs are being sold to local people.”

There Could be Trouble Ahead

The total value of all apartment sales during the first quarter was $167 million, which is roughly the same as the previous quarter. However, these record sales – especially in the western suburbs where sales haven’t been as high since the final quarter of 2015 – we’re largely unanticipated, but experts say it comes down to unmet demand.

Unfortunately, Mr. Cresp says the apartment market is facing a challenge going forward despite the unmet demand, primarily because buyers are uncertain that apartments will retain their value. Plus, with it taking three years to make constructions ready for sale, it’s difficult to ensure supply meets demand.

“Real estate market confidence is a real problem because by 2020, in Perth, we will have an undersupply of apartments,” explained Mr. Cresp. “This year is going to be the peak level of supply.”

In Perth, apartments represent just 20 percent of the total number of dwelling approvals, which is significantly lower than Brisbane’s 40 percent, though that figure has fallen from the previous year’s 50 percent.

What Can You Do to Ensure Your Apartment Retains Its Value?

While the housing and apartment markets can be uncertain at times, and it’s hard to predict what the future holds, there are a few tried and tested tricks that can help you increase the value of your property. People want an apartment that’s ready to move in as soon as they’ve signed the contracts, meaning you need to make interior design a top priority.

At Furniture Fitouts, we may not be estate agents, but we are experts in interior design, and we offer complete packages to transform your apartment into a stylish masterpiece in the space of three days. From furniture to electrical appliances and cutlery to linen, we can renovate every aspect of your apartment to help you prepare it for the market and get a fair offer. Contact us today for more information.

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.

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