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Home Living : April 24th 2012
MB HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, Tuesday, April 24, 2012 3 INTERIORS PALER SHADE OF WHITE DECORATING'S LIGHTER SIDE Cool world . . . you shouldn't be afraid of decorating with white for a cooler looking interior. Susan Redman LIVING in an all-white interior makes many of us feel rejuven- ated but the minimalism of the recent past took the concept of the clean-lined and open-spaced white interior to an extreme. With sharp edges and plain surfaces stripped of detail, the white interior often ran the risk of looking cold and clinical. But white's not out quite yet. To the contrary, it's still fun- damental in the decorator's tool kit. The change is that there are now virtually hundreds of tints and shades of pale to liven things up a bit, as well as new ideas to add texture and interest to the white-on-white look. Choosing a predominantly pale palette can still produce an airy and restful mood that evo- kes the calm and crisp interiors made popular by Scandinavian design, but the addition of natu- ral straw and drift wood- coloured neutrals, for example, warms things up. Jennifer McCabe from Whiteport, who took the bold step to start up an online retail store that only stocks an inventory of pale- shaded products said: ''It's all about tone and texture. For example, layer various off-white shades of bed linen using waffle blankets, pretty cotton throws and quilted cushions for a truly sumptuous boudoir.'' She also suggested you shouldn't be afraid of decorat- ing with white just because you have young children. ''It's a myth,'' she said. WARM UP TO A COOL LOOK STEPS to get the white-on-white look in your living room For walls, choose a warm white paint such as Dulux's most popular monotone, An- tique White USA, or a deeper shade, such as low-sheen acry- lic Macaroon (Porter's Paints). A white leather lounge can lookatad'80s,sogofora mushroom fabric one, a dove grey velvet or, for a natural French linen, see Whiteport's Avignon sofa (pictured above). Ash-coloured or blonde tim- bers partner beautifully with white walls. Freedom has a great range of whitewashed fur- niture in store called Cancun. Add lots of texture with soft furnishings and textiles, which can provide the chance to intro- duce a print or contrast colour. Knotty textures and richly patterned printed rugs and car- pets across the neutral palette bring comfort to cool white interiors. Try designer rugs. MD Regular MD Budget MD Luxury FROM $399 !". 48 HOUR TURN AROUND 2096420 24/4 0 3HOWER 3CREENS &RAMED 3EMI &RAMELESS AND &RAMELESS AVAILABLE NEW SHOWROOM OPENED! www.timbershades.com.au See our great display of Plantation Shutters, Roller Blinds, Roman Blinds, Timber Venetian and Panel Glide Blinds. All your Window Covering Needs Mon-Fri 9am -- 5pm, Sat by appt. 23/7 Sefton Road, Thornleigh, NSW Ph: 9484 2425 2139615-28/2 y p y y ver 30 years experience in the building trade. Chesworths Call us for a quote 9831 5984 or visit our website www.chesworths.com.au We offer High Quality Home Extensions and Additions to suit your budget. Thinking of Extending Your Home? Home Improvements Pty Ltd Bld Lic R99697 2160427i 12/4 *Discounts off R.R.P. on selected ranges only while stocks last. Offer supercedes previous offers. PROMO CODE: NORTHWEST 60% OFF * UP TO WARM YOUR HOME AS PRICES PLUNGE! 29790 WE MANUFACTURE LOCALLY SYDNEY BLINDS & SCREENS Ph: 9636 1555 SHOWROOM: 26 STODDART RD, PROSPECT (Monday-- Friday & Sunday) Check out our NEW website at www.sydneyblinds.com.au FREE quotes ALL suburbs
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