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Home Living : May 25th 2010
HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, 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 Home Improvement SALE Wholesale Direct Kitchens Bathrooms Doors Laundries Kitchens Bathrooms & Doors Solid timber maple French Doo Crazy! $169 Shower Screens from $375 Taps from $45 30% off Custom Made Kitchens Toilets from $19 5 full ceramic Vanities from $199 4 panel solid timber maple Doors Crazy! $135 Bathroom Accessories from $15 ainless eel Sinks m $110 AusLux 24 Bridge Street, RYDALMERE - off Victoria Rd Ph 9898 1200 www.auslux.com.au OPEN 7 DAYS 2240034K HL wk46 Mon - Fri 9.00am-5.00pm Saturday 9.30am-2.00pm Sunday 9.30am-1.00pm An alarming crime fact SYDBIZFEB21 Security Licences: VIC No. 65201491P | WA No. SA25942 | SA No. ISL152299 | NSW No. 405187443 | ACT No. 17501009 | QLD No. 3258669 "Theft and vandalism cost businesses millions of dollars each year." Stock loss can devastate your sales and profitability. Fortunately, ADT Security has got you covered. By deterring and detecting potential threats day and night, our world-leading electronic security solutions minimise shrinkage and help protect people, assets and profits. From loss prevention to exit surveillance to monitored intruder alarms, access control and video surveillance, we help protect your livelihood with solutions tailored to the needs and budgets of your business. ADT Security is your one - stop-shop for business security. Call 131 238 or visit ww w.adtsecurity.com.au/commercial
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