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Home Living : May 25th 2010
HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, May 25, 2010 5 The bold and the beautiful » ADVERTISING FEATURE HOMELIVING Don't lament the departure of warm weather as the autumn chill sets in. A new season provides an opportunity to explore uncharted frontiers, themes, ideas and colours inside the home and office, says TV personality and interior designer Chontelle Samios. Ms Samios, who is an ambassador for online furniture retailer connect furniture.com.au, said it's time to get creative with colours in the cooler months. ''I like to get creative with colour that can warm up a room. But what are the key colours of the season, and what palettes will be sustainable long after the autumn leaves have fallen?'' she said. ''The grey palette features greatly as a replacement for the beige-on-beige and cream and off-white trends, which have been used liberally in homes and commercial environments recently.'' She said grey is an important element used within colour schemes, with variations of grey tones creating an easy-to-live-with decorating scheme that is sophisticated and understated. Accents of rich purple and brass hues are growing in popularity. Splashes and highlights of acid or jewel shades provide a strong contrast to neutral, charred grey tones, injecting vibrancy and energy into interior settings. Swap the winter blues for sunny shades of yellow citrus and chartreuse to create high impact indoors. Or get cosy with colour by incorporating flashes of the season's rich, vivid hues of purple and aubergine. In many ways it is a flashback to the '70s, however this 21st century colour movement is modern, sleek and flexible. ''If you have colour confidence and a taste for adventure, be bold and generous with solid colour and use strong shades to add life into a room,'' Ms Samios said. ''Those into simpler hues can create a foundation with neutral tones, then layer the room with patterns and punches of colour, which will add interest and texture to the scheme. Metallics are still very much in vogue, and introduce a reflective shine to add another dimension to your space. ''You've seen metallic inflections in fashion, now you'll see them in flooring, surfaces, paint, wallpaper, fabric and pendant lighting. Adding glisten and glamour to your interior scheme with metallics and lift your mood with a colour palette that will inspire. ''Colour is the key to adding personality to a room, so don't be shy to add some into your world,'' she said. Details: connectfurniture.com.au 13 Kingscott Place, Castle Hill Monday & Friday 1:00-4:00pm, Wednesday 2:00-5:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 1:30-4:30pm DISPLAY HOMES Inspection times BINET HOMES 3 Carlingford Road, Epping 2121 www.binethomes.com.au Contact our office now for a FREE QUOTE & SITE INSPECTION on 9868 3222 or call Rodney Binet on 0412 822 608 Established over 40 Years Builders Licence No. 4443 ABN 26 000 519 719 Love where you live, but need a new home... 2021227K HLN wk48 awnings shutters blinds curtains Showroom / Factory - 1/9 Powells Rd Brookvale 2100 www.supershades.com.au firstname.lastname@example.org *Conditions apply. Offer valid until 30 May 2010. Applies to select ranges only. Minimum order value $1000. Supersedes all other offers. Contact our showroom for further details. HOMESHOW CASHBACK FREE $100 VISA GIFT CARD with every $1000 spent on any Supershades product for the month of May Ph 9938 4377 awnings shutters blinds curtains
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