Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Spice Things Up with Colour

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Spice Things Up with Colour

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Marc Atiyolil's Home Trends

Dear Marc:

We're building a timber frame house at the lake.

I'm having a feature wall and I want it out of bricks or stone.

Should the fireplace and wall have the same bricks or stone since they're in the same room?


Dear Jackie:

Timber frames make beautiful rustic homes.

Vacation homes by the lake are a great investment and they give you that much needed time away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

With the timber being a feature in the space, you want to ensure that all the elements will truly complement the wooden features.

Therefore, when choosing a stone or brick, it is important that you are true to the overall design style of the home.

When designing a space, first you must look at the overall design style of the house.

The entire home must flow together.

For instance, you wouldn't want to walk into an ultra modern kitchen with high gloss cabinetry and sleek tiles into an over-the-top traditional living room filled with antiques.

It would be a shock to the eye between each area of the home.

It is also important for each element in a room to be tied together.

With that being said, feature or accent walls are made to stand out. In order to truly make a statement, look at stones and bricks that will add that much needed apopa in the room.

I suggest sticking with the same stone or brick within one room to truly have the design work together.

If you would like to aspice it upa a bit, look at working with a larger colour scheme and have fun with paint.

Dear Marc:

I'm redoing flooring in my house and I have two big dogs.

I really would like to do hardwood with area rugs strategically placed to minimise damage.

Any suggestion as to which wood would be the hardest and most forgiving?


Dear Susie:

Floors are the hardest working thing in a space as they take all the wear and tear. …

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