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Home Living : October 14 2008
8 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, October 14, 2008 Colour confident » ADVERTISING FEATURE HOMELIVING A great new tool that gives all the right colour cues for today's interiors has hit the paint section of hardware stores and paint specialists. Colour Confidence -- Interiors is the latest offering from Taubmans and gives 60 large chips of right-now feature colours alongside a similar number of anchor or neutral hues. A smart part of this colour card is a break-out colour isolator -- a white card window that enables each colour on the card to be viewed in isolation, against a backdrop of pure white, rather than be tainted by adjacent colour chips. Feature colours include all the latest forecast hues for spring/summer and next autumn/winter (2009), including today's take on citrus shades -- juicy oranges, acid yellows and yellow/ greens plus out-there blues, pinks, aquas and gingers and burnt oranges. The neutral colour palette is the essential aspect of any interior colour scheme and this too has seen some changes moving into 2009. Used as an anchor to the more saturated or feature colours the mainly stone and grey based neutrals in Colour Confidence are picked to complement all interior styles. Colour Confidence -- Interiors colour card is available from most hardware outlets and paint specialists. .............................................. Stay put and convert your loft Whenever there is uncertainty in the housing market and people are unwilling or unable to move in order to upgrade their living arrangements, renovations and extensions come into their own, says HIA executive director Graham Wolfe. ''In the case of many inner-city homes this often means that the only way is up,'' he said. ''Recent surveys have shown that attic or loft conversions have become popular. ''As one builder put it people struggling to squeeze some extra space out of their homes suddenly realise the answer lies above their heads.'' For generations attics have been the repositories of unwanted or little-used objects: suitcases stored until the next annual holiday, toys the children have outgrown, fascinating time capsules often only rediscovered by a new generation during clear-outs after changed family arrangements. Mr Wolfe says attics are becoming too valuable to remain simply as repositories of the past. ''A conversion is far cheaper than finding the extra space by buying a larger property, less expensive and complicated than digging out a basement and, of course, it doesn't eat into precious garden space.'' The majority of conversions are for extra bedrooms, possibly with an ensuite, but also popular are studies, studios, even home gymnasiums. The project can be fairly simple, involving lining, insulation, perhaps a new floor and a skylight, or much more adventurous. Anything that changes the external appearance of the property is likely to require planning permission. Details: www.hia.com.au TIMBER KITCHEN RESTORATIONS We refinish your timber doors & benchtops, bringing them back to new for much less than the cost of a new kitchen Ph: 1300 888 245 www.aglrestoration.com.au free quote all areas 2197834i hlnw wk8 Decks Pergolas Stainless steel wire handrail Lattice Privacy Screens DIY pergola and deck kits Lic No: 170944C FREE LOCAL DELIVERY SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS THOMSON'S OUTDOOR PINE FREE DESIGN & QUOTE 5 CHILVERS ROAD THORNLEIGH www.thomsonsoutdoorpine.com.au POLYCARBONATE AWNINGS Translucent Carbolite Lets in light -- keeps out heat Up to 2.4m projection. No posts Suitable for windows -- doors -- patios 2349069i hln wk1 PHONE: 9980 7611 Dealer Licence No 187520C Authorised 2064180i hln wk12 PHONE NOW For a FREE in Home Quote SPRING SPECIALS 9737 0293 • SAVE UP TO $400 ON DAIKIN DUCTED SYSTEMS • SAVE UP TO $200 ON DAIKIN SPLIT SYSTEMS "We'll make you want to get naked" 1300 786 261 sydneybathrooms.com.au Lic # 207378c 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 2156445i hlnw wk1
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