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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : October 22 2008
40 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, October 23, 2008 MB Your stamp on it Making a house warm and inviting can be as easy as picking the right combination of colours, textures and dressings. Here are interior design tips to help even the most inexperienced homeowner create the interior designs and finishes they've always desired. Brief yourself like a consultant Consider the look you want to create. Even though you are doing the design yourself, treat it is as if you were briefing a consultant to design it for you. Your home is a blank canvas Don't assume that what's there now is how it must be. Test colours. Once you have determined the underlying design, focus on smaller details. Bring the outdoors indoors Opening up curtains, blinds and windows can freshen a room, adding the warmth of sunlight or the theatre of winter storms. Plan the garden to complement it. Get a grip on colour Colours can be used to evoke a particular mood or affect the way we feel. When choosing colours, always buy several sample pots. Paint large patches on walls and inspect them at different times of the day and in different lighting conditions. Take your time and don't rush the selection. Make the most of lighting Don't be afraid to use a combination of lighting sources. Overhead or downlights, table and floor lamps and directional downlights are all creative options. Furniture selection Try to mix up your furniture. When choosing seating, combine different options such as a sofa, a couple of interesting side chairs, some beautiful floor cushions, or a funky beanbag. Be bold and brave to create a striking statement. It's not necessary to have everything matching. Placing the furniture Play around with different furniture configurations and positions. Break away from tradition. Set up your living area for conversation, not watching television. Triumph with textures Texture can add warmth, dimension, volume and strength to the look and feel that you are trying to create. A chunky rug or glamorous upholstery can draw attention to different parts of the room. Try to introduce some sparkle and shine. Mirrors or chandeliers work well. Art, odds and ends Think about the placement of art and design objects. A selection of one or two beautiful pieces, well positioned and lit, have more impact than five or six pictures hung randomly. A mixture of odds, ends and collectables can clutter and disrupt the free flow and feel of a room. Be inspired and inspire Magazines can provide inspiration and information on the latest trends. But remember, rules are meant to be broken -- you don't have to slavishly copy others. Be true to yourself,and have fun. Details: Visit www.renobrothers.com.au HOMELIVING RENOBROTHERS Renovation experts Matt and Simon Judkins show you the way to make DIY easier built-in WARDROBES Lifetime Warranty Free Measure & Quote Custom Design Built-in Wardrobes Renovation of existing Wardrobes Sliding Mirror doors in a variety of colour frames Hinged or sliding Federation Doors FACTORY & SHOWROOM Unit 1, 183-185 McCredie Rd, Guildford 9632 5444 Lic. No, 160400C www.waratahwardrobes.com.au 2157200i hlc wk1 creatingbetterliving Clunies Ross Street, Prospect NSW 2148 Phone: 9840 2334 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Opening Hours Monday to Friday from 7:00am to 3:00pm and Saturday from 8:30am to 12:00 noon. A wide selection of bricks, blocks, pavers and retaining wall seconds is on sale for up to 40% off the recommended retail price! Visit www.boral.com.au/factoryoutlet QUALITY PRODUCTS AT TRADE PRICES MANUFACTURER DIRECT WE SERVICE MOST BRANDS OF SHUTTERS • 10 Year Written Warranty • Fast Professional Installation By Qualified Tradesman • Reduce Heating & Cooling Bills • Deter Burglars • Reduce Noise • Storm Protection ROLLER SHUTTERS FREE MEASURE & QUOTE CALL TODAY 1300 302 822 www.maverickrollerproducts.com.au 2158952i hlw wk41 C/L 196633C ALUMINIUM WINDOWS & SLIDING DOORS BETA - VIEW BETA - VIEW 900x900 (3'x3') $138 1200 x 1500 (4' x 5') $202 1200 x 1800 (4' x 6') $224 1200 x 2400 (4' x 8') $328 web: www.betaview.com.au - email: email@example.com PRICES FOR WINDOW ONLY & INCLUDE GST AVAILABLE IN BROWN, WHITE, HAWTHORN GREEN, PALE EUCALYPT, STONE BEIGE, CLEAR ANO, PRIMROSE FREE QUOTES FOR SUPPLY & INSTALL Unit 6, 9 Kurrajong Rd, St Marys Master Lic No 408872083 Lic 84933c 2028726i hls wk34 Ph:9623 5611 F:9623 5091 ABN 14 070 225 197 GLASS CUT TO SIZE OPEN SAT BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES PH: 9890 7477 PH: 9890 7477 • FREE MEASURE & QUOTE • LIFETIME GUARANTEE Made to suit your budget & needs • Style • Service • Variety • Full range • Accessories • Hinged Doors • Sliding Doors • FreOver 20 years exp. www.sydneywardrobe.com.au Lic: 185628C 2103231i hlc wk7
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