Archive for August, 2014

Popular Interior Paint Colours for 2014

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

A fresh lick of paint really revamps a space and brings life to any room.  This seasons colours are beautiful, rich and natural, the amazing hues chosen by designers and painters for this year is a colour palette created by nature.  2014’s colour schemes are derived from the ocean and the forest with cool colours of sky blue and mint green, warm sandy beige’s and browns inspired by drift wood.  The calming seaside colours can be lifted with pinks, whites, yellows or industrial shades.  Here are a few tips on how to use these vogue colours and make them your own.

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Classic.

The ocean hues range from mint green to pale delicate blue to fresh turquoise.  Use these blues to paint the walls and choose cushions and throws in sandy beige and seashell pink.   Use this colour combination in a room full of natural light and lined with windows.  The light and colours will help you to feel like you’re on vacation all year round.

Modern.

Make these natural and neutral colours modern by pairing them with contemporary designs.  A room full of the lively colours inspired by the beach can be striking with industrial metals in rust or dark silver.  This is perfect for a kitchen space.  Paint your cupboards blues or beige’s and invest in a rust coloured bench top to lift the room.  Be inspired by the beach but play with modern elements.

European.

Be inspired by the energy of nature, use bright and friendly colours to accent the walls in the living room, family room or kitchen.  Combine cool teals with rich reds and bright yellows for a touch or European summer.

Cooling.

If you live somewhere too hot you will try anything to stay cool.  Cool yourself down with colours of the sea in any room.   Pick greens and blues of jewel and mint tones.  The calming colours will help feel cool and calm even in the middle of summer.

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Warming.

The tone of the year is ocean, the colour of the year is mellow yellow, these themes combined create a beautiful warming space.  Use yellow in open spaces  to create a fun, fresh and warm space.

Calming.

For the bedroom stick with the beachy colours but add in pastel tones.  Creamy whites, pinks, yellows and greens are light and airy creating a good space to relax and sleep.

Pretty.

For the living room go for beautiful natural colours, stick with filtered blues and  greens but add a splash of lilac for a breath of fresh air.  These colours are timeless and will look beautiful in winter and summer.

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Natural

All the tones for 2014 are neutral but try to stay away from cold hard surfaces which can be common in modern life, look to the woods for warm colours.   Think grey stones, apple green and deer brown.  These colours with pops of blue evoke a wonderful sense of nature, these colours are stylish but ultimately create a comfortable home.

Mud.

Brown colours are beautiful, natural and can be paired with almost any colour.  This years delicately named colour looks beautiful with shades of blue or off black.  Use in the bathroom or kitchen for a striking change.

White.

White is always an easy choice but this year its not for the walls.  Paint walls warm greys or shades of taupe and create a beautiful sun room with white furnishings.

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Ombre.

Ombre colouring has been a popular choice for almost everything over the past 2 years, this year it has reached paint.  Go safe with grey to white or be more bold with red and yellow on walls and furniture.  The ocean wouldn’t be complete without a beautiful sunset.

 

Go for beautiful, warm and natural colours this year and make any living space will like the ocean.

System Heating and Cooling Split Systems vs Seperate Appliances

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Australia is a beautiful and versatile country, we have hot summers spent on the beach and cold winters spent playing in the snow.  Which is great but in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney it means that one heating or cooling system isn’t sufficient. Most homes have one or both but the cost of buying and maintaining two systems can be a lot.  The main options for heating a home or business is ducted heating, standalone heaters or split system heaters. For cooling you can opt for refrigerated air conditioning, reverse cycle air conditioning, evaporation cooling or fans. But with all these options it is sometimes hard to know which one is right for you. Here is a brief over view of what each systems pro and con is.

Refrigerated Air Conditioning 

Pro- Refrigerated air conditioners are a premium choice for Australians.  The air conditioners work in both dry and humid conditions. The unit sits in a roof cavity and blows down.  Refrigerated air conditioning, despite the name, heats and cools so can be used in any season.

Con- It heats and cools just as a split system does but is twice the price to run.

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Evaporative Cooling

Pro- Evaporative Cooling is the cheapest way to cool your home of work place and there are many great Australian air conditioning brands on offer.  Fresh air is drawn from the outside across water-filled pads & distributed via ducting in the roof and blown down. The system is quiet and is still effective even if windows or doors are left open.

Con-As it draws in air from outside it does not work well in humid conditions.   Only invest in this appliance if you live in a hot, dry state.

Fans

Pro- Fans are cheap and are easy to set up and start running. You save costs on workmen and installation costs. A fan can be moved to any room with you and packed away in the colder months.

Con-They don’t actually provide cooling, only wind.  They are not very effective for cooling a large area down but just provide a breeze for one of two people directly in front of it.

Ducted Heating

Pro-Ducted heating can be installed in the roof or the floor giving great versatility in price and location. The heating is provided by gas and usually an outlet is installed in each room of the building.  The whole house can be heated with the touch of a button, it is cost effective, requires little maintenance and is very efficient.

Con- Unless you opt for the more expensive ‘zone heating’ you can’t just heat one room and it works best if all the doors inside a building are open for airflow. This isn’t great for privacy or if only one area needs to be heated.

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Standalone Heaters

Pro-They work fast, are cheap to buy and can be moved from room to room with you.

Con-They don’t heat wide areas and can be expensive to keep running.

Split-System Air Conditioners

Pro-They are designed for heating and cooling single rooms and multiple rooms so are perfect for the home or office. They are cheap to run and require little to no maintenance. They can be installed in one room or linked into multiple rooms via copper piping.

Cons- They are big, bulky and ugly. They take up quite a bit of room and need to be installed professionally.

Hope this helps when you are choosing what system to install in you home or work place.   Whether you are upgrading, renovating or buying a new home temperature appliances are a must.  Call a professional for more advice, installations or repairs!