1. ADD PERSONALITY TO A HALL
"Hallways and entrances are often neglected spaces and can feel cold and empty. Laying a runner on the floor will immediately add a warm, welcoming touch. Even in a small space, layering is important – interesting wall treatments such as a fabulous wallpaper and key pieces of furniture such as an elegant, slim console that fits the space perfectly will do wonders," says Greg Natale, interior designer at Greg Natale Design.
Photography by Maree Homer. Interior design by Hare+Klein.
2. SPLASH OUT WITH PAINT
"There's no faster route to finding renewed love for your home than a paint project. For instant impact on a hallway staircase, paint the risers in varying shades of one colour, starting darker on the bottom step through to the lightest pastel shade of that colour at the top. You could also consider a similar treatment on the ladder of a child's bunk bed, picking up other shades in the surrounding walls and trims," says Andrea Lucena-Orr, colour planning and communications manager at Dulux.
3. LAY A SUMPTUOUS RUG
"If you're looking to define a space and engage the senses, look no further than a stylish rug. Right now, textures are huge – think undyed wools, nettle yarns and the relaxed, organic feel of bamboo silks. Classic designs with a distressed finish in understated shades of blues, silvers and copper are also trending. For a chic and unexpected vibe, lay a vintage rug in a contemporary setting – a tribal rug in a minimalist room, for example. And remember, a quality rug will last for years, so it pays to maintain it. Vacuum without bristles regularly, taking particular care of the fringes, and rotate rugs in high-traffic or sunny spots to even out wear and exposure," says Bob Cadry, managing director at Cadrys.
4. PULL THE OTHER ONE
"Black opaque door hardware is one of the biggest trends right now, as is Art Deco-influenced designs in modern finishes such as rose gold, polished nickel and satin-finished brass. It's best to hire a professional to replace your door hardware although most kitchen and cupboard knobs can easily be swapped yourself," says Simone Pittella, managing director at Pittella.
5. JAZZ UP THE JOINERY
"The kitchen is one of the easiest rooms to refresh if you're short on time and money. The fastest trick is to simply paint the existing joinery. I love matt blue and green finishes for cabinetry paired with brass hardware. Or, replace the old tiles with ones that are modern and fresh," says Thomas Hamel, interior designer at Thomas Hamel & Associates.
6. SWAP OUT YOUR SPLASHBACK
"Changing your splashback to coloured glass adds a nice, clean element and it is easy to maintain as there are no grout lines. My favourites include simple white or smoky-grey glass," says Thomas Hamel
7. TURN ON THE TILES
"Replacing dated floor or wall tiles will give your bathroom an immediate lift. Geometric-patterned concrete tiles are a great option for the floor; if you want a more dramatic look, consider running them up one wall as well. If you've already updated your tapware to this season's aged brass or rose gold, echo that luxe finish in your bathroom accessories; think a brass or gold tumbler or soap pump. Finish off with a tray to contain all your bathroom accessories. It's a stylish storage solution and makes cleaning surfaces easier," says Greg Natale.
8. AMP UP THE ACCESSORIES
"Updating the tapware and accessories lets you transform your bathroom into a luxurious, spa-like haven without the cost of a full-blown renovation. Current tapware trends range from the sleek and slimline to the geometric, in combinations of different colours and materials in a single design, as seen in Milli Axon's gleaming chrome or rose gold paired with black. Add in plenty of storage to keep clutter to a minimum – the Kado Lure storage seats on castors are a personal favourite – plus scented candles and soft, fluffy towels," says Daniela Santilli, business manager at Reece.